There’s plenty to see and experience in Belgrade, and here’s a list of the top attractions in Belgrade. Make sure to check them out, as you really shouldn’t miss them!
Some of our unguided tours cover several of the most important Belgrade attractions and places.
For the last 2000 years, the Kalemegdan fortress has been the center of Belgrade. A century and a half ago, it was converted to a park and open air museum of the city history. Countless monuments and many archaeological sights are scattered through the park. The church “Ružica” has been featured on various top lists of the most beautiful churches in the world. Spectacular sunsets and thunderstorms can be watched from the northern wall, where mainly young people gather at dusk. The fortress is undoubtedly Belgrade’s top attraction, and a must see for every visitor.
Belgrade’s main street connects Kalemegdan with the central Republic and Terazije squares. Knez Mihailova and the surrounding walking streets feature museums, galleries and cultural centers, impressive architecture, as well as a shopping zone.
The largest orthodox temple in the world, the huge Saint Sava temple is one of Belgrade’s most famous landmarks, and is visible from many parts of the city. The much smaller old Saint Sava church is just beside the temple, as is the National library of Serbia.
The house of Flowers aka 25th. May Museum is the Yugoslav history museum, featuring the mausoleum of Josip Broz Tito, the president of socialist Yugoslavia. Besides Tito’s grave, a pilgrimage destination for all “Yugonostalgic” people, the museum showcases Tito’s presents, personal objects, as well as many items from the Yugoslavia era, and earlier objects found or created throughout the territory of former Yugoslavia.
As stated in the comic blog The Oatmeal, Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived. He was a genius way in front of his time, the one who invented alternating current, the light bulb, wireless information and energy transmission, and many more things that shaped our world. The Nikola Tesla museum in Belgrade features an amazing collection of his patents, along with some items from the life of this great scientist.
The national parliament in Belgrade was built in the early twentieth century, and it served as the national parliament of Yugoslavia, then Serbia and Montenegro, and it eventually become the parliament of Serbia in 2006. Tours inside the buildings are available. It is one of Belgrade’s most significant buildings that has witnessed many important events in the history of the city and of the nation.
Old and New palaces
The old and new palaces are located in downtown Belgrade, in the Kralja Milana street, surrounded by Pionirski (Pioneers) Park, in front of the National Assembly. They were built in mid-nineteenth century as royal palaces. Today the old one serves as the Belgrade City Assembly, while the newer one was converted into the Presidential palace.
Besides being one of the two largest and most imposing churches in Belgrade, the St. Marko church houses the tomb of the most powerful ruler of Serbia, emperor Dušan the Mighty. The church was modeled after Gračanica Monastery in Kosovo. It is located in King Aleksandar Boulevard, at the beginning of Tašmajdan park, near the National Parliament.
Belgrade’s hedonist quarter, Skadarlija was the gathering point for poets and artists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Today it is home to some of the most famous Belgrade restaurants and cafes, as well as a few art galleries. This short cobblestone street also includes antique and souvenir shops, all night bakeries and folk groups singing traditional city music. The famous Šebilj fountain is located in the lowest part of the street, in front of the large Skadarlija green market.
Ada Ciganlija is the largest recreation area in Belgrade, nicknamed “The sea of Belgrade”, consisting of an island (ada) and a coastal zone, connected by two dikes forming the Sava lake. It’s pebbled beaches, biking and walking paths surrounded by cafes and clubs, it’s woods and sports facilities, and adventure offers along with many organized activities, make it the best place to be during late spring, summer and early autumn.
Until WWI, Zemun was a city of it’s own, the last frontier of the Austria-Hungary empire. The construction of New Belgrade after WWII connected Zemun with Belgrade making it a district within the metropolis. The old town of Zemun is a preserved area showcasing the urban life in the 18th and 19th century. The town existed since Roman times when it was known as Taurunum. Some remains of the fortress are still visible today, if you know where to look. The top landmark of Zemun is Gardoš, the Millennium tower built in the nineteenth century to celebrate the thousand years of the Austrian empire. Another attraction is the derelict hostelry Beli medved, the oldest in Belgrade, from the 17th century.