A Traveler’s Guide to Belgrade, Serbia
Its tempestuous history never stopped the city of Belgrade from thriving. Belgrade is one of the oldest capitals in the world, and its history only adds to its allure. Built where the Danube and Sava rivers meet, Belgrade boasts a variety of great to experience, from its historical sites and picturesque architecture to its vibrant nightlife and on-point gastronomy, catering to all kinds of people. Here’s our guide for visiting the best of Serbia, what to see, what to do and where to stay.
Places to visit:
- Kalemegdan Citadel
Visit the ancient city walls that used to surround the entire population of Belgrade. Situated in the northern part of the city, it offers a stunning panoramic view of where the iconic Danube and Sava rivers converge. More than the astonishing views, you’ll find that each corner of the fortress has a rich history. You wouldn’t want to miss these:
- The Clock Tower – It may take a lot of effort to climb up its narrow steps, but it’s worth the view once you reach its peak.
- The Military Museum – Learn more about Serbia’s long military history and see artifacts from the Stone Age to weapons from the 1990s civil war.
- Nebojša Tower – During the Turkish conquest, this tower served as a prison for revolutionaries and all who rebelled against the Ottomans.
- Ružica Church – Remnants of the first World War are found in the church’s chandeliers, created by Serbian soldiers out of the spent bullet casings and other weaponry that littered their surroundings. Their poignant creations continue to light the church today.
- Knez Mihailova Street
Situated between Terazije Square and the Kalemegdan Fortress, Knez Mihailova has earned its title of being one of the most stunning streets in Eastern Europe. With its quaint architecture, shops, and cafés, it has a friendly vibe that makes it a place you won’t mind spending hours in.
- Skadarlija Street
Feel the bohemian vibe while strolling along the cobbled street located in the Old City. Spend hours in an outdoor café, listen to street music, and revel in the vibrant Serbian atmosphere.
Where to eat:
- Salon 1905
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, this place will exceed your expectations. Located in the Geozavod building—which was built in 1905, hence the restaurant’s name—Salon 1905 redefines what a luxurious dining experience is about, from the interiors, the food, down to the live jazz music every Friday and Saturday.
- Bella Vista
If you’re into international cuisine and prefer a relaxed place with a nice view, this one is perfect for you. At Bella Vista, you get to enjoy a view of the Sava River while savoring your succulent meal.
Whether you’re up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Endorfin has got you covered with their wide selection of food. And don’t forget to sample their well-crafted beers! Whatever you choose from their menu is sure to boost those endorphins.
- Strahinjica Bana Street
If café hopping is part of your to-do list, this haven will satisfy your cravings. The string of cafés starts at street number 50 and continues all the way to 80.
Where to party:
- The Savamala District
Located near the Sava River, the Savamala District has a distinct vibe. With its many murals and abundance of street art, each corner has its own story to tell. And of course, party scenes that would make you rethink going to bed. Dancefloors with DJs, stand-up comedy, live rock bands, craft beers and fine wines, you name it—you’ll find it all here. It has the nickname “Small Berlin” for a reason.
Unleash the party animal inside you and take partying to the next level. Dance all night right on the river in Belgrade’s floating clubs called splavovi or “splavs.” This place is best enjoyed during the summer because of the breeze, but some of the splavs are open all year long. Each one actually caters to a different crowd, so whether you’re in the mood for some serious partying or just want a laid-back drink with Serbian folk music playing in the background, there’s a place for you here.
- Beer Fest
If you happen to visit Belgrade in August, then you’re in luck. Beer Fest, one of the biggest beer festivals in southeastern Europe, is a five-day event that takes place each August. Get acquainted with a wide range of local and international beers while live music plays in the background. Keep yourself busy and check out all the food stands, games, and rides. And if you’re wondering how much it will cost you to take part in such a cool event . . . The answer is none. Entrance is free, and the experience? Priceless.
They’re everywhere. The most awesome part? They don’t charge you an entrance fee to party until you drop. But it’s best to do a little research before you actually go to the bar of your choice. Find out the proper dress code and reserve a table in advance, especially for the mainstream clubs.
Where to stay:
- Square Nine Hotel Belgrade
If you want to be near the best of what Belgrade has to offer—attractions, nightlife, restaurants, and shopping centers—then you’ll need a place like Square Nine. Situated in the heart of Belgrade, this place offers a cozy nook perfect for couples and solo travelers.
Address: Studentski trg 9, Beograd 103933, Serbia
- IN Hotel Belgrade
Situated 9 km away from Nikola Tesla Airport, this hotel gives you easy access to the Belgrade Fair as well as several tourist spots. If you’re in dire need of a drink but feeling too tired to go out, they’ve got you covered. Enjoy your drink at their rooftop bar that offers a mesmerizing view of Old and New Belgrade.
Address: Bulevar Arsenija Čarnojevica 56, Beograd 11000, Serbia
- Crowne Plaza Belgrade
Another hotel right in the heart of the city, the Crowne Plaza is a perfect choice if your itinerary includes The Royal Palace, Kalemegdan Fortress, St. Sava Temple, National Theatre, Ada Ciganlija Lake, Belgrade Zoo, and Skadarlija and Knez Mihailova Streets.
Address: Vladimira Popovica 10, Beograd, Belgrade 11070, Serbia
- San Art Floating Hostel
How would you like to experience staying at a floating B&B? Located on the Danube River and just a short walk from the splavovi, San Art is close to nature as well as the city center. Enjoy accommodations with a view and meet fellow travelers when you lounge in the common areas.
Address: Cerova 4, Usce bb, Ušće, Belgrade 11030, SerbiaAbout
About The Author: Sam Ross runs the blog The Hammock Hombre – a travel blog focused around the digital nomad lifestyle. Over the past 3 years, he’s travelled to every continent, so writes on a broad range of countries, cities and destinations.