Belgrade photography guide
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Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia is not the obvious choice for photographers. On a first look, the city has nothing photography worthy but once you get to know the place better it offers quite a few opportunities.
This is one of the largest cities on the Balkan peninsula and a commercial and political hub for the whole country. Belgrade lies on the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers.
Although there is little historical left in the city, Belgrade deserves at least couple of nights of photography before one embarks on exploration of other parts of Serbia.
Belgrade can be a good base to explore some of the nearby attractions, Novi Sad and its Petrovaradin fortress, Nature reserves of Zasavica and Obedska Bara, Avala monument to name a few.
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Belgrade is easily accessible by a highway from Zagreb, Croatia, Novi Sad and Budapest. To the south and east, the access takes long drives from Macedonia, Montenegro or Bulgaria. The airport of Belgrade seems to be well connected to all major European airports.
Getting around the city is easiest by using taxis. This is a cheap and most convenient way to get from place to place. As usual, it is a good advice to agree on the price before you start driving. Belgrade is huge city and there are often traffic jams. Consider this when planning to go around.
Serbia uses its own currency, Dinar. The electricity is as most of other countries in Europe, 220V, two hole plugs.
The Cyrillic alphabet is the most common in the city and it can make life a bit more difficult when trying to get around or reading a menu. Latin alphabet is getting more common, at least in more tourist places.
As Serbia is not part of EU, beware of roaming costs for your mobile phone. It is a good idea to buy a prepaid card for internet access - it costs a few bucks and it will cover you for a week or two.
One of the best things about Belgrade is its cuisine - Serbian food has been influenced by Ottomans and Central Europe and is delicious, hearty and most of the time organic and locally produced.
Belgrade is pretty straightforward regarding photography rules. The common code of responsible photography applies. Museums are no tripod zones, avoid military/police facilities and respect the locals when in church or doing street photography. Most of churches are open to visitors and photography is allowed. Check individual spots if possible to use tripods. Serbs are very approachable and friendly people and street photography can be very rewarding. One of the best places to do so is Kalemegdan park, especially on a nice, warm afternoon.
There are a few camera stores in the city but don't expect wide offer as you would n major Western cities. Spare batteries, memory cards, filters and basic tripods shouldn't be a problem.
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