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Top Things to do in Belgrade

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Published December 29th 2016
Belgrade is a storied city in the place where the mighty Balkan Peninsula meets the Central European plain - a confluence of geography as well as cultures. It has many things to offer its growing population of visitors.

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Belgrade has long been the centre of Serbian life and culture. The White City, as its name translates from Serbian „Beograd", is home today to just under 2 million residents. The majority are Serbian Orthodox Christians but there is a diverse population of many nationalities and ethnicities. The official language remains Serbian but you will be able to get by with English.

Its central and strategic location in eastern Europe has exposed it to a tumultuous past - a city that has battled more than 115 wars and was razed 44 times. It was once conquered by the Romans under Augustus. Belgrade had been once the capital of Yugoslavia from 1918 to when it was dissolved at the state's final end in 2006. Today, it is the capital of Serbia and is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination in eastern Europe.


Below we list some of the city's most prominent sites or popular locales.

Historic sites

Kalemegdan Fortress & surrounding areas

Belgrade's most historic site is also the city's most visited site. Kalemegdan Fortress sits on a ridge high above the city at the edges of the Danube and Sava, where it's been for almost 1,500 years, although conquered no less than 77 times! Today, visitors can tour the fortress and its military museum, an observatory, an art pavilion, and zoo. The area surrounding the fortress has been converted into a park with walking paths as well as a sports and an amusement park.

Old Town

Belgrade's oldest neighbourhood, known as Dorcol, is located in the centre of the city south of the fortress's park and along the Danube waterfront. The area's main pedestrian street, Knez Mihaila, is a destination within itself and connects from the park to Dorcol's main square at Trg Republike. Today, the area is like an open-air museum into history easy to explore on foot. It also boasts the largest population of restaurants and cafes in all of Belgrade - many of them well preserved, historic taverns or buildings.

Republic Square


In a city known for its many squares in monuments, if you had to pick one, Republic Square would most likely be it. You'll find the National Theater and National Museum (closed for renovations) at its edges.

Skadarlija

It's also known more formerly as Skadarska Street. It remains the heart of Belgrade's bohemian roots. You'll find traditional foods, music, and a sense of Serbian culture along this famed street.

Zemun

It is a town within a city and one of Belgrade's municipalities, and prior to 1934, it was its own town. It's the city's oldest neighbour and one of city's most beautiful residential areas with its picturesque streets historic monuments and rich history.

Houses of Worship

The Church of Saint Sava

This is one of the largest orthodox churches and largest church buildings in the world. Today it is Serbian Orthodox and dedicated to the founder of the church, Saint Sava. It sits on the Vracar plateau in Belgrade. It is a prominent building in Belgrade.

St. Petka's Chapel

Close to another well-known church, Rose Church, St. Petka's Chapel isn't far from the fortress and is built atop a spring believed by some to hold special healing powers.

Bajrakli Mosque

Built around 1575, the only surviving mosque in Serbia from the Ottoman Empire's ruling period, is located on Gospodar Jevremova St. in Dorcol. It remains the oldest house of worship in Belgrade. It was converted to a Roman Catholic Church in the 1700's and back again to a mosque when the Ottomans retook the city.

Recreation

Ada Ciganlija, also known simply as Ada, is less historic and more touristic. Located on the Sava River, it is a peninsula connected to the Lake Sava and its beach. It is a popular recreational area known for the beaches and sports facilities during the summer.

Museums

Nikola Tesla Museum

This one won't interest everyone but it's a museum dedicated to the work of Nikola Tesla, a Serbia-American famed scientist and inventor. Science and engineering aficionados will appreciate this museum but so will those interested in biographical history and the role his work has played in modern electricity.

The National Museum, while worth a visit, is currently closed for major renovations.

Galerija Stab

Not actually a museum but more an art gallery, it's still worth a visit. Located in one of the city's most urban and trendy districts, Savamala.

The National Tourism Organization of Serbia maintains a comprehensive website where more details can be found on many other activities, historical sites, and information valuable to visitors. You can visit the official site.
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