Belgrade Meetings and Incentives Guide

 The Ultimate Belgrade Meetings and Incentives Guide

– All you need for a successful event –

Belgrade needs no introduction; the history of this capital is as chequered as they come but that is what gives this place its raw vibe. Expect friendly people, amazing food and superb value for your money. In recent years Belgrade has also seen a big upswing in business related travels and it is quickly becoming a popular destination for conferences and corporate events.

We have put together the ultimate Belgrade Meetings and Incentives guide containing everything you need for a successful conference, gala dinner or corporate event in Belgrade.

Click on the links for more info about venues and activities.

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 Meeting Venues

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Meeting and Event venues in Belgrade

For 20 attendees: Townhouse 27

For 50 attendees
: Guarnerius Art Center

For 100 attendees: Hotel Moskva

For 200 attendees
: Ušće Tower

For  500 attendees
: Madlenianum Opera

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 Hotels

Square Nine Hotel

Square Nine Hotel

Conference Hotels in Belgrade

1)
 Life Design Hotel
Reason: Located in the center of Belgrade, reasonably priced and luxurious

2) Square Nine
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Great location in the center of the city, top level service, excellent food and the hotel rates as one of the most luxurious in Belgrade.

3)
 Hyatt Hotel
Reason:  
5 star hotel, first class service, big conference halls and one of the best hotels in Belgrade.

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Restaurants

Kalemegdan Terrace

Kalemegdan Terrace

Restaurants in Belgrade suitable for a gala dinner

1)
 Tri Šešira
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Located in Skadarlija, Belgrade’s charming bohemian quarter. Serbian traditional cuisine, live music and great atmosphere

2)
 Cantina de Frida
Reason: 
Amazing view right on the Danube river, great Argentinian cuisine, live music. The most popular restaurant in Belgrade

3) Kalemegdan Terrace
Reason: Situated on the Belgrade Fortress, central downtown location, spacious 5 star restaurant that can accommodate big groups

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Must See’s

View from Kalemegdan

View from Kalemegdan

3 must see’s in Belgrade

1)
 Belgrade fortress and the Kalemegdan park
Reason: The Fortress is over 1500 year old and the surrounding park is one of the biggest and most beautiful in Belgrade, from where you have a great view of the confluence of the Sava and the Danube river

2)
 Saint Sava Temple
Reason: The biggest orthodox temple in Eastern Europe.

3)
 House of Flowers
Reason: The tomb of Tito, former president of Yugoslavia.

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Incentive Ideas

Cruise the Danube river

Experience Belgrade from the water

Belgrade incentive ideas

1)
 Interactive Sightseeing with Ipads
Reason: A unique, interactive and fun game and the perfect way to discover the city.

2)
 Bohemian Belgrade and Rakija tour
Reason: Discover the authentic charm of Belgrade and its bohemian atmosphere and try Rakija (local brandy made from fruit)

3)
 Cruising the Danube
Reason: Enjoy the beautiful view of Belgrade from the river. It is also possible to arrange dinners or parties on the boat.

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Gift Ideas

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Opancici souvenir

Example small souvenirs / giveaways

1)
 Miniature bottles of “Rakija” (Serbian traditional drink)

2)
 A “Opancici” key ring. (Serbian traditional shoes)

3) A small Winner statue souvenir, the symbol of Belgrade

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If you want more ideas and tips or want to book a corporate event in Belgrade, don’t hesitate to contact  Travel Out There’s local event manager in Belgrade, Nikos Alexic

Belgrade Waterfront Will Turn Belgrade Into New Regional Centre

A fundamental change is taking place in Belgrade. In the end of June this year, the project Belgrade Waterfront (Beograd na vodi) was officially presented. The project is a collaboration between the Serbian government and Emirate company Eagle Hills, and is set to transform the whole city of Belgrade and turn it into the regional centre.

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Belgrade Waterfront plan

 

The project, that will take 10 years and 3 billion euro to finalize, will transform the Sava river front, which today mostly consist of unused land, magazines, and industrial buildings, into a “new city in the city”.

The new waterfront will cover an area of 14.000 m2 and will among other things include residential and office buildings, a central park, the largest shopping mall in the Balkans, 8 hotels, riverside promenades, a pedestrian bridge crossing the river, and a 200 meter tall skyscraper, better known as Belgrade tower.

 

Sava riverfront today

Sava riverfront today

 

A new beginning for Belgrade

The Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vučić says that this will be a new beginning for Belgrade and Serbia as a whole, who’s economy has suffered hard during the last decades. Mismanagement, civil war, sanctions, damage of Yugoslavia’s infrastructure, one of the world’s highest inflations and Nato’s airstrikes in 1999,  left the Serbian economy half the size of what it was in 1990.

Although the economy has slowly been experiencing an upturn the last decade, this will hopefully be the spark that will help Serbia to really catch up, to attract more tourists and investors, and turn it into the regional centre and a leading Business hub in Eastern Europe.

After all Belgrade has a great position, as a crossroad between Western and Eastern Europe and has always been an important strategic place throughout the history.

 

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Before and after the renovation of the Zadruga building

“The whole country will look as clean and scrubbed as this building”

The project has already started with the reconstruction of the Zadruga building, that has been turned in to the Waterfront’s gallery. At the opening Vučić announced that “This building is not only a model. Our plan is to change the whole of Belgrade, to change the face of Serbia, so that the whole country looks as clean and scrubbed as this building.

The construction will start  in 2015, and the new Belgrade symbol, the Belgrade tower, will be finished before the end of 2016.

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Sketch of Belgrade Waterfront, with the 200 m high Belgrade kula in the middle

 

A Mock up of the Belgrade Waterfront can be viewed at the Gallery on Karadjordjeva 48 in Belgrade

A Mock up of the Belgrade Waterfront can be viewed at the Gallery on Karadjordjeva 48 in Belgrade

We have been operating in Belgrade since 2009, and are today one of the leading DMC’s. We are looking forward to seeing Belgrade develop with this project and are convinced that Belgrade could become a leading business hub  and MICE destination of the region. We would also like to encourage everyone to come visit Belgrade already now, whether as tourist or on business. Belgrade is an exciting city, full of opportunity and potential but still with a rough edge to it that gives it a spirit unlike few other cities.

 

You can read more about Belgrade Waterfront on it’s official website.

Prime Event Venue – Royal Compound in Belgrade

It is about time to get rid of all the stereotypes surrounding the Balkans! Belgrade is an historic city on the banks of river Danube and the capital of Serbia! This ‘White City’ (Beograd literally) offers much more than meets the eye! While Belgrade is globally known as the party Mecca, this is not its only quality. So don’t be surprised to find one of the prime event venues right here in the heart of the Balkans.

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Royal Compound in Belgrade is a true eye-candy and definitely a luxurious venue for any type of event. The Royal Palace was the home of King Alexander I and built by the architects Zivojin Nikolic and Nikolay Krassnoff of the Royal Academy. The palace is beautiful example of the Serbian-Byzantine style.

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The Royal Palace is surrounded with pergolas, park terraces, swimming pools, pavilions and platforms. There are magnificent views from the palace towards the ridge of Dedinje Hill, Koshutnjak Forest, Topchider and Avala Mountain.

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There are several rooms on offer, each decorated in a particular style. The Formal Entrance Hall is paved with stone and decorated with copies of medieval frescoes from the Monasteries of Dechani and Sopochani. The Blue Drawing Room is decorated in the Baroque style; the Golden Drawing Room (Palma Vecchio) and Dining Room are in the Renaissance style with impressive wood carved ceilings and bronze chandeliers.

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Should you want to impress your clients or co-workers with stunning surroundings and truly make your incentive in Belgrade one of a kind, probably you want to go for the Royal Compound. Enjoy the luxurious decor and breath-taking outdoors of the Palace.

Find more information here.

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Winter Warmers

We all know how chilly it can get during the winter in Eastern Europe; anyone who has visited these parts also knows how the locals like to tell tales and stories over strong liquor. We count down the top 5 winter warmers to try this year.


Riga Black Balzam – As thick as tar and 45%abv this drink is a cross between Jagermeister and cough medicine, which is handy as the local Latvians swear by this drink as a cure for the common cold…if you have enough we are sure it could cure most ailments.

 

 


Unicums – Brewed from over 40 herbs (apparently) this liquor from Hungary is sure to warm the cockles of your heart, even if the image of a drowning man on the label is a bit odd.

 

 

 


Zubrowka – This list would not be complete without a good old traditional Polish wódka and where better to start than the Bison Grass wódka. A single blade of Bison grass is placed in every bottle and although this has been copied many times over there is only one original Zubrowka.

 

 


Vana – This Estonian liquor is available in varying levels of potency, from 16%abv up to 50%abv. Of course when in Tallinn there is only option and that the 50%abv, not as old as others on the list it is perhaps a bit more palatable with a sweeter taste.

 

 


Rakija – A favourite amongst the Balkans this liquor made from distilled fruit, Serbian Rakija is renowned as the best around, due to the excellent fruit farming in this area…again the not so legal form of Rakija can pack a punch at 60%abv