Belgrade is emerging from the dark days of the 1990s with energy and vigour, and while it might not be the most beautiful of European capitals it certainly has its fair share of historic and architectural treasures. For some visitors Belgrade's mash up of graceful Habsburg masterpieces and socialist concrete blocks sets the backdrop for the phoenix dynamism of the city today. While some are just here to party. Whatever you're looking for there's every chance you'll find it on a Belgrade city break and the best places to stay in Belgrade range from cheap hostels to luxury designer pads.
Beyond the breeze blocks, around the Danube and Sava rivers are the charming Art Nouveau buildings, leading into the pedestrianised centre of town. The mish mash of architecture here is a legacy from the forty times this city has been invaded, from the Ottomans to the troubles of the end of the last century. Belgrade's old town is lined on two sides by the rivers, and at the very centre, just before the rivers join, is the Belgrade Fortress. Most of Belgrade's main historic sights are within a twenty minute walk from here.
If you're exploring beyond the centre of town it's worth trying out the tram or trolleybus system - they're easy to navigate and a good way to feel part of the city.
Skadarska is one of the neighbourhoods worth travelling to. Often called Belgrade's Montmatre, this is where the artists and poets congregated in the early 20th Century, and it's got a lot of bohemian charm. And some good cafes and galleries.
Another way to taste the real Belgrade is to try the local specialities - available in any direction you care to stroll. Bureks or pljeskavica might be difficult to ask for, but it's worth the twist of your tongue. You can also find pizzas and sendvici (sandwiches).
If you want to try the local brew it's Jelem, and the national spirit is rakija, which comes in a variety of flavours and is drunk as an aperitif, a digestif or chaser. Belgrade also has some truly impressive coffeehouses, and if it's warm you'll be grateful for the profusion of ice creameries.
Belgrade's nightlife continues, from bar to restaurant to pub, and onto the river itself, on club barges, which blast out music until dawn for those who still have the energy for it. But even if you prefer to be home before midnight, there are plenty of excellent bars and cafes to enjoy 'an evening out on the town'.
Charming hotel in bohemian Skadarlija, Belgrade. 18 rooms with all the mod cons provide a welcome pitstop from Belgrade's nearby attractions. Two buzzy restaurants and a conference room. Ideal for business or pleasure.
Set on the Danube beneath shady trees. A chic barge with contemporary interiors. Simple white on white rooms with river views and modern bathrooms. A wrap-around terrace and lounge to sit and unwind. Just 20 minutes from the city centre and very reasonably priced. City style.
Sleek boutique hotel in central Belgrade. 21 rooms combine style and comfort in a quiet surrounding. Lively restaurant and cafe perfect for people watching. Sumptuous and modern. A sophisticated spot for a city break.
A trendy hotel located on the famed Čika Ljubina street. Smart rooms and suites with exposed brick walls and a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. Gourmet cuisine served in the restaurant with a menu focused on local produce. Excellent conference facilities. A chic option.
Behind the statement-making facade of this Belgrade Hotel is understated urban chic. Architect Isay Weinfield combines dynamic design with dollops of luxury, linen wallpaper, cashmere throws and Hermes products. Sleek spa and clubby ambiance make it perfect for romance or business.
Five star hotel in the heart of Belgrade next to the Tasmajdan Park, and the Serbian National Parliament. First opened in 1957 and then remodelled and reopened in 2012 after a sleek and contemporary makeover. Luxurious suites, smart cocktail bar, roof top restaurant, ideal for business or pleasure.