The 25 best sights in Belgrade – descriptions and photos

Belgrade Sights

Contemporary Art Museum Alexander Nevski Church Belgrade Fortress Belgrade Airport Belgrade National Theatre Museum of Applied Arts Holy Trinity Church St. Savva Church

This site contains Belgrade sights – photos, descriptions and tips for travelers. The list is based on popular guidebooks and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Belgrade, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places in Belgrade.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Modern Art (photo)

The idea for such a museum arose in 1958, and its design was developed by architects Ivanka Raspopovic and Ivan Antic. Construction and decoration works were underway until 1965, and the board of the gallery approved the name of the museum immediately afterwards.

The rather strong collection of the Museum of Modern Art has more than 30 thousand items, and in addition to the works of the Yugoslav masters, it has the paintings of the Western artists such as Andy Warhol or Joan Miró. Since the beginning of the museum every year exhibitions of local artists are held with the aim of discovering new talents.

Coordinates: 44.81944400,20.44222200

Church of Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevskiy church (photo)

During the battle of the Russian-Turkish war, the commander was Alexander Nevsky. The brave prince helped the Serbs defeat their enemies, for which they thanked him by building a church. Throughout its history the church has changed its place several times. There were different reasons for that. In 1891, because of improvements in Belgrade, it was torn down for the sake of new streets. It did not take root at the new place either.

During building “floated” foundations and that was the end of it. The Church of Alexander Nevsky is now on Tsar Dusan Street. The current temple has also undergone small difficulties. Its construction was started twice. The first architect E. Nachich was prevented by the World War. Her project with some small additions was finished by P. Popovic.

The church was a huge two story building in Byzantine style. Inside the marble iconostasis, a huge number of icons of St. Alexander Nevsky and extraordinarily beautiful frescoes made to order. In addition to its main mission, the temple offers catechism courses, publishes its own newspaper, runs a parochial school and hosts oratorical performances.

Coordinates: 44.82055600,20.46611100

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Belgrade Fortress

Belgrade Fortress (photo)

Belgrade Fortress (or Kalemegdan Fortress) is the symbol of Belgrade, towering above the Sava and Danube rivers and representing the oldest part of the city. It is the oldest part of the city. It has been under construction and reconstruction for eighteen centuries. In the course of history the appearance of the fortress changed, depending on the invaders. Its final appearance the fortress was obtained at the end of the XVIII century, the efforts of Baron General Doxat de Moraise. The walls, towers and doors of the fortress are still preserved.

Belgrade Fortress was first used for its intended purpose during the military struggle for supremacy in Central Europe between the superpowers of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire, which fought in the 17th and 18th centuries. During the First Serbian Uprising against the Turks in 1807, the Serbs recaptured the fortress, but kept it only until 1867, when the Ottoman Empire reoccupied Belgrade.

Conveniently located strategically (50 meters above the Danube delta), the fortress is an important landmark of the city. In addition to the fortress walls, the towers, gates, many significant architectural monuments, two churches and the Military History Museum of Serbia are important tourist attractions in the area.

Coordinates: 44.49000000,20.27000000

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Belgrade Airport

Belgrade Airport (photo)

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is the main air gateway of Serbia. It serves flights from Europe, Russia and domestic flights from Nis.

It is located 12 km to the west of Belgrade (a 15-20 minute drive), 98 m above sea level. There are two passenger terminals in the airport. The base company is JAT Airways.

In total, in Serbia there are several operating airports: Belgrade, Nis, Pristina. Each of them operates international flights.

Coordinates: 44.82062900,20.30685400.

National Theatre

National Theater (photo)

The National Theatre in Belgrade was built in 1869, designed by Aleksandar Bugarski, the most productive Serbian architect of those times. The decision to construct a special building for the theater was made by Prince Mihajlo Obrenović. At the time of its construction, the building was quite reminiscent of La Scala in Milan, due to Bugarski’s exposure to the influence of the Renaissance and the decorations typical of that style. It is true that over time, the renovations have almost completely changed the original appearance of the National Theater.

The theater includes the Big Hall and the Small Hall. The Big Hall is intended for ballet and opera productions, here in three rows are beautifully decorated balconies, the seats for which are more expensive than in the parterre. The Small Hall usually has more modest dramatic productions, and tickets are relatively inexpensive.

Coordinates : 44.81703700,20.46094000

Museum of Applied Arts

Museum of Applied Arts (photo)

This museum opened in 1950, and over its lifetime has amassed a collection that includes antique manuscripts, jewelry, engravings, objects carved from wood, horn, mother-of-pearl, prints, and icons. The exhibits in the collection are not only from Serbia, but from other European countries as well. A major part of them was purchased from Serbian painter Ljuba Ivanovic – he had been collecting this collection for thirty years.

Collections of the museum represent the history of development of applied art over the past two thousand and a half years. The oldest exhibits date back to the 4th century B.C. – This is a numismatic collection, in which coins from Ancient Greece can be found. Currently, the museum has a collection of more than 32,000 items.

Admission for students and children under 12 is free. The museum is open every day except Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00.

The coordinates are: 44.81694000,20.45448000.

Church of the Holy Trinity

Church of the Holy Trinity (photo)

The Church of the Holy Trinity was built in the very heart of Belgrade, at the headquarters of the Moscow Patriarchate, in 1924, at the expense of Russian immigrants.

At the entrance to the church on the left is a marble slab dedicated to one of the leading leaders of the White Movement, Baron-Lieutenant General Pyotr Nikolayevich Wrangel. He willed to be buried in a fraternal Orthodox Slavic country. At that time only Serbia was considered such a country.

The Church of the Holy Trinity holds Orthodox shrines. In 1933, Russian monks from Mount Athos gave the church a silver relic with elements of the relics of many saints. The church also contains two ancient unique icons of the Mother of God, which were given to the church by Russian families.

In 1999, during the military operation of NATO against Yugoslavia, fragments of missiles damaged the church. The Belgrade authorities with the help of the International Charitable Foundation “Konstantinovskije” carried out the repairs of the temple.

After the restoration, in 2007, the church was consecrated by Metropolitan Kirill. This is what the Serbian Prime Minister called one of the most important events in the life of the Serbian capital.

Coordinates: 45.77323900,19.11364100

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Temple of St. Sava

Church of St. Sava (photo)

The Church of St. Sava is an Orthodox church that is dedicated to its Serbian founder. It was built on the site where his remains were burned by the Ottoman Turks in 1595.

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Saint Sava was the son of Stefan Nemanja, the great Serbian ruler. When Sava was a boy, he longed for a spiritual life, so he fled to the Holy Mountain of Athos, where he lived as a hermit and prayed diligently.

Along with his father, Sava erected the monastery of Hilandar and many other monasteries, churches, and schools throughout Serbia. He reconciled his brothers fighting for power with their neighbors and, through the establishment of the Church, strengthened Serbian statehood and culture. He brought peace to all the peoples of the Balkans, gave them hope for the future and gave them faith in themselves.

Coordinates: 44.79808400,20.46911100

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Highlights of Belgrade and unusual places

Belgrade is not like other European cities, because it combines incongruity: medieval buildings and modern business centers, mansions of the century before last and socialist housing estates, restored architectural monuments and slums in the suburbs. All of them reflect a particular historical era and form a unique look of the city. See what to see and where to go in this post.

Sightseeing

Kalemegdan Park

Kalemegdan Park is the place where the history of the city began. And the Belgrade Fortress, which is located here, feels that Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is known that people lived here back in the Neolithic period, and then the territory was taken over by the Celts. The fortress itself was built in the I century, and during its existence was conquered and destroyed many times. On the territory there are remains of buildings of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. You can explore such a long history of the fortress in the museums that are located here. Or you can just take a walk in the Kalemegdan park and enjoy the spectacular view of the panorama of the city and the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.

Opening hours: 24 hours a day

Knez Mihailova Street

The main pedestrian street with many cafes, stores and street performers. This street is most reminiscent of the streets of other European cities, as there are buildings of the XIX and early XX century: mansions in the Art Nouveau style, residential buildings in the romantic style.

Prince Michael Street is located in the Stari Grad neighborhood, which is a concentration of many interesting things, including attractions, monuments and simply beautiful buildings of XIX – early XX century: for example, the main theater, Republic Square and various museums. It is especially beautiful in the evening when the bars come alive, the lights come on, and people go out to walk around the center.

National Parliament Building

The National Assembly building is the majestic building of the Serbian Parliament. There are always political slogans hung around the building, mostly about the confrontation with Kosovo.

Hotel Moskva

One of the most beautiful buildings in Belgrade is Hotel Moskva in Art Nouveau style with typical details: marble decorations, stained glass windows and ceramic tiles. Originally the hotel was called “Russia Palace” and was built at the expense of the Russian Empire. The building was supposed to be an informal representation of Russia in Serbia. The building even has some thematic elements: bas-relief with Ilya Muromets and stained glass with Russian motifs. Later the hotel was given the name “Moskva”.

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During the occupation, the Gestapo made the hotel their headquarters and gave it a more neutral name “Great Serbia”. Now it is the most famous hotel of the capital, where celebrities and political figures usually stay.

Address: Terazije Square

Church of St. Mark

The church was built in 1940 in the unusual Serbian-Byzantine style. Inside is a large collection of icons.

Railway Station

The Belgrade Main Station was closed in 2018. Many residents have met this decision with incomprehension, as the station has a convenient location in the center, besides the station building is an architectural monument and one of the symbols of the city. It is also where the first Serbian railroad line originated. In spite of all this, the historic station has been closed for the construction of a new district on the site of the tracks. The status of the building is now in limbo: there were plans to build a museum here, but for now the station is in a semi-abandoned state.

Address: Savski trg, 2

Destroyed buildings

The buildings on Nema Street, which were bombed out in 1998, have been preserved. After the armed Serbian-Albanian conflict in Kosovo, NATO carried out a series of bombings in Belgrade and other cities. Many are astonished that the dilapidated buildings were not demolished or rebuilt, but left in this condition in the center of the city.

One may have different opinions about the fact that the ruins have been preserved, but it is worth admitting that the buildings that seem to have been ruined yesterday make greater impression than the monuments. The buildings, without any extra words, show the consequences of the bombing, which is very suggestive. The military and political slogans and photos of the Kosovo war dead are always standing on this crossroads. Most likely, until there is complete reconciliation with Kosovo, the remnants of these buildings will not disappear either.

Photo and impressions of Pristina, the capital of the partially recognized state of the Republic of Kosovo.

New Belgrade

Novi Beograd is an area built in the 1970s and 1990s, mostly in the style of socialist modernism. There are real architectural monuments of this style as well as typical high-rise buildings. Being in this area it is impossible not to notice the tower Geneks, because it is visible from almost anywhere. This is a kind of gate to the city, which meets on the way from the airport. There are similar gates to the east.

The area is divided into blocks that are easy to navigate. If you’re curious about what typical residential neighborhoods and green multi-level yards look like – go deep into the blocks, but if you want to look at the general appearance of the neighborhood and its main points, you can just stroll along Mikhail Pupin Boulevard. By the way, you’re more likely to visit New Belgrade as you drive through it from the airport.

An overview of the architectural styles of the Serbian capital.

Zemun embankment

The embankment is an easy walk from the New Belgrade area to Zemun. There are beautiful views of the Danube and the swans swimming along it. There are also many cafes and playgrounds for children.

Zemun

Zemun is quite far from the center of Belgrade, because this area used to be a separate city. Even now, however, it has a different feel and a different type of atmosphere. There are many narrow alleyways and red-tiled houses, old churches and markets for the locals. Despite the long distance, it is worth walking here or take public transportation.

While in Zemun, it is a must to go up to the Gardos Tower. It is located on an elevated peak overlooking the entire city of Zemun, Novi Beograd, the city center and the Danube River. From there it is at once clear how several historical epochs influenced the appearance of the city and how diverse it is today. The tower itself is also quite unusual, and you can enter it and enjoy the panorama from there.

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Church of St. Sava

The largest cathedral in Belgrade impossible to miss while walking around the city. Orthodox church was rebuilt in XX century on the site of an old church burned in XVI century.

Nikola Tesla Museum

Nikola Tesla is probably the most famous person from Belgrade. The museum will tell about the history of the life of the scientist, show models of his inventions and experiments he conducted. It is worth visiting both for those who already know something about Tesla and those for whom this topic is unfamiliar, as a large number of his ideas were somehow or other put into life.

Address: Krunska Br. 51

Opening hours: 9:45 – 20:00

Ticket price: 500 RSD

Unusual places

Subway and the Beovoz

A beowagon is a train that runs on the subway within the city and then continues out of town as a train. Although there are many modern trains now as well, the beowooses were originally known for their poor condition and abundance of graffiti. By the way, there is no full-fledged subway in the city – there are only a few stations that look like regular subway lobbies, but are only used to go out of town.

Savski Bridge

A streetcar bridge that takes you from the center to New Belgrade. The bridge offers a view of the city and the Sava River.

The Palace of Princess Ljubica

A small 19th century mansion that was supposed to be the residence of the Serbian court.

There really is a lot to tell about Belgrade, which is difficult to fit into one post. Therefore, it is best to use the services of a local guide, who will tell and show you the most interesting things on the spot:

Savamala District

Sawamala is a creative neighborhood that has gone from industrial to trendy and creative. There’s lots of street art and trendy cafes.

Vrachar

One of the coziest neighborhoods with the most expensive real estate prices. There are many small mansions and large apartment buildings in Art Nouveau and Art Nouveau style. There are unusual sculptures in the quiet streets and it is also where the Tesla Museum is located.

Ada Ciganlija

Ada Ciganlija is a peninsula and the most popular summer resort of Belgraders. It is a great place for swimming, sunbathing or just strolling through the park.

Skadarlija

See bohemian Belgrade in the Skadarlija neighborhood of Old Town. Originally a home for creative types, the neighborhood is now just a place with lots of cafes and an unusual atmosphere.

Aviation Museum

Near Nikola Tesla Airport there is a museum of aviation or aeronautics, which will be of interest to all lovers of aviation technology. Especially notable is the museum building itself, built in the modernist style.

Market Zeleni Venac

To get a better understanding of what the city is all about, any trip should include a visit to the local market. The largest market in Belgrade is Zeleni Venac. The locals themselves go here, so there is quite a large selection and low prices.

Where to Stay

As in other countries of the Balkan Peninsula, in Belgrade you can stay in very budget-friendly places. Of course, not all of them will be of high quality, so it is better to choose a hotel or hostel by reviews. I can share my own recommendation, as we were very lucky with the room and hostel – Hostel Karavan Inn. We booked a private room with its own bathroom in the hostel . It is a ten minute walk from the center itself in a very pleasant area, not far from the Nikola Tesla Museum. The room had its own balcony and the hostel itself was very clean and stylish. But overall there are a lot of decent options in the city at a reasonable price.

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Where to eat

Food prices in Belgrade establishments are also generally low, with a lot of soulful places that are really good. You can easily find a restaurant with national cuisine in the center, and you can also try local street-food in street cafes. To get a sense of the national atmosphere, it is worth visiting the kafana, a traditional café where the locals usually go. The oldest café is Question Mark.

Personally, I can personally recommend the vegetarian cafe Mayka – the prices there are a little higher than average Belgrade, but the interior and atmosphere are very unusual and very tasty.

How to get there from the airport

It’s easy to get from the airport to the center by public transport, but you need to have cash in the local currency – Serbian dinars. You can change it at a vending machine at the airport.

There is an express bus that goes directly to the center to Slavija Square. It costs 300 dinars and the journey takes half an hour.

You can also take bus number 72, which will go to the center with all stops in about 50 minutes. The ticket costs 90 dinars.

By cab the trip will cost about 2000-3000 dinars.

The most convenient way – transfer – is not much more expensive than the bus, and if you are traveling at least two and with luggage – even more profitable. The transfer driver will meet you at the airport with a sign and take you to a specific address. A great option and for those who do not want to change money in the terminal, because you can pay in advance, while the bus or cab you have to pay in cash. You can order here.

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Map

On the map you can find all the places mentioned in the post.

Belgrade is a big city with a rich history. If you only have 1 day, start with the main sights or at least take a walk through the center and they will find you on their own. If you are in the city for more than 2 days, you can start exploring unusual places, outskirts and non-tourist locations.

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