Why visit: the Danube, Nature, Recreation, People, Architecture, Kalemegdan
Best time to visit: late spring, summer
Also known as: 25 Maj, Kej
An ideal place for a walk, for sports and recreation, the Danube quay is also home to very interesting architecture, monuments, and it passes below Kalemegdan fortress. The two most important landmarks, visible from the Danube and from Kalemegdan, are the medieval “Nebojša” tower, and the recently renewed sports center Milan – Gale Muškatirović, a.k.a 25th May, with it’s monumental wave-like pool hall. A few years ago, part of the center was reconstructed into the tennis center where Serbia Open takes place each year.
On the one km long quay, there’s a walking path, a bicycle/skating path, football, basketball & tennis courts. In summer you can see many people in swimming suits and the world famous gorgeous girls in bikinis, due to one of the largest public pools in Belgrade.
From the quay you can go to Lower Kalemegdan, passing by the Nebojša Tower, or you can continue straight forward and enter the Sava port, home to several mainstream cafes and clubs, situated below the historic neighborhood of Kosančićev Venac. The path leads to Ada Ciganlija, also known as the “Sea of Belgrade”.
The quay is also a small Splavs/clubbing zone featuring about a dozen river cafes and restaurants.
Getting here: The bus terminus for lines 24 and 79 is located just behind the 25th May sports center, while the terminus of the 26 is right below the Pasarela bridge connecting the Danube quay with Dorćol neighborhood. The tram line 2 passes by the Sava port which is a 5 – 10 minutes walk from the quay. The tram lines 2, 5 and 10 stop near the Zoo (Kalemegdan), which is also a 5 – 10 minutes walk to the quay. From Knez Mihailova (the main street) head towards Dorćol all the way down, and you’ll reach the quay eventually. The most forward streets would be Tadeuša Košćuška (by Kalemegdan), Cara Uroša and Kralja Petra.
Photos of the Dorćol Danube Quay