Here is our guide to the top six Must See Belgrade tips!
Belgrade is a very old and very proud city. It lies on the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers. The word Beograd (which is the serbian name of our city) means White City, and the proof of that can be seen directly from the balcony of Arkabarka Floating Hostel. Once important military fortification, the fortress now serves as the central park of Belgrade. Accessible from the end of the Knez Mihailova street, it offers beautiful views, especially during sunset. Most part of it is a park and the fortress walls, with several cafes, tennis and basketball courts, museums and observatory.
Gardos the hill, located on the right side of the river Danube, is a historical and authentic cultural environment with narrow streets, houses and very old churches, like Saint Nikolaj’s Church and Church of Saint Demetreus with an old and gracious Zemun cemetery next to it. At the top of the hill, there is a tower “Sibinjanin Janko” (or Millennium Tower), with a gallery and a beautiful view of the river, and Belgrade.
The Cathedral of Saint Sava
The great cathedral is serbian largest Orthodox Temple, built from 1935 in several phases. Interior decoration is not yet finished, however visitors have access to the north aisle which is complete and in use. From the quality of the marble and plaster work already in place, it will be stupendous when it is finished. It is located near Slavija square, easily accessed from Bulevar Mihajla Pupina.
Nikola Tesla Museum
This museum is dedicated to the man whom Serbs revere. Nikola Tesla made significant contributions to the development of electric engineering, pioneering alternating current (making long-distance high-energy transfers possible), radio (making base work for today’s mobile communications) and AC motors (widely used today, like blenders, vacuum cleaners and elevators), among other numerous inventions. Half of this small museum is dedicated to Tesla’s personal effects, while the other half contains models of his inventions. There are English-speaking guides who are students from the Engineering Department of the University of Belgrade who can help you understand the sometimes-complicated science.Entrance fee is RSD 150 (about 1.3 euro).
Lake Ada Ciganlija
Also called Sea of Belgrade, it is an artificial lake in the center of the city. The lake has an 8 km long gravel beach, which is visited by thousands of bathers during the summer. This is a great place for sports and picnics (barbecue is allowed in the allotted space) . It also contains a lot of cafes and restaurants,river rafts (bars-restaurants), some of which are opened whole year round. In summer, it is swamped with people wanting to cool down in the water. Beaches in Ada Ciganlija, with restaurants, cafes on the beach, as well as umbrellas,beds and water sports, reminiscent of many sea beaches, and are the right place for swimming, recreation and enjoyment. You may rent bikes or inline skates at several points near the entry to the island. Lanes for pedestrians and bikers are separated. You have over-the-water bungee jumping facility, as well as water skiing. There are terrains for football, basketball, beach volley, golf and tennis. All in all, the best place to be on warm summer days in Belgrade.
Great War Island
During the summer it is at times possible to cross the Danube river to a wonderful nature reserve in the middle of the city. Either by the bridge that is set up near hotel Yugoslavia or by a boat you can rent. On the island itself on the northern part is Lido beach, open to bathers in the river Danube during the summer season, while the rest of the island is covered by woods and is a perfect spot for bird spotting and picnicking.