History

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and since ancient times it has been an important traffic focal point, an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. Its history lasts a full 7000 years. The area around two great rivers, the Sava and the Danube has been inhabited as early as palaeolithic period.

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The first human settlements on Belgrade soil developed as far back as 7000 years ago. This is borne out by numerous archaeological sites with material evidence, ranging from the culture of the Old Stone Age and other prehistoric cultures, to the Middle Ages. Vinča, 14 km away from Belgrade, is a prehistoric tell on the very bank of the Danube, with the remnants of the material culture of the prehistoric man (the Neolithic plastics). At that site numerous houses were discovered: sod houses with the remnants of material culture of the prehistoric man. Each of the settled prehistoric levels, which mark individual stages of life in Vinča (in the period from around 4500 to 3200 BC), contains real treasures of a wide variety of artifacts: implements and weapons made of stones and bones, earthenware for everyday use, elaborately decorated ritual vases, a great number of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figurines of exceptionally impressive stylization, jewelry made of different kinds of rare and precious materials, and countless other objects and works of art made in the very Vinča or procured from distant regions – from the Central Europe, the Lower Danube river basin or from the Mediterranean.

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Ancient sources provide the oldest known name for Belgrade – Singidunum. 6000 years long history – and the first written documents date back to the 3rd century B.C. The name of the settlement was preserved throughout the Roman rule. With the division of the Roman Empire in 395, Singidunum passed over to the Eastern Empire, i.e. Byzantium, and the name of the city gained a Greek sound: Singidunum became Singidon. Favored by the weaknesses in the defense of the Byzantine border, Slavs started frequently crossing the Danube in the 6th century and gradually settled in the area. The stone built fortress rising above the rivers was dubbed Beli Grad (white city). The first record of the Slavic name Beograd dates back to 878, during the rule of the First Bulgarian Empire.
Between the 16th and 19th century Belgrade is referred to with various names in different languages: Alba Graeca, Alba Bulgarica, Bello grado, Nandor Alba, Griechisch Weissenburg, Castelbianco… However, all these names are translations of the Slavic word Beograd.
Belgrade is in the Central European Time (CET) zone (GMT+1 hour). Summer time (GMT+2 hours) lasts from the end of March until the end of October.
The official currency is the dinar (RSD), but Euros can be exchanged freely.
The Belgrade area code for domestic calls is 011 and for international calls +38111.

Present

Serbian has a great passion for food in general, having a rich cuisine and a large diversity of alcohol beverages that accompany these fat-rich dishes.
Serbia has a great cuisine to enjoy. Traditional Serbian restaurants offer tasty food, often accompanied by musicians, who roam from table to table. We suggest some of these iMac-Flat-Mockup

In Belgrade, every night is Friday night. Everyone is ready to party at all the time, dance the night away, and go straight to work the next day. It’s really hard to resist the temptation when you know that on any given evening there are countless clubs out there full of young, gorgeous people having so much fun.
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The luxurious Crowne Plaza Belgrade is in a great location in the central business district of New Belgrade. The center of the city can be reached in a 5-minute drive, and 2 shopping centers are just a few feet away. There is a Spa Centre and fitness area on site, as well as an indoor pool. Guests can enjoy local cuisine in 2 on-site restaurants.
The newly furnished rooms are air-conditioned and feature a desk and chair, a minibar and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom has a shower and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel.
Crowne Plaza Belgrade is the ideal venue for convention guests, as the hotel connects directly into Sava Centre, the biggest convention center in Belgrade. The hotel itself features the largest meeting and banquet hall in the country. Belgrade Arena, the largest event and sports hall can be reached in a short walk.