Belgrade (Beograd) meaning "white city" is the capital of Serbia and also the largest city in Serbia. Settled on the banks of the Sava and Danube Rivers, Belgrade has a population of approximately 1.7 million people. Being one of the oldest cities in Europe, it's often referred to as the crossroads where East meets West. Razed to the ground 38 times and occupied by 40 armies, Belgrade has undergone a tumultuous past surviving each battle then adding another layer of history to its soul every time. A neolithic settlement some 7000 years B.C., Belgrade was home to Celts and Romans, destroyed by the Huns, captured by the Goths, burned down by the Avars, conquered by the Bulgarians, Hungarians, Byzantine Empire and eventually became the capital of Serbia. Serbia has established itself as a democratic nation that respects its Slavic heritage while harnessing its cultural identity and unique history.
When exploring a new city, sometimes it's much more fun to just walk and explore without a map. If you can't live like the locals, at least try to move around the city like the locals and get a glimpse of daily life. Wandering down an alley or simply peaking into a building can give you a new site seeing tour of places and things that otherwise you'd probably never see or experience. Attractions are wonderful and provide countless photos, but taking a walk off the beaten path can give you another dimension of adventure into the soul of a city.
Belgrade itself is emerging as not only a travel destination but an Eastern European hub for travel bloggers and entrepreneurs known as 'Digital Nomads'. The big city feel offers travelers all of the amenities to settle down for extended periods of time while barely putting a dent into your wallet. Since Belgrade has been called the new Berlin, many foreigners have gone so far as to move to Belgrade and live like the locals full time.