The central city municipality is the keeper of the rich history and tradition of Belgrade. At the same time, it is the center of modern urban happenings and tourist attractions. The Old Town (Stari grad) is the central city municipality and its territory forms the largest part of the old core of Belgrade. The municipality has a long history of Belgrade's initial emergence, including its urban and economic growth and its development over two millennia.
The municipality of Stari grad is the tourist, cultural, political, historical, educational and business center comprising 13 colleges, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Botanical garden, 18 museums, six theatres and a great number of cultural institutions, as well as the inevitable Skadarlija.
The most important part of the architectural, cultural and historical heritage of Belgrade is located in Stari grad. Numerous buildings and houses from the old times still stand around here, together with 200 buildings which are under the protection of the state, such as Konak Kneginje Ljubice (Princess Ljubica’s Residence) , Belgrade Fortress together with park Kalemegdan, Captain Misha’s building (Kapetan Mišino zdanje), the Congregation church (Saborna crkva), the ambient of Knez Mihailova St., Kosančićev venac with 20 mansions, all of them being recognized as the cultural heritage of great importance. Stari grad is a favorite spot for tourists and should be duly explored.
Some of the most important state buildings and institutions are located in Stari grad, namely, the National Assembly of Serbia (Narodna skupština Srbije), the City Hall - Old Palace (Gradska skupština – Stari dvor), and The Office of the President of the Republic of Serbia - New Palace (Sedište, Zgrada predseništva – Novi dvor).
Some of the most significant and most beautiful parts of Belgrade, such as Terazije, Dorćol and the Republic Square (Trg Republike), where the Monument of Princ Mihailo Obrenović stands, are to be found in Stari grad. The Republic Square, which borders with the National Museum on one side and the National Theater on the other, Students’ Sq., Botanical Garden “Jevremovac” and Skadarlija – still keep the fleur of bygone times when it was a hub for bohemians, famous poets, writers, painters, actors and other artists. All of the above are situated in Stari grad.
Walking past the confluence of the two rivers, Sava and Danube, which flow beneath the Belgrade Fortress at the Municipality of Stari grad, Sport Centre “Dragoslav Gale Muškatirovic”, and tennis centre ”Novak” stretch along the riverside. The Trophy room, placed in the tennis centre, exhibits most of the trophies won by our favorite fellow citizen, world No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic.
If the sentence "Belgrade, the city that does not sleep" describes any part of the city, it would have to be the Savamala, Skadarlija and the Old Brewery in Cetinjska St., plus numerous cafes, live music clubs and restaurants, all of which are situated in Stari grad.