12 Amazing Things To See And Do In Belgrade

Spend at least three days in Belgrade, you’re in for a REALLY good time!

Unbeknownst to commercial tourists, Belgrade is a captivating city to visit. With low crime rate, in addition to a profusion of landmarks to see and fun activities to do, there’s a reason why Belgrade is often labeled as “Gateway to the Balkans.” Despite that most travelers, in recent years, have preferred the likes of Croatia or Montenegro when they venture out to the Balkans; missing out on Belgrade is quite a travesty since it’s undoubtedly a city full of history, delicious cuisine and, most importantly, truly friendly people.

Kill three birds with one stone: 

Three main landmarks are essentially located in the same area. Once you enter Kalemegdan Park, you can also check off Belgrade Fortress and The Victor monument at the same time.

Belgrade Fortress

Belgrade Fortress
Belgrade Fortress. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Highly regarded as the ancient heart of the city, Belgrade Fortress is the city’s cultural heritage built during a long period of time: from 2nd to 18th century. Since it was destroyed and rebuilt several times, the fortress became symbolic of a city in constant evolvement and growth. The Romans first founded the fortress but it later suffered ravage by Goths, Huns, Avars and Slav. Today, admiring the view of Sava and Danube rivers’ meeting point from top of the fortress is an absolutely magnificent sight.

Belgrade Fortress from above
Belgrade Fortress from above. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Belgrade Fortress entrance
Belgrade Fortress entrance. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Kalemegdan

Kalemegdan bb 11000, Beograd, Serbia

Kalemegdan is the largest park and embodies the most important historical monument in Belgrade: Belgrade Fortress and The Victor. It is situated at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. The Park was once part of the town field within the Belgrade Fortress, used by the Ottoman army to train military before battles. Today, it is the site of sporting, art and cultural events.

Kalemegdan Park
Kalemegdan Park. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

The Victor

Bulevar vojvode Bojovića, Beograd, Serbia

The Victor can be found at the Belgrade Fortress, it was built to honor Serbia’s win against Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires during the Balkan Wars and the First World War. Construction was finished in 1928 by Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, the famous statue stands at 14 meters tall. It is a male figure with a falcon on his left hand signifying peace and a sword in the right as a symbol of war. A significant image of power; he’s standing on a pedestal looking over the junction of the Sava, the Danube, the Pannonian plain and the Fruska Gora mountain.

View from The Victor
View from The Victor. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
The Victor
The Victor. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
The Victor monument
The Victor monument. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Konak kneginje Ljubice (Princess Ljubica’s Residence)

Kneza Sime Markovića 8, Beograd 11000, Serbia

Ljubica's Residence
Ljubica’s Residence. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Built between 1829 to 1830, Prince Miloš wanted this residence to be a home for his family with Princess Ljubica and their two sons. This makes a fun stop since the building is part of the Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance. Despite its small size, the museum provides travelers a peek into Serbian royal life during the 19th century while simultaneously admiring characteristics of a Serbian-Balkan style house.

Princess Ljubica's Residence
Princess Ljubica’s Residence. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Skadarlija

Šešir moj Skadarlija
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A trip to Belgrade wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a traditional Serbian restaurant or devouring a shot of fruity rakija on the iconic Bohemian Skadarlija Street. During the 1830s, gypsies settled in this area since a major part of it was considerably abandoned by the government. In 1854, city operators decided to construct brick buildings that instantly attracted local artisans and caterers to set up shop.

After 1901, Skadarlija shifted to an epicenter of artistic movement in Serbia. Renowned writers, actors, poets and directors moved into inns on the iconic street. Ever since, the vintage neighborhood has often been referred to as “The Montmartre of Belgrade.” Some famous restaurants have preserved the previous shops’ names at the same location as a way to carry on the buildings’ storied artisanal past, including: Tri Šešira (Three Hats,) Dva Jelena (Two Deers,) Zlatni Bokal (Golden Chalice,) and Ima Dana (There Will Be Days.)

After Kalemegdan Park, Skadarlija is Begrade’s  second most-visited tourist attraction. This list is a helpful guide to spend an enchanting day in a car-free zone that, rather, boasts ancient cobblestones and narrow alleys.

Saint Sava Temple

Krušedolska 2a, Beograd 11000, Serbia

The Temple of Saint Sava is a Serbian Orthodox church, dedicated to Saint Sava – founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an imperative figure in medieval Serbia. It is constructed on the presumed location of St. Sava’s grave. It is the largest Orthodox church in Serbia, one of the biggest Eastern Orthodox churches, and one of the largest churches in the world. Modeled after the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, the Saint Sava’s temple is embellished with 130,000 square feet of gold mosaics.

Saint Sava's Temple exterior
Saint Sava’s Temple exterior. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Saint Sava's Temple
Saint Sava’s Temple. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Saint Sava's Temple in Belgrade
Saint Sava’s Temple in Belgrade. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Saint Sava's gold mosaics
Saint Sava’s gold mosaics. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Golden mosaics inside the temple
Golden mosaics inside the temple. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Saint Sava's interior
Saint Sava’s interior. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Republic Square

Trg republike 3, Beograd, Serbia

Relatively in the city center, Republic Square is an ideal spot to snap photos of Belgrade’s iconic buildings, including: National Museum, the National Theatre and the statue of Prince Mihailo. If you’re staying in Stari Grad, you simply can’t avoid the square as it’s connected to Kneza Mihaila, Skadarlija and other urban neighborhoods.

Republic Square
Republic Square, Belgrade. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Knez Mihailova

If you’ve only got a day or two to shop for souvenirs, start from the center of the city. Often considered as the Champs-Élysées of Belgrade, Kneza Mihaila stretches from Republic Square all the way to Park Kalemegdan. The street itself is Belgrade’s most ancient landmark and the longest pedestrian street in the city. Since 1979, it became part of the Spatial Cultural-Historical Units of Great Importance so that it’s technically protected by the Serbian government. The decorative street retains its original blueprint from the Roman city of Singidunum (“Belgrade” in Roman.) Today’s Kneza Mihaila is filled with both high-end and local shops that sell anything from souvenir items to fashion accessories.

Best Places to Shop in Belgrade
Kneza Mihaila. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Boat tour on Sava and Danube rivers

River boats Belgrade
River boats Belgrade. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

One of my personal favorite activities during this trip was cruising on the river boat that floated along both Sava and Danube rivers. Sometimes, it’s incredibly fun to be a tourist. For an hour, the sightseeing experience included: Ada Bridge, Belgrade Tower (Kula Tower,) Galerija shopping mall, the waterfront, floating boats (or splavs, where river rafts are transformed into floating clubs at night.)

Museum of Yugoslavia

Михаила Мике Јанковића 6, Beograd 11000, Serbia

The Yugoslavia Museum highlights the period of Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Socialist Yugoslavia and the life of Josip Broz Tito – a Yugoslav communist revolutionary and statesman whose grave is situated in the museum’s House of Flowers. It is the most visited museum in Belgrade.

Nikola Tesla Museum

Krunska 51, Beograd 11000, Serbia

Nikola Tesla Museum
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For fans of science, Nikola Tesla Museum is a worthy stop since it’s dedicated to the work and life of Nikola Tesla – a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. The museum is his final resting place and holds