Why visit: recreation, hiking, orienteering, panoramic views
Avala is a mountain in southern Belgrade, with dense forests and spacious meadows. It is home of two very important landmarks of Belgrade, the Avala TV Tower, the highest structure in Belgrade, and the mausoleum to the Unknown Hero. Both of them offer breathtaking views both of the Belgrade area and of the Šumadija district to the south.
Before the Avala mausoleum was built, an ancient fortress named Žrnov existed on that site. It was destroyed by a superstitious king to make the mausoleum and it’s surroundings.
Legend – the mythical Avalon
A local legend has it that Avala (or Žrnov castle) was actually the mythical Avalon mentioned in the stories about king Arthur.