Savamala is a resurrecting elite neighborhood in the heart of Belgrade and the center of the capital’s cultural life, home to several new art galleries and cultural centers. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, showcasing spectacular architectural jewels, such as the Geozavod building, the Bristol hotel, Brankov bridge, as well as many palaces of the Serbian nobility from the 19th century.
Savamala is also the ultimate party destination for the young crowds, featuring many of the top trending clubs in Belgrade, such as Brankow, Mladost, Ludost, Lasta and the brand new Peron club.
When the Austrians conquered Belgrade fortress at the beginning of the 18th century, the inhabitants of Belgrade were moved outside the fortress and divided in two towns. A small town of Serbs emerged at the Sava river bank south of the fortress, while the Austrians and Germans settled at the Danube bank east of the fort, at Dorćol. The new Serbian town became known as Sava Mahala (Sava borough in Turkish).
During the reign of Knjaz Miloš Obrenović (19th century), the Belgrade commercial port was transferred from the Danube to the Sava, and Savamala became a borough of traders. By the end of the 19th century, numerous palaces and mansions were built at the location.
After WWII, the Serbian/Yugoslav elite disappeared, and Savamala fell into decadence. Most of the architectural masterpieces were never renewed, heavy traffic polluted the streets and Savamala became one of the saddest places in Belgrade.
A couple of years ago, the Belgraders started to rediscover this neighborhood and it’s cultural importance, and started promoting Savamala as the new cultural district of the city. After the Mikser festival moved to Savamala in 2012, and the opening of the Mikser House, the district experienced a cultural boom becoming a magnet for artists, hipsters, alternative crowds and the young cultural elite of the city and beyond.
KC Grad (The City cultural center) is an art gallery/night club located in a refurbished old warehouse built in 1884, located in the historical Savamala district. The ambient was entirely preserved, introducing only innovations necessary […]
Belgrade Cooperative Palace, aka. Geozavod
The Belgrade Cooperative Palace, better known as Geozavod is one of the most beautiful buildings in Belgrade, located in the Savamala district near Brankov bridge. Very neglected until recently, the building was “rediscovered” by the […]
Mikser House is a unique creative space fusing a designers’ shop, Mikser cantina and a space for exhibitions, talks, workshops, parties, festivals and other creative activities. Since it’s opening in 2012, it has become the […]
Main (Glavna) train station
Also known as: (Glavna) Železnička stanica Why visit: Architecture Belgrade’s Main Train station is one of the city’s most impressive historical buildings, constructed between 1882 and 1885, modeled after the great European train station buildings. […]
The port of Belgrade is located in the Savamala district, on the Sava river, just below Kosančićev Venac and the Orthodox cathedral of the St. Archangel Michael. Actually, what we call the port of Belgrade […]
Hotels in Savamala
Jump INN Hotel ****
The stylish Jump INN Hotel offers elegant rooms and suites with free WiFi, flat-screen cable TV, minibar and a coffee machine. There is a tram stop right in front. Jump INN is just over half a […]
Hotel Srbija Garni ****
Newly built and opened in 2012, Hotel Srbija Garni is only a few hundred meters from the center of Belgrade. The hotel features Italian design and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The modern rooms offer […]
Design Hotel Mr. President ****
Features: Free WiFi, Restaurant, Bar, Breakfast in the room, Restaurant (à la carte); Room service, Packed lunches, Airport shuttle, Car hire, 24-hour front desk, Express check-in/check-out, Currency exchange, Tour desk, Ticket service, Luggage storage, ATM/cash machine […]
Belgrade City Hotel ****
Features: Free WiFi, 24-hour front desk, Express check-in/check-out, Luggage storage, Room service, Meeting/banquet facilities, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Ironing service, Currency exchange, Shoeshine, Packed lunches, Car hire, Tour desk, Fax/photocopying, Airport shuttle (surcharge), Non-smoking rooms, Family […]