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10 Best Things To Do In Belgrade: From Sightseeing To Clubbing

Solrunn
Updated Aug 21, 2018

Vibrant, chilled and welcoming - prepare for Belgrade to charm your socks off. Serbia’s capital is jam-packed with fun experiences for all ages, ensuring your visit will be a memorable one. We’ve listed 10 activities you definitely shouldn’t miss on your trip.

Read on to find out about the best things to do in Belgrade:

1. Visit Kalemegdan Fortress

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Built in 535, Kalemegdan Fortress is perhaps the most iconic of all Belgrade tourist attractions. This grand fortress is located where Sava River and the Danube merge. Its walls tell us a great deal about the size of Belgrade in ancient times, as the original city was confined within these walls but later expanded. Go for a relaxing walk in the park surrounding the fortress, enjoy an open-air concert in summer or check out the Military Museum of Belgrade while you’re here.

Kalemegdan Fortress

Address: Kalemegdan, Belgrade

Website: Kalemegdan Fortress

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2. Go on a river tour

No wonder Belgrade is sometimes referred to as “The City of Rivers” - Sava River and the Danube are two of Belgrade’s best known symbols. The ultimate way to get the most out of these waters is simply to hop on a boat. Many companies offer guided tours along the rivers - the perfect pastime for when your feet are tired from all that sightseeing. Enjoy a cold beer in the sunshine while learning about the city’s history, or opt for a magical sunset cruise instead.

Belgrade River Cruise with Tour Guide

Address: Departs from the cruise port

Website:

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3. Relax on Ada Ciganlija

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Visiting Belgrade in summer and looking for a place to cool off? Ada Ciganlija is an artificial peninsula in Sava River, a short distance from the city centre. When the heat gets too much, this could be your perfect Belgrade hideaway. Amongst other things, Ada Ciganlija boasts a well kept beach, a golf course and floating restaurants. In summer, various cultural events take place here too, while more active travelers can show off at the volleyball pitch.

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4. Have dinner in Skadarlija


Where better to enjoy your evening meal than in the cheerful bohemian quarters? Some of Belgrade’s top restaurants are found here in Skadarlija, where you can engage in serious people-watching whilst enjoying a delicious meal. Head to Tri Sesira (pictured) for live music, choose the celeb hotspot of Ima Dana for your dose of holiday glamour, or make a reservation at Dva Jelena which has been attending to the needs of hungry Serbs since 1832. Bon appétit!

Tri Sesira

Address: Skadarlija, Belgrade

Website: Tri Sesira

Ima Dana

Address: Skadarlija, Belgrade

Website: Ima Dana

Dva Jelena

Address: Skadarlija, Belgrade

Website: Dva Jelena

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5. Explore the Museum of Yugoslav History

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The Museum of Yugoslav History is a must for anyone with even the slightest interest in Yugoslavian history and its legendary president Marshal Tito. Soak up the atmosphere and travel back in time to when Serbia was a part of former Yugoslavia. Apart from the main attraction which is Tito’s Mausoleum, this museum of national importance features over 200,000 items - most notably gifts received by Tito on his international state visits including a Francisco Goya painting. The huge collection of gifts is important from a wider diplomacy point of view as it features items from many countries around the world.

Museum of Yugoslav History

Address: Botićeva 6, Belgrade

Website: Museum of Yugoslav History

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6. Take in the views from Avala Tower

Want a great view of Belgrade’s cityscape and the surrounding landscape? This is where the TV tower on Mount Avala comes into the picture. Make your way up to Avala Tower and you’ll be able to enjoy superb panoramic views along with a refreshing drink in the on-site restaurant. Located 30 minutes from central Belgrade, Avala Tower is especially worth a visit if you’re interested in war history as there is a WW2 memorial statue here.

Avala Tower

Address: Mount Avala, Belgrade

Website: Avala Tower

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7. Visit Tito's Grave

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Josip Broz Tito’s mausoleum is one of Serbia’s most popular sites and naturally attracts the most visitors on 25th May, which is his birthday. The actual mausoleum is called House of Flowers, which reflects the mountain of flowers that used to surround the tomb. House of Flowers is located in the Museum of Yugoslav History and was closed down for a number of years but is now open for visitors.

House of Flowers

Address: Botićeva 6, Belgrade

Website: House of Flowers

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8. Conquer the city's famous nightclubs

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Let your hair down in one of Europe’s best party cities! Aside from the absolutely buzzing atmosphere, one thing you should know about Belgrade’s nightlife is that it’s divided into winter season and summer season. In summer, people hang out in clubs along the riverfront while you’ll find the best winter clubs located downtown. The Tilt Club next to Kalemegdan Fortress is a must for all party-goers, while Freestyler with its 90s nights is the summer equivalent of Tilt Club. Club Lasta by Sava River is another safe bet. Feel like living it up mid week? Don’t worry, in Belgrade there’s always something going on…

Tilt Club

Address: Bulevar Vojvode Bojovića 30, Belgrade

Website: Tilt Club

Freestyler

Address: Brodarska, Belgrade

Website: Freestyler

Club Lasta

Address: Bulevar Vojvode Mišića BB, Belgrade

Website: Club Lasta

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9. Spend an afternoon at the Museum of Aviation

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Conveniently located next to Belgrade’s international airport, the Museum of Aviation makes for a fun and educational excursion for all the family. Not only can you marvel at 200 different aircrafts used by the air force and other types of planes, but there are also more than 200,000 photographs as well as flight manuals and other documents in the museum. If you’ve got a couple of hours to kill at the airport, we’d definitely recommend you head here.

Museum of Aviation

Website: Museum of Aviation

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10. Marvel at St. Sava Temple


St. Sava Temple is easily one of Belgrade’s prettiest buildings - and the most noticeable. In fact, it’s the second biggest Orthodox church in the world which might give you an idea of its massive size. It’s dedicated to Saint Sava and was completed in 1989, but there’s still work being done on the inside. Some parts of the church are currently closed but it’s possible to access the spellbinding crypt which boasts magnificent mosaic patterns and paintings.

St. Sava Temple

Address: Krušedolska 2a, Belgrade

Website: St. Sava Temple

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Enjoy Belgrade's highlights

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No matter if you’ve got a weekend or a week, you’ll love experiencing the gems and quirks of Belgrade. Our top 10 list is an excellent start off point for those who want to discover Serbia’s capital.

This article was originally published on Jun 29, 2017

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Solrunn loves discovering new corners of the world and writing - preferably at the same time. She currently based in the UK, which is the 5th country she's lived in. If she could travel anywhere......Read more

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