Belgrade is capital and the largest city of the Republic of Serbia. In Serbian the city is called Beograd. The name (meaning white city: beo – white, grad – city) is the Slavic version of its old Celtics name, Singidunum.
Belgrade is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets Balkans. The historical core of Belgrade, Kalemegdan Fortress, lies on the right banks of the both rivers. Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and since ancient times has been an important focal point for traffic, an intersection of the roads of the Eastern and Western Europe.
The main street is Knez Mihailova, which is pedestrian zone and it is protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable landmarks of the city. Also, Knez Mihailova is a common meeting point for Belgraders. Thousands of people stroll along the street every day as it is the shortest path from Terazije to Kalemegdan Fortress and park.
Belgrade is the capital of the Seriban culture, education, science and economy. As tourist destination, Belgrade is also famous for its nightlife, gastronomy and excellent restaurants. The official language is Serbian, but most people also speak fairly good English.
The city proper has a population of around 1,7 million and it is the city of youth. More than 40% of its citizens are between 15 and 44 years of age. Belgradians love to talk of the spirit of the city and they are open minded, outgoing, generous, hospitable people always happy to meet new people and have guests over. Many of them will claim to be true hedonists by knowing all there is to know about good food, rakia and music.