Things and places you must see if you are visiting Belgrade

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Aug22

Things and places you must see if you are visiting Belgrade

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Must see if you are in Belgrade

Every year Belgrade is climbing on the list of cities that are recommended by the world's leading travel portals. Great impressions and unforgettable memories of entertainment and numerous attractions are things that tourists take home with them from our city. And what often keeps them coming back.

Belgrade offers many attractions and everyone will surely find something for himself. Often it can happen that visitors do not have plan for visiting Belgrade, and lose precious time searching for attractive locations in the city. 

Therefore, we will help you. Bring your curiosity and good will and here's ten main Belgrade attractions that will fully capture the spirit of Belgrade.

1. Belgrade Fortress - Kalemegdan

Belgrade fairy tale begins here. All the myths, legends, historical stories can be found on the remains of one of the oldest fortresses in the world. Kalemegdan is located in the perfect location, on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube, and offers a number of attractions that are breathtaking:  Monument Pobednik (Lit: The Victor) is the symbol of Belgrade, Military Museum in the open air, the Natural History Museum, Zoo. The best thing is that visiting Kalemegdan is completely free and its gates are opened 24/7. 

2. Knez Mihailova Street

This is a Belgrade favorite promenade, epicenter of culture and history, and it connects Kalemegdan and Terazije. Knez Mihailova Street is an oasis for shopping lovers, because it is full of leading brands stores that have settled in the magnificent buildings in secession style.

3. The Republic Square

Republic Square, popularly called "at the horse", (because of a horse on the statue of Prince Mihailo Obrenović), is a place where the Belgrade citizens usually meet. Numerous cultural events and happenings, concerts and performances are carried out here. A Republic Square is also significant because of two major cultural institutions, the National Museum and the National Theatre.

4. Terazije

Square Terazije is named after the numerous water towers, instead of them now stands the famous fountain built in 1860. On the left and right side of the fountain, there are two major Belgrade hotels Balkan and Moscow, as well as the skyscraper palace of Albania. 

5. Skadarlija

Skadarska Street is the bohemian heart of Belgrade. Restaurants of Skadarlija offer traditional cuisine and delicacies, as well as live music from tambura orchestras coming from almost every tavern. This street seems authentic and its paving stones are not particularly nice to walk in high heels or after a few cups of homemade Serbian brandy. However, this street is popular among tourists of all ages.

6. Old and new palace

Old and new palace are the former royal palaces. The old palace was used by family Obrenović, and is also known as the site of the worst murder in Serbian history. In 1903 King Aleksandar and Queen Draga were murdered there. Now it is the city government building and the mayor office. A new palace was built much later, as the residence of the Karađorđević family. Now, it's the office of the Serbian President.

7. Slavija Square

Slavija Square is the busiest and fastest roundabout in the city. Well-known is the story of Japanese tourists who spent a few hours staring in amazement at this crazy roundabout functioning without any accidents. It used to be a much quieter part of the city, and is well known for its first McDonald's restaurant in Eastern Europe which is opened right here in 1988.

8. Saint Sava Temple

It is the largest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans, built in Serbian-Byzantine style. With a cross on the top of the dome it is 82m high, and is well known for its polyphonic bells ringing every hour. It is dedicated to and named after one of the first Serbian teachers, reformers and saints, St. Sava, whose remains were allegedly burned at this site by the Turks. 

9. NATO ruins

The ruins left behind by the NATO bombing of Belgrade (24 March-10 June 1999) still attract great attention of tourists. Among them the most important buildings are the General Staff, Ministry of Interior Affairs and Radio Television Serbia, all in the city center.

10. Ada Ciganlija

Ada Ciganlija is a large artificial island in the River Sava, which is only 5 km from the city center. It is covered with thick forest, grasslands and pebble beaches. The promenade around the lake is long about 7.5 km, and you can also go around the lake with the small train. For years it is favorite weekend destination for most of Belgrade citizens. It abounds with sports courts, restaurants, cafés and a number of other possibilities for relax or active weekend. Also, during the summer this island offers all-night entertainment in the numerous bars and clubs, around the clock, so your entertainment is guaranteed.