European best destinations – Belgrade
While Belgrade's rich history makes itself reminded throughout the city, most notably in the old Belgrade Fortress, Belgrade features an abundance of cultural attractions and a wide range of events that draw visitors from across Europe.
As one of Europe's oldest cities, located at the crossroads of the East and West, the capital of Serbia is an incredibly rich mosaic of different cultures, influences and styles with a mysterious and exotic atmosphere. European but with oriental influences, Belgrade is a great weekend break, with tons of interesting sights and attractions, splendid architecture, a fast-paced nightlife, great and affordable shopping, as well as a thriving cultural scene.
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1. Belgrade Fortress
The life at the ridge over the confluence of the Sava and Danube has lasted for over two millenniums. The core of today's two million agglomerations is the Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park. They form a unique spatial entity with clearly visible remains of the Fortress divided into Upper and Lower Town, with two distinct styles – elements of medieval architecture combined with dominant baroque solutions typical for the 18th century. The Kalemegdan Park, Large and Little, developed in the area that once was the town field, are the place for rest and joy.
2. The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace was built between 1924 and 1929, on orders by King Alexander I, as the official royal residence. It is designed in the Serbian-Byzantine style, surrounded by pergolas, park terraces, pools, a pavilion and a concert terrace. Located on the ridge of a hill, it provides a magnificent view of Dedinje posh and exclusive part of Belgrade, the Košutnjak forest, Topčider and Avala.
Within the same complex, a residence for sons of King Alexander I had been built and named the White Palace. Its salons are arranged in the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI and it contains a valuable art collection including notable art works by Rembrandt, Fromentin, Vouet, Poussin, Bourdou, Jakšić, Meštrović and many others. It also contains the Royal Library that once housed around 35,000 books and the Ceremonial Dining Hall set up in the Chippendale style.
Once a separate city, Zemun is nowadays known as a romantic and poetic part of Belgrade on the river Danube. In its Main street (Glavna ulica), it has a Homeland museum and Madlenianum Opera and Theatre.
The bank of the Danube where Zemun is situated, Zemunski kej, is a kilometres long promenade, with barges-cafés, amusement park and formerly largest hotel in Belgrade, now Grand Casino. At night, these barges-cafés are the epicentre of a night life, open till dawn. Gardoš Tower is the most recognizable symbol of Zemun. This neighbourhood preserved its old looks, with narrow, mostly cobblestoned streets and individual residential houses. There is a cute café/restaurant near the Gardoš tower that offers panoramic view of Belgrade and a pleasant rest from the sounds of city traffic.
4. Bike tours in Belgrade
iBikeBelgrade and iBikeNoviSad offer easy-going, fun, cheap and interesting guided bicycle tours through Belgrade and Novi Sad. If you want to discover Belgrade, the best way to do it is by bike.
All iBike-guides are young, cool and nice people who know everything about their city but who will not bore you with facts and history. The tours will give you an insight in the (recent) history of the city and will also tell about how people live there now. You will get the best tips on things to do and where to go at night, where the best restaurant in Belgrade is or where the most beautiful spot in Novi Sad is.
5. Knez Mihailova & Republic Square
The Republic Square is literally the epicenter of the city, being surrounded by the National Theatre and National Museum, but it is best known for the statue of Prince Mihailo on the horse, which is the most popular meeting place of Belgradians.
Knez Mihailova Street is the pedestrian area that unifies the beautiful architecture, and leads towards the Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park, while on the other way leads to Terazije, and famous Terazijska česma, drinking fountain in front of the Hotel Moskva, which is a great lookout point to the Sava river valley.