I made the mistake of just showing up, where I hopped on to the Serbian tour.
The guide was very patient and translated everything for me but noted it’s not his preferred tour method.
To sum up, everyone under 35 (and a good portion of those older) speak English so accent-less it’s nearly distracting.
(Why the hell are we still charging everything with wires?) The tour guides are very informed – frankly passionate – about Tesla and the science of his accomplishments.English tours are 500 Serbian dinar (~.50 USD), lasting 30-40 minutes.I can’t recommend the Tesla Museum enough to see how far wireless technology has come yet at the same time, how much further ahead we could be.A 20 minute walk from central Belgrade, it’s location is so inconspicuous that you’ll doubt you’re headed in the right direction, no matter what your GPS says.
(Getting a local SIM card for phone and Internet access is easily done from one of the small corner shops around town.) The waiters are very friendly, recommending what’s been cooked up fresh that evening (take their suggestion, trust me).
One place you really shouldn’t miss while you’re in Belgrade, Serbia, is the Nikola Tesla Museum.
The Tesla Museum is an interactive experience about Tesla’s past as well as our technological future.
Despite only spending a day of his life in Belgrade, the (then) Yugoslavian government established the Nikola Tesla Museum 9 years after his death. The tours, where you can actually play with wireless electricity, are offered in different languages at varying times throughout the museum’s hours, 10am-6pm, open all days except Monday.
You need to call ahead to join an English tour (ideally the day before or latest morning of) since the tour times change daily and aren’t listed on the Tesla Museum website.
For most people around the world, still, Balkan cities conjure up greying men with stern faces and apartment buildings dotted by bullet holes.