Why visit: History, Top landmarks and attractions, Great panoramic views, Culture, Walking, People, Cafes…
Also known as: Munze
Once upon a time, Zemun was a town on the Austrian border, across the Danube from Belgrade, and the fortresses of these two towns looked at each other cautiously above the Big War Island, while their people traded, met friends or fought on the rivers.
Until WWI, Zemun was a town of it’s own, the last frontier of the Austria-Hungary empire. After WWII, New Belgrade was built between the two old towns, connecting them. Today Zemun is part of Belgrade, a neighborhood and municipality north of New Belgrade, yet still different in spirit, speed and architecture, which is way better preserved than in the rest of 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 – around the Gardoš tower and the cemetery.
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 White Bear), the oldest in Belgrade, from the 17th century.
Other important sights in the old town there are several orthodox and catholic churches, the old post office, houses of important traders from the 18th and 19th century, and a few schools.
Adjacent to the old town is the Zemun Quay, one of the most popular walking zones in Belgrade.
Several buses go from Zeleni Venac square in downtown Belgrade to Zemun: 15, 17, 84, 701, 704… It is possible to reach Zemun on foot, by the quay, but it’s a very long walk. Biking is another option, but can be a major challenge because the narrow and steep streets.