I have spent some time in Belgrade, but upon returning to show a friend this fabulous city it got me thinking of what I would recommend to do or to see.
For the average tourist, 2-3 days is a good pace to see and enjoy the main sites.
1. Go to Kalemegdan
Try to pair your visit with watching the sunset. The locals claim it’s the best sunset in the city as well as in the Balkans and they aren’t necessarily wrong. It is beautiful. Most of the locals sit on the wall facing the Danube river, but get there early to get a spot. If that’s all full, anywhere else is just as good.
2. The History of Yugoslavia Museum
This 3 building museum takes about 2 hours to finish at a good slow pace. It’s a bit outside the city center, 10 minutes by bus (40 or 41), but worth it if you are interested about this history or just want a better understanding of the culture at the time. It also includes access to see the leader of Yugoslavia (Tito)’s mausoleum. There’s student price as well as free wifi.
3. Nikola Tesla Museum
A must see. Though he spent a total of 2 days in Belgrade/Serbia, his parents hail from Serbia and so they have laid claim to him. The museum is very small and it’s worth going at the top of the hour to grab a tour. They can fill up so get there early. Entrance is 500 dinar unless you have the international student card. There is also free wifi, just ask the ticket counter for the password.
4. Zemun, New Belgrade
Across the Sava River from Old Belgrade is New Belgrade and a little further is Zemun, the Austrian – Hungarian part of the city. There is a lovely walking path along the rivers. From the Brankov bridge to Zemun it’s 5 km or 3 miles. You can take a bus or walk. If it’s a nice day, walking round trip is worth it.
Once in Zemun, make sure to walk to the tower for a view of this part of the city as well as the area.
5. Enjoy an evening in Skadarlija
This is an old section of town that hosts numerous restaurants/pubs that retain the Serbian/Balkan tradition (kafana) such as the popular beverage of Rakija and the popular dish of cevapcici (small form of cevapi).
6. St. Mark’s and St. Sava Churches
St. Sava boast as the biggest Orthodox church in the Balkans. The outside is very impressive. They are still working on the inside, but according to locals, the inside is making progress through the years.
St. Mark’s is also impressive and has a different beauty to St. Sava. Right next to St. Mark’s there is a building that was bombed by Nato and is now a memorial. It is worth seeing.
*This is a good portion of things to see in Belgrade, though there is more. I hope you love Belgrade as much as I do!
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