The conference will take place at Metropol Palace Hotel, Belgrade. Originally designed as the venue for a global conference in 1961, the hotel today blends the era’s international architectural and interior style with contemporary luxury. Located next to the grand Tašmajdan park, it invites you to explore Belgrade’s many monuments, palaces, theaters and museums rich with indigenous and international cultural gems, all within a short stroll from the hotel.
Positioned in the middle of the Bulevar kralja Aleksandra (formerly Bulevar Revuclije), one of the longest and most important streets in Belgrade, Metropol Palace truly is in the heart of Belgrade, well connected with all the city’s transportation hubs.
womENcourage will be using the Nikola Tesla Ballroom (A, B and C), the Lavender Room and the Aristotle Room. An interactive map of the venue can be found here.
Arriving by plane
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is located 18 kilometers away from the city center. From the airport take:
- A1 Mini bus to Slavija Square, which is 10 min walk to the Metropol Palace Hotel. Ticket price is 300 RSD – approx. 2,5 EUR (purchased in the bus) and travel time is 30 min. You can find the routemap and timetable here.
- or Taxi to zone 2 – Belgrade city area is divided into 6 zones with different prices. There is a voucher system recently implemented for taxi rides from Nikola Tesla Airport. Contact the city service TAXI INFO desk, located in the baggage reclaim area and take a taxi receipt which contains the name of your destination and appropriate price for the taxi service. For zone 2, where Metropol Palace Hotel is, the taxi fare is 1800 RSD – approx. 15 EUR.
Accommodation at the Metropol Palace Hotel is available at a special rate for the conference participants. For bookings please complete this reservation form and send it to the email address specified in the form: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
However, in Belgrade there are a lot of options for accomodation that you can find using any of the usual platforms such as booking.com, hotels.com, or trivago.com (use the map with the location of the conference venue to guide you during the search for accommodation).
Some references with prices less than 50 euros are:
- Airbnb is a recommended as an option, having a lot of great flats for very reasonable prices: 15€ to 40 €/night.
- Hotel Tash approx 40€/night.
- Hotel Slavija 14 to 50 €/night, depending on type of room. Please check the Hotel Slavija Offer and Hotel Slavija Garni Offer. Use one of these reservation forms for your booking: Reservation Form Hotel Slavija, or Reservation Form Hotel Slavija Garni.
Some references for youth hostels are:
- Karavan Inn Belgrade approx. 15€/night, shared room.
- Jellostone Hostel double room from 24€/night, 15€/night in shared room.
- Manga Hostel private room 20€/night, 10€/night in shared room.
- City Break Hostel approx. 10€ to 15€/night.
- New Hostel Belgrade private room 30€/night, 10€/night in shared room.
- Hostel Bongo private room 35€/night, 15€/night in shared room.
- Traveler’s Hostel and Apartments approx. 30€/night.
- Hostel Fine from 16€ to 30€/night.
Getting around Belgrade
Belgrade, known to locals as ‘New York on a budget’, has been for centuries the crossroads between the East and the West, creating a unique fusion of traditions, styles and influences. The city is located on the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, which provide the backdrop for many of the city’s key sights, and split the city up into the more attractive Old Belgrade and New Belgrade. It is a city of extraordinary contrasts, a capital where culture and architecture coexist, a past of ruin and rebirth.
Belgrade city public transport – including taxis – is inexpensive. Bus, trolleybus and tram tickets can be bought directly from the driver, but they are cheaper at newspaper kiosks (you can find them marked with a ticket sales sticker). Only take official taxis with “TX” on the licence plate. More details and useful information about the public transport can be found here.
‘Belgrade Talking’ Mobile App
‘Belgrade Talking’ is a free application which takes users to more than 30 city locations bringing a brand new perception of the capital, in a simple, swift, informative and entertaining manner. The application is available in Serbian and English, and is created for Android and iOS.
After downloading the app, simply point the smart phone camera towards the nearest location and a series of short stories will instantly open. An audio guide will be automatically activated allowing users to focus on the architecture of buildings, institutions, monuments, and religious facilities. Maps provide an actual tour around the city as the application proposes the best sightseeing route, guiding to the next closest location. You can download it from here for Android or here for iOS.
The Serbian monetary unit is the Serbian dinar (RSD). Money may be exchanged in all banks and post offices, as well as in authorized exchange offices. Cash may be taken from ATMs installed in all major malls, bank branch offices and other public places.
As in most cities of Continental Europe, the electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European.
Tap water in Belgrade is safe to drink.
Belgrade and Serbia are located in the Central European Time zone region (CET).