Word of Mouth: Belgrade

Exploring the Serbian capital from refined roof terraces to reimagined industrial spaces

Over the past few years, the Serbian capital Belgrade has emerged as one of the most exciting destinations in Europe. Owing to its cheap prices, 24-hour party culture and plenty of dilapidated but beautiful architecture, Belgrade is often described as “the new Berlin” by those who fear that gentrification has stripped the old Berlin of the permissive hedonism for which it was so famous in …

Exploring Saint Petersburg’s Redeveloped New Holland Island

From film festivals and green space to restaurants and art installations, the development energizes the city

As you stroll through the painstakingly manicured grounds of the redeveloped New Holland Island, it’s easy to forget that you’re in Saint Petersburg. Throughout the majority of its 300-year history, the island was off limits to the public. But since 2011, a $400 million urban renewal project led by Millhouse LLC, a company owned by Russia’s most prominent oligarch, Roman Abramovich, has transformed the eight-hectare …