Are People Of Belgrade Much Friendlier Than In Croatian Cities?

Last week, we wrote about how more foreigners are starting to figure it out: Belgrade is a safe and overtly friendly city. Another day gone by and another story about Begrade and Serbian hospitality. In this case, it’s Lisa Toboz, a traveler of Bloomfield who has a blog post noting that Belgrade has so much energy and friendly people:

And I’m in Belgrade! The city has so much energy. There were times I felt as if I were in New York – the loud honking of traffic, beautiful smog sky at dusk. With Ari’s knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet and my scant Croatian vocabulary, we could decipher street signs and get around fairly well. People here are much friendlier than in Croatian cities, more helpful and willing to talk.

This reminds me of a great post Rosemary Bailey Brown wrote some months ago called “Weird Twists of Fate: Serbia vs Croatia and the Tourism Industry“. Rosemary pointed out that while it’s true that Serbia has none of the advantages of Croatia, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 

Croatians don’t like strangers. They’re just not a warm and welcoming people to anyone except for other Croatians, and even then, you often won’t see true warmth unless you’re a member of the family.

Which place would you rather go on vacation to?

Karl Odburic

Karl Odburic

I'm from France, but my heart is 100% Serbian and I love my country, Serbia, and I'm proud of that.
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I'm from France, but my heart is 100% Serbian and I love my country, Serbia, and I'm proud of that.


  1. I am happy to see that my post may inspire positive attention towards Serbia. However, it was not my intention to contrast the two countries in such a black and white way. It is dangerous to characterize any nation in a generalized way, and especially so in the former Balkans; the relationships among the countries are so fragile.

    When I arrived in Belgrade, I was very frustrated at that point in my trip because I had been living and volunteering in Osijek, Croatia, a particularly difficult place to travel. People there were not used to foreigners traveling to their city, especially in the middle of winter. Croatians in Zagreb and Osijek were not unfriendly, but a bit distant and harder to approach than Serbians. For instance, when my friend Ari and I were lost at the beginning of that day in Osijek, it was like pulling teeth to get a clear answer for where we wanted to go. We asked directions and were usually met with a shrug. But once we were in Belgrade, we stopped to ask directions in a pekar. A woman set aside the bread she was putting out on a tray, wiping her hands on her apron, and walked us to the end of her street to point out the way for us to go. Her kindness in the midst of a very cold day warmed us and allowed us to experience the city in a much more confident way.

    For anyone traveling to the Balkans, I suggest trying to see as much of Serbia and Croatia as possible. There is much more to this region than the tourism that is swelling on the Croatian coast. The two countries are more complex and beautiful than I could ever illustrate in these three paragraphs.

  2. Hi. I like the way you write. Will you post some more articles?

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