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The Victor, Belgrade

Airport Nikola Tesla

The Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport was awarded the "Euro Annie award for the airport that has attracted the most new airlines during the 12-month period.

The Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport was awarded the "Euro Annie award for the airport that has attracted the most new airlines during the 12-month period.

Arriving in Belgrade

Looking for a town where you will feel like at home? Belgrade is right place. Well known for friendly people, exciting nightlife, unique architecture.There are a lot of things to do and see.If you are coming to Belgrade by bus or train, you will easily reach the city center. Only a ten minute walk to Knez Mihailova Street, the pedestrian zone in the center of town. If you are arriving by plane to the airport Nikola Tesla, there are several ways to get to Belgrade. By bus, taxi or shuffles. Line A1 runs from the airport to the square Slavia and the fare one way is 300 dinars (2.60 EUR), the ticket can be bought from the driver. City bus line 72 will drive you to Zeleni Venac (big transportation hub). Price is 150 dinars (1.30 EUR). One way taxi ride costs 1800 dinars (15.50 EUR). The airport is about 20 km from the city center and the journey takes about 30-40 minutes. Serbian airline company, Air Serbia (former Jat Airways) offers very affordable prices to Belgrade. Some low cost companies as Wizz Air also fly to Belgrade.

About Belgrade Travel Guide

Belgrade in Your Hands describes the usual city hot-spots and includes many less visited sights. The guide offers detailed commentary on the city's history, art, architecture, cuisine and customs. This is the book for those who are looking for a bit more 'depth' to a city guide. With its dramatic position surrounded by rivers and lakes, intriguing history, varied architecture, long summers, street cafes and great nightlife, Belgrade is a fascinating place to visit and attracts more UK visitors each year. Belgrade in Your Hands is written by an expert living in Belgrade with in-depth knowledge of history, art and architecture. The guide also covers tradition, cuisine, culture and practical facts. It is illustrated with more than 400 color photos and color maps and visually appealing bird's-eye views of all parts of the city.

View of Belgrade From The River Sava

Belgrade

Belgrade considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. When I walk the streets of Belgrade, I ask myself how different cultures have left a mark in this delightful city. Belgrade was founded by the Celts in the 3rd century BC before becoming the Roman settlement of Singidunum. The Slavic name "Beligrad" was first recorded in 878. Belgrade has been the capital of Serbia since 1405.The next 500 years, Belgrade has been under the Ottoman Empire and finally 1878 Belgrade became the capital of the Kingdom of Serbia. So if you are a world traveler, don't miss to see a different layer of art, the history left within the monuments of Belgrade.

When someone mentions Belgrade, the first thought is excellent nightlife. According to “Lonely Planet” in 2009 it was listed in the top 10 party cities in the world. But Belgrade during the day can show a lot, and what's fascinating, everything is so close that you can visit on foot.

Map of Interesting Places in Belgrade

Things To Do And See In Serbia

  • Things To Do And See In Serbia
    Amazing landscapes, mysterious mountains, old roman cities and much more beautiful things to see and do in beautiful Serbia. Ancient sights that will leave you breathless.

Knez Mihajlova Street

1. Knez Mihajlova Street

When visitors first arrive in Belgrade, usually visit Knez Mihailova Street, the main promenade and one of the most beautiful in this part of Europe. The street links the Terazije square with Kalemegdan fortress. As the main shopping area in the city Knez Mihajlova offers well known international brands as well as domestic. While shopping you can enjoy the beautiful architecture of the old buildings from the 19th century, that are on both sides of the street. When you get tired of shopping and sightseeing you can relax in some of the numerous authentic cafes and restaurants. The Republic Square (Trg Republike) is the center of Belgrade, where you can see the two famous buildings - the National Museum and the National Theatre both of which are open to visitors. At the end of Knez Mihajlova, just across the street begins Kalemegdan.

Street Musicians, Knez Mihajlova Street

Belgrade Fortress at winter night

Belgrade Fortress founded  in the 3rd century BC as "Singidunum" by the Celtic tribe.

Belgrade Fortress founded in the 3rd century BC as "Singidunum" by the Celtic tribe.

Kalemegdan Fortress

Ruzica Church

2. Kalemegdan And The Belgrade Fortress

When you step in Kalemegdan, especially in the summer, you will feel a peace and serenity. Although it is so close to the city center, with its parks, walking paths, shady benches, green lawns, art pavilion, birds. Kalemegdan takes you to a magical world. It's also the biggest and most beautiful park in Belgrade dates from the XIX century. On the edge of Kalemegdan 105 m above the sea level, overlooking the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers lies the Belgrade fortress. One of the seven forts on the Danube. This complex consists of: the Fortress, divided into Upper Town and Lower Town, and the Kalemegdan Park. While you walk around old town, you will be amazed by two incredibly beautiful small churches, like in a fairy tale. St. Petka and Ružica churches, Roman Well and the symbol of Belgrade - Pobednik (The Victor) as well as Military Museum and Gallery of National History Museum are the destinations you should not miss. Only a few buildings remain today in The Lower Town, Kula Nebojša (Daredevil Tower), Turkish Bath, (today housing a planetarium) and The Gate of Carl VI from 1736.

There is something very mysterious in Kalemegdan. Underground tunnel network. Discover the secrets of Belgrade in a perfect way. Underground Belgrade contains hundreds of locations: caves, dungeons, walled rivers, tunnels, bunkers and other buildings that were destroyed and built by people who have lived in Belgrade. Scroll down to the older layers of Belgrade in specific localities. For free information on travel programs, sightseeing call Beokom service: 0800 110 011 The call is free of charge.

After touring the Kalemegdan and Fortress you can relax in the beautiful Belgrade Zoo, which is also located in the lower town.

Kalemegdan From The Air

The Victor

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3. The Victor

The Victor is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Belgrade. It was built in 1928 and is 14 meters high. The Victor is built to commemorate Serbia's liberation from 500 years Ottoman occupation. Monument and the plateau below it, visit over a day more than 5,000 tourists. The plateau stretches far the most beautiful view of Belgrade that will leave you breathless. Couples will especially enjoy this very romantic place.

Belgrade Zoo

4. Belgrade Zoo

If you love animals and want to relax in a natural environment, then don't miss the zoo. The zoo is located at the bottom of the Kalemegdan fortress, in the area known as Mali Kalemegdan. Belgrade Zoo was founded in 1936. Year. It quickly became a favorite place for Belgrade citizens and the Royal Family.

Today it is a modern and authentic zoo, which occupies 7 acres of land and therein is 211 animal species and 2,000 animals. There is also a large collection of albino animals like Albino Bengal tiger and albino lion.

OPENING HOURS: Belgrade Zoo is open every day of the year - depending on the season, cash in the winter works from 08 to 16:30 in summer from 08 to 20 hours. Closes 30 minutes after closing the cash register.

TICKET PRICES 2013:
- Children 3 - 15 years: the ticket price is 300 dinars (2.59 EUR)
- Older than 15 years: the fare is 400 dinars (3.45 EUR)
- School trips (more than 15 persons) ticket price is 250 dinars (2.16 EUR) per person

The right to free access feature
- Children up to 3 years
- Students of biology, veterinary science and art academies (the current index)

Take my word that the zoo will relax you and you'll be ready to move on Tour.

Albino Animals

Tennis Center Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic Tennis Complex

Gift shop at tennis compex.

Gift shop at tennis compex.

5. Novak Djokovic's Tenins Complex

Novak Djokovic is from Serbia and it is very logical to have a tennis center in Belgrade.The tennis center is surrounded by Kalemegdan on one side and confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, on the other. At the tennis center there are fourteen courts, Novak Cafe and Red Bull pizzeria. Even if you are not a serious gamer or a fan of tennis, will not go wrong if you tour this place.

Right next to the tennis center is the Danube promenade from where you have a beautiful view of the confluence of the Sava River and the Danube. Along the riverside there are also numerous floating cafes, where you can close to the water, drink your favorite cocktail and enjoy the beautiful view.

Danube Promenade

Danube promenade from air

Danube Promenade

Beautiful Danube promenade.

Beautiful Danube promenade.

Botanical Garden

6. Botanical Garden Jevremovac

Belgrade has a lot of green areas, parks, forests, however, one stands out from the rest. It is a botanical garden. Located in the beautiful place, almost in the center of the city. The year 1889th the King Milan Obrenović donated the estate to the Botanical garden. At that place it remains today.

More than 120 years of botanical garden are a gathering place of couples in love, nature lovers and people looking for a little green oasis of peace. Botanical Garden covers an area of about 5 acres, where outdoors are more than 350 species of trees and shrubs, domestic, European and exotic plants, while total plant population now makes over 1500 different plants. Botanical Gardens include open area, conservatory and a Japanese garden.

Working hours in the garden:

On 01 April until 01 November 09 to 19
On 01 November until 01 April 09 to 18

The ticket price for individual visits is 150 dinars (1.30 EUR)

Serbia (Bradt Travel Guide)

Official web page,Tri sesira restaurant

Skadarlija

7. Skadarlija

There is one place in Belgrade, my personal favorite. A place that will fascinate all your senses. Somehow reminds me most of the Montmartre. Bohemian quarter, Skadarlija. Once upon a time it was Gypsy settlement, the abandoned field in front the city walls. At the end of the 19th century there were built brick buildings in which artists, the caterers and others moved. In 1872 the street was named Skadarska and the name stuck to this day. Skadarska Street is 400m long and connects the city center, Republic Square and Dorcol, the old part of the city. When you enter the Bohemian quarter, you feel like you're back 200 years

It is known that the actors (probably due to nervousness) do not eat anything before the show. The opportunity to grab a bite, and drink, just after the show, when it gets obvious and already close to midnight. Therefore, in Skadarlija sprouted many restaurants, some of the oldest in Belgrade. There are morning, waited for, the dawn artists who entered the history of Serbian culture.

Over the years worldwide celebrities visited famous restaurants in Skadarlija. Photos of their visit are still on the wall of the Tri Sesira restaurant. Some of them are: Alfred Hitchcock, Jimi Hendrix, Juan Carlos I of Spain, Josip Broz Tito, George H.W. Bush, Anatoly Karpov, Sandro Pertini...

Nowadays, Skadarlija is most prominent Belgrade tourist attraction. There are well-known restaurants, hotel, art galleries, antique and souvenir shops. Very often in the street, you can see dancers in traditional Serbian costumes, groups playing Serbian brass or traditional music. All this attracts more than 20.000 people daily, young couples, families with children.

Most famous restaurants, remains in the same place from the past time are: Tri šešira ("Three Hats"), Dva Jelena ("Two Deer"), Zlatni bokal ("The Golden Chalice"). In a restaurant Tri Sesira be sure to try cevapcic (grilled meat), sopska salata (Serbian salad) and Jelen draft beer. It will cost you not more than 10 euros. You will remember this.


Something About Serbian Cooking

Fifty-three recipes make up this Eastern European cookbook. Inside, find all types of traditional Serbian fare, including potato salad, lentil soup, and an assortment of pita dishes, as well as sauces and a multitude of delectable desserts, such as crème puffs, baklava, and crepes. Most Serbian cooking traditions are intertwined with the cultures of its neighboring countries. So, don't be surprised if some of these dishes seem similar to some of your own family's traditional recipes. Also, be prepared for some differences. In Serbia, lunch is the biggest meal of the day, while dinner happens to be the lightest, typically focusing on merely cold cuts and bread. Throw in an afternoon snack of a baked pastry and coffee and consider yourself a convert! Many of the recipes are vegetarian, but feel free to add your choice of meat to any dish.

Skdarlija

Skadarlija

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the most visited Belgrade attraction?
    • Belgrade Zoo
    • Botanic Graden
    • The Victor

Answer Key

  1. The Victor

Map of Belgrade

Things To Do In Belgrade

Summary

I tried to represent you the most attractive destinations you should see in Belgrade for one or two days just by foot. If you have any questions or require any information regarding your stay in Belgrade, do not hesitate to ask me. Rather, I would be grateful as I will thus maintain the hub live and maybe I'll learn something new. Thank you.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Nikolic Predrag

Things To Do In Belgrade

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 23, 2014:

@Kathleen Odenthal Belgrade is definitely an intriguing town. Worth to visit. Thank's Kathleen!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 23, 2014:

Thank you Kathleen for the nice comment and sharing!!!

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on April 19, 2014:

Interesting article, I love to travel and I especially love to go to places that are unusual but intriguing. Thank for this piece!

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on April 19, 2014:

Well, it's on my list now that I've read this beautiful and interesting hub! Keep them coming! SHARING

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on April 18, 2014:

Thank you Peggy so much! As you are hubber with 5 years of experience, your nice comment means to me a lot. When you start your board on Pinterest don't hesitate to ask me for any kind of help. Wish you a beautiful day!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2014:

This is a fantastic article showcasing so many interesting and beautiful places in the historic city of Belgrade. I would love to be able to visit there someday. I am going to start a new board on Pinterest labeled Serbia and this will be the first pin. Also tweeting this! Many votes up!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on March 30, 2014:

Thank you Angela for the nice comment.

Angela Joseph from Florida on March 28, 2014:

Fascinating. I knew very little about Belgrade, had no idea it was on the Danube. Now your account and photos make me want to visit. The bus and train fares sound very reasonable too. Nice hub. Voted up and beautiful.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on March 26, 2014:

Than's Nadyn, I hope you will visit Belgrade some day. Welcome!

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on March 26, 2014:

This sounds and looks like a beautiful and interesting place to visit. I like how you started off emphasizing how friendly the people are, no matter where you go, it's always a better experience to go to a new place that is open and warm to visitors. Nice photos, too. Your hub makes me want to take a trip here sometime. :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 01, 2014:

Wow...beautiful place. I really enjoy reading this hub, including pictures and video. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up :-)

Prasetio

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 27, 2014:

What a wonderful and enjoyable hub this is. You write very well. I would love to visit Belgrade some day. I'm looking forward to reading more of your excellent posts. Voted up, useful, beautiful, awesome and interesting and sharing.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 23, 2014:

Thank you for a nice comment madam Nellieanna. It means a lot to me from someone with a great experience like you have. I start to read your articles and start to learn from you.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on February 20, 2014:

I must say I am impressed with your writing skill and the completeness, good organization and verve of your virtual visit for your readers to Belgrade. Indeed, it does look like a fascinating city full of things to do! Thank you for following me, as well. Seeing your visitors, I'm able to understand how you may have known about me. I see several of my Hubpage good friends have dis-covered you, dis-cover!

I'll be reading more of your work!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 20, 2014:

@jill of alltrades, @fivesenses, @Mel Carriere, @aviannovice, @vespawoolf Thank's for nice comments. If you ever come to Belgrade, feel free to contact me, I will do my best to be a good host.

jill of alltrades from Philippines on February 12, 2014:

Nice first hub! Wish I could visit some day!

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on February 07, 2014:

Looks like a fascinating, historical place. I hope to get there some day.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on February 07, 2014:

Truly sounds like a fascinating place with a lot of culture. Perhaps my camera and I will visit...

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 07, 2014:

Belgrade sounds lime a fascinating and beautiful city. I would love to see Kalemegdan park and the botanical gardens. The photos you chose for this article are pretty, too. Thank you!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 06, 2014:

Mr. Clark, thank you again for the kind words. You are first of all a good man. I will definitely visit the site of Nemanja Boškov. I'm currently writing another hub about Belgrade and then I'll surprise you with several Greek recipes my grandmother gave to me. God bless you.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on February 06, 2014:

dis-cover, my friend, please do not think that your English is wanting. I know people in my own country who could not write so well and with such careful planning as you have in this first hub of yours. Your writing is fascination and you use idioms well and with understanding.

I have met one other writer on Hub Pages who shares your nationality, and he also proves that whether English is one's mother tongue, or not, it does no limit the standard that is produced.

For your interest, he is Nemanja Boškov, and goes by the profile name of nemanjaboskov.

I am please and gratified that you read my profile and details. I look forward to enjoying your hubs concerning food... a passion of mine. I am no cook, but love my food, and apart from two things, I enjoy eating everything I have ever tasted on the wonderful planet.

Ian

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 06, 2014:

Thank you Mr. Clark. I am honored that you have read my hub and gave me such a nice comment. I know my English is not very good, but I hope that I will improve it further by writing and reading. Reading stories like yours. By reading the text about you I actually read a beautiful story. The story brought me back to the time of your growing up. I was there for a while. Thank you for that, a pleasant experience. I wish you all the best.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on February 06, 2014:

dis-cover, I am very impressed by the quality of this hub and how much work you have put into it. Well done, and welcome.

Looking forward to reading more of your work.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 05, 2014:

Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for this very beautiful view of Belgrade. Looking forward to more articles from you.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on February 05, 2014:

Belgrade is so pretty. And you're right, Skadarlija is the nicest place of all.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 05, 2014:

Thank you very much. Soon, I will publish a hub about Serbia, and you will be pleasantly surprised with the natural and historical beauties of this country.

Dianna Mendez on February 04, 2014:

I truly would love to visit Belgrade some day. You have shown readers a beautiful place with lots of wonderful things to do and see. I would love to see the castle and explore the underground world of tunnels, caves and more. Your article was well written.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 04, 2014:

@tobusiness, @VVanNess, @cam8510 Thank you for the nice words and welcoming. Compliments of experienced hubbers means a lot to me, as an incentive for further work.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on February 03, 2014:

Great Job on this hub, Nikolic. The history and museums sound very interesting as well as Knez Mihajlova. I look forward to those hubs about food. Welcome to HubPages.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 03, 2014:

I have never had the opportunity to travel outside the US, but have always had it on my to-do list one day!! Great pictures!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on February 03, 2014:

Great hub! You have just reminded me that there are still so many beautiful places to explore.

Well done.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 03, 2014:

Thank you for your support and advice, really means a lot to me.

healthylife2 on February 03, 2014:

You are doing great with your English and put your heart into your writing and comments so I understand you well. I love a place where every street has it's own story.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 03, 2014:

Thank you so much for nice comment. Belgrade is just rightplace for the people who like to walk. And what's best, every street you are passing through, has his own story. Unfortunately, English is not my native language and it is hard to express myself. Thanks to you, my friends from HubPages, reading your wonderful hubs, in time I'll learn this wonderful craft, writing. Wish you all the best.

healthylife2 on February 03, 2014:

Thanks so much for sharing this hub. I knew so little about Belgrade before I read it. I loved the beautiful pictures that accompanied the descriptions of things to do. I love to walk and it sounds like almost everything can be explored on foot so it would be fun for me. The city looks beautiful and rich with culture. Hopefully I will get there one day.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 03, 2014:

Thanks a lot! You simply put a smile on my face when I read your comment. I'm Yugo-nostalgic, but Belgrade really looks better now. Also, it makes me very happy when someone tells me that he was in Belgrade :-)

Please visit Serbia one day, you will not regret. I am available for all kinds of information and help. Friendly regards!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on February 03, 2014:

Thank you for this hub! I was in Belgrade last when it was still the country of Yugoslavia in the Soviet Union days. The city has certainly grown since then and it is absolutely beautiful. I am so happy to see photos of your city now - it is so much better! Thanks for the information on what to see there now. I do remember Mihajilova Street, but it was dark, grey, and dilapitaded when I saw it. It is beautiful now from your pictures. I hope to visit Serbia someday - your beautiful new country!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 03, 2014:

Thank you for the nice compliments. Belgrade is a really lovely city. You are right, Novak is a really good guy and good promoter of Serbia. In the next few hubs I will try to show people some other beauty of Belgrade and Serbia.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on February 02, 2014:

What a wonderful hub. I saw you started following me on Twitter so I came to check this out. I never realised Belgrave was such a beautiful city. You have amazing pictures and videos promoting it. I know Novac Djokovic and Anna Ivanovic the tennis players. they are great ambassadors for Serbia, as are you. Voted up.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 02, 2014:

Thank you so much! I am honored that someone like you has visited my page. You really deserve all the awards you have received, even more than that. I'm so glad, your husband's grandmother is from Serbia. I will continue to write about Belgrade and Serbia to show to people how beautiful Serbia is and how good and friendly people live here.

Your sentence " Life can pack a mean punch, but ... Flourish Anyway! "

I will remember.

Friendly regards

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 02, 2014:

Welcome to HubPages! My husband's grandmother was Serbian and lived in an area of Chicago where they still spoke the language. I've always wanted to take him to where his people emigrated from. Thanks for this hub!

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 02, 2014:

Thanks for welcoming me Donna :-) You will not make a mistake if you come to visit Belgrade. When you come, feel free to contact me. I would really like to see one day some of my HubPages friends here in Belgrade.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on February 02, 2014:

Belgrade looks like a beautiful city. I will put it on my list of places to visit someday. Welcome to Hubpages. :)

Cecile Portilla from West Orange, New Jersey on February 01, 2014:

Hello Dis-cover

Looking forward to your other hubs. I will certainly keep Belgrade on my list. I think it will be as you describe it.

Nikolic Predrag (author) from Serbia, Belgrade on February 01, 2014:

Hi Cecile, thank's.

This is my first hub and your comment means to me a lot. What I wrote here is only the top of the iceberg. I'm sure one day you will visit Belgrade and the best time for that is the end of May and June month. The greatest wealth of Belgrade are people who are extremely friendly and will offer you help in every way. I will continue to write about Belgrade in period a couple of hubs, to show people that on the other side of the globe, there are places that are beautiful as well as theirs. I would like to say that I appreciate your work.

Friendly regards, Pedja

Cecile Portilla from West Orange, New Jersey on January 31, 2014:

Hi Dis-cover:

Thanks for sharing this Hub. These are really beautiful pictures. Makes me want to check out Belgrade!

Darko Milenkovic from Novi Sad on January 31, 2014:

Skadarlija sounds fine, thanks for shearing your experience.

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