The capital city of Serbia is a gateway between the East and the West. It is a melting pot of diverse cultures that has produced a characteristic spirit of openness and cosmopolitism.
The two big rivers – the Sava and the Danube – leave a unique imprint on it, with a multitude of cultural events and venues to go out to. The city has a lot of interesting attractions and a big repository of beautiful items inside its museums, churches, streets, parks… Being exciting and dynamic, Belgrade is a strong and irresistible urban magnet.
The primeval beginnings of the white city
Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park are the museums of the history of the city, in the open air. Within the walls of the fort, there are a lot of monuments bearing testament to the development of the city from the ancient to the contemporary times. In the Upper City, there are: The Victor Statue – the symbol of the city, the Military Museum, the Roman Well, Ružica Church, Church of St. Paraskevi, the Clock Tower… In the Lower City, the exhibition at Nebojsa Tower as well as Belgrade Zoo are worth paying a visit to.
The noble prince’s street
The pedestrian zone and the trading centre – Knez Mihailova Street and Republic Square – are amongst the architecturally orthiest and liveliest parts of the city. The monument dedicated to Prince Mihailo and the palace of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts are two of the most recognizable features of the core centre. There are also the edifices of the National Theatre and the National Museum. The Ethnographic Museum, Princess Ljubica’s Residence, the Serbian Orthodox Church Museum, the Zepter Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Fresco Gallery as well as many other institutions of culture are located here.
The bohemian quarter
here is a saying: “He who has never visited Skadarlija has never visited Belgrade, either.” In that old, cobbled street, there are famous inns: Three Hats, Two Deers, Ima dana Inn, My Hat… They cherish the traditional joyful spending of time listening to the music of the old city and tasting the national cuisine. A gentleman’s cane, a carnation and a boater hat are the symbols of the quarter.
Life on the rivers of Sava and the Danube
The river-bank zone of the city is its special treasure: floating river clubs, clubs, green spaces… all these offer one a unique impression of the metropolis on the water. The quay at the Confluence, Zemun Quay and the Sava River Harbour are only part of the space on the river banks, offering tourist sightseeing of the city from the rivers, going out to floating river clubs, riding bicycles, walking and watching the bridges…
St. Sava’s Temple
One of the largest Orthodox temples in the world was built on the spacious plateau in Vracar, where – around the end of the 16th century – the Turks burnt the relics of St. Sava, the first Serbian archbishop and a great man of the national history. The temple has three galleries for choirs and can host about ten thousand people.
Once located on the border of the two empires, Zemun still exudes the atmosphere of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire of the past today. Gardoš Tower, offering a panoramic view of the Danube, is the symbolic landmark of this extraordinary city. Other things to do include walking along the banks of the Danube and visiting the sandy Lido Beach on the big War Island, which is Belgrade’s protected natural area, is yet another pearl of the city of Zemun.
The Royal compound
The Royal and White Palaces testify of the history and refined artistic feel of the Serbian Karadjordjević dynasty. Today, Heir to the Throne Alexander II lives at the Royal Palace, a showcase villa built in the Serbian-Byzantine style.
The royal park, the royal church and the oriental residence of the great Serbian ruler Miloš Obrenović tell a story of the history of the liberation of Serbia from the Turks. A magnificent old plane tree is its prominent feature.
Known locally as ‘The Belgrade seaside’ – a beautiful lake surrounded by woodlands, with a line of cafes, restaurants, bicycle trails and is home to the most beautiful recreational zone of the city including swimming, watersports and sailing. Ada also offers a spectacular view of the newly-erected bridge on the River Sava and a new focal point and landmark for the city.
The Tower of Avala, located on the mountain of the same name, is yet another symbol of the city, as a testament to Belgrade rising from the ashes. Having been pulled down in the bombing by NATO in 1999, the tower was rebuilt. The belvedere on the top of the tower, enables one to have an impressive panoramic view. In the mountain of Avala, there is also the Monument of the Unknown Hero.
Points of interest
Memory of the world
The Archive of Nikola Tesla, a scientific genius who “gave light to the planet”, is inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The archival materials and other valuable exhibits of the scientist’s inheritance are preserved at the Museum of Nikola Tesla. The uniquely illustrated and the oldest Cyrillic manuscript of Miroslav’s Gospel (the 12th century), which is preserved at the National Museum in Belgrade, is yet another precious item from the list.
Vinča’s eighth millennium
One of the brightest chapters in the European prehistory was written no more than fifteen kilometers or so from Belgrade – in today’s settlement of Vinča. The findings of this locality are so significant that the whole culture of the late neolith of Southeast Europe was named after it – the Vinča Culture.
Entertainment and gastronomy
Momo Kapor, a famous chronicler of the city spirit, called Belgrade a low-budget New York. Its gastronomical offer consists of cuisines from throughout the world, and the city is known as the “crowned” capital of entertainment.