Belgrade is sometimes called the “gateway to the Balkans”. Despite the fact that the city has a rather long and interesting history, a tourist is unlikely to find pompous palaces, outstanding monuments or world-famous museums here. But the lack of external gloss is more than compensated by the special atmosphere of the city streets and the boundless hospitality of the Serbs.
The main architectural attractions of the capital are the Belgrade Fortress and the Church of St. Sava, which cannot be completed in any way. Traces of the 1999 NATO bombing are clearly visible in some parts of the city. Many destroyed walls and houses were specially left in such a state so that that terrible time would not be erased from people’s memory. Otherwise, Belgrade is a modern and dynamic city with its own charm and character.