ATHLETICS INDOOR CENTER
BANJICA (BANJICA FOREST)
Mirror of the Queen of Sports which
completely reflects her – Since 2016 Serbian Queen can be proud for having
Athletic Indoor is a multifunctional home of athletics. Unique in the region, by its beauty and function, this arena is situated at one of the best locations in Belgrade, at mere 3km from the city center. Opening ceremony was held at 01.03.2016 when it hosted its very first prestige Competition – First Serbian Open Indoor Meeting. This Event is planned to grow into an International Meeting and be organized annually at the same time in the Indoor.
This Indoor is a venue equipped with latest technology, certified IAAF approved infield and top conditions made for best results. Modern office space with more than 500m2 and conference hall designed for meetings, promotions, conferences, seminars and educations are a part of the facility. Moreover, the Indoor has modern gym, medical room, anti doping room and caffee bar for refreshments.
Athletics Indoor Center is also equipped with mini press section with the capacity of 10 seats as well as all the necessary conditions for persons with special needs. General idea is that Indoor hosts between 300.000 and 400.000 people annually as well as to manage different athletics manifestations and competitions.
In March 2017 (3-5), Belgrade will host one of the most prestige sports events: European Athletics Indoor Championships and Athletics Indoor will have a main role as a training facility. Many big infrastructural projects that will complete and upgrade current offer are planned for the future, always heading towards making Athletics Indoor the very center of Balkans and Southeastern Europe.
Welcome to the Athletics Indoor…
Situated in the heart of Balkan
Peninsula, at the intersection of roads connecting Eastern and Western Europe,
on the outfall of Sava into Danube, Belgrade is surrounded by two natural areas:
Pannonian plain on the north and beautiful Sumadija on the south.
Belgrade has always been at the crossroads of important European roads, which makes Belgrade very easy to reach: by plane – Belgrade Airport is 20 km far from the city centre, by car – the intersection of E-70 and E-75 roads, by train – the railway network connecting the West and the East, the North and the South, by boat – by sailing down two international rivers – Sava and Danube.
Today, Belgrade is the administrative, political, economic, scientific, university, cultural and diplomatic capital of the Republic of Serbia. It has approximately 2 million residents. Ethnically multinational, the majority is of Serbian nationality and Orthodox religion.
the City of Culture, Inspiration, Sports and Festivals, Serbian capital develops and changes fast, protecting its rich and diverse history within the mixture of culture, architecture and urban spirit. With some of the most attractive locations, Belgrade Fortress – the oldest cultural and historical monument, Skadarlija – the bohemian quarter in the city centre, Knez Mihailova Street; Old and New Royal Court, Federal Parliament, Temple of St. Sava, Zemun and many others, Belgrade makes the cultural centre of South East Europe. Being one of the oldest European cities with the heritage which lasts over 5000 years, Belgrade cherishes the history, landmarks, monuments from the past, traditional art and famous attractions. More than 40 Orthodox and 8 Roman Catholic churches, a mosque and a synagogue, dozens of museums, theatres, libraries, together with various national and international theatre, film, musical and other events, make Belgrade the city with very rich and diverse cultural life.
is the oldest part and the core section of the city. It overlooks the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and that very spot next to the statue Pobednik (The Victor) is the most beautiful lookout in Belgrade. It was gradually built from the 1st to the 18th century as a fortified defense complex. Today the Fortress is a unique museum of Belgrade history.
Belgrade on the river banks
Sava and Danube – The confluence represents the most attractive point under the Belgrade fortress, and along with the Big War Island is a real natural oasis in the heart of a modern city. The river banks never sleep: on numerous boats, restaurants and cafes visitors can have a cup of coffee, eat a fish speciality, listen to music and have fun.
the old bohemian quarter of Belgrade dates back to late 19th and early 20th century. At that time kafanas (taverns and restaurants) were meeting places for greatest figures of a cultural scene. It is often compared with the Montmartre in Paris, both for its appearance and the cheerful, vigorous artistic atmosphere.
Once a separate city, Zemun is nowadays known as a romantic and poetic part of Belgrade. Zemunski kej, is a kilometres long promenade by the Danube, with barges-cafés, amusement park and Grand Casino while the Gardoš Tower is the most recognizable symbol of Zemun. This neighborhood preserved its old looks, with narrow, mostly cobblestoned streets and residential houses.
Belgrade City Break
Come and visit the archaeological site in Vinca dating back from the 5th century BC; enjoy the view from the Belgrade Fortress and take a walk around Kalemegdan; walk down Knez Mihailova street or Skadarska street – the street of bohemians; indulge your senses in one of our national restaurants with domestic wines and national music that will undoubtedly make you dance; visit some of the bars, night clubs and disco clubs where the entertainment lasts till dawn and just when you start feeling like you want to lie down, the smell of fresh coffee will invite you back to the streets of Belgrade, which never sleeps. Visit Belgrade parks, enjoy the rivers, the museums, theatres…And then, try the national cuisine accompanied by the music and the rhythm of the city, whose spirit is always awake…
Congress and Business Centre of the Balkans
Belgrade hosts numerous international and national congresses and fairs. With a universal purpose, “Sava Centar” represents one of the most attractive congress and cultural complexes in this part of Europe. With continuous annual growth of international tourism arrivals by approximately 15%, Belgrade is establishing as the leading city break destination in the region. The national airline Air Serbia serves 43 destinations in 30 countries, with 73,000 seats on more than 670 flights a week.
According to ICCA, International Congress and Convention Association, Belgrade is on the 31st place in Europe for MICE, with more than 200 conventions and over 10.000 participants in 2013. MICE is growing fast thanks to local partners of Belgrade Convention Bureau, developing infrastructure, and high engagement of industry professionals.
Serbian cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean, Hungarian, Turkish and Austrian, accompanied by a large diversity of beverages. With over 3.000 restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs and “kafanas” Belgrade offers good value for money with a diverse cousin which includes international and traditional national dishes. At least one meal with fish is a must down in one of the restaurants by the rivers, on the water. But when in town, use the opportunity to try out something typically Serbian, like ćevapčići (small rolls of mixed minced meat), all kinds of grilled meat, gibanica (pastry leaves mixed with eggs, cheese or spinach, or meat), karađorđeva šnicla (meat stake) etc. The famous local alcohol beverage is rakija – especially šljivovica (plum brandy) and lozovača (grappa). As for the wines, there is a wide range of it from Mediterranean and continental types. Probably the best place to try out the local cuisine is Skadarlija – the bohemian quarter.
Savamala is the new epicenter of urban culture, entertainment and lifestyle in Belgrade, with trendy restaurants, clubs, bars, galleries and a cultural center. Mikser House in Savamala offers a combination of contemporary Balkan design store, an avant-garde gallery, restaurant and a performance stage. Supermarket Concept Store continues to attract international attention with local design products and brands, events and creative venue. Being a trendy hotspot, Grand Casino Belgrade offers 5 star gambling experience, international cuisine and introduction to Zemun by the Danube.
Beside shopping zone in the main pedestrian area, shopping malls, and regular shopping tours to Fashion Park Outlet in Indjija, Belgrade’s modern design scene gave popular hotspots: Belgrade Design District, Supermarket Concept Store, Mikser House and other urban shopping areas.
Belgrade Talking is a free application which takes users to numerous city locations and most important landmarks in Belgrade. App features an audio guide which gets automatically activated while the maps provide an actual tour around the city, guiding to the next closest location. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hub.bgtalking
Tourist Info Centers
In tourist info centers, visitors can get free tourist city maps, brochures, information and tickets for over 20 different sightseeing tours: walking tours, panoramic sightseeing, open top buses, tourist river cruising and special tours such are the Royal Palace, At Princess Ljubica’s, Underground Belgrade, Folklore evenings in Skadarlija, Rakia Tour, Bike tour and other. In the main tourist info center in Knez Mihailova 5, visitors can buy Belgrade souvenirs, and public transportation tickets.
Tourist info center:
Knez Mihailova 5 (City center)
tel. +381 11 26 35 622, +381 11 26 35 343
Mon-Sat. 09.00-21.00, Sun. 10.00-15.00h
Tourist Organization of Belgrade
Serbia has connected West with East for centuries – a land in which civilisations, cultures, faiths, climates and landscapes meet and mingle. It is located in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula, in southeastern Europe. The northern portion belongs to central Europe, but in terms of geography and climate it is also partly a Mediterranean country. Serbia is landlocked but as a Danube country it is connected to distant seas and oceans. Serbia is acrossroads of Europe and a geopolitically important territory. The international roads and railway lines, which run through the country’s river valleys, form the shortest link between Western Europe and the Middle East. From the agricultural regions of the Pannonian Plain in the north, across the fertile river valleys and orchard-covered hills of Šumadija, the landscape of Serbia continues southward, gradually giving way to mountains rich in canyons, gorges and caves, as well as well-preserved forests. Serbia’s beautiful mountains, national parks, rivers and lakes are the perfect location for an active outdoor holiday – from hunting and fishing to extreme sports. Many times during its rich, centuries-long history, Serbia has been at the centre of Europe’s and the world’s attention, out of all proportion to its modest size, economic might and number of inhabitants. Many lessons on bravery, patriotism and the struggle for freedom can be learned wherever you turn in Serbia, as you pass through its cities and regions. The cultural and historical heritage of Serbia begins with prehistoric archaeological sites and its legacy from classical antiquity. Perhaps its greatest riches, though, are in the many mediaeval Serbian churches and monasteries, some of which are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. All year round, numerous cultural, entertainment, traditional and sporting events are held in Serbia, demonstrating the creative power and spiritual vitality of this country. Today, Serbia is a modern, democratic European country, on the path to membership of the European Union, which a diverse range of visitors – from young backpackers to participants in congresses and fairs – visit every day. Statistically, the most-visited tourist destinations are the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, the mountains of Kopaonik and Zlatibor and the spa towns of Vrnjačka Banja and Sokobanja.