Why you should head to Belgrade for your next city break 21.11.21

Belgrade 2021

As you know from last week’s post, I recently spend a month in Serbia. I was mostly based in Belgrade and did some weekend and day trips to other hidden gems in the country. You already know how much of a good time I had in Serbia but its capital, Belgrade or Beograde as it’s known locally, deserves a post all of its own. Despite my staying for a few weeks, I never felt bored and always found something interesting to do! It’s time for a top 5 Belgrade!

Kalemegdan Fortress, Belgrade, 2021
  1. Kalemegdan Fortress

I’m not the only one to place this at the top of a Belgrade list. Take a look at any top Belgrade list and this is normally number one. As much as I don’t like being a copycat, the fortress deserves its place as Belgrade’s top thing to do in the city! You could easily spend all day here and take several visits and walks around the fortress. You’ll find cafes, museums, a huge park and some beautiful churches all within the boundaries of the fortress. It’s a great place to go and watch the sunset over the river with sweeping views of Belgrade’s many bridges. It’s also a top spot for people watching- you’ll find many locals meeting here for walks, selfies with the famous sunset and a few chess games. You’ll even find a Dinopark (if that’s what you look for in a fortress). It’s free to enter and wander around the fortress although there is a small entry price for some parts, such as the museums.

2. Saint Sava Temple

St Sava Temple, Belgrade

Next on the list is one of the largest churches in the world- St Sava Temple. The church is equally as beautiful from outside as it is on the inside. Outside, you can see the big green domes and take a few steps back and take a photo with the water fountains in front. Inside is beautifully decorated with ornate colours. It’s a very impressive place and not to missed during a visit to Belgrade.

The dome of the St Sava temple, Belgrade

3. The Yugoslavian History Museum

This isn’t necessarily Belgrade’s most popular museum but I enjoyed it the most. It is slightly out of the way from the centre. You can reach it easily by bus in 15 minutes or, as I did, you can walk which takes just under an hour. The walk isn’t very scenic so unless you really want the exercise, just catch the bus which stops outside. The museum didn’t cost more than a few euros and I found it to be very educational. There are three different parts. My favourite was the House of Flowers, the mausoleum of Tito, the former President of Yugoslavia. There you can learn about life in Yugoslavian times, his life and famous acquaintences as well as see his and his wife’s tombs. If you’re interested in learning about the past and Yugoslavia, this place is a must.

Entrance to the House of Flowers, Belgrade

4. Zemum

Zemun is a neighbourhood of Belgrade that was previously separate. Because of this separate development, Zemun has different architecture and a different feel than that of Belgrade. You need to take the bus to visit but the journey isn’t long. You can stroll along the river and check out the bars or take a walk up to the tower for some great views of Zemun and the rest of Belgrade.

Sunset in Zemun

5. Avala Tower

The view from Avala Tower

Avala just about makes it on the list although it’s not in Belgrade centre but rather in the suburbs. You need to take two buses and walk a bit to reach it or you can find a tour or driver. The architecture itself is very interesting with the tower being rebuilt after the original one was bombed by NATO in the 90s. It doesn’t take long to visit the tower itself and when I visited in October the area was very quiet. It’s much more popular in summer where you can spend more time walking around the area.

After spending some time in Belgrade, I can see why it’s an up-and-coming destination for a city break and especially for digital nomads. There is lots to explore and learn, the locals are friendly, the food is great and it’s a very affordable destination!

Belgrade sunsets

Published by tefltraveler

British citizen living in Spain (nearly 6 years now!) I completed my Celta qualification in 2015 and haven't looked back! Over the years I've worked in a few countries teaching English and undertaken countless travels. The pandemic may have put this on pause, but there are plenty more to come so watch this space...!

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