Belgrade has an abundance of cultural attractions and a wide range of events that draw visitors from across Europe.
Visit the archaeological site in Vinca from the 5th century BC; enjoy the view from the Belgrade Fortress; walk down Knez Mihailova or Skadarska street; indulge your senses in one of our national restaurants with domestic dishes, wines and music that will undoubtedly make you dance; visit some of the bars, night & disco clubs where the entertainment lasts till dawn and just when you start feeling like you want to lie down, smell of fresh coffee will invite you back. Enjoy the rivers, parks, museums, theaters…and make sure to schedule your city break around some of many events in Belgrade.
The life at the ridge over the confluence of the Sava and Danube has lasted for over two millenniums. The core of today’s two million agglomerations is the Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park. They form a unique spatial entity with clearly visible remains of the Fortress divided into Upper and Lower Town, with two distinct styles – elements of medieval architecture combined with dominant baroque solutions typical for the 18th century. The Kalemegdan Park, Large and Little, developed in the area that once was the town field, are the place for rest and joy. The Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park together represent a cultural monument of exceptional importance, the area where various sport, cultural and arts events take place, and are fun and joy for all generations of Belgraders and numerous visitors of the city.
The Republic Square is literally the epicenter of the city, being surrounded by National Theatre and National Museum, but it is best known for the statue of Prince Mihailo on the horse, which is the most popular meeting place of Belgradians.
Knez Mihailova Street is the pedestrian area that unifies the beautiful architecture, and leads towards the Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park, while on the other way leads to Terazije, and famous Terazijska česma, drinking fountain in front of the Hotel Moskva, which is a great lookout point to the Sava river valley.
Inside tip: When strolling along Knez Mihailova, make a turn toward Kosančićev venac, the oldest section of Belgrade outside Belgrade fortress. You’ll be delighted with the elbow-shaped street where Countess Ljubica’s Residence, Patriarchal See of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel will make your heart skip a beat with its graceful beauty.
Skadarlija is an old bohemian quarter of Belgrade, which is vibrant and live 24/7. It arose during the 19th century, with a large number of inns (called "kafana"), and since then, has been a gathering spot of the most renowned personalities in Belgrade. It is frequently compared to the Montmartre of Paris - both in appearance, and atmosphere. In all the inns, a visitor may taste typical Serbian food, drink local vines and listen to live traditional music till the early morning hours.
Skadarlija restaurants have hosted many celebrities over the decades, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimi Hendrix, Josip Broz Tito, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, chess player Anatoly Karpov and many others. Best known kafanas are Šešir moj (This old hat of mine), Tri šešira (Three Hats), Dva jelena (Two Deer), Zlatni bokal (The Golden Chalice), Ima dana (There will be days) and Dva bela goluba (Two White Doves).
The present Skadarlija, a short and curved street, is a remarkable Belgrade tourist attraction. Since 1993, the official opening of the summer season in Skadarlija has been marked by rising a "bohemian flag". The ceremony is always attended by celebrities, including popular and opera singers, actors, and artists.
On the river Sava, just 4 km from the city centre lies Ada Ciganlija, once an island, now a peninsula. Through years, Ada has become the largest, most beautiful and most visited weekend resort in Belgrade, recently awarded with the Blue Flag, for the quality of the beach. The Sava Lake is surrounded by more than 7 km of beaches, and offers all possibilities for spending hot summer days in the city.
Ada Ciganlija has more than 50 open-air sports fields, including golf course, and cable-ski circuit. There are football pitches, tennis courts, handball, volleyball and basketball courts, as well as baseball, rugby and hockey pitches, also facilities for the extreme sports of bungee-jumping, wall-climbing and paintball.
In addition, numerous restaurants, preserving tradition of the city, offer fish specialties, while bars and splavs in the evenings turn into clubs with all-night entertainment.
Savamala is one of the oldest Belgrade neighborhoods, with ideal location at the right bank of the Sava River. Savamala is the first quart of the city that you will have contact with, since railway and bus stations are located nearby.
Among wide streets, river bank and beautiful old facades, many trendy clubs recently opened as exclusive night-life places, make this neighborhood the hottest district in the City.
One of the largest festivals of creativity, Mikser Festival, is being held here, gathering young renowned artists in various fields from the region and Europe.
The most dominant feature of modern Vračar is the second largest Orthodox church in the world, Temple of Saint Sava. Its construction shaped not just the present appearance of the plateau, but also the skyline of the entire Belgrade and it is visible from most parts of the city.
Plateau has been reshaped in the early 2000s, with fountains, marble access roads to the temple with pillars and children playgrounds added, while the already existing monument to the leader of the First Serbian Uprising, Karađorđe. The plateau is also the location of the National Library of Serbia and Karađorđev Park (Karadjordje’s Park), with the craftsmen settlement of Gradić Pejton and the bohemian quarter of Čubura nearby.
Once a separate city now famous part of Belgrade for its river taverns and restaurants, specific atmosphere and tasteful dishes made of fish, fresh from the river Danube.
In the Main street is a Homeland museum and Madlenianum Opera and Theatre. On the bank of Danube, Zemunski kej, is a kilometers long promenade, with barges-cafés, amusement park and formerly largest hotel in Belgrade, Hotel Jugoslavija, now home to Grand Casino. At night, these barges-cafés are the epicentre of night life, and they are open till dawn.
Gardoš Tower is the most recognizable symbol of Zemun that offers panoramic view of Belgrade and a pleasant rest from the sounds of city traffic. This neighborhood preserved its old looks, with narrow, mostly cobblestone streets and individual residential houses.
The museum preserves the complete heritage of the greatest Serbian scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla and is located in the heart of Belgrade, in a beautiful residential villa built in 1929, designed by the notable Serbian architect Dragiša Brašovan.
In accordance with Tesla’s last will and testament, his heritage was moved to Belgrade in 1951. The permanent exhibit consists of the original documents, books, magazines, plans and drawings of the greatest Serbian inventor. This is an extremely valuable collection containing over 160,000 original documents, 2,000 books and magazines, 1,200 historical and technical items, 1,500 photographs and glass photoplates, original technical items, instruments and devices, 1,000 plans and drawings.