About Belgrade
Currency

The official currency of the country is the Serbian Dinar (RSD). However, sometimes Euros and US Dollars are accepted too, unofficially. Some Serbs tend to calculate values in Euros due to the unstable Dinar currency.

Exchange Rates (National Bank of Serbia)

Belgrade Nikoa Tesla International Airport

Airport Code: BEG

Distance from Venue: 19km (~25 minutes)

Electricity

As in most cities of Continental Europe, the electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European.

Water

Tap water in Belgrade is safe to drink. There are also plenty bottled water brands offering regular, mildly carbonated or highly carbonated water.

Population

The urban area officially has 1,154,589 inhabitants, and the metropolitan area has 1,639,121.

Unofficially it is estimated that there are over 2 million inhabitants, due to a large number of Roma population and a large number of temporary residents (living in Belgrade but officially inscribed in their home towns). Around 4 million people commute through Belgrade every day.

Time Zone

Belgrade and Serbia are in the CET (Central European Time) zone UTC+1.

Belgrade is +6 hours from EST and +9 hours from PST.

Working Hours

Most shops work from 8 AM to 8 PM during business days and 8 or 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays (and Sundays). In the large shopping malls, this period is usually longer, until 10 PM for business days, and in some cases, weekends too.

Grocery stores work usually from 8 AM to 9 or 10 PM, but there are others that work 24h. Green markets work from 8 AM to 5 PM, though many vendors leave around 3 (Sundays even earlier).

Postal/ Area/ and Phone Dialing Codes

The postal code of Belgrade is 11000

International calling calling code is (+381)

The license plate code for Belgrade is BG.

History

Belgrade is one of the oldest capitals in the world, with over 7000 years of continuity. Due to it’s extraordinary location, it has attracted people since the neolithic times, and several neolithic settlements have been found throughout the city territory, the most important one being Vinča (a Danube suburb of Belgrade). Celts have settled the city around the 4th century B.C. and named it Singidunum. Then came the Romans, developing a luxurious city over the centuries. In the 5th century A.D. it was destroyed by the Huns and later conquered and reconquered by Goths, Byzantines, Slavs, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Serbs, Turks, Austrians until it finally become Serbian again in the nineteenth century. Since then the city grew rapidly, and the old site at Kalemegdan was converted to a park and open air museum, and the city spread in all directions. The most glorious moments of Belgrade were under the Roman rule (around 4th century A.D.), in the early 15th century under Serbian Despot Stefan Lazarević, and in the early 18th century under Austrian rule. A very important and most visible trail was left by the “Between Wars” society of the twenties and thirties of the 20th century.