CLD Meeting will take place in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Belgrade or Beograd, which means “white city”, has about 1, 6 million inhabitants. It is located in the South-East of Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It 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. Belgrade is a modern, multicultural European city, but also a capital of Serbian culture, education and science. It is a rapidly developing, warm-hearted city with a growing economy, famous for its hospitality and international spirit.
Knez Mihailova Street is a pedestrian zone and shopping center – protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable monumental complexes of the city, with a large number of representative buildings and urban houses built at the end of 1870s.
High above the Sava and Danube confluence, on the rocky ridge which opens the view of Novi Beograd, Zemun and wide plains of Pannonia, there is the Belgrade Fortress with Kalemegdan, the former historical and urban center of Belgrade. This spatial complex consists of: The Fortress, divided into Upper Town and Lower Town, and the Kalemegdan park, the most popular promenade for Belgrade citizens. The most beautiful and biggest park in Belgrade, which is also the most important cultural and historical complex, in which the Belgrade Fortress stands high above the Sava and Danube confluence. The name Kalemegdan applies only to the spacious plateau surrounding the Fortress, which was turned into a park in the eighties of the XIX century. When the Fortress served as Belgrade’s chief military stronghold, the plateau was a place from which the enemy was kept under observation and where preparations were made for combats. Its name derives from the Turkish words kale (fort) and megdan (field).
Time zone: Belgrade and Serbia are located in the Central European time zone region – GMT +1 and/or GMT +2 as of the last week in the third month until the Saturday prior to the last week of the tenth month.
Climate: Belgrade has a moderate continental climate, with an average temperature of 11.7oC. The Košava – a southeasterly and easterly wind which brings clear and dry weather in intervals of two to three days, mainly in autumn and winter – is characteristic to Belgrade.
The area code for Belgrade in national traffic is 011. The area code for Serbia in international traffic is 381.
Important Telephone Numbers: Police:192, Firemen:193, Ambulance:194, Time:195, Telegram sending by phone:196, Registry of international calls:1901.
Voltage: As in most cities of Continental Europe, the electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European.
Drinking water: Tap water in Belgrade is safe to drink.
Currency: The official currency in Serbia is dinar, abbreviated RSD. Money may be exchanged in all banks and post offices, as well as in authorized exchange offices. Exchange rate for 1 EUR is around 120 RSD.
Cash may be taken from ATMs installed in all major malls, bank branch offices and in public places 365 days in a year, 24 hours a day. Cell phone, e-cards and Internet cards may also be purchased in some of these places. American Express, Diners Club, Visa, Master Card, Maestro, Dina Card and Post Card are widely accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants.