From the Airport
International Airport “Nikola Tesla” Belgrade is located 18 km from the city center. Transport from the airport to the city:
Bus number 72
The bus stop for bus number 72 is located just in front of the departures terminal (ground level).
Shuttle minibus line A1
The minibuses run every 20 minutes. The bus stop is on the exit from the Arrival hall. Ticket price is 300 RSD/2,5€ (purchased on the bus). The terminus stop is in the city centre at Slavija Square.
One may also take a taxi from the airport to the desired destination. In this case, one can order a taxi at the Taxi Info stand at the airport. One of the stands is exactly in front of the exit door of the International Arrivals hall. One will immediately get a receipt, and pay at the end of the ride. This is the safest way not to be overcharged. The price from the airport to the city center is approximately 1800 RSD/15 €.
Transport by Car
The Republic of Serbia borders Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, Albania and Macedonia to the south, Bulgaria and Romania to the east, and Hungary to the north. If one decides to come to Serbia by car, it is recommended to check the accessibility and the condition of roads at: www.amss.org.rs. One also needs to have in mind that the GPS may not have all the updated information on current road conditions and accessibility.
REGISTER YOUR ADDRESS
Once you arrive you are obliged to follow required procedures for foreigners. Within 24 hours you have to register your residence in Serbia with the local police station. If you are staying in a hotel, hostel or dormitory, registration will be completed automatically, while if you are staying in private housing you should register by yourself in the nearest police station after arrival. If you have contacted ESN prior to your arrival, your buddy will help you with this procedure.
For more information visit:
Rights and Obligations of Foreign Citizens LINK http://www.mup.gov.rs/wps/portal/en/information
General entry requirements for Serbia LINK http://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/consular-affairs/entry-serbia/entering-serbia-requirements
REGISTER AT THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
Don’t forget to register at the International Cooperation Office and bring the documents provided by your home university (arrival certificate, learning agreement, etc.). Registration at the International Cooperation Office is usually in the first week of October for the Autumn semester and in the second week of February for the Spring semester. Please note that you are required to register in person – this cannot be done by anyone other than you.
VISIT YOUR CHOSEN COLLEGE
Sign up for classes at your chosen college. At the college’s unit for international students you will get useful information and guidance, meet your mentor and get full support for settling-in period.
GET YOUR RESIDENCE PERMIT
If your exchange lasts for more than 90 days, when you arrive in Belgrade you must apply for a Residence Permit. This is a compulsory procedure for all foreign citizens wishing to stay in Serbia for more than 90 days. You will be asked to present your residence permit to the International Office within 90 days after the arrival.
For all information regarding temporary residence in Serbia please visit the Ministry of Interior of Republic of Serbia. L
4. USFUL INFORMATION
The official currency of the Republic of Serbia is the dinar (RSD). Visit the National Bank of Serbia website to check the exchange rate. LINK: http://www.nbs.rs/export/sites/default/internet/english/scripts/ondate.html
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Fire Department 193
Address of The College of Hotel Management
Kneza Višeslava 70, Košutnjak, municipality Čukarica, Belgrade
Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia,
Public transport: Buses 23 and 53
– at the corner of Žarkovačka Str and Blagoje Parović Str, 890 m away
– bus stop at the Faculty of Physical Education, 1000 m away
Bank account of the College: 840-1819666-96
Director: +381 11 2543 972
Student Service Center: + 381 11 2547 255
Professional Practice: + 381 11 2545 787
Accounting: + 381 11 2547-884
Fax: + 381 11 2547-884
WHAT TO VISIT IN BELGRADE
Our College is situated inKošutnjak park. The name, košutnjak, is derived from the medieval hunting forests of the Serbian nobility, meaning doe’s breeder. (In Serbian, košuta means doe, hind), as does used to live freely in the park until the World War I. The name was mentioned for the first time in 1831.
Košutnjak is one of the most popular recreational places in Belgrade. With 40 ha (99 acres), Sports Center Košutnjak is one of the largest and most diverse in the city (stadiums, pools, etc.), while the park also has an auto-camp, modern settlements of Filmski Grad and Pionirski Grad, big studios of the national broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia, many popular restaurants and arranged paths criss-crossing the forest. There are also jogging tracks and a ski run.
The Belgrade Fair
The Belgrade Fair or Beogradski Sajam is a large complex of three large domes and a dozen of smaller halls which is the location of the major trade fairs of the capital city of Serbia. It is located in the municipality of Savski Venac, on the right bank of the Sava river. One of the most recognizable landmarks of Belgrade, it is colloquially referred to only as “Sajam”.
Every year Belgrade Fair hosts over 30 regular international fair manifestations. Over 5,000 companies exhibit on the Belgrade Fair annually, with more than 1.500,000 visitors Many of these manifestations are members of respectable international organization.
Ada Ciganlija proudly bears the name of “Belgrade Sea”. Green, clean, equipped and relaxed, it becomes the favourite spot of Belgraders with the first signs of the spring sun. From the early mornings until late into the night, Ada Ciganlija is always lively.
Ada Ciganlija was, in fact, turned into a peninsula by human hands, surrounded by an embankment and bounded by the Sava River on one and the Sava Lake on the other side. It has a surface area of approximately 800 hectares and is awarded with the Blue Flag, international recognition for the quality of the beach second year in a row. The name most likely originates with the Celtic words “singa” and “lia”, meaning “island” and “underwater land”, while in time it morphed into the popular “ciganlija”.
Ada is a true ecological oasis of Belgrade, decorated with clean waters and a thick deciduous forest. It is a natural habitat for a large number of bird, rodent and insect species. The Sava Lake is home to a large number of fish.
It is easy to find an ideal place for bathing along the 7 kilometres of gravel beach. With public baths, showers and fountains as the necessary additional accessories, rescue crews, ambulance and police, the offer of Ada Ciganlija is exceptionally diverse.
Apart from swimming, you can row a boat, a kayak or a canoe on the lake, play water polo, windsurf, water-ski using a specially constructed cable-pulley, descend down toboggans, ride pedal-boats…
If you tire of the water, you can ride a bicycle, play football, basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, baseball, golf, rugby, field hockey, lift your adrenaline levels bungee jumping, relax fishing on specially built platforms or sharpen your spirit and body free climbing an artificial rock.
For total relaxation choose one of over 70 restaurants and cafes along the lake shoreline and the rafts, and have a bit of respite.
The Belgrade Fortress changed and developed throughout the centuries, it saw many armies, was the field of many battles, it witnessed the brutality of the conquerors and the courage of the tireless defenders of the city. It was the place where Belgrade started to develop.
The Fortress was built in stages, during the lengthy period between the 1st and 18th century, from a Roman castrum, through a Byzantine castle and the remains of the medieval capital of the Serb Despotate, all the way to an Austrian-Ottoman artillery fortification. The complex consists of the fortress itself, divided into the Upper Town (Despot’s Gate, Sahat kula – Clock Tower, Roman Well, Statue of the Victor), Lower Town (Nebojša Tower, Amam – Turkish bath, Gate of Charles VI) and the Kalemegdan Park, home to busts of important persons from Serbian history, science and culture.
The Belgrade Fortress offers an exciting view of the confluence of Sava and Danube, of New Belgrade and Zemun. The Kalemegdan Park contains the “Cvijeta Zuzorić” Pavilion, the Grand Stairway, the zoo, children’s park and a number of monuments and sculptures, several sports courts, a museum, a café and a restaurant
Once a separate town, Zemun has been a municipality within the city of Belgrade since 1945. People have settled the area of Zemun as far back as the Neolithic, using the favourable position of the banks of the Danube and the Sava. Nowadays it is one of the favourite places in Belgrade for having a walk or taste delicious food in one of great restaurant.
The best known of the Belgrade squares began taking shape during the early 19th century. Prince Miloš Obrenović issued the order that Serbian artisans, particularly smiths and coppersmiths, were to be displaced from the township in the moat and that they are to build their houses and shops on the location of modern-day Terazije. The Belgrade municipality handed out lots on Terazije to all those willing to stake out a plot there.
Terazije became the centre of social life of Belgrade at the end of the 19th and during the early 20th century, with hotels, inns, and merchant shops. The hotel “Paris” is of particular significance among the buildings on the square, built around 1870 on the location of contemporary Bezistan. It was demolished during the reconstruction of the square in 1948. The location of modern-day “Dušanov grad” was the location of the “Kod zlatnog krsta” (“At the Golden Cross”) inn, the place where the first cinema projection was held in 1896. The old hotel “Kasina” was next to the “Paris” hotel, built around 1860 and the location of the National Assembly session during a brief period. The National Theatre performed plays there until 1920. The modern-day “Kasina” hotel was built in the same spot in 1922. The inn and cinema “Takovo” were located on the same side of Terazije between the two world wars. The hotel “Moskva” still stands on Terazije, built in 1906 in the style of the secession.
The square was a marshy pond prior to 1880, where the citizens of Belgrade hunted wild ducks.
The Scotsman Francis McKenzie purchased a large area above the modern-day square and parcelled it up to be resold, and thus its development began. McKenzie built the Peace Hall on Slavija in 1885, as the central building of the settlement, turning into the centre of the workers’ movement in 1910. The “Slavija” cinema stood there after World War II, until it was torn down in 1991. The “Slavija” Hotel was built between 1882 and 1888. The name Slavija originates with the chief architect and it stuck to this day, remaining as the name of the entire Square. The other smaller buildings at the corner of Kralja Milana Street and the square, housing the famous “Tri seljaka” (“Three Peasants”) and “Rudničanin” inns, were torn down before and during World War II. The new hotel “Slavija” was erected in 1962. The square bore the name of the prominent leader of the socialist movement in Serbia Dimitrije Tucović for a while, with his monument set up at the centre of the square. Slavija is one of the main landmarks of Belgrade, an important nexus of traffic, but also an incomplete urbanistic environment with considerable work remaining to be done. Slavija is also one of the most demanding roundabouts you will encounter.
Square of Republic
The existing square was formed after the demolition of Stambol Gate and the construction of the National Theatre building in 1869.
Stambol Gate, built by the Austrians at the turn of the 18th century, was located between the monument to Prince Mihailo and the National Theatre. The road to Istanbul (“Stambol”) led through it, lending the gate its name. In popular accounts the Stambol Gate became infamous for the Turkish custom of slaughtering Serbian rebels in front of it, using one of the most horrifying methods of execution – impalement.
Following the establishment of Serbian authorities and the demolition of Stambol Gate, the area of modern-day Republic Square was left barren for a long time. The National Theatre stood as the sole building for over 30 years. When the monument to Prince Mihailo was erected in 1882, the gradual urban shaping of the square began. A long-lying ground-level building was constructed at the location of today’s National Museum, housing, among others, the famous “Dardaneli” inn, the gathering place for the artists of the time. The building was demolished for the construction of the Funds Authority building in 1903 (today’s National Museum building). The small park next to the National Theatre housed the famous inn and cinema “Kolarac” until World War II (the building was the property of the merchant and benefactor Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac). The Riunione Palace, housing the “Jadran” cinema, was built in 1930.
The tram tracks were removed after World War II (between the two world wars the square was a tram turn) and the square holding the graves and memorials of the Red Army soldiers killed during the liberation of Belgrade in 1944 was moved (their mortal remains were moved to the Graveyard of the Liberators of Belgrade).
Restaurant Question mark
The oldest of Belgrade inns, The Question mark, is located in Kralja Petra Street 6 and is one of the symbols of Belgrade.
Erected in 1823 as the property of Prince Miloš Obrenović, it was built by “masters from Grezia” in the Balkans style. It had changed owners and names since 1878. First it was called “At the Shepherd’s” in 1878, then in 1892 “At the Cathedral Church” but church authorities protested so the owner put the question mark sign at the door as a temporary solution and it remained there to this day. It housed the first billiards game in Belgrade in 1834 and was the first reading room for the “Serbian Papers” from the same year.