One of Europe`s oldest cities, Belgrades wider city area was the birthplace of the largest prehistoric culture of Europe, the Vinca culture. Nowadays, it is the central economic hub of Serbia, and the capital of Serbian culture, education and science. Is there a European capital with a more turbulent history than Belgrade? The popular hilltop Avala Monument offers striking views over the city. At the frontier of empires and the junction of the great Danube river, this is one of the oldest cities of Europe. As proof of the constant war and upheaval few buildings in Belgrade are older than a hundred years. But Belgrade is no less compelling for its tumultuous past, blending high culture with a fun-loving spirit.
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