Belgrade is a city like no other. Concrete high-rises of the Communist era contrast with neo-classical buildings, whilst the construction of wholly modern skyscrapers is on the rise. This contrast of old, new and plain old ugly is quite symbolic of the increasingly globalised country held back by its outdated social outlook.
The train journey from Montenegro to Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. Whilst the average flight time is a little under an hour, taking the train will take at least ten times this. But it’s absolutely worth it.
Beginning its flow in Germany, the Danube runs through ten countries before reaching the Black Sea. Around the halfway point is the former Yugoslavian territory of Serbia, with the river providing the centrepiece for the capital city, Belgrade.