Belgrade Travel Guide – Best Tips for Belgrade
The best way to explore the city is on foot. The city center is quite compact so there is no need to use public transportation. Everything between Kalemegdan, Kneza Mihaila street and Skadarlija corner is within walking distance.
The following are attractions worth visiting when in Belgrade:
The historical complex of Kelemegdan is the oldest monument in Belegrade. This is the place were Celtic tribes first settled in the 4th century BC.
Due to its strategic location, the fortress was always a target for various invaders that wanted to rule the region. Despite this traumatic past, the building is now a popular leisure destination for local Belgraders. The surrounding 30-hectare park is stunning, and offers a fine vantage point for stunning sunsets.
Also you have to see: Ružica church and Sveta Petka Church, Nebojša Tower, the Victor monument, Roman Well, Kalemegdan Park, the Military Museum and the Monument of Gratitude to France.
TIP: Make sure to observe the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers and the statue of Pobednik (Winner), one of the symbols of Belgrade.
Kneza Mihaila Street
The kilometer-long boulevard is surely one of the most beautiful pedestrian zones in southeastern Europe. There are plenty of shops as well as the most expensive flats in the town. Who wouldn’t like to have address on the prettiest of Belgrade’s street?
It is really a nice walk down the Kneza Mihailova. The restaurants and cafes with huge umbrellas are inviting. No matter what time of day it is, there are always plenty of people passing by.
This is also where many street artists perform; you might even walk into a random guy with cobra wrapped around his neck (!)
TIP: Stroll the Kneza Mihailova in the evening, when the atmosphere is more romantic.
This cobblestone street is legendary. Writers and poets once flocked here, it gaining it the reputation as the bohemian center of the city. With all the rapid post-war rebuilding that has taken place in Belgrade, it hard to find as picturesque a street as Skadarlija is.
Thanks to its atmosphere, Skadarlija is usually compared to Montmartre in Paris. It’s an amazing place to spend an evening; you can find here some of the best restaurants to try local Serbian food. Plus, local live bands can often be found performing traditional music here. Nicknamed Skadarlija, today it is a hot-spots for music, socializing, food and rakija.
I am sure you will get hungry when wandering around the town. The good news is: finding great food in Belgrade is not hard at all. Serbian national cuisine is in fact a mix of food from all over the Balkans–it has characteristics from various countries of the former Yugoslavia.
The national dishes you should definitely try in Serbia include ćevapi (grilled minced meat) and pljeskavica (dish similar to burger), karadjordjeva and burek. As for drinks, have a shot of plum brandy (šljivovica) or rakija, a kind of fruit brandy. You don’t need much money to eat well here: much less compared to most European cities.
Belgrade offers a wide variety of accommodation options. The closer to the city center you can find, the better. Belgrade does not lags behind the world’s cities in offers hotels, hostels, apartments, spa apartments and apartment on the day.
When Belgraders make plans to meet, their choice location is usually “at the Horse,” a reference to Republic Square, which is dominated by a statue of Mihailo Obrenovic, the Serbian Prince that freed Serbia from the Ottoman Empire, atop a horse.
Republic square is surrounded by beautiful historical buildings such as the National Theatre and National Museum. The square point from which to orient yourself when navigating the city. You can easily reach Terezije a Knez Mihailova street from here.
TIP: If you want to relax, I recommend you stop by Student Park (Studentski Park), about a 5-minute walk from Republic Square. There are plenty of benches to sit on and for some reason I really love this place.
Church of Saint Sava
This white marble building overlooking the city from the quarter of Vračar is the biggest orthodox church in the Balkans, and one of the biggest on earth. As many as 10,700 people can fit inside this monumental building.
The walls inside the St. Sava church are unattractively covered by scaffolding–the church had been patiently awaiting its completion since 1936, when construction officially began. Work on the interior is still in progress, but the northern section is still open to both worshippers and visitors alike.
TIP: Take a good look up at the church’s dome. It is quite special as it was built separately (weighing an impressive 4000 tons), and lifting it up to the roof took a full 20 days. Quite amazing, huh?
House of Flowers
‘House of Flowers’: a small memorial site, tucked around the back of the Museum of Yugoslav History, which contains the tomb of Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Naturally, the House of Flowers is the real attraction..
Alongside Tito’s marble tomb lay the remains of his wife; and in various other rooms around the building there are displays of his personal effects, gifts received from foreign dignitaries, Tito’s study, his military uniform, and photographic prints from his public funeral ceremony.
I particularly loved his collection of ceremonial batons: dozens of them, featuring designs that ranged from miniature factory stacks through to cosmonauts, vintage cameras and ears of corn.
I’ve partied in over 50 countries and 100 cities around the world, and I put Belgrade in my Top 3 most happening cities in Europe!
Not only are Serbians the most attractive bunch in Europe, but they also very social and they like to party until the sun rises.
Get your hands on a bottle of Rakija – a classic Serbian plum-flavored Brandy – and drink it with some local Serbs. They will be more than happy to drink their favorite liquor with you, and you’ll have the best night that you’ll never remember.
The clubs in Belgrade were absolutely insane. DJs were blasting house music, girls were half naked dancing on tables and pouring shots of vodka into people’s mouths. Everyone was so attractive (like perfect 10s) and just seemed to be loving life.
The energetic atmosphere was contagious in Belgrade, and that this keeps coming back for more…
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