One Belgrade is that it is a city sprawled along of the frst distinguishing features of the banks of two rivers. However, Belgrade is also distinguishable as a city completely surrounded by greenery. Avala, the mountain that lies beside Belgrade, peaks at 506m/asl and is adorned with dense forests of mostly deciduous trees. It is an ideal location for picnics, excursions, cycle trips, hiking tours and – once upon a time – skiing. Te only mountain in the vicinity of Belgrade, this protected green area has a long and tumultuous history. Te Monument to the Unknown Hero at its peak is just one sign of its past, while the Avala Tower, a symbol of Belgrade, has only just completed its latest entry in the annals of history – from creation, to destruction, to restoration.