Kalemegdan is Belgrade’s largest and most well-loved park. Situated on a 125-meter high cliff above the Danube and Sava Rivers it offers a beautiful buffer zone to the Belgrade fortress. The park is also home to the Military Museum, the Belgrade Zoo, the Statue of the Victor, and some of the most inspiring panoramic views of the city.
Ay every time of day and in every season of the year, Kalemegdan Park has an active scene and a lively atmosphere with many things to be admired.
Known as the “Bohemian Street” of Belgrade, Skadarlija is one of the must-see sites in the city. Roma people originally settled here in the trenches until the government developed the area that became a favorite hangout spot for writers, poets, musicians, and creatives alike.
Today this eclectic neighborhood is best known for its excellent traditional Serbian restaurants, live music, wine bars, and fun atmosphere.
Church of St Sava
This is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and is the largest in Serbia. The copper dome soars to an impressive 70 meters high and weighs 4000 tons.
The church has been under construction for 84 years and still has a long way to go. However, a visit here is vastly inspiring as you explore the gold covered crypt, and walk on the site where St. Sava was burned in 1594.
Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest inventors of all time, providing mankind with the alternating current, a more efficient way of harnessing and distributing electricity. At the Tesla Museum, you can learn about his life and see many of his inventions in action, including the AC generator and the Tesla Coil.
This is an interactive museum, and the 45-minute tour is electrifying, literally.
The Republic Square is the heart and connecting point of Belgrade with nine streets and multiple transport lines meeting there. This central square is a hive of activity at every time of the day.
The National Theater and National Museum are located on the square among numerous restaurants, fountains, Kafana, statues, monuments, and important cultural institutions.
Great War Island
This island is located at the mouth of the Sava river where it joins the Danube river and id a protected natural reserve within the city of Belgrade. The island has typical marshy fauna but is best known for its 66 bird species and beach at the confluence of the rivers.
It has been recognized as a fish spawning site and is the only part of the city that does not allow for the development of permanent structures, preserving it as a natural escape from the chaos of the city. This is a beautiful spot for a relaxing day of bird watching, walking through the trees, and laying on the beach.
Housed inside Kalemegdan Park and at the Belgrade Fortress, the Military Museum gives an interesting narrative on war and defenses from Roman times to today. They have over 3000 pieces including Serbian heavy knight’s armor, Roman swords and helmets, Western medieval weapons, tanks, howitzers and many more.
A recent exhibit focuses on NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999 and their controversial use of cluster bombs, depleted uranium, and graphite bombs. You can also see remains of a US F-117 stealth aircraft that was successfully bombed down by a Serbian S-125 Neva/Pechora surface to air missile system.
Museum of Contemporary Art
This museum is a located along the Zemun Quay. The building itself is a piece of art, set against the backdrop of the Danube River and the Belgrade Fortress bringing an architectural contrast between the old and the new.
After a ten year renovation the museum is open once again, with an extensive collection of Yugoslavian art since 1900, and a rotating schedule of contemporary artists and live art events on the upper floors.