On the Danube River, where it meets the Sava River, Belgrade (or "White City") is the capital and largest city of Serbia. Belgrade has a history dating to the 4th century BC; today, after many years being the one place synonymous with the breakup of Yugoslavia, it is emerging as a tourism city. For this reason, meeting venues in Belgrade are eager to prove themselves.
Its international airport, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG), is named for Nikola Tesla, the Serbian famous for his pioneering work with electricity and magnetism. It is seven miles west of the city center and is well connected to the U.S. and other European business centers.
The sleek, 1,000,000-square-foot Sava Convention Center has played host to such international groups as the World Bank-IMF Annual Meeting and UNESCO General Assembly. It has 18 exhibit halls able to host up to 4,200 persons and is connected to the 415-room Hotel Continental.
The choices for hotel venues in Belgrade include the 509-room Hotel Slavija, which has space for meeting of up to 350 persons; the 302-room Hyatt Regency Belgrade, which has room for 600; the 301-room Srbija Hotel, able to cater for 340; the 246-room Metropol Palace, which has space for 200; and the 128-room Park Hotel, which has its own congress center able to host more than 1,300.
Belgrade has many cool spots in which to have private events, certainly as the city was home to the country's deposed Royal Family, who still live there. For large events, the Expo XXI Belgrade, close to the Sava Convention Center, has 75,000 square feet of exhibit space for up to 3,000 people, while an older but still modernist choice is the Madlenianum Theatre & Opera, which was formed in the 1950s but moved into its current space in 1998; apart from putting on performances, it contains three halls, a lobby and a lounge for events.
The traditional choice of special event venues in Belgrade is the Heritage House of Belgrade, or Kuca Legata: built in 1869, in the center of the city and it has a beautiful, white gallery with 3,000 square feet of space in five connected rooms. There's also the Zepter Museum opened only in 2010 albeit in an 1920s, very grand bank building with a memorable frontage. Ancient is the Belgrade Fortress, which sits above the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers and offers numerous, atmospheric outdoor spaces for functions. (The fortress is sometimes referred to as Kalemegdan Fortress, but technically Kalemegdan only incorporates the parkland that surrounds the fortress, not the fortress itself.)
Skadarlija is Belgrade's funky, Bohemian district and a great place to relax and enjoy this city. Some refer to it as the "Montmartre of Belgrade." Restaurants in that area includes the long-named Black Gruja and the Philosophers Stone, which has space for 80 persons; the perhaps-strangely-named Travelling Actor, which has beautiful spaces inside and out, and Italian-Serbian menu and also nine guest rooms, and also Italian-influenced Campo de Fiori, named after the famous square in Rome. Italian cuisine has had a real influence in this city, where other choices include Trac, with 60 places indoors, 30 outdoors, and a French, Italian and Serbian menu, and wonderfully eccentric Lorenzo & Kakalamba.