Come to a city where you will feel at home
 
This is not a tourist slogan but the truth. We are not bearing in mind the well know Serbian hospitality that seems to grow with the number of kilometers our guest has made to come to Belgrade. Belgrade is an unusual mosaic built up by centuries of overlapping civilizations in which everyone finds at least something that reminds him of home, obviously wrapped up in the inimitable Belgrade charm.
There is no place in the world with such a natural combination of oriental passion and European finesse. Having stood on the path of many conquests going both from the East and from the West, Belgrade has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt, and has not the continuity of style and the elegance of similar European big cities. On the other hand, it has abundant vitality, sense of humor, curiosity. That’s why you will never get bored in Belgrade!
Belgrade is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. The medieval town of Singidunum, which has been known by the Slavic name of Belgrade since 878, was built at the site where the Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan park are situated today, above the place where the Sava flows into the Danube. Because of this position, Belgrade is fittingly referred to as the Gateway to the Balkans and the Door to Central Europe. Geographically, Belgrade comprises three areas: the Old Town on the right bank of the Sava and Danube, New Belgrade on the left bank of the Sava, and Zemun on the banks of the Danube beyond New Belgrade.

 

History
 
Belgrade is one of the oldest towns in Europe. It has a 7000-year-old history and the oldest archaeological findings date back to 5th millennium AD. The Slavs crossed the Danube in increasing numbers during the 6th century and permanently settled in this area, erecting their settlement – the White City – on a rocky outcrop rising above the mouth of the Sava. Between the 16th and the 19th centuries, Belgrade was called by many names in different languages: Alba Graeca, Alba Bulgarica, Bello grado, Nandor Alba, Griechisch Weissenburg and Castelbianco, all of which are translations of the Slavic word Beograd. The name Belgrade was mentioned for the first time in 878. Due to its auspicious geographic position, it was exposed to numerous invaders and was under the influence of many civilizations, such as those of the Celts, the Thracians, the Romans, the Huns, the Goths, the Byzantines, the Hungarians or the Turks. As many as 40 armies have conquered Belgrade and as many as 38 times it rose again from the ashes.

 

Culture & Science
Belgrade is also the capital of Serbian culture, education and science. It is home to the highest concentration of nationally important science and art institutions: the Serbian Academy of Science and Art, founded in 1886 as the Serbian Royal Academy; the National Library of Serbia, founded in 1832; the National Museum, founded in 1841 and the National Theatre, founded in 1869. The city is also home to Belgrade University, founded in 1869 as the High School, as well as the Arts University.

 

Language
The official language is Serbian, a Southern Slavic language similar to Serbo-Croatian, Croatian, Slovenian, Macedonian and Bulgarian. The official alphabets are Cyrillic and Latin. Visitors from abroad can use English to communicate.

 

Population
Belgrade is the capital and the largest city of Serbia. The city has a population of 1.23 million, while over 1.65 million people live in its metro area (which encompasses administrative limits of City of Belgrade). However, around 4 million people commute through Belgrade every day.

 

Climate
The Belgrade climate is moderate continental, with four seasons. The average annual air temperature is 11,9 0C. Autumn is longer than spring, with lengthy sunny and warm periods (Indian summer). Winter is not particularly harsh, and averages 21 one days with below zero temperatures. January is the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of 0,4 0C. Spring is rather short and rainy. Summer starts abruptly. The hottest months are July (21,7 0C) and August (21,3 0C).
Belgrade has a characteristic south-eastern and eastern wind called „koshava“, which brings fair and dry weather. It is most frequent in the fall and winter, lasting for 2-3 days. The average koshava speed is 25-43 km/h, particularly when there is a high air pressure over Ukraine and Bessarabia, and low pressure over the Adriatic Sea.
Belgrade, has an annual average of 139 days with precipitation, including 27 days of snow. The most intense precipitations are in May and June, and in February they are the least. One-day rains are most frequent. The annual average of precipitations is 667,9 mm. The snow blanket averages 30 to 44 days, and its average thickness is 14-25 cm.

 
Time Zone
Belgrade lies in the central European time zone CET (GMT+1 hour).
The summer daylight saving time is from the end of March to the end of October (GMT+2 hours).
 
Currency & Coinage
The official currency of the country is the Serbian Dinar (RSD). The rate is around 120 Dinars for 1 Euro.
Dinar coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20
Dinar bills: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at Banks, at the Airport or the Exchange Offices. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Republic of Serbia (VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express).
 
Electricity
As in most cities of Continental Europe, the electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European with two round pins.
 
Water
Tap water in Belgrade is safe to drink. There are also plenty bottled water brands offering regular, mildly carbonated or highly carbonated water.

Working hours
Most shops and grocery stores work usually from 8 AM to 9 or 10 PM, but there are others that work 24h. Large shopping malls are open from 10am until 10 PM for business days and weekends too. Green markets work from 6 AM to 7 PM. Banks and offices have standard 9 AM to 5 PM working hours. Most of them have ATMs (cash machines).

 
Emergency
In case of emergencies during the Congress, please contact the staff at the registration desk. In case of emergencies in the hotel, please contact your hotel reception for first aid service.
Police Department: 192
Fire Department: 193
Medical emergencies: 194