Belgrade‘s strategic location, where the Sava and Danube rivers meet, has made it an attractive prize to empires great and small for over 2,000 years. According to our friends over at The Independent, the city “was witness to 115 international conflicts and … razed to the ground 44 times.”
Given this history, it’s hard to decide whether it makes perfect sense or no sense at all that it is a prime party destination where live music can be found in smoky, crowded bars any night of the week. The oldest tavern in Belgrade is called ?. It got this unusual name when the cathedral that was next to it objected to the previous name, which was basically “Bar next to the cathedral.”
Despite having been at the center of so much conflict, there are some great historical buildings to be found in Belgrade (and now we all know that Dolphie is nuts for history!), including an old fortress right at the confluence of the two rivers, and a house built for a princess in the early 1800s that remains the best-preserved example of architecture from that period.
Another interesting bit of history that you can find in Belgrade is the Nikola Tesla museum. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor who moved to New York City to work for Thomas Edison. According to some, he is “the greatest geek who ever lived.” Of his many achievements, our favorite is probably creating one of the world’s first wirelessly controlled boats.
(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia, Lonely Planet, and The Independent, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)