Lonely Planet named Belgrade as one of the cities that has bounced back from “the brink of becoming a no-go destination, turning tumultuous pasts into tourist drawcards.” Yes, Belgrade (Serbia) is ranked by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top comeback cities:
10. Belgrade, Serbia
Ask anyone across the former Yugoslav nations: Belgrade is where the big night out is. Bombing during the Kosovo War along with one of the world’s worst-ever hyperinflations brought this city to its knees but the music scene survived, booming to make this one of Eastern Europe’s party capitals. Being the cradle of the 1980s Yugoslav New Wave got the ball rolling and Belgrade today is, from rock to rave, a magnet for music-lovers. Being repeatedly razed to the ground also fashioned a riveting cityscape for Belgrade – it’s a potpourri of ancient forts, neoclassic and modernist masterpieces.
The Lonely Planet guide says that Belgrade is not a beautiful city. “Belgrade is not a beautiful city – even Belgraders agree on that – but it is an interesting city that’s full of hedonism, passion and finesse. Architecturally, it’s a mishmash of two centuries of grandiose buildings and ugly Soviet-style concrete blocks.”
And who took out the #5 spot in Lonely Planet Magazine’s countdown of the best travel secrets? Belgrade. “It’s not really on anyone’s holiday list, but I was knocked out by Serbia – Belgrade is immensely beautiful. It is on the confluence of two rivers, the Danube and the Sava, and has a fantastic castle, lots of Baroque-influenced architecture, beautiful Orthodox churches and, some rather good communist architecture too, if that’s not an oxymoron. It is lively, full of streets of jolly young bars.”
So, according to Lonely Planet’s guide, Belgrade is not a beautiful city, and according to Lonely Planet Magazine, Belgrade is immensely beautiful. Even “ugly Soviet-style concrete blocks” are “good communist architecture.” As usual, the truth is somewhere in between, but we’re more inclined to take
Lonely Planet Magazine’s view of things.
One of the world’s leading travel guidebook companies, Lonely Planet, said that “Belgrade is not a beautiful city – even Belgraders agree on that – but it is an interesting city.” Many travelers used the Lonely Planet guides and other similar references when travelling to Serbia.
The latest example is Sarah. She is currently visiting Belgrade and had a great day there. “Spent the day walking around Belgrade, Serbia with Michaela from Sweden. Again pleasantly surprised. The guide books say “Belgrade is not a beautiful city.” Well I guess they comment on so many that some have to be “not so beautiful,” but it was good. Enjoyed walking around. Lots of nice buildings and a lot of people who speak English. Great markets, really cheap veggies and bakeries.”
Hopefully, many travelers do not trust any guide book. The best place to go is Internet to check out other people’s reviews. People who have recently been in Serbia. That’s most accurate way to get information for a place you have never been to.