From Queen Elizabeth II to Playboy journal, nobody may resist Tito’s well-known Blue Train that these days might be visited in Belgrade, and even rented for a visit laden with historical past.
Decades after the dying of the communist revolutionary Josip Broz Tito and the autumn of Yugoslavia, the Blue Train stays one of the vital beloved symbols of a rustic that not exists. ‘Most of the vacationers which can be visiting the Blue Train come from Slovenia, they have the softest spot for Yugo-nostalgia’, says Željko Jovanović, who is in command of the Blue Train, and every single day welcomes curious guests.
The practice used to take Yugoslavia’s president-for-life, his spouse and their entourage to Brijuni islands in Croatia, Tito’s favorite place in summertime. It was on this practice that he hosted vital friends from across the world, from Queen Elizabeth II to Haile Selassie, Yasser Arafat, Jawaharlal Nehru… The Blue Train can be remembered for Tito’s final journey, after he handed away on four May 1980, when it transported his coffin from Ljubljana to Belgrade. Nowadays, the Blue Train serves as a museum, often taking travellers to Bar, Montenegro’s primary port, sliding by a few of the most spectacular mountains and canyons in southeastern Europe.
However, Yugo-nostalgia is just not the one motive individuals come to go to this distinctive practice. ‘We attract a large number of train enthusiasts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and we also had numerous tourist visits from the UK,’ explains Jovanović, including that they had been all impressed by the luxurious wagons that had been fairly a rarity in Europe again within the 1950s when the Blue Train started its journey.
The authentic locomotives are named after well-known WWII battles, akin to Kozara or Sutjeska. Whether it’s the ceremonial eating room or the Zodiac-inspired bar, Tito’s cozy lounge, his workplace or personal rooms, every wagon tells fascinating tales. Art deco particulars are splashed far and wide, with wool carpets, silk and velvet, and retro TV and radio. It’s no shock that even the Playboy journal rented a wagon a couple of years in the past, for a celebration organised in Serbia.
Train lovers can purchase tickets (300 dinars/2.5 euros) to go to the Blue Train on the central railway station in Belgrade. The practice is stationed on the Topčider Depo, and visiting it – together with different charming practice old-timers, Nostalgia and Romantika – is a part of the vacationer provide from Serbian Railways.
For actually eager fanatics, there’s an choice to lease both the entire practice or a single wagon, whether or not only for travel or for movie shoots, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, weddings… And for an extra charge, you’ll be able to even have scrumptious meals ready in response to the unique recipes from Tito’s Cookbook.