Splav Your Way Through Belgrade Serbia

I have to admit that I have a somewhat subdued respect for any city that can name its airport after an inventor and scientist. In the case of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, they’ve named their airport after Nikola Tesla an inventor, engineer and scientist who loved to play around with electricity and who, at one stage, was America’s most famous, if somewhat eccentric, inventor and scientist.

Serbia is a landlocked country whose capital sits at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. They love their nightlife in Belgrade and the best clubs are located on floating barges called splavovi, which is the plural for splav. They have a reputation for starting late and pumping out music until the early hours of the morning and are a must for anyone who loves being seen or dancing to the non-stop doof doof of hip hop and house music.

For those lacking the eagerness to spend all night in a club, Belgrade has many other attractions too.

If you arrive in Belgrade by plane and wish to know more about the man who gave his name to the airport you can learn about the man and his works at the Nikola Tesla Museum. There are plenty of museums in Belgrade, but to truly understand the city and Serbia it is worth visiting both the National Museum and the Historical Museum of Serbia.

Located near the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers is the Belgrade Fortress, which also incorporates Kalemegdan Park. The fort dates back to the 1st century when it was used as a camp by the Romans and the original fortress was destroyed in the 7th century. These days the fortress is a mish mash of styles as it have been captured, conquered and modified many times over the years.

The city has a couple of impressive palaces, including the Royal Palace, where the current Crown prince lives and the Old Palace, which currently houses the Belgrade City Assembly.

Despite it being Serbia’s largest city, Belgrade has many parks and gardens which cover an area of over 4,000 hectares. In the centre of the city is Great War Island, which is located at the mouth of the Sava River. This is a true oasis, most of which has been preserved as a nature reserve. As a result it is uninhabited by humans, but it does have a beach which people use during warm weather.

One of Belgrade’s better aspects is that it is a city in which is pedestrian friendly so that the best way to great around the central area is by foot.

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