- For other places with the same name, see Belgrade (disambiguation).
Belgrade (Serbian: Београд, Beograd) — meaning 'White City' — is the capital of the Republic of Serbia. With a population of over 1.7 million people, Belgrade has been re-emerging as a tourist destination in the past years. Often called the party capital of Southeastern Europe, Belgrade is famous for offering numerous entertainment venues, many historical sites, great local food, and warm people. Various styles of architecture are found in the city, and its resurgence in the 21st century as the leading hub in Southeastern Europe makes it a must-see destination.
Belgrade is the country's largest city. It lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. The city has a long history, dating back to the 4th century BC, when the area was settled by Celtic tribes. Later, it became the Roman city of Singidunum, and relics of that era can still be seen in the city, particularly at the Belgrade Fortress. During the Middle Ages the town became a Serbian stronghold until the Ottoman invasion. The city changed hands between the Ottoman and the Austrian empires several times until 1878, when Serbia gained its independence and Belgrade became the capital of the new country.
After the First World War, Belgrade became the seat of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (in 1929, the country changed its name to Kingdom of Yugoslavia) until its collapse in 1943. Due to its strategic location, the city has endured more than 115 wars and has been destroyed more than 40 times. This often violent history and outside influence has colored much of Belgrade's evolution, which is evident in its culture and architecture. Often caught between the hammer and anvil of clashing empires, the city has taken on a unique character, reminiscent of both Austrian and Turkish influences, with a unique set of Communist elements thrown in as Yugoslavia was expelled from the Eastern Bloc in 1948 but followed its own brand of communism until Marshal Tito died in 1980. The city has its own spirit, and in it can be found some not only unique features, but also a healthy joie de vivre in its café culture, nightlife and often a Mediterranean touch in its daily life.
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Belgrade has a temperate continental climate, with hot, humid summers and cold winters with occasional periods of snowfall. Belgrade experiences all four seasons to their maximums, and those visiting are advised to dress appropriately, and keep an eye on the weather forecast, as the city often experiences sudden gusts of the strong Košava wind, storms, and rainfall, particularly during the summer months.
Whilst there isn't much ethnic or cultural diversity in Belgrade compared to other European cities, there are minority communities (largely Roma and Chinese), as well as people from other former Yugoslav republics, such as Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia. There is also a small expat community. Cultural events from around the world, however, are starting to become increasingly common, particularly in the spring and summer months, sponsored by local arts and culture organizations, and by foreign embassies and cultural centers. These attract a good deal of local attention, and help in raising the city's profile as a cultural hotspot.
Belgradians, like most Serbs, are friendly and hospitable people, who will always go out of their way to make guests feel welcome. Whatever the ethnicity, any tourist who comes to Belgrade and treats the locals kindly will see that kindness returned doubled. Most young people speak English well, and usually another foreign language such as German, Russian, or French. As with any destination, it could prove useful to learn some of the local phrases.
The main entry route into Belgrade and Serbia is 1 Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG IATA) (18 km west of city center). It's the hub for Air Serbia and has flights to most European capitals, but especially to Balkan cities such as Ljubljana, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Tivat and Zagreb. Near-east destinations include Abu Dhabi, Baku, Beirut, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul and Tel Aviv. There's a direct flight to New York JFK. Serbia's not a big country so there are no domestic flights. For practical purposes there's only a single terminal. Arriving, you pass through the airside lounge before passport control and baggage reclaim. Currency exchange kiosks here give rates within 5% of official rate, good value anywhere. Departing, passport control comes straight after check-in then you enter the airside lounge. There's retail and eating but little general seating. Each departure gate has its own security screen and cramped waiting area without toilets, a thoroughly awkward design.
Transport to & from the city:
- Bus 72 runs every 30 mins to Zeleni Venac, close to the inter-city bus station and Republic Square. The fare is RSD150, pay the driver (and get some small notes at the currency exchange). It's a 40-50 min ride into town, zigzagging through the shopping malls of the western burbs. Buses run daily 05:00-23:30. The bus runs from outside Departures, so from Arrivals you need to go upstairs. At Zeleni Venac the stop for the 72 is the furthest uphill, or most easterly, on the main platform with all the fast food outlets.
- Minibus A1 runs between the airport and Slavija Square, stopping at Fontana (Novi Beograd) and the main railway station. The buses are comfortable and air-conditioned. The fare is RSD300, pay the driver and state your destination before departure. The trip takes 30 minutes. This bus also runs at night, with a short break from around 02:00-04:00.
- If you prefer to take a taxi, read the precautions described below. The fare from the airport is fixed - most taxi companies have a price list in multiple languages. The price is around RSD1800 to the center and New Belgrade and RSD2000 to the suburbs, and includes luggage. You can order a taxi by phone or simply go upstairs to Departures and catch one of the taxis dropping off passengers.
This is the best overland option from western Europe while the railway is being dug up. There are buses at least daily to Budapest (6-7 hours), Sarajevo (7 hours), Sofia (11 hours) and Thessaloniki (10 hours via Niš and Skopje). Buses connect Belgrade to all the main cities of Serbia: some speed along the motorway, others wend and wind through small towns en route, so check: the next departure might not be the quickest option. Quality of coaches is variable. They stop every 3 or 4 hours for a rest break - keep a close watch on your belongings at these stops, and on arrival be intensely suspicious of taxi touts and supposed luggage porters.
2 Belgrade Bus Station (BAS, Београдска аутобуска станица) is just north of the derelict former railway station on Karađorđeva street. Timetables aren't clearly posted, or only in Serbian, so ask inside the terminal building. Various cafes and kiosks here. There's a charge of RSD180 to enter the platform area, normally included in the fare and you receive a plastic token or paper stub with a QR code to get through the gate. If you bought your ticket online, then it might not be included and you'd have to buy a platform card in the terminal. You might also have to pay the bus driver an extra RSD100 per bag placed in the cargo compartment.
Local buses don't use BAS, but the bus stands adjacent south. There are no gates or charges to enter this area.
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The former main station on Karađorđeva Bvd closed in 2018. Westbound trains now run from 3 Belgrade Center Railway Station (Beograd Centar-Prokop) (2 km south of city centre beyond E-75). This station is largely unfinished, and has poor onward transport connections. Specify "Beograd Centar" when searching online timetables, as "Beograd" refers to the former station and finds no trains.
Routes to Centre station include:
- Budapest Keleti: 8-9 hours, two daytime trains and one overnight. Departures are around 08:00, 12:00 and 22:00 in both directions.
- Change in Budapest from most destinations further west, and from Eastern Europe. But there is one direct train a day from Vienna (12 hr) via Budapest. There's also one from Zürich (23 hr), via Zagreb (7 hr), Ljubljana (9 hr), Villach (12 hr) and Innsbruck (18 hr).
- Trains from Novi Sad run every couple of hours, taking 2 hours.
- An overnight train "Lovcen" runs from Bar (10 hours) via Podgorica. The day train "Tara" is cancelled at least until mid-Dec 2021.
Westbound trains also call at 4 Novi Beograd on the west bank of the River Sava.
Other south- and eastbound trains use a "temporary" terminus at 5 Topčider in the leafy southern parkland. These run to:
- Overnight from Thessaloniki (23 hr) via Niš (5 hr) and Skopje (10 hr). Change in Thessaloniki from Athens, Piraeus and ferries to the Greek Islands. This train is cancelled in 2021.
- Sofia: one train daily (10 hr) via Niš; travel via Sofia from Bucharest or Istanbul.
This arrangement will last until these trains can be accommodated at Center station. Topčider is basically a motorail terminal with no facilities and poor onward local transport, but its trains also stop at Rakovica, which is on the suburban line to city centre.
Coming from north or south use the E-75 highway. The Ibarska magistrala (Ibar highway, M-22) approaches from Montenegro and the southwest. From the west (eg Zagreb and Ljubljana) use E-70. There are also major roads from Vršac and Zrenjanin.
Highways have toll stations, which are moderately priced. Serbia's only toll highways are parts of E-70 and E-75, which as A3 goes through the middle of Belgrade. If you're heading for Bulgaria or Greece via Niš, the signs will lead you onto A1 the southern bypass. But except in rush hour, it's just as quick to stay on A3 through the city. A1 is a modern but undivided highway, and you're sure to fetch up behind a slow truckload of watermelons, as heavy goods vehicles are required to use this road and avoid city centre.
Cruises along the Danube sometimes call at Belgrade, but there are no point-to-point ferries.
Belgrade is on European bicycle route Eurovelo 6 which connects the Atlantic Ocean and Black Sea. The route across Serbia is from Budapest via Osijek and Novi Sad to Belgrade, continuing east to Vidin.
By public transport
GSP Beograde (ГСП in Serbian Cyrillic) operates an extensive public transport network of buses, trolleybuses, and trams in the city and its suburbs. Maps are available online as well as a route planner which is more up to date. There is a BusPlus android app (Srb/Eng), useful for navigating all the lines and the stops on a map. There is a paid option to check how many stops away the next vehicle is. Google Maps can also be used to find good public transport options.
Buses are the backbone of Belgrade's public transport, and you can get almost anywhere on them. Buses get very full at peak times, and some are full all day, notoriously the 26, 83 and 50. Their quality varies: those around the city centre or serving posh neighbourhoods are usually newer air-conditioned vehicles, e.g. the Polish Solaris Urbino 18. Further out you may encounter some elderly specimens, e.g. the 30 year old Ikarbus with wooden benches for seats.
There are two main bus terminals for local buses: the intercity main bus station (next to the disused railway station) for the west and southwest suburbs, and Zeleni Venac for the north (Zemun and Batajnica) and some western parts of the city (Banovo Brdo, Žarkovo, Čukarica). It's a steep ten minute walk from the main bus station to Zeleni Venac, with no bus between.
There was a third hub at Trg Republike, but those buses were relocated even before the square was closed off and dug up, and they're not expected to return once that work is complete.
There are 11 tram lines in Belgrade. All lines converge in the Slavija-Vukov Spomenik area (except 11 and 13 which go to Novi Beograd from Kalemegdan and Banovo Brdo, respectively).
The most notable line is line nr. 2, which goes around the city centre in a circular route (krug dvojke). Another notable line is the nr. 3, which goes through scenic park area of Topčider.
Several tram lines are served only by new CAF Urbos trams (7 and 12, also 13), while most of the other ones are serviced by old Tatra KT4 and Basel donated trams (some of them more than 50 years old, but in a better state than Tatras, as those trams were left to decay for years during the 1990s and 2000s).
Belgrade's trolleybuses have 7 lines serving two main corridors. One corridor is from Studentski trg (near Trg Republike) over Crveni Krst to Konjarnik and Medaković 3. The other is from Zvezdara to Banjica, plied by lines 40 (Banjica-Zvezdara), 41 (Studentski trg - Banjica) and 28 (Studentski trg - Zvezdara). The trolleybuses are mostly newer Belarusian vehicles with a couple of older Soviet ZiUs.
There are three ticket options for non-residents, which can be bought or topped up at kiosks:
- Single ticket (Zone 1+2): RSD150, bought from the driver and valid for that ride. Drivers often can't be bothered selling you these and let you ride for free, but beware inspectors.
- Day tickets (Zone 1+2): One day (ie 24 hr) RSD250, so it's worth it even for a simple return; three days (72 hr) RSD700, or five days (120 hours) RSD1000. The time runs from the point of purchase.
- Non-personalized card (Zone 1+2): the card itself costs RSD250, to which you add the cost of rides, with each journey of up to 90 mins being RSD89. So the first purchase will be a minimum RSD340. A top up of at least RSD900 earns you RSD100 in free credit, thus you recoup the cost of the card (which is valid for 3 years) after 30 journeys. You can use a single card for rides with up to 4 persons. To do so choose the group ride option when boarding the bus before you hold your card to the reader (you can switch the readers language to english).
Payment is by cash to driver or kiosk (contactless cards aren't yet in use), by the online Bus Plus system, or by Android app.
Personalized cards with photo ID are only available to residents. Single tickets are validated by the driver on issue, all others must be validated on boarding. If a busy bus suddenly empties, it's because they've spotted an inspector getting aboard. Your options, if without a ticket, are to jump ship with them, to bluster or brazen your way out, or face a RSD2000 spot fine.
Minibuses connect the suburbs and are generally faster and more comfortable than regular buses. A single ride costs RSD150, pay the driver. Day tickets and non-personalized cards are not valid on these lines.
Day transport starts at 04:00 and ends at midnight. Night transport is only by bus, with a limited number of lines running every 30-60 mins. The only ticket option for night lines is a single ticket bought on the bus for RSD150 (Zone 1) or RSD210 (Zone 2). Day tickets and non-personalized cards are not valid. The night lines are all prefixed N so these rules apply even if the ride started just before midnight, conversely they don't apply to other buses where you were still aboard after midnight.
The suburban railway system is called BG:Voz (BG:Train). One line runs from Batajnica in the west through Zemun and Novi Beograd to Beograd Centar (this section is disrupted by engineering work throughout 2019) then swings north through Karađorđev Park and Vukov Spomenik to Ovča across the river. The other line runs south from Beograd Center via Rakovica to Resnik. Trains run every 30 minutes, 15 mins in rush hour. Fares are the same as for buses: RSD150 single ride, RSD89 per journey on a card.
Belgrade's metro project is a national joke. It's been talked about since the 1930s, with several great plans put forward, planning teams formed, and funding collaborations announced. Construction on the first line only began in late 2021.
Taxis are cheap by European standards, though far more expensive than anywhere else in Serbia. Taxify is a popular phone app to hail taxis; expect to pay in cash. Car:Go is an Uber-like app that is cheaper than Taxify and you can pay by card in the app.
Here is official info about taxis in Belgrade. Fares are regulated by the government and are RSD170 to start a ride, RSD65-130 per km (depending on time of day) and RSD12.5 per minute waiting time.
Taxi scams are common in Belgrade.
It is always best to order taxis smartphone app (Car:go or Yandex), since it will record licence plates, and the whole ride. Apps will also give you approximate price that you need to pay (actual price might be up to 5% different).
Next option is to order taxi by phone, since your order will be saved in the operator database. However information saved in operator database are not nearly clear or detailed as the one saved by smartphone apps, so that offer less protection for the customer.
Only take a taxi with a roof sign with the city coat of arms and a number, indicating it's a city-regulated radio taxi. Anything else is a private unregulated cab that may charge four times as much. Also, legal taxis must have license plates ending with TX (e.g. BG-1234-TX).
Insist that the trip be metered; the only exception is if you take a taxi from the airport and buy a voucher with a fixed price. Tips to drivers are welcome but not required and your luggage is included in the metered price.
If you believe that the driver is trying to rip you off, call the operator of that taxi association to check if the price is regular for the specified distance. Afraid of city inspection, they might call back the driver and bring him to reason. Also, ask for a signed bill indicating date, time, start and end destination, price and drivers signature. Write down the number on the blue sign on the vehicle roof, as well as the license plate. Report the incident to city inspection (+381 11 3227-000) and if you are going from or to the airport, report it also to airport inspection (+381 11 2097-373, [email protected]). If the driver is aggressive towards you, call the police.
Yandex Taxi is available, it can be ordered using smartphone app.
As in most of Europe you must keep to the right side of the road. Driving in Belgrade can be stressful. Avoid rush hours (08:30–9:30, 16:00-18:00). Plan your journey if you are going in to the city core, and expect to have a hard time finding a free parking place on the streets during Friday and Saturday evenings in the center. Garages might be a better choice.
Keep your low beam headlights turned on, during both day and night. Speed limit on the streets of the city is 50 km/h, near schools even less, on the highway is higher. Police is known to wait at places where you might feel comfortable to drive over the limit, but almost never on the highway. Take special care while crossing Branko's bridge, and driving on following streets: Bulevar Mihaila Pupina, Jurija Gagarina, Vladimira Popovića, and other major ones. Keep your seat belts fastened. Other passengers must also do the same, even when sitting on the back seat (if there are seat belts installed).
Allowed level of blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.03%, which is roughly equal to one drink. If you do go by car to drink, consider going back using taxi or Safe driver service, +381 64 174 6411. They will come to pick you up on the small, folding motorcycle, pack it in your trunk, and drive you back home in your car. Their charge is modest, and slightly higher than one-way ride with the taxi (RSD1150 for <10 km, RSD1550 for >10 km etc.).
Yellow lanes are reserved for public transport, i.e. buses and taxis, and private vehicles may not use them. They're marked with a yellow line and on traffic signs. Some only apply during rush hours.
Best option is to avoid bringing a car into the centre, next best is to use a parking garage. Street parking is difficult. There are four zones, clearly marked:
- Red Zone is the central spine from Student Square down to Takovska / Milosa Bvds. You may only stay one hour, RSD56. There are few spaces at the best of times, and with the closure of Republic Square and adjacent streets, it's impractical.
- Yellow Zone has spaces painted orange to avoid confusion with the standard yellow road markings. It cloaks the Red Zone, between George Washington Bvd east and the bus station west, and south just past Slavija Square. Maximum stay is two hours, RSD48 / hr.
- Green Zone is the rest of city centre, maximum stay 3 hours, RSD41 / hr.
- Blue Zone beyond has no limit but still charges RSD31 / hr or RSD150 / day. Spaces near main transport routes fill early as commuters park up for the day then take the bus to the office.
Parking charges apply M-F 07:00-21:00 and Sat 07:00-14:00 (in Blue Zone from 08:00). You can pay using a ticket machine, from a parking attendant, at a kiosk or by mobile phone. With a kiosk ticket, write down the parking time and display it inside your windscreen. By phone, text your car's plate number (e.g. BG123AA) to 9111 (red zone), 9112 (yellow) or 9113 (green). Every message you send buys you an hour. Five mins before the hour expires, you get a text warning, and the chance to renew if you're eligible to extend your parking for the next hour.
There are several large public garages for extended parking, e.g. there's one with 500 spaces under the old palace, across from the parliament building. They charge about RSD100 per hour.
Parking violations in the centre are swiftly pounced upon. Failure to pay in a marked spot results in a fine. With illegally parked vehicles, the traffic police are obliged to wait 15 minutes for the return of the driver, who'll have to pay a fine of €50. When 15 minutes are up, the car gets towed to one of four designated lots in the city, which you can locate using the online service. At the lot, you will be required to present a valid form of ID and the vehicle registration documents, and pay the fine and towing expenses, €90 in total.
Old Belgrade is pretty hilly and the cycling infrastructure is scarce, so bicycle transport isn't in wide use. However, New Belgrade and Zemun are relatively flat and offer enough space for bikes to be used. Bicycle tracks link Zemun, Dorćol, Ada Ciganlija, New Belgrade and Bežanijska kosa. There is a bike lift on Brankov Bridge operating 365 days and the ride is free of charge. There is also more than 50 bicycle racks around the city.
Riding a bike on the same roads with cars and buses is considered too dangerous, although on smaller streets it can be reasonably safe. Avoid riding on major (multilane) roads. You are not allowed to bring bikes into public transport vehicles.
Bicycle rentals are available mostly at recreational areas like Ada Ciganlija or Zemun quay. Average price is around €1.5/hour and €4/day.
Small boats connecting Ada Ciganlija to Novi Beograd's Block 70a are the only mode of public transport on rivers. Also, there are several tourist boats which offer day and night cruises along the Sava and Danube.
Belgrade city core is not too big. Everything between Kalemegdan, Knez Mihailova street and Skadarska street is best viewed on foot, and most major sights can be found in Stari Grad (Old Town) district. You might need the bus for sights further out. Note that many of Belgrade's museums are closed on Monday.
- 1 Belgrade Fortress (Kalemegdan/Калемегдан). Once an important military fortification and the location of the first settlement of Singidunum, it now serves as the central park of Belgrade. Accessible from the end of the Knez Mihailova street, it offers a great refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city, especially in the afternoon. Kalemegdan park is divided into the Upper and Lower town, and contains fortress walls built in several stages throughout history, with several cafés, tennis and basketball courts, museums and an observatory. Be sure to take a stroll around the statue of Pobednik (The Victor), one of the symbols of Belgrade, and enjoy the stunning views over the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Free.
- 2 Military Museum (Војни Музеј) (within the Fortress), ☏ . Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Museum has around 30,000 objects in 12 collections and very impressive photo collection with over 100,000 photographs. RSD200.
- There are two churches within the Fortress. Church Ružica (Црква Ружица). "Ružica" means little rose, though it's clad in ivy. It dates to the 15th century, was destroyed in the 18th century, rebuilt and again destroyed in World War I by the Central Powers. The present version was created in 1925, embellished by bronze soldiers guards in front of it and the unusual chandeliers made out of bullet shells, swords and bayonets. Adjacent is Sveta Petka (Црква Св. Петке) church and chapel.
- 3 Belgrade Zoo, Mali Kalemegdan 8 (within the Fortress). Summer daily 08:00–20:30, winter daily 08:00–17:00. Popular, but it's a lot of animals in a small space. Adult RSD500, child RSD300.
- 4 Knez Mihailova Street (Кнез Михаилова улица). The main pedestrian street of Belgrade features beautiful architecture from the late 19th century. Take a stroll down this historic street and enjoy all of the shopping, galleries, street vendors, and cafés it has to offer. The street also serves as the link between the Republic Square and Kalemegdan park.
- 5 Republic Square (Trg Republike/Трг Републике). Belgrade's main square features the statue of prince Mihailo Obrenović, which is the main meeting point of Belgradians, popularly referred to as "by the horse". Surrounding the square are famous historical buildings such as the National Museum and the National Theatre. The square was "refurbished" in 2019 and now it's just an open emptiness of concrete, with beautiful buildings around and a few sitting places. Few lines of public transport pass by here.
- 6 Skadarlija street (Скадарлија). Popularly nicknamed the "Bohemian quarter", this pedestrian street is filled with restaurants and cafes, most in the spirit of old Belgrade. Live bands playing traditional Serbian music can be heard in the evenings. Skadarlija street is lined with many landmarks, including Dva Jelena Kafana, which was established in 1832. The street is paved in cobblestones, so ladies are advised to avoid wearing high heels, unless highly experienced. Blank-walled buildings on the south side have been painted with impressive 'trompe-l'oeil' paintings to add to the atmosphere.
- 7 Terazije and Kralja Milana streets (Теразије и улица Краља Милана). Connecting Knez Mihailova street and the Republic Square with the Slavija Square and the Temple of Saint Sava, which dominates the view as you walk towards it. Take a walk down the street and see the famous Terazije Fountain, Hotel Moskva (formerly called the "Palace of Russia"), the Old Royal Palace (now the City Hall), the New Palace (now the building of the Presidency), and the Yugoslavian Drama Theater.
- 8 The Old Royal Palace (Stari Dvor/Стари Двор). Located opposite the National Assembly, it was the royal residence of the Obrenović and Karađorđević dynasties from 1884 until 1922. It is now the seat of the Belgrade City Assembly, and the plateau in front of it is often used to welcome Serbian athletes and musicians after successful competitions abroad.
- 9 The White Palace (Beli Dvor/Бели Двор). The official residence of the crown prince of Serbia, it is a mansion located in the upscale Dedinje area, as part of the Royal compound. Can be visited only with a guided tour. Tours can be booked at the Tourist Information offices, available in English and Serbian.
- 10 The New Palace (Novi Dvor/Нови Двор). The New Palace is next to the Old Royal Palace, on Andrićev venac square. Built between 1911 and 1922 as the residence of King Petar I Karađorđević, today it is the official seat of the President of the Republic of Serbia.
- 11 The National Assembly of Serbia (Narodna Skupština/Народна Скупштина). Across the Old Royal Palace, at Nikola Pašić Square.
- 12 Gardoš (Гардош). A neighborhood in the municipality of Zemun. Gardoš is a hill located near the river bank of Danube, and offers a historical and authentic atmosphere, with narrow streets, old houses and churches. At the top of the hill stands the tower of "Sibinjanin Janko" (or Millennium Tower) - 36 m tall, built in 1896, housing an art gallery and boasting beautiful views over the Danube and Belgrade. The area also offers numerous authentic restaurants offering a wide range of dishes, usually traditional Serbian cuisine.
- 13 Temple of Saint Sava (Hram Svetog Save/Храм Светог Саве), Krušedolska 2a. Daily 07:00-20:00. The largest church in Serbia and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, under construction since 1935 and still not finished, although the interior decorations are at about 90% of completion. It's locally known as a temple ("Hram") to distinguish it from the smaller St Sava Church ("Tsrkva") adjacent. The crypt (downstairs from the main entrance to the right) is an extensive, bright and polished area with walls covered with modern iconography, so it feels more like a metro interchange for Orthodox saints than a religious building. Services are held regularly here and in the Church, which you can also visit (till 19:00). Free.
- 14 Belgrade Cathedral (Saborna crkva/Саборна црква). Also called St. Archangel Michael's Cathedral, it is near the Belgrade Fortress (Kalemegdan park). Built between 1837 and 1840, with a richly-decorated interior. Across the church is the building of Patriarchy, the seat of Serbian Orthodox Church. Two of the most significant linguists of Serbian history, Vuk Karadžić and Dositej Obradović, are buried in front of the church.
- 15 St. Mark's Church (Crkva Sv. Marka/Црква Св. Марка). Built between 1931 and 1940, it is in the Tašmajdan park, next to the main Post office and the National Assembly building. The church is also the final resting place of the famous Tsar Dušan the Mighty. There is a small Russian Orthodox church right next to St. Mark's.
- 16 Church of St. Alexander Nevsky (Црква Св. Александра Невског), Cara Dušana 63 (Dorćol (near Skadarlija)). Its history dates back to the time the Serbian-Turkish war (1876), when under the command of General Mikhail Chernyayev (Михаил Черњајев), Russian volunteers arrived in Serbian aid. Firstly they erected a tent near the church dedicated to St. Aleksandar Nevsky. The old church was built in 1877, but later had a turbulent history. The church has significant relics, frescoes, and in the interior of the plaque, Serbian warriors, the Russian Tsar Nicholas the Second, and King Alexander I Karadjordjevic.
- 17 Nikolajevska crkva (Николајевска Црква). Built in 1745 at the foot of Gardoš (Гардош) hill, near the Danube, in the municipality of Zemun.
- 18 Church of the shroud of Holy Virgin (Црква Покрова Пресвете Богородице), Kajmakčalanska 55, Vračar. It was built in 1933, in simple Serbian-Byzantine style, richly adorned with frescoes, mosaics, has a rich collection of relics. It is between Boulevard of King Alexander, and Žička street, near the "Red Cross Square" (Црвени Крст).
- Presentation of the Virgin Monastery (Манастир Ваведења Пресвете Богородице), Ljube Jovanovića 8 (Senjak (Dedinje hill)). It is near the center, the Topčidersko hill, surrounded by woods. The church was built in 1935. This beautiful church ("Monastery of the Presentation") was built in the Serbian-Byzantine style, richly painted frescoes, and a rich treasure.
- Roman Catholic churches. There are eight 'Roman Catholic churches in Belgrade: the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in Hadži Milentijeva 75 (Neimar), the Church of Christ the King in Krunska 23 (Vračar), two in Zemun, and one each in Stari Grad, Čukarica, Zvezdara and Karaburma.
- 19 Bajrakli Mosque (Бајракли џамија), Gospodar Jevremova 11 Dorćol. Serbia's only active mosque in a non-Muslim-majority city is in central Belgrade. It was built in the 16th century, when the Ottoman Empire ruled most of the Balkans.
- 20 Belgrade Synagogue Sukkat Shalom, Maršala Birjuzova 19, Stari Grad.
Museums and galleries
- 21 National Museum (Народни Музеј), Trg republike 1а (Enter from side-street Vase Čarapića). Tu W F Su 10:00-18:00, Th Sa 12:00-20:00. Founded in 1844, has more than 400,000 items on 3 floors. Lower floor is Paleolithic art and artefacts. Italian Art Collection (230 works) including Titian, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Canaletto, Tiepollo, Carpacio. French Art Collection (250 paintings) includes Renoir (55 works including 22 paintings), Monet, Degas, Signac, Lautrec, Matisse, Goughen, Utrillo, Pissaro, Corot. Dutch and Flemish Art Collection (120 works) include Vincent van Gogh, Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Goyen, and Breughel. Japanese Art Collection has 82 works which include Kunisada, Toyokuni, and Hirosige. Cubist Art Collection includes Picasso, Cézanne, Delaunay, Arhipenko, Mondrian... Yugoslav (Serbian) Art Collection includes Paja Jovanovic, Uros Predic, and Lubarda. Other Art Collections (German, Austrian, Russian) include Durer, Gustav Klimt, Kandinsky, Sisley, Marc Chagall, Modigliani, and Kassat. RSD300, free on Sun.
- 22 Gallery of Frescoes of the National Museum (Галерија Фресака), Cara Uroša 20, ☏ . Closed. The gallery was founded in 1953 as a special institution for the collection, study and exhibit of the Serbian medieval art. It is now part of the National Museum and contains a rich collection of murals and medieval sculptures. Closed for renovation.
- 23 Historical Museum of Serbia (Историјски Музеј Србије), Square Nikole Pasica 11 (next to National Assembly of Serbia), ☏ , . Tu-Su 12:00-20:00. This museum has a rich collection of materials related to the Serbian nation from ancient times to the present. RSD200.
- 24 Zepter Museum, Kneza Mihaila 42. Tu-F & Su 12:00-20:00, Th Sa 12:00-22:00. Modern Serbian art. RSD100.
- 25 Ethnographic Museum (Етнографски музеј), Studentski trg 13, ☏ . Tu–Sa 10:00-17:00, Su 09:00-14:00. Permanent exhibition of Serbian costumes, tools, culture and everyday life in past centuries. Temporary exhibitions covering related topics. RSD200.
- 26 Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church (Музеј Српске Православне Цркве) (across from the Belgrade Cathedral (Саборна црква), The Residence of Princess Ljubica, near Knez Mihailova Street, entrance from the street Kralja Petra I br. 5th). M-F 08:00-16:00, Sa 09:00-12:00, Su 11:00-13:00. Across the street is the Orthodox Academy of Art and Conservation (frescoes, mosaics, and icon painting)
- 27 Nikola Tesla Museum, Krunska 51, ☏ , fax: , [email protected]. Tu–Su 10:00-20:00. Nikola Tesla (Никола Тесла) made huge contributions to electric engineering, pioneering alternative current (making long-distance high-energy transfers possible), radio (making base work for today's mobile communications) and AC motors (widely used today, e.g. 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. English-speaking tours start at the full hour and include demonstrations. During peak hours you might need to wait a bit. If you are waiting you can use the Wifi with the password "TeslaBG17". RSD800 (English individual Tour), RSD??? (student).
- 28 The Residence of Princess Ljubica (Конак кнегиње Љубице), Kneza Sime Markovića 8. Tu-Th Sa 10:00-17:00, F 10:00-18:00, Su 10:00-14:00. The residence is now managed by the Museum of Belgrade and is used to display the museum material and painting exhibitions. The permanent exhibition at the Residence consists of original furniture, made in Oriental-Balkan style and other styles of the time (Classicism, Biedermeier, Baroque Revival). RSD200.
- 29 Ivo Andric Museum, Andrićev Venac 8. Tu-Th Sa 10:00-17:00, F 10:00-18:00, Su 10:00-14:00. Memorial Museum of Ivo Andric, is dedicated to our writer, Nobel laureate.Closed Mondays. RSD200.
- 30 Tito's Mausoleum and the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia (Serbian Cyrillic: Музеј Историје Југославије), Botićeva 6 (take trolleybus #40 or #41 from Studentski Trg or from Kneza Miloša Street in the direction of Dedinje and ask for Kuća cveća (House of flowers)). Tu-Su: 10:00-18:00 from 16 Oct-23 Apr; 10:00-20:00 from 24 Apr-15 Oct. Artifacts from the former Yugoslavia and around the world given to Tito in his years as president. The Old Museum at the back of the complex, near the House of Flowers, is closed for renovation, as of July 2015. RSD200, Students: RSD100.
- 31 Museum of Illusions, Nušićeva 11.
- 32 Great War Island (Велико ратно острво, Veliko ratno ostrvo) is the big triangular river island at the confluence of the Danube and Sava. So near but yet so far: no boats routinely connect it, and it's best admired from the Fortress terrace. It's a wildlife reserve, and attempts at settlement are repeatedly swept away by floods: the most recent was in 2006 so shacks and vegetable patches are starting to re-appear pending the next deluge. The island is often the subject of fanciful projects and development schemes which come to nothing. Wild boar from the island occasionally manage to swim across to the mainland and make their way into town.
- 33 Monastery Rakovica (Манастир Раковица). Dedicated to St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The monastery went through a turbulent history. Rakovica Monastery is 11 km from the city center, on a circular route, on which the Rakovička river turns to the Avala. The monastery has important relics, and there are tombs of famous personalities (Vasa Čarapić, Patriarch Dimitrije), and, for a time, Serbian Patriarch Pavle.
- 34 Aeronautical Museum (Музеј Ваздухопловства) (next to airport, take bus 72 from Zeleni Venac to second last stop). Tue-Sun 09:00-17:00. The main collection is in an architecturally notable geodesic glass building, with additional aircraft displayed on the surrounding grounds. The museum owns over 200 aircraft flown by the Serbian and Yugoslav Air Forces, aero clubs and private & commercial aviation, from gliders to helicopters to jet fighters. There are a number of rare aircraft and other aviation equipment. The museum also displays relics of US and NATO aircraft "donated" during the 1990s Balkans conflicts, including wreckage from a US F-117 Nighthawk. Adult RSD800, child RSD300.
- 35 Vinča-Belo Brdo, Belo brdo 17, Vinca (14 km downstream from Belgrade; take bus #307), ☏ . Tu W F 10:00-16:00; Th 12:00-18:00; Sa Su 10:00-18:00 April to October. One of the largest tell sites in the Balkans, covering 10 hectares of land with 9 metres of cultural deposits and a total height of 10.5 metres. Come to see how prehistoric people used to live. Every weekend visitors can join guided tours through the site.
- 36 Obedska bara (Обедска бара), 40 km west of Belgrade, is a large wetland and nature reserve along the north bank of the Sava River.
- 1 Ada Ciganlija. a river island on Sava River with an artificial lake in the center of the city. The lake has an 8 km (5 mi) 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. If you are coming from the direction of New Belgrade or Zemun, consider using small boats from Block 70a edge, New Belgrade, which can take you over the river for around €1. During summer season they go every 15 minutes or less, and offer bike transportation as well. There are also many regular bus services from the city center and other districts to Ada Ciganlija. Additional facilities:
- Adventure Park, ☏ . open during summer season (usually from beginning of May until the end of September). one go through the park is RSD 800.
- Segway Rides (near cafe Plaža), ☏ . on small flat track
- Outdoor Ice Skating. during winter.
- ski and snowboard simulator. all year round.
- 2 Public Observatory (at Kalemegdan fortress). features four panoramic telescopes installed for daily observations of the city's panorama.
- National Theatre. features opera, ballet and plays. The main hall is simply amazing, decorated with gold and artworks.
- 3 Zemun quay. the most visited Waterfront in Belgrade. Here you can ride a bike, inline skates or walk next to Danube River. For a break, just hop on one of the raft bars or restaurants.
- 4 Strahinjića Bana Street (Serbian Cyrillic:Страхињића Бана улица) (downtown Belgrade, at the end of Skadarska Street (popularly Skadarlija) laterally, and extends to the Kalemegdan fortress and the zoo). known as the Silicon Valley (Силиконска Долина). Here are popular bars, restaurants, cafes, and gardens (with slightly higher prices).
- Go bowling, available at:
- Ice skating is available during winter months at:
- The Great War Island (Veliko ratno ostrvo) is a river island at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, for picnics and bird spotting.
- Mount Avala is a 511m mountain near Belgrade with the 204-m Avala Tower at the top. Viewing platform is accessible via a lift with great views of Belgrade and parts of Vojvodina and Šumadija. Entrance fee is RSD50 per person. At the top of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, and the motel and a few restaurants. During the descent, turn right, there is a mountain lodge "Čarapića Brest" (Чарапића Брест), with rooms and good restaurant.
- Visit a splav (literally: raft) – a barge restaurant located along the Sava and Danube rivers. There are two kinds of "splav". Some are restaurants, but most are nightclubs. You can literally club-hop all night long. There is no cover charge to get into any of them. Some ultra popular ones may require that you have an invitation or be on the guest list, but if you tell them that you are a foreigner and that you didn't know they'll usually let you in. Women are not required to be on a "guest list". The music played on the barges is highly varied and can include live bands, Serbian folk music, pop, and dance.
Movies in Serbia are subtitled, not dubbed. Best movie theaters are:
- Cineplexx Usce Shopping Center, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina (at Usce shopping mall). 3D projections available
- Cineplexx Delta City, Jurija Gagarina 16 (at Delta City shopping mall), ☏ .
- Roda Intermezzo Cineplex, Požeška 83a, ☏ .
- Tuckwood cineplex, Kneza Miloša 7a, ☏ . in the city center, a bit old, and sometimes too loud.
If you prefer theaters in the city core, check also:
- Dom sindikata, Trg Nikole Pašića 5, ☏ .
- Akademija 28, Nemanjina 28, ☏ .
- Yugoslav Film Archive, 11000, Uzun Mirkova 1 (Take any trolleybus going to Studentski Trg, e.g. 19, 21 and 22.). The Yugoslav Film Archive run contemporary art house movies and classics. The majority of films are what could be termed as "classics" with rather clear emphasis on European cinema, though Yugoslav films are being shown occasionally too.
Festivals and events
- 5 Belgrade Fair (Beogradski Sajam), Bulevar vojvode Mišića 14 (southwest of the centre hosts trade fairs). throughout the year, check website for those open to the public..
- Street of Open Heart is a carnival held on 1 January, 12:00 to 23:00, on Makedonska and Svetogorska streets.
- Guitar Art Festival was on March.
- Belgrade Tango Encuentro, April–May.
- Ring Ring Festival of new and improvised music, May.
- Belgrade Early Music Festival, 18 May–June.
- Belgrade Beer Festival, August in Ušće park.
- BITEF Belgrade International Theater Festival, September.
- BEMUS, Belgrade Music Festival, October.
- Belgrade Jazz Festival, October.
- Green Fest International green culture festival, November.
- No Sleep Festival of electronic, house & retro music in November.
- Watch football: Belgrade hosts internationals and has five clubs playing soccer in SuperLiga, the country's top tier.
- FK Crvena Vezda are better known as Red Star Belgrade. They play at Rajko Mitic Stadium, capacity 55,000, 2 km south of city centre. Serbia's international games are also played here.
- Partizan Belgrade play at Partizan Stadium, capacity 33,000. It's 1.5 km south of the centre, close to Red Star's stadium.
- The others are FK Kolubara, FK Čukarički and FK Voždovac. Several other Belgrade teams play in lower tiers.
- Basketball: Štark Arena and Pionir Hall are the main venues for basketball and other indoor sports.
- Tennis is played at the Novak Tennis Center (Serbia Open), as well as in Kombank Arena (Davis Cup matches).
Serbian courses for foreigners are organized in several places including:
The University of Belgrade admits foreign students, as do various private institutions of higher education.
For information on the Serbian currency, see Serbia#Buy. Menjačnica Mićko (Vuka Karadzica street #4), changes all currencies, including rare ones.
Most stores operate late hours during work days, while on Saturdays they normally close around 15:00 and most of them are not open on Sundays. However, shopping malls are open late every day, including weekends.
Clothes and accessories
Import taxes make clothes and shoes in Serbia very expensive. Many items from common European chains can be found for 20% less in Budapest. Still, Belgrade has many flagship stores, mostly located on Knez Mihailova Street and the Terazije square, or the pedestrian zone, representing assorted high-fashion brands.
Almost all of the major European brands are present, including H&M, Guess, New Yorker, Zara, Bershka, Hugo Boss, Springfield, Stradivarius, Mango, Diesel, Liu Jo, C&A, and Pull & Bear. More expensive clothes & accessories (such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Lanvin, Marni, D&G, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, YSL, Mulberry and many others) can be usually found either at the Kralja Petra street (Dorćol) in Distante Fashion center, as well as in XYZ stores that are located in Ušće Shopping Center and Delta City.
Local department store chains include Artisti and Land.
Local Belgrade designers are present in the Choomich (Belgrade Design District) shopping center.
The biggest bookstores in Belgrade selling beside Serbian also foreign (mostly English) books are in the city center. Vulkan is at the beginning and Plato is at the end of Knez Mihailova street. The shopping malls also have large bookstores. There are also some shops that sell newspapers and magazines in English, German, French, Italian, Russian and other foreign languages.
- Delfi, ☏ . Inside Student Cultural Center (SKC), Kralja Milana 48, M–Sa 09:00-20:00, Su 12:00-21:00
- Vulkan, corner of Sremska and Knez Mihajlova, ☏ . M–Sa 00:00–22:00, Su 12:00–22:00.
- Plato, Knez Mihailova 48, ☏ .
International newspapers and magazines
Newsstands and bookstores in the city sell foreign newspapers and magazines. These include Delfi, Plato Press (near Studentski trg), Tell Me (next to the Plato store) and Inmedio (three locations - Delta City, Usce Center, Zira Center). Newspapers and magazines can be found in various international languages like English, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, German and others.
Belgrade has 3 shopping malls in the city - Delta City, Stadion and Ušće Shopping Center - and more than 30 smaller shopping centers such as Merkator, Immo Centar, Millenium, Piramida, City Hall, Zira and others.
- 1 Ušće Shopping Center, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 4 (located in New Belgrade, just across Branko's Bridge. It can even be reached on foot from the old city. Tram 7, 9, 13 or any New Belgrade-bound bus). The largest modern shopping center in Serbia and the region.
- 2 Delta City, Jurija Gagarina 16 (tram number 7, 9 or 13, bus number 95 or minibus, near "Toplana" (heating plant)). The second largest shopping mall in the city, also in New Belgrade, in Jurija Gagarina street.
- Stadion, Voždovac, Zaplanjska 32. The third largest shopping mall in the city.
- Beogradski Sajam. Huge selection of cheap clothes.
- Block 70 Chinese Market. You can buy dirt-cheap clothing imported from China. Quality is lower. Closed on Tuesdays!
- 3 Mercator Center (ТЦ Меркатор), Bulevar umetnosti 4 (bus number 71, 72 or 75, close to Novi Beograd police station and municipal building), ☏ .
- 4 Immo Outlet Center, Gandijeva 21, blok 64. M-Sa 09:00-21:30, Su 11:00-19:00.
- 5 Zira Shopping Center, Ruzveltova 33 (near New Cemetery). M-Sa 09:00-21:00, Su 09:00-21:00.
- BN Bos Outlet (Galenika).
- 6 Otvoreni tržni centar (Buvljak), Antifašističke borbe bb. Hundreds of independent shop owners have stores (all brand new goods) under the open sky. You can buy anything and everything there, from any type of clothes like Italian jeans (some are real, some are real good copies from Novi Pazar) to gadgets, toiletries, cell phone accessories to the most obscure screw or nail. Prices go a lot lower than in bigger malls.
- Super Maxi, Bore Markovića (Delta City).
- Idea Extra Hypermarket, Novi Beograd, Omladinskih brigada 100.
- Super Vero Hypermarkets, Milutina Milankovića 86a - Novi Beograd; Vojislava Ilića bb - Konjarnik; Nikodima Milaša 2 - Centet Zira; Vojvode Stepe 251 - Voždovac.
- Tempo Hypermarket, Bežanijska kosa near highway; Viline vode; Ada.
- Mercator Hypermarket, Bulevar umetnosti 4 - Novi Beograd.
- Amanplus Market Store, Tošin bunar 172 - Novi Beograd, ☏ .
- Metro Cash & Carry, Krnjača; Zemun; Vidikovac. Metro is a wholesaler, not a retailer, so you need a special card to shop there. These cards are available only to business owners, self-employed artists and the like. You can borrow a card from a Serbian friend who has it.
For information on Serbian cuisine, see Serbia#Eat
Belgrade has hundreds of restaurants specializing in local cuisine and a number of international restaurants. On the whole, prices are cheap compared to Western Europe with main dishes ranging from €5–20 per person.
Without a doubt, the most popular choice of fast food in Belgrade is barbecue (roštilj), and there are dozens of barbecue joints around the city where you can have a Serbian burger for around €2, usually with free toppings included.
Belgradians are famous for enjoying Burek for breakfast, which is a type of pastry, usually filled with feta cheese or meat. As a meat and dairy-free alternative, potato (Cyrillic: 'кромпир') burek can often be found. Most bakeries around the city sell them for a cheap price, around 110 RSD. To enjoy a proper Burek, make sure to drink some yoghurt on the side. Similarly, there are many places specialising in Burek and various Serbian and Bosnian pies, called buregdžinice. For good-tasting Sarajevo pies try Tadić (Cyrillic: Тадић) at Kralja Petra 75.
Traditional restaurants and taverns are called Kafana (Кафана). They often have string orchestras. There are many in Old Town, e.g. along cobbled Skadarska. Fish restaurants are dotted along the banks of the Danube and Sava a little further out.
There are a handful of international restaurants, which can range from moderately priced to very expensive.
Depending on the season, an amazing assortment of fruit and vegetables can be found in farmer's markets, including watermelons, olives, wild mushrooms, and fresh figs. Take the time to explore the stalls, and compare the quality and prices of the produce. Most produce at the farmer's markets in Belgrade is organic and fresh from the farmers' gardens brought over daily from the villages surrounding the city.
- 1 Pijaca Zeleni Venac (The farmer's market at Zeleni Venac) (close to the Hotel Moscow). - This is not the largest, but it is the cheapest in the city. Contained in a newly-built complex, it makes for an enjoyable Saturday morning experience, with the lively hustle and bustle of people milling about and stall-owners trying to attract customers.
City centre north of the Museum of Illusions
- 2 KMN, Zmaj Jovina 11. Amazing selection of domestic cousine, very configurable, very tasty and affordable. Staff is very friendly and very well organised so queue clears up quickly. A lot of vegetarian options
- 3 Roll Bar café&restaurant, Obilićev venac 1. Excellent quality, considerable portions. Recommendation for imperial chicken and feta chicken.
- 4 Mikan Restaurant, Maršala Birjuzova 14. Very good typical Serbian restaurant with traditional dishes. Great food, friendly staff, nice atmosphere and good prices.
- 5 Pizzeria Trg, Makedonska 5. Delicious pizza and pancakes
- 6 Skadarlijske kobasice, Skadarska 4. Dishes with excellent sausages
City centre south of the Museum of Illusions
- 7 Giros tim, Balkanska 36. Great tasting gyros
- 8 Ognjište, Trg Nikole Pašića 8. Traditional food, cooked on the coals, very tasty.
- 9 Publin, Lomina 63. A pub also serving nice food
- 10 Amigo, Kraljice Natalije 35. Very good fried pancakes
- 11 Gastroteka, Balkananska. Serbian dishes
- 12 Stepin vajat (Степин Вајат), Vojvode Stepe L 2 (just south of Slavija Sq). Open 24 hours. Traditional grills in a Serbian-style wooden house. Exceptional barbecue
- Orašac (Орашац), Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 122 (near Vuk Karadžić monument). Daily 09:00-00:00. A garden restaurant with traditional Serbian cuisine. Grill and food prepared by recipes from the old Serbian cuisine.
- Šešir moj (My Hat), Skadarska 21. Daily 09:00-01:00. The hats are the natty boaters of the quartet, who riff away with barcarolles and other crowd-pleasers. Good hearty Serbian fare.
- 13 Znak pitanja (Question Mark), Kralja Petra 6. W-F & Su 08:00-00:00, Sa Tu 10:00-00:00. Traditional Serbian cuisine. Good place to try ćevapčići sa kajmakom (grilled minced meat with cream), or if you have a strong stomach and will to experiment, you might choose (in translation): young bull's sex glands, bowels or glands.
- Loki (Локи), Strahinjića Bana 36, ☏ . Open 24 hours. 24-hour Pljeskavica (Serbian burger) joint between Studentski park and Strahinjica Bana. Variety of toppings like spicy cheese or pickled peppers.
- 14 Mika Alas, Stari Obrenovački put 14 (East bank of Sava 8 km from city), ☏ , [email protected]. Daily 10:00-00:00. Try their delicious fish soup "riblja čorba" and their house specialty, "smuđ romanov", Pike Perch fillet in white wine cream sauce. Excellent food for an acceptable price.
- Makao i Žuto More (Macao and Yellow Sea), Prve Pruge 8. Daily 11:30-23:30.
- Moon Sushi & Fusion Food, Makedonska 31. M-F 08:00-01:00, Sa 09:00-01:00, Su 09:00-23:00.
- W sushi restaurant & cocktail bar, Vuka Karadžića 12; Andre Nikolića 2a. Daily 11:00-01:00.
- Japanese restaurant Marukoshi - Belgrade, Kapetan Mišina 37. Tu-Su 09:00-00:00.
- Zapata, Vojvode Bogdana 13. Daily 09:00-00:00.
- Burrito Madre, Terazije 27; Karađorđeva 65; Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 54, [email protected]. Core hours daily 09:00-00:00.
- Botako, Nevesinjska 6; Šantićeva 8, ☏ , . Daily 10:00-23:30. €4-12 per pizza (large can be shared).
- Casa Nova, Gospodar Jovanova 42a, ☏ . Daily 12:00-00:00. Italian-French fusion restaurant.
- Spaghetteria Trag, Đorđa Jovanovića 2, ☏ . Daily 12:00-01:00. Temporarily closed as of May 2022 €5-10 per main dish (May 2019).
- Restoran Caruso, Terazije 23/8, ☏ . M-Sa 09:00-01:00. Italian restaurant on 8th floor, with views over Terazije, the river Sava, and New Belgrade. €5-10 per main dish (May 2019).
Regular restaurants and homes may suppose that a vegetarian eats fish. If you don't, tell them bez mesa, bez ribe - without meat, without fish.
- Jazzayoga, Kralja Aleksandra 48 (center), ☏ . M-F 08:00-18:30. Sandwiches, wraps, juices, and baked goods, relaxing ambience.
- 15 Sinđelić (Синђелић), Vojislava Ilića 86 (South suburbs near Sinđelić football stadium), ☏ . 12—24. Traditional Serbian cuisine.
- 16 Šaran (Шаран), Kej Oslobođenja 53 (Zemun quay), ☏ . Tu-Su 12:00-00:30. Riverside fish restaurant, live old Belgrade music.
- Lorenzo & Kakalamba, Cvijićeva 110, ☏ , . Daily 12:00-00:00. Italian and southeastern Serbian cuisine, but mostly you come for the way-out decor, which is beyond kitsch. €5-20 per main dish.
The city tap water is safe to drink. It may look white when first poured from the tap; that's just air bubbles which disappear in a few minutes.
Good domestic beers are Jelen, Lav, MB and Pils. Foreign beers made under license in Serbia include Heineken, Amstel, Tuborg, Stella Artois, and Beck's.
Wines from Serbia and other Balkan countries are good if you pay a little more for quality, the cheap stuff may be disappointing.
The national drink is rakija Serbian brandy. The commonest is plum brandy - šljivovica or slivovitsa; other common varieties are grape, walnut, quince and pear. It can be bought in stores but Serbs insist that home-made rakjia is superior, and they take great pride in their craft. Look out for it at the local farmers markets.
Last but not least, always toast your companions in the proper manner. Look them in the eye whilst clinking glasses, say Živeli! (cheers!) to all present as if you mean it, and take a sip. Repeat as necessary, and enjoy the night out in Belgrade.
Coffee is usually served Turkish-style unless you specify otherwise.
The main café scene is along Strahinjića Bana, the thoroughfare four blocks back from Student Square, e.g. Nachos and Duomo both at 66a.
The second area is Obilićev Venac, running parallel to Knez Mihailova. The best cafés here are Zu Zu's at 21, and Gecko Irish Pub at 17. Further downhill towards the river is the rejuvenated Savamala neighbourhood, with lots of cafés and clubs.
A third area is west of the Sava, on the Danube quay around Hotel Yugoslavia in Zemun. Many of these places are rafts - splavovi.
Bars and nightlife
Belgrade is famous for its bars and clubs and vies with Budapest's techno scene, clubs are open until dawn in many parts of the city and even during weekdays parties can be found
- Three Carrots Irish pub, Kneza Miloša (near corner with Kralija Milana). M-F 10:00-00:00, Sa Su 12:00-00:00. Cheerful place with food & music.
- Black Turtle, Kosančićev venac 30 (near Kalemegdan), ☏ . Su-Th 09:00-00:00, F Sa 09:00-01:00. Chain pub run by Black Turtle brewery, several other outlets in city. Off-beat beers, eg mixed with lemon and blueberry syrup, as well as memorable river view at summer sunset if you can grab an outdoor table.
- Ferijalni i hostelski savez Srbije - Youth Hostel Association of Serbia (Hostelling International Serbia), Dom Omladine, Makedonska 22/2 (down town), ☏ , [email protected]. FHSS - Youth hostel association Serbia is the biggest hostel network in Serbia, representative for Hostelling International.
- 360 Hostel (Belgrade Hostel), Knez Mihailova 21 (down town), ☏ , [email protected]. Roof garden and barbeques. From €15 for dorm bed, €30 for single.
- ArkaBarka Floating Hostel, Ušće, Novi Beograd (on Danube off Bulevar Nikole Tesle), ☏ . A floating house on the Danube. Dorm from €15 ppn.
- Downtown Central Hostel, Kolarčeva 7 (foot of Knez Mihailova near Republic Square), ☏ . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Newly furnished hostel with 70 beds. Dorm €10 ppn.
- Green Studio, Karadjordjeva 61 (300 m north of main bus station), ☏ , [email protected]. Owned and run by fellow backpackers and locals, gets rave reviews. Price includes laundry, computer access, high speed WiFi, coffee and tea, welcoming rakija. Has dorms, large private rooms, and a large open common room always alive. All facilities work and are accessible 24 hours, as well as no check out times - sleep late. Dorm from €11 ppn.
- Hedonist Hostel, Simina 7 (Near Student Sq), ☏ , , [email protected]. Clean, friendly hostel in city center, with a nice garden. Large common area with a common room (cozy traditional Serbian interior) directly connected with the kitchen and the garden. Bedrooms are newly furnished, cozy and always clean and fresh. Room price includes free Wi-Fi, computer access, security lockers for each bed, fresh linen & towels, maps and info, coffee & tea and cable TV & movies. From €12 ppn.
- Hostel Goodnight Grooves, Zeleni Venac 2 (Enter thru sports shop, take elevator to 4th & 5th floor), ☏ , [email protected]. Clean spacious rooms near city centre. Dorm €12, private room €20 ppn with breakfast.
- Hostelche, Kralja Petra 8 (near Archangel Michael church), ☏ , (cell phone), [email protected]. Clean, cozy place. They have free sheets, towels, laundry, games, books, 24–hour reception, internet, Wi-Fi, welcome drink, coffee, and tea. Dorm from €10, private room from €25 ppn.
- Hostel @ Jelica Milanovic School, Krunska 8, [email protected]. A high school campus in the middle of town which functions as a hostel in summer, between June 20th and August 30th. RSD1000-1100.
- Manga Hostel, Resavska 7 (City center near St Mark's cathedral), ☏ . 3-floor house, 1x10, 2x4, 1x1 rooms, 24-hr reception, private yard, air conditioning, free: wifi, lockers, towels, coffee & tea, maps, cable TV. Dorm from €10 ppn.
- 1 San Art Floating Hostel, Usce bb, Novi Beograd (On Danube), ☏ . Is it a chalet, is it a houseboat? Clean, well-run, friendly hostel near river confluence. B&B from €15 ppn.
- Sun Hostel, Novopazarska 25 (Vracar, near St Sava), ☏ , [email protected]. Well-run hostel, clean and spacious, with dorms, apt & private rooms. Comfy, a/c, safe-lockers backpack size, free internet, friendly staff. Dorm €12 ppn.
- Time Hostel, Cara Lazara 9 (near Kalemegdan), ☏ , [email protected]. Beds for 18 in 3 dorms and one private room. Great location but gets poor reviews for cleanliness. From €15 ppn.
- Fair and Square hostel, 68 Svetog Nikole (Zvezdara), ☏ , [email protected]. Check-in: 14:00-23:30, check-out: 8:30-11:00. Comfy rooms, large kitchen and public area as well as patio, two hostel pets a dog and a cat, murals and artwork in public areas.
- Belgrade City Hotel (Белград Сити Хотел), Savski trg 7 (Near inter-city bus station). Convenient hotel in Neo-Renaissance building. B&B double €60.
- 2 Hotel Srbija (Хотел Србија), Ustanička 127c (3 km south of centre, near Šumice park). Small hotel convenient for motorists, mixed reviews. B&B double €50.
- Villa Forever (Хотел Форевер), Marsala Birjuzova 44 (one block north of Zeleni Venac). Central 3-star. Double room €50.
- Kasina Hotel (Касина Хотел), Terazije 25 (near Republic Square). Basic hotel in city centre. Narrow building, you'll spot it easier from opposite sidewalk outside Moskva. B&B double €55.
- Saruna Wellness - Hotel Park Belgrade (Парк Хотел), Njegoseva 2 (off Kralja Milana near Slavija Square), ☏ , [email protected]. Passable budget hotel, rooms showing their age. B&B double €50.
- Slavija Hotel (Славија Хотел), 2 Svetog Save (on Slavija square), ☏ . Renovated rooms are decent, older rooms are tatty. B&B double €50.
- Villa Allegra, Vojvode Dragomira 18b, Vračar (2 km SE of centre), ☏ , [email protected]. Value for money hotel south of midtown. B&B double €40.
- Hotel Excelsior (Mercure), Karadjordjeva 75 (near National Assembly). Decent mid-town hotel, now part of Mercure / Accor chain. B&B double €60.
- Hotel Royal INN (Ројал Хотел), 56 Kralja Petra (Near Kalemegdan). One of the oldest hotels in Belgrade, dating to 1885, gets positive reviews. B&B double from €80.
- Mr. President Design Hotel, Karadjordjeva 75 (Opposite inter-city bus station). Comfy modern hotel, 61 rooms with internet and standard facilities. B&B double €100.
- 3 Hotel Golden Hill Beograd (formerly Best Western), Šumadijski Trg 8 (3 km SW of centre), ☏ . Decent hotel near road onto Ada Ciganlija island. B&B double €50.
- Nevski Hotel, Venizelosova 24a. Comfy central hotel. B&B double €80.
- 4 Tulip Inn, Palmira Toljatija 9, Novi Beograd (west bank, corner of Bvd Mihajla Pupina). Decent 3 star hotel. B&B double €65.
- Queen's Astoria Design Hotel, Milovana Milovanovića (Opposite main bus station). Central hotel with bistro restaurant. B&B double €100.
- Hotel Rex, Sarajevska 37 (500 m south of main bus station). Comfy, central business-type hotel with 24 hour reception. B&B double €60.
- 5 Apartment Apollo 011, Suboticka 23 (Zvezdara, 3 km SE of centre), ☏ , [email protected]. Tidy, comfortable apartment. Room €50.
- Life Design Hotel, Balkanska 18, ☏ . Small 4-star hotel with parking, clean and efficient, good room rate for such a central location. B&B double €70.
- Belgrade Art Hotel, Knez Mihailova 27, ☏ , [email protected]. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Boutique hotel in very central location. With 55 rooms and suites, bar, lounge bar, restaurant and 2 meeting rooms. B&B double €110.
- 6 Holiday Inn, Spanskih Boraca 74, Novi Beograd, ☏ , fax: . Good reliable business hotel on west bank. B&B double €65.
- Hotel Evropa, Terazije 2 (enter from Sremska), ☏ , [email protected]. In a historic building. Air-condition, free Wi-Fi, free access to the spa centre: a sauna, Turkish bath and a jacuzzi. B&B double €200.
- Townhouse 27, Marsala Birjuzova 56, ☏ , [email protected]. Clean & efficient 4-star, close to city centre. B&B double from €120.
- Crystal Hotel, Internacionalnih brigada 9 (just south of St Sava), ☏ , [email protected]. Decent hotel, has 44 rooms with high speed internet and pay TV. B&B double from €70.
- Balkan Hotel, Prizrenska 2, ☏ . Four-star hotel overlooking Terazije square. It's closed for renovation in early 2019.
- 7 Moskva, Balkanska 1 (just above Zeleni Venac), ☏ . Upmarket hotel in a landmark building. Rooms are stylish but small, and tall visitors should avoid the fifth floor where the pitch of the roof closes in. Helpful multilingual staff. Excellent breakfast, with the piano tinkling over the eggs and patisserie - now this is what we call cafe society! (Especially with limited mobility, since you can enter via the cafe at street level and avoid the steps to the main hotel entrance.) Room safe & fridge, Wifi & satellite TV. B&B double €100.
- Aleksandar Palas, Kralja Petra 13–15, ☏ . A boutique hotel near the Knez Mihailova pedestrian street and the Kalemegdan fortress.
- Hyatt Regency, Milentija Popovica 5, Novi Beograd (between Ušće Shopping Center and Crowne Plaza), ☏ . Big four star on west bank, mostly good reviews but rooms are showing their age. B&B double from €85.
- 8 Crowne Plaza (formerly Continental and InterContinental), Vladimira Popovica 10, Novi Beograd, ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Big glassy business hotel on west bank, with fitness centre and conference facilities, connected by passageway to the Sava congress & retail center. Self-parking €19 per 24 hours. B&B double from €120.
- 9 IN Hotel Belgrade, Bulevar Arsenija Carnojevica 56, Novi Beograd, ☏ . Boxy 4-star on west bank, gets good reviews for comfort & facilities. 200 m from Kombank Arena, handy for riverside life and highway out to airport. B&B double from €70.
Overall, Belgrade is a pretty safe city, but like anywhere, you should always keep money, mobile phones, travel documents and other valuable personal items in secure places. Pickpocketers are known to operate in public transportation, and other crowded places so never wear a backpack or purse on your back and make sure that you have your wallet in one of your front pockets. If you own a car, it is preferable to have a security system. Traffic laws are usually observed although nervous drivers can change lanes suddenly or make dangerous turns when avoiding traffic during rush hour. So be cautious if you are a pedestrian or riding a bike. The taxi drivers are notorious for swerving in and out of lanes. Pay close attention to the traffic signals as a pedestrian.
Also try to avoid getting into conflicts. If you are staying out late in a bar or a club, there is always a small chance that someone will try to pick a fight especially if you are in a group and a single guy is showing hostility. That is a trap by local thugs looking for a brawl. Just ignore them and walk away no matter what they say or do. The chances that this will happen are very low, but stay alert. Do not try to make fun of the locals in your native language. Almost everyone has at least a basic understanding of English and is familiar with foul words and curses. Generally, common sense is the best way to stay safe in any city in Europe, and in Belgrade.
In Serbia, including Belgrade, violence against the LGBTQ population can occur, and as such LGBTQ travelers should exercise discretion. As a rule, public displays of affection between two people of the same sex are likely to be met with disapproval and sometimes verbal abuse and/or physical violence. There are several gay bars and clubs in the city and they tend to get quite full. Be cautious when arriving at or leaving such clubs. Often there is security personnel guarding the immediate entrance. There are also LGBTQ parties organized periodically by various organizations and at different locations, such as Loud and Queer events, so it is useful to follow LGBTQ guides to Belgrade and keep up with the current hotspots.
In case of an emergency, call 192 (police), 193 (fire) or 194 (ambulance). Always carry the phone number and an address of your embassy with you. In case of injury or illness, the place to go is the Urgentni centar (Emergency center), Pasterova 2 of the Clinical Center of Serbia. Be aware that not all medical facilities have personnel that speak English or other foreign languages. Consult the embassy of your country if possible.
Pharmacies on duty 24/7:
- Prvi maj, Kralja Milana 9, +381 11 3344-923
- Sveti Sava, Nemanjina 2, +381 11 2643-170
- Zemun, Glavna 34, +381 11 2618-582
- Dom Zdravlja Novi Beograd, Palmira Toljatija 7
The international telephone code for Serbia is 381. Most cities in Serbia and mobile operators have 2-digit area code. There is only one area code for Belgrade and that is 11. Typical land-line phone number in Belgrade +381-11/xxx-xxxx. Typical mobile phone number is +381-6x/xxx-xxxx. From Serbian land line phone, use 00 prefix for international calls (e.g. 0031-20/xxx-xxxx for Amsterdam, Netherlands), and prefix 0 for calls inside Serbia but outside your area (e.g. 021/xxx-xxxx for Novi Sad, Serbia or 06x/xxx-xxxx for Serbian mobile). If you dial inside the same area, there is no need to use the prefix (just dial xxx-xxxx). From a mobile phone, you always have to dial the area code (011/xxx-xxxx for Belgrade land line phone, 0xx/xxx-xxx(x) for other Serbian land line phones or 06x/xxx-xxxx for Serbian mobile).
Basically all of Serbia is covered with mobile networks of all three operators. It is easy to buy and charge cheap pre-paid numbers at the kiosks around the city. If you use 064, 065 or 066 (MTS), pre-paid number, use *100# to check the credit, for 063, 062 and 069 (Telenor), use *121#, for 061 and 060 (Vip), use *123#.
There is a number of red-colored payphones across the city, operated by telephone cards available at the kiosks.
Free wireless access is available at Student park in Belgrade center and in many restaurants, bars and hotels. Mobile operators offers pre- and post-paid wireless Internet packages.
Belgrade's climate is generally temperate, so tourist visits are possible at any time of year. However, July and August can be uncomfortably hot, with temperatures reaching 40 °C (104 °F) on several days. Minimize your exposure to the sun on such days to avoid heat exhaustion. On the other hand, January and February are sometimes very cold. When it snows in winter, the streets are covered in sleet the next day, so be careful when walking. The Košava, a notorious Belgrade wind, may give you a cold more quickly than you would expect - take care and dress appropriately.
For runners, a sunrise or sunset run through Kalemegdan is a must-do. Running along the Ada lake in the mornings or evenings is a great experience too. Try to avoid running during the day, as it usually is both hot and very crowded.
There are a lot of stray animals roaming streets, particularly dogs. Whilst it is very rare that they demonstrate outward signs of illness or aggression, err on the side of caution and avoid coming in physical contact. These are nevertheless rarely seen in the city center.
Pharmacies – called 'apoteka' – are found throughout the city center. Look for lit green crosses on building façades. Some, such as the ones in Francuska or Kralja Milana streets, are open 24/7. These will carry a range of prescription medicines, as well as over-the-counter products like pain killers and vitamin supplements.
There are a few dozens gyms around the city, every neighborhood has at least a few. Prices range (so as quality) €20–80 per month, or a bit less for 12/16 visits.
In case you need to fix your umbrella you may do that in the last remaining umbrella service in town in Visnjiceva 4.
It is difficult to avoid tobacco smoke in restaurants, bars and clubs. However, other enclosed public places, including the malls, are smoke-free. Some hotels allow smoking in parts of the building.
Embassies and other diplomatic missions
- Canada, Kneza Miloša 75, ☏ , [email protected]. M-F 08:00-16:00.
- 1 China, Užička 25, ☏ , [email protected].
- Finland, Birčaninova 29, ☏ , fax: , [email protected]. M-F 08:00-15:45.
- Germany, Neznanog junaka 1a, ☏ . M-Th 08:00-16:00, F 08:00-14:00.
- Greece, Francuska 33, ☏ , [email protected].
- Japan, Genex Apartments, Vladimira Popovića 6, ☏ , fax: .
- Macedonia, Gospodar Jevremova 34, ☏ , [email protected].
- [dead link] Mexico, Ljutice Bogdana 5, Dedinje, Savski venac, ☏ .
- Poland, Kneza Miloša 38, ☏ , [email protected].
- Romania, Mihaila Avramovica 12, ☏ , [email protected].
- Russia, Deligradska 32, ☏ , , fax: , [email protected].
- Switzerland, Bulevar Oslobođenja 4, ☏ .
- Turkey, Krunska 73 (formerly Krunska 1, now further down the street), ☏ , [email protected].
- United Kingdom, Resavska 46, ☏ .
- United States, Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karađorđevića 92 (The U.S. Embassy has moved from its downtown location at Kneza Miloša 50 to a new building in the Dedinje area of Belgrade), ☏ .
- Novi Sad is a fine old city 100 km north of Belgrade, the standout being its Petrovaradin Fortress brooding over the Danube.
- The town near Novi Sad on the south bank of the Danube is historic Sremski Karlovci, with many museums, churches and galleries.
- The mountain west of it is Fruška Gora, with monasteries, vineyards and wildlife.
- South of Belgrade, near the town of Topola in Šumadija region, is Oplenac hill, with the Mausoleum of the Serbian Royal family.
- A little north of there near Aranđelovac is Orašac, cockpit of the First Serbian Uprising against the Turks.
- Vršac, 60 km northeast of Belgrade, is a notable wine-growing area.
- There are spas at Aranđelovac, Mladenovac and Mionica-Valjevo.
- Viminacium is the extensive remains of the Roman provincial capital of Moesia. It's 80 km southeast of Belgrade near Pozarevac in Podunavlje region.