In March of ’99 NATO alliance undertook airstrike campaign against SR Yugoslavia whose capital was Belgrade. During 78 days of the campaign, NATO bombing in Belgrade caused severe casualties and damage. Both to military and civilian objectives. Scars from twenty years ago are still visible around the city and those are obvious reminder of one aggressive policy which still travels the globe.
What to expect from the tour Scars of NATO bombing in Belgrade
With this private tour you will understand better what were the reasons for the campaign against Yugoslavia in the first place. You’ll hear shocking life stories from your guide who witnessed life under NATO bombing in Belgrade at the time. During the tour we will take you to several sites where traces of bombing are still visible or to sites which had significance during the campaign. If you find this subject to difficult or stressful, then we suggest more easy going Belgrade city tour Belgrade for beginners tour.
RTS – Radio Television of Serbia
Here you’ll hear the story about the night when 16, mostly young people, got killed during night shift. There is original building still standing on the site, unrepaired, as a memorial to this disastrous event.
Ministry of Defense
This is the most common site on various photos related to NATO bombing in Belgrade. Ministry of defense is still reminder on the night of 29th of April 1999 when many military objectives were hit. As consequence of this action one person lost its life and many civilian buildings in the vicinity were damaged.
Central Committee of Communist Party of Yugoslavia
Business center Ušće stands today on the same skeleton of the original construction and with the same appearance of the original building of CK of Communist Party of Yugoslavia. You’ll learn why this building was NATO missile proof back in 1999.
Probably most controversial bombing site in Belgrade from the ’99 campaign. The Embassy was alegedly bombed as a result of intelligence mistake, but it’s suspected it had completely different purpose. Whatever the reasons were, four Chinese citizens died in the night of 7th of May 1999.
The hotel was once pride of Yugoslavian hospitality industry. Completed in the late 60s it was the biggest and most luxurious hotel in the region. On the same night when Chinese Embassy was hit, Hotel Yugoslavia was bombed with three missiles in order to eliminate seat of paramilitary group. It eliminated one guest of the hotel.
Air Force Command Building
Final spot on the tour is Command Building of Yugoslavian Air Force at the time. This 1935 edifice represented pearl of Yugoslavian and Serbian architecture. As strategic objective it was hit with two missiles on 5th of April 1999.
After the tour we will take you to one of Zemun’s cafes to summarize impressions (optional).
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