Along the Danube — Belgrade

Top Attractions in Belgrade

Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is situated on the confluence of the Danube and Sava river. The city’s literal translation is the White City, but there are lots of “colorful” landmarks to see.  The top attractions in Belgrade will draw your attention as soon as you get there.

Belgrade is one of the 4 capital cities which are crossed by the Danube river. The city has a medieval “feeling” as there are several buildings laying still from the 15th century. Not to mention, the beautiful fortress and its surrounding landmarks. You will find out more about the city’s top attractions below.

Through this last article about the capital cities crossed by the Danube, we will present you a series of things to do and top attractions in Belgrade.

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What to visit

1. The Kalemegdan Fortress

The Kalemegdan Castle stands on the top of Šumadija geological bar. From here, you can take a good look at the confluence of the Sava river into the Danube and the city.

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2. The Ružica Church

The church is located in the Kalemagedan Fortress. It has been demolished and rebuilt several times since the 18th century. The church has served not only as a religious building but also as a gunpowder magazine.

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3. The Kalemegdan Park

The park is an important point of interest of the city.  First, there are various sport, entertainment and cultural activities taking place on the southern corner. Second, the eastern section of the park attracts tourists as it is occupied by the Kalemagedan Zoo.

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4. The Republic Square

This is the Main Square and the city centre of Belgrade. First, from here you can easily get to the Kalemagedan Fortress and the to the Knez Mihailova street. Second, there are several landmarks closeby, such as the National Theatre and Museum, but also the statue of Prince Michael.

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5. The Church of Saint Sava

The church of Saint Sava is one of the biggest church buildings in the world. Also, this is the most monumental church in the city. The church was built in the honour of Saint Sava. He was the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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6. The Pobednik Monument

The Victory Monument was built in 1928 to commemorate Serbia’s victory over Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire during the Balkan Wars and First World War. Pobednik lays on the top of Šumadija and it is part of the Belgrade Fortress.

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7. The House of National Assembly

The building is the host of the seat of the National Assembly of Serbia. It is an important landmark as it attracts lots of tourists with its elegant design and central location.

8. The National Museum

The museum is situated in the city centre, right in the Republic Square. This is the largest and oldest museum in Serbia. In fact, it has over 400.000 objects you can learn about.

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9. The Monument to the Unknown Hero

The Monument was designed in the honour of a World War I hero, who has been buried there. Also, the Monument commemorates the victims of the Balkan Wars and the First World War. The Monument is placed on the top of Mount Avala. Here, used to be the ancient town of Žrnov.

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What to do

Visit the landmarks of the city through an organized tour -> Belgrade Historic Private Walking Tour

Find out more about Belgrade’s landmarks on a relaxing river cruise -> Belgrade River Cruise with Tour Guide

Go on a walk on Knez Mihailova Street

Knez Mihailova street is Belgrade’s main pedestrian area.  Not only, is this a “must see” because it is full of historic houses, but also there are many shopping stores and restaurants.

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Relax on a splav

And finally, relax on a splav. Splavs are floating clubs, bars and cafes on the Sava and Danube rivers. Recently, they have become Belgrade’s symbol as they offer a relaxing environment.

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