Belgrade is a unique city where cultures are mixed, with monuments at every step and with a buzzing nightlife. If you feel there is not enough time to explore all tourist attractions and historical sites when visiting Belgrade, you should see the most prominent places and get to know the spirit of its lively nightlife.
Kalemegdan Park and Belgrade Fortress
Belgrade Fortress – also known as Kalemegdan Fortress – has long held dominion over the area, adding a historical touch to Belgrade heart. Built in 279 BC, Kalemegdan Fortress is located in one of the best parks in the city center. It is open 24/7, and it’s free. Standing next to Pobednik (The Victor), 14 meter high monument, you will be able to soak in the most amazing view in the city, watching the two rivers, Sava and Danube, creating a confluence. The entire park lies on top of underground tunnels, built by Romans centuries ago. You can visit these tunnels and even have a glass of wine, with expert tour guides. Ruzica Church is the oldest church of Belgrade and it’s tucked into the side of Kalemegdan fortress.
Knez Mihailova Street
Knez Mihailova Street is the main pedestrian thoroughfare in the city center and the main meeting point. This is really the heart of Belgrade and is one of the oldest and most historic streets in the city, but surprisingly, also one of the most modern. The main shopping zone, surrounded by mostly cultural landmarks such as the National Musem and National Theatre. If you are a fan of history, you must visit the National Museum of Serbia, behind the Knez Mihailo monument on Republic Square, and get familiar with amazing Serbian history and art.
The National Museum
The oldest museum in the country and was founded in 1844. The project was initiated by the Serbian novelist Jovan Sterija Popović, and since 1952, the museum has been at the present location, in an edifice built in 1903. The Museum houses prehistoric collections as well as those from the Classical period, collections of medieval culture and art, collections of paintings from the period between the 18th and the 20th centuries, collections of art pieces by foreign artists and an abundant numismatic collection. The most valuable exhibit in the National Museum is Miroslav Gospel – the oldest and the most invaluable manuscript written in the Cyrillic script, written around 1190, at the request of Miroslav of Hum, according to the inscription on the last page.
Nikola Tesla Museum
In Belgrade you can visit the Nikola Tesla Museum, which keeps the original legacy and is dedicated to life and to science of Nikola Tesla, one of the most famous Serbs. Get ready to make lightbulb lightsabers, get shocked by electricity and play with Tesla coils.
St. Sava Temple
St. Sava Temple is the largest Serbian Orthodox church, and it’s considered to be the Orthodox heart of Belgrade. The construction has begun in 1935 and it is yet to be finished. Temple is 82 meters high out of which dome is 70 meters and cross is 12 meters high which definitely makes it the biggest in Balkan. Visiting this temple is a must. You will also get a chance to go seven meters below the ground to explore its crypt and dome mosaic.
The bohemian quarter, Skadarlija, is located in the city center, in Skadarska street, and is one of the last hidden gems in Europe. Filled with traditional restaurants, music, and bohemian spirit, you will enjoy every second here. With the first drink, you will learn to say cheers, in Serbian. You might want to eat somewhere else, but at least walk through Ulica Skadarska.
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