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Why you Should Explore the Balkans in 2015

I could go on and on about the must-see sights and beaches that dot this stunning Southeast European region in an attempt to convince you why the Balkans need to be on your travel radar. I could craft a top ten list from “must eat” foods to “must dos” that summarize entire countries into single paragraphs. But what I’d rather do is share some stories through photos, and I’ve partnered with Expedia Viewfinder’s Image Library to highlight my experiences from the Balkans to inspire your next adventure. Hopefully these personal snippets show you why I absolutely adore the Balkans and they will convince you to explore this region and unearth even more untold stories yourselves. But first, a quick geography lesson – The Balkan peninsular is a region that juts out into and is bordered by the...
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5 Things Podstel Learnt About Serbia

By Podstel Serbia has been a very interesting stop off on Podstel’s Road to Berlin. We’d done a quick Google search into things to do and places to see beforehand but you can never truly understand a country and all its eccentricities until you’re really there, breathing its air. Our love affair with Serbia began within the first five minutes of arriving, when the happiest border control officer ever bantered with us over our passport pictures. Since then, we’ve fallen deeper and deeper in love with the people, the culture and the absolutely amazing nature. Here’s a few delights which added to our Serbian romance. Serbs are incredibly hospitable What do we like most about Serbia? The Serbs. Of course, there are great people everywhere and if our years spent travelling the world have...
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Visa-Free Entry in Serbia

Since November 2014, the Serbian Government adopted the decision on visa-free entry for holders of foreign passports having a valid Schengen, UK and other Member States’ visa, or visa of the United States of America, and for holders of foreign passports having residence permit in the countries of the Schengen area, EU or the United States of America. The holders of the above mentioned passports can without prior visa application, enter, transit or stay in Serbia up to 90 days during a six-month period. Holders of 67 nationalities of ordinary passport have visa-free entry in Serbia. The stay vary from 2 weeks up to 90 days depending on the nationality. We listed all nationalities in only one infographic: * Chinese passport holders need visa to enter Serbia. However, if you have a...
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Underground of Belgrade

Notes From Underground

An underground tunnel between two nuclear bunkers in the Kalemegdan park. Text and images by Kevin Loumann Eienstrand Few might know this but “notes from underground” is the title of a fantastic book by the great Fjodor Dostojevski. This article has absolutely nothing to do with neither Dostojevski or his book, just that it also tells an appealing story from underground. Visiting Belgrade there are many things you should check out but an absolutely “must-do” is the underground tour of the city. The tour will take you to the most important historic parts of Belgrade in the area around Kalemegdan – the park that holds the Belgrade Fortress, but before you enter the park you will be shown one the oldest pieces of architecture in Belgrade. The remains of the city wall which dates all the...
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17 Things to Know Before You go to Belgrade

1. Belgrade’s been around the block Belgrade is seriously old, and it’s seen a few things. Belgrade is the largest city in Serbia and its capital, but the “white city” has taken many forms since the beginnings of its settlement between 50,000 and 20,000 years ago. Thanks to its strategic location at the confluence of the Saba and Danube rivers, and intersection of Western and Oriental Europe, Belgrade has been fought over in 115 wars and razed to the ground 44 times, including by Attila the Hun, who had his way with the area in A.D. 442. In 1521 Belgrade was conquered by the Ottomans, and there followed a period of tug-of war between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, who took turns destroying the city, each leaving behind a cosmopolitan legacy. Belgrade was also the capital of...
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Belgrade: A Rising Star in the Balkans

By Marius Nazare from Podstel Our wonderful Serbian Podventure started in the country’s exuberant and outspoken capital, Belgrade. After spending almost two weeks in this city, Belgrade has shocked and delighted us in equal measures and has got us wondering whether this hidden gem is unfairly overlooked by travelers traversing the well-worn backpacker trails? Touching down in the capital after an immense 6 hour hitchhike and 21 km walk from Romania, the vibrancy was tangible and we knew for sure that in Serbia, there is definitely more than meets the eye. The hospitality and welcoming nature of the Serbs cannot be overstated and from the moment we arrived, we were on the receiving end. Whilst on the hunt for local cuisine and hungrily failing to comprehend the menus written completely...
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Podstel in Belgrade

Here is a great little highlights video made by Jason of Podstel’s experience in Belgrade. Great vibe and a future Podstel location.
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Kalemegdan

The City of a Thousand Wars

The front gate of the Belgrade Fortress. The red walls were built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Further inside the fortress you will enter gates build by the Romans almost 2000 years ago. Text and Images by Kevin Loumann Eienstrand Going to Belgrade, one of the first things you will see is the beautiful and vibrant street Knez Mihailova – the pedestrian street. It is the street where you can get anything from roasted chestnuts to high fashion. What the fewest people know is that at the time of the Roman Empire the street was a military road for Roman soldiers to enter and leave Belgrade. Go to the end of Knez Mihailova just across the street from Kalemegdan Park and you are standing on what was once the city walls. Standing at the end of Knez Mihailova and crossing the street will...
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These Cities Will Soon be Havens for the Super-Rich

The report documents the patterns of high-net-worth individuals — those worth over $30 million — to predict how global wealth will evolve in the next decade. While many of the world’s multimillionaires and billionaires live in the financial capitals of London, Tokyo, and New York, many have begun migrating to cities with emerging markets and untapped opportunities to make even more money. Belgrade, Serbia Belgrade, Serbia Panama City, Panama The Panama City skyline at night Panama has benefited immensely from its strategically located canal that bridges Latin America and North America. Since 2007, its capital, Panama City, has nearly doubled its population of high-net-worth individuals. Compared with its Central American neighbors like Honduras, Panama is economically stable....
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