Belgrade is one of those places on earth that attracts every type of tourist. Whether you are interested in history and architecture, whether you enjoy strolling through parks or spending nice afternoon in one of numerous cafés or restaurants, you will always find something a relaxing and fun thing to do in Belgrade. Enjoy the beautiful views over the Danube and Sara Rivers and spend an afternoon visiting its main attractions such as the Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park which together represent the culture and history of Belgrade. For recreation, you can visit Belgrade’s main pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova Street, which is alive with trendy shops and cafes.For an eclectic experience, you can visit Skadarlija, the bohemian quarter similar to the Montmartre in Paris, where you can find classic taverns (kafana) serving traditional Serbian dishes as musicians roam from table to table.Ada Ciganlija (an island in the Sava) is an ideal place for sport and recreation.
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Museum, Military Museum, Park, Family And Kids, Fort
Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan, Belgrade
12:01 am - 12:00 am
It’s not often that a fortress is also a park, but that’s how Belgrade views the fortress. It’s always open. You can stroll in anytime. The fort overlooks the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. Many times, and then a few more times, the fortress has been destroyed, razed to the ground, and then rebuilt.
It’s the oldest part of Belgrade; in fact, for many years, when people said ‘Belgrade’, they meant only and all those things that were within the fortress. Today, there are two sections to the fortress – Upper and Lower Town.
In the Upper town, you’ll find the fortress ramparts and gates, theMilitary Museum, the St. Petka Chapel the churches, the Roman Welland the Pobednik statue. The statue is a great place from where to catch a sunset. St. Petka’s chapel is a must visit – it’s a very pretty little medieval church, with enchanting, lavish frescoes on its walls. They say the waters of this church has healing powers.
In the Lower Town, you’ll find the Daredevil Tower, the Turkish Baths and the Gate of Carl VI.
The Kalemegdan Park is considered as an extension of the fortress itself. It’s very popular in it’s own right. It’s shady walks, convenient benches, sculptures and romantic couples strolling about make it one of the city’s favourite natural retreats on a hot day.
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Street Market, Family And Kids, Street Food, Streets
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Belgrade has a Bohemian heart and this street is the only place to go looking for it. Heaps of rakija, excellent food, great music – they all combine to make the nightlife in Belgrade unbeatable. The cobblestoned street’s history isn’t just all about party though. This is where the city’s artists, intellectuals, poets, and painters would come discuss the politics of the day.
The thing to see on the street today are the traditional Serbian style kafanas that serve the best possible authentic Serbian cuisine. Then there’s also the house of Serbian poet Djura Jaksi– pop inside and see if there’s anything happening because there frequently is. Look at the BIP Brewery. Finally, check out the Sebilj Fountain.
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Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
Svetosavski Square | Karadjordje's Park, Vracar, Belgrade 011, Serbia
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
This church of white marble and granite, vast and grand, defies description. It’s new (construction started in the 20th century), and still incomplete, though you won’t be able to tell that at a casual glance. The architecture is Serbian-Byzantine. It was thought that in 1595, the Sinan-Pasha burned the relics of Saint Sava here, but this has since been proven inaccurate.
The church can hold 10000 people at a time. Its polyphonic bells sound every hour. On the inside though, it’s not so impressive. You’re better off clicking pictures from the outside. Once it IS finished on the inside though, it’ll join the ranks of the greatest churches in the world.
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Leisure, Street Market, Shopping Center, Family And Kids, Streets
Knez Mihailova, Belgrade
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is Belgrade’s foremost meeting place. They say it’s one of the most beautiful pedestrian streets. Initially, the streets used to be private property, but communist rule saw the streets taken from the families who owned them. The houses that belonged to these families are still there though; and they’re very beautiful. Stores, bookstores, restaurants and cafes operate out of these offices now. Many hotels and hostels fill the area surrounding the street. Many of Belgrade’s foremost attractions are close: for example, the Serbian Academy of Science and Art (SANU), the Vapiano restaurant (definitely eat there); the Zepter museum; the national theatre; the National Museum.
Most of your time on this street will be spent shopping and people watching.
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Museum, Science Museum, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Exhibition
Krunska 51, Beograd, Serbia
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
It is now undeniably known around the world that Nikola Tesla was the greatest inventor who ever lived. Without his work on electricity, magnetism and radio, the technological progress of the 20th century would never have happened. But tragically, his success was overshadowed throughout the last century by the success of Thomas Edison, even though Tesla was by far his scientific and innovative superior.
This museum, then, has only one goal – to exhibit the full depth and breadth of Tesla’s legacy. It has about 160000 documents that belonged to Tesla; his personal library of books and newspapers; interactive exhibits on his discoveries and their subsequent impact; collections of personal objects; and most strikingly, an urn that contains Tesla’s ashes.
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Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral , Heritage B...
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra Br. 17, Belgrade, Serbia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This beautiful church, despite its clearly Serbian Byzantine architecture, was built very recently, between 1931 – 1940. It was greatly influenced by the It is a copy of Gracanica monastery from Kosovo. People often remark on the fact that it was built in the peace between the two world wars. The church has one of the richest collections of 18th and 1th century icons.
Highlights of the church are:
lavish marble iconostasis
Ornate altar table
The mosaic icons
14th-century remains of Tsar Dusan, one of Serbia’s most popular kings
The elaborate beehive modeled after the church
The best pictures of the church can be clicked from the neighboring Tasmajdan Park.
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Island, Sport, River, Bridge, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Adventure
Ada Ciganlija 2, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Belgrade doesn’t have a seaside, but it does have a river island. It’s enough. Originally a muddy island cut off from the city, Ada Ciganlija was connected to the right bank of the Sava River by a bridge – it officially became a peninsula.
Today, it is Belgrade’s playground; they even call it the Sea of Belgrade (‘they’ being all the people who can’t afford to go down to the actual sea). In the summers, the island can easily see up to 300,000 visitors on the weekends for cold drinks, swimming and frolicking. In the winters, people frequent the island’s lovely promenade that is lined by cafes and nightclubs.
The island has amenities for many activities: basketball, football, volleyball (beach and regular), rock climbing, tennis. All this is free; just get your own equipment. There’s special skating and cycling paths. On the paid front, there is a paintball arena, bungee jumps, the Adventure Park, a ski simulator.
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Zoo, Entertainment, Family And Kids
Mali Kalemegdan 8, Belgrade
08:00 am - 08:00 pm
One of the oldest zoos in Europe, this attraction manages to pack a lot of animals into just 7 hectares – 2000 creatures covering about 270 different species. This is to the detriment of the animals for now; however, there are active plans to expand the zoo.
Seals, white lions, ponies, lamas, kangaroos and eagles are some of the crowd favorites. In a special section called the Garden of Good Hope, children can ride ponies. In the Baby Zoo section, you’ll find an animal nursery. Check out the wooden Sculptor Gallery too.
You’ll fountains and benches a-plenty as you wander about; despite it’s small size, the zoo is quite a pretty place.
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Memorial, Monument, Family And Kids, Fort, Exhibition
Gardoš Tower Belgrade Serbia
11:00 am - 07:00 pm
This striking Romanesque tower is actually a memorial. It was opened in 1896 to mark 1000 years of Hungarian settlement in the Pannonian plain. It rises from the ruins of the Zemun fortress. It looks quite magical. When you enter, the first thing you see is photography exhibit. The stair on the right take you to the view point though, from where you have a 360 degree panorama of Belgrade to enjoy. It really is a stunning sight.
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Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
Kneza Sime Markovia, Beograd 11000, Serbia
07:00 am - 08:00 pm
This 19th century church’s architecture is mainly Classical, with some Baroque influences. It is famous for its lavish, romantic and dramatic painted interior (especially the ceiling), but it’s the lovely sculpture work that people really freak out over. It’s treasury is significant too, containing the 17th century CROSS KIR Veniamin HARTOFILAKSA, the Reliquary of vice-abbot Mileševac Longin, and other chalices and lamps made of precious metals.
Several important people are buried in the churchyard here, including Prince Milos and Prince Mihailo Obrenovi, Dositej Obradovi and Vuk Karadzi. The church also has the relics of Prince Stefana Štiljanovi.
It’s built on the site of an older 17th century church.
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Military Museum, Family And Kids
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Yugoslavia’s fascinating and complete military histories are displayed across this museum’s beautifully crafted displays and exhibits. You get some freebies even before you enter the museum – tanks, cannons and other military paraphernalia are strewn about the Kalemegdan fortress grounds. The exhibits are chronologically arranged, and each major conflict gets its own exhibit. The museum has about 30000 objects in 12 collections and over 100.000 photographs. It’s one of the most important museums’ in Belgrade.
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Watch Tower, View Point, Restaurant, Family And Kids, Tower
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
At 205 metres, this is the tallest tower in the Balkans. What you see today is actually a reconstruction; the original tower was destroyed in NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999. You’re coming here, of course, for the fantastic views from the top of the tower. On a good day you can see upto 100 km away – the city, hills, other towns, roads and rivers. There’s a restaurant at the top. It’s a really beautiful outing from the main city.
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Historical Site, Palace, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Heritage Building
Kneza Sime Markovi
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This Turkish and European style palace used to be the residence of Princess Ljubica. Today, though it’s used mostly for temporary exhibitions. There’s a permanent exhibition too – furniture and other everyday objects and tools such as Belgraders in the 19th century may have used.
On Fridays, at 5pm and Saturdays at 11am, you can catch a really fun show – ‘Coffee with Princess Ljubica’. An actress dresses up as the princess and tells you stories of Serbia from centuries ago.
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Outdoors, Scenic Drive, Cafe, Leisure, Family And Kids, Town, Neighborhoods , St...
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Zemun is one of Belgrade’s most picturesque neighborhoods. It runs along the river Danube; there’s a promenade for pedestrians only, though a street does run parallel to it. The street is lined with restaurants and cafes that serve up some excellent Serbian food. The people watching is good; it’s less touristy and more locals.
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Historical Site, Square
Trg Republike, Belgrade
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The square’s history is a teensy bit gruesome. There used to be a gate here, by the name of Stambol, where the ruling Turks would impale their non-Muslim subjects. Once that was destroyed in 1866 though, and once the National Theatre was built, the square slowly became more popular. More buildings came up once the monument to Prince Mihailo was set up in the middle of the square (it was set up to honor the Prince after he successfully ousted the Turks from the city).
It’s one of the busiest places in the city, and much of the city’s public transport passes through the square. One of the square’s main highlights is the Millennium Clock, which is made of chrome steel and glass. It’s a great place to people watch. The bars and café’s around this square can be a little expensive. In the summer, the square is hosts lively musical concerts.