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Belgrade (Serbian: Београд, Beograd) — meaning 'White City' — is the capital of the Republic of Serbia. Various styles of architecture dominate the city, while its recent resurgence as the leading hub in south-eastern Europe makes it a must see destination.

Understand[edit]

Belgrade's districts and neighbourhoods
Knez Mihajlova, one of the most popular pedestrian-only streets in Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital of the Republic of Serbia and is, as such, the country's largest city with a population of about 1.7 million people. 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 on, it became the Roman city of Singidunum, and relics of that era can still be seen in the city, particularly at Kalemegdan Fortress. During the Middle Ages the town became a Serbian stronghold until the Ottoman invasion. The city changed hands between the Ottomans and the Austrians several times until 1878 when Serbia got its independence and Belgrade became the capital of the new country.

After the First World War, Belgrade became the seat of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (in 1928, the country changed name to Kingdom of Yugoslavia) until its collapse, and it saw violence again in 1999 with NATO's bombing campaign. 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 the years following Marshal Tito's death in 1980. Yet, 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 Mediterranean flavor in its view of life.

Whilst there isn't much by way of ethnic or cultural diversity in Belgrade, in terms of different migrant populations – 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 round the world, however, are starting to be increasingly common, particularly in the spring and summer months, thanks in no small part to both local arts and culture organizations, as well as foreign embassies/cultural centers. These attract a good deal of local attention, and will help in raising the city's profile as a cultural hotspot.

Belgrade is an energetic city re-discovering its tourism potential.

Get in[edit]

Building of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

By plane[edit]

Belgrade is serviced by Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (IATA: BEG) [1], about 12 kilometers west of the city center, and is the home base of Air Serbia – Serbia's flag carrier airline – which flies to nearly 40 destinations worldwide. Other major airlines fly to Belgrade, such as Air France, Swiss and Lufthansa. Discount and no-frills carriers offer a modest number of flights. Wizz Air has direct flights from London, Eindhoven, Memmingen, Gothenburg, Malmö, Charleroi, Rome, Stockholm and Dortmund to Belgrade. Germanwings does have a number of less expensive flights to cities across Europe and Norwegian Air is another low cost airline operating to Belgrade. Flyniki [2] also offers low cost flight from and to Vienna. From 15 April 2010 SpanAir started direct flights from Barcelona and Madrid to Belgrade. From 5 May 2010 airBaltic started direct flights from Riga to Belgrade. SkyWorks flies directly from Bern. Other low cost companies such as Ryanair and EasyJet, however, have yet to make their entrance in the Serbian market, which makes the cost of flying to and from the city a bit higher than other destinations. For travellers from Asia/Middle East, the low cost airline FlyDubai offers cheap direct connections from India, Sri Lanka and other destinations to Belgrade via Dubai. For a full list of carriers see Serbia#By plane.

Airport transfer[edit]

  • Bus line #72 runs twice an hour (quarter past and quarter to each hour) to Zeleni Venac in the city centre, and costs 170 dinars (~€1.50) from the driver or 114 dinars from a BusPlus card. The trip is around 45 minutes.
  • A more comfortable city bus option is the A1 minibus, going from the airport to Slavija Square in the city center, stopping at Fontana (Novi Beograd) and the Main Train Station. The buses are comfortable and air-conditioned yet super slow. The fare is RSD 300 (~€2.60), which is paid on-board; be sure to tell the driver what your destination is before departure. The trip last between 30 - 40 minutes. Timetables can be downloaded here (Serbian)[3].
  • If you prefer taxi, first of all, read General precautions below. In 2010 the city government introduced fixed fares for taxi drives between the airport and Belgrade. So it is now impossible to get ripped off by dishonest cab drivers. There are several zones, and the prices also depends on the season. Note that you must take contact with the Taxi-desk in the arrivals hall in order to get these fixed prices. The price is at 1800 RSD between the airport and the city centre and New Belgrade, and around 2400 RSD for the suburbs. It's good to know that downtown is some 18 km away from the airport. Also, there is no luggage fee, so you absolutely don't have to pay for your luggage. When returning to the airport, the prices tend to be a bit higher. You can however order a taxi by phone. Or simply go to one of the many places where the taxis gather and go from one to another making sure you get the cheapest price.

By train[edit]

The Central Train station is located, not surprisingly, in the city center. From the station to Republic Square is 1 km (uphill) - about 15 minutes walk. Almost all national and international trains stop here, but a few trains stop at Novi Beograd/New Belgrade station, cca 5 km west from the city centre.

If you have any enquiries you can go to or contact the booking office at The Central Train station: Putovanja Wasteels, 11000 Beograd, Savski Trg 2, tel/fax ++381 11 265 8868, e-mail: wasteweels@eunet.rs. You can book a sleeper cabin here, but leave yourself an hour to do so as there may be a queue, or you might have to go away and come back later if there is a technical problem.

  • Budapest: 7½h, two daytime and one overnight train Beograd. There is a special offer Budapest Special/Beograd Special, €15 for one-way and €26 for return ticket. You can buy this ticket at MÁV e-shop [4] (only in Hungarian see Hungary#By train 2 for English explanation) or at Budapest station. Couchette reservation is €9.40 for 6-berth couchette, but there are reservation-free seats even on the night train. The night train used to be overcrowded in summer (2005).
  • Vienna: 10½h, a through couchette car attached to night train Beograd. Ticket price begins at €39 in 6-berth couchette (non-refundable, bound to specified train and day). You can book it only at Austrian railway stations.
  • Prague: 15h, EC Avala. Direct one-way ticket is expensive, it's better to combine cheaper Prague-Budapest and Budapest-Beograd e-tickets. For return journey a CityStar offer suits to you.
  • Ljubljana: 9h, two daytime and one overnight train. Discounted Beograd Special ticket, non-refundable and bound to specified train and day, costs €25.
  • Zagreb: 6h, the same trains as from Ljubjana plus one daytime train at morning. Ticket costs about €30, every additional passenger has 50% discount. An additional Railplus discount is possible.
  • Sarajevo: 8½h, a daytime train departing at 11:35, not shown in international timetables. Ticket costs €17.
  • Podgorica and Bar: 10h / 11h one daytime and one overnight train (two in summer season). Due to chronic undermaintenance in 1990s there are many sections with slow speed, though the track is currently being refurbished. However the train is still the fastest and cheapest transport mode between Montenegro and Serbia. Price is about €20 plus €3 compulsory seat reservation or €6 couchette reservation.
  • Skopje: 9h, a daytime train Olympus and an overnight train Hellas Express.
  • Sofia: 9h an overnight train Nusic. Ticket cost about €20 and €10 for berth reservation. Seating coaches are fairly comfortable though. It is cheaper to buy a ticket until the last station on the Serbian Railways - Dimitrovgrad (€10) and then pay just €2 to the Bulgarian controller once past the border for the remaining of the track to Sofia.
  • Bucharest: 12h, an overnight train Bucuresti.
  • Kiev (via Chop and Lviv): 36 hours, direct sleeping car.
  • Moscow (via Kiev and Konotop): ~48 hours, daily, direct sleeping car.

There's no train connection from Greece, as since Jan 2011 Greek Railways suspended all international trains. The former trains from Greece now depart from Skopje in Macedonia.

By bus[edit]

Belgrade's central bus station [5] is next-door to the central train station, in Karađorđeva street. Whilst coach service to national and international destinations is frequent, departure times are usually reliable, but arrival times may be not. Timetables aren't clearly posted; the timetables that are there are in Serbian only, so ask for information inside the terminal.

Ticket reservations and purchases are made in the terminal building. Ticket sellers usually understand basic English.

When buying a bus ticket, you will also receive a token to enter the platform area, for national travel. For international travel, you will be given a paper stub to present at the platform gate.

Be aware that most coach drivers will charge you a fee for baggage handling in the cargo compartment, though this is not a uniform practice with international travel. Also be aware that drivers rarely speak English or any other foreign language. Inform yourself about your trip prior to departure as much as you can; if in doubt, ask a fellow passenger for assistance.

Coach travel in Serbia is a hit-and-miss experience; whilst there is a huge number of companies to chose from, not all of them have clean, modern coach fleets, particularly for travel within Serbia or to neighbouring Montenegro. Coaches are more often clean and modern when embarking on trips to Croatia and Western Europe. For international trips to the rest of Europe, Lasta [6] is the Eurolines carrier.

For long trips, drivers usually stop for 15 minutes breaks roughly every two hours, though this isn't by any means guaranteed. Pack appropriately with food and bottled water. When disembarking on breaks in the trip, make sure to either secure your belongings, or take them with you.

When you get off the bus, you'll probably be offered a taxi ride or baggage-carrying by some men. Don't accept any offers, no matter how they may insist. They are all illegal and their only intention is to rip you off.

By car[edit]

Coming north from Subotica and Novi Sad, the E-75 highway is recommended, as well as driving to Belgrade from the south. There is also a major road called Ibarska magistrala (Ibar highway, M-22), which provides approach from south-west (direction of Montenegro, for example). From the west, use the E-70 highway (from Zagreb, Ljubljana etc.). Major roads can be used coming east and north-east from Vršac and Zrenjanin.

Highways have toll stations, which are moderately priced. Serbia's only highways are parts of E-70 and E-75 roads and the highway passes right through Belgrade, causing traffic jams on the Gazela bridge and at the Mostar junction. These jams have been reduced somewhat in recent years by redirecting heavy goods vehicles to the Belgrade Bypass and by the new Ada Bridge. See the infobox for more information on transiting Belgrade.

Belgrade Bypass

When travelling by car from Western and Central Europe to Greece, Bulgaria or Turkey, the route almost inevitably goes through or near Belgrade. If you have decided not to visit the city itself, but to continue straight to, say, Thessaloniki, you might be tempted to use the southern Belgrade Bypass by following the green Niš signs before entering Belgrade. However, as of summer 2014 the bypass is still a patchwork of new and old, good and poor quality road sections, and full of heavy goods vehicles. Therefore it is often faster to go through the Serbian capital.

By boat[edit]

Belgrade lies where the rivers Sava and the Danube meet. Passenger ships enable you to reach every place along the Danube in a very convenient and meditative manner with many fascinating attractions along it, but it is a quite slow and rather expensive way of travelling.

By bicycle[edit]

Belgrade is located on European bicycle route Eurovelo 6 which connects Atlantic Ocean and Black Sea.[7]

Get around[edit]

Belgrade has an extensive public transport network, covering almost all areas of the old city, Novi Beograd, Zemun and other outlying areas. The network itself consists of a large fleet of more than 1,000 buses, trolleybuses and trams but sometimes even this is not enough, and public transport in Belgrade is usually very crowded during rush hours.

City transport is divided into two tariff zones (map). Tickets for trams, buses and trolleybuses are the same. They cost 73 RSD for one zone and 114 RSD for both. Starting 1 February 2012, a new fare system (Bus Plus) is introduced. There are several types of tickets:

  • single paper ticket bought from the driver, which costs 145 RSD for one zone and 170 RSD for both
  • paper ticket that is bought at kiosks; it costs 40 RSD and is empty when bought, so you have to put some money on it; paper tickets last for 3 months and can only be refilled with up to 600 RSD; this is probably the best option for tourists
  • plastic ID for multiple rides that looks like a credit card; it is valid for 3 years, costs 250 RSD and is also without credit when bought
  • there is a 4th option (personalized card) which can only be bought at certain spots in town, and it is a monthly ticket for one person, valid for one year; this is used by people who live in Belgrade

All tickets (except those bought from the driver) must be validated on machines inside the vehicle. Tickets are also valid for BG:Voz commuter rail, but not for BeoVoz and minibuses. Transport authorities routinely check tickets for validation — particularly at peak hours on major lines — and an infraction can land you with an uncomfortable fine, which sets you back about €15.

GSP (ГСП in Serbian Cyrillic) is a public transportation company and there are maps of bus, trolleybus and tram lines on its website. Free maps of entire public transport can be found in tourist offices and here.. Most (trolley)bus/tram stops now display a map of the city, with the routes of the lines marked on it.

All vehicles are equipped with GPS tracking, so it's possible to find out how far away your (trolley)bus/tram is. The distance is given in number of stops, as well as in minutes for the lines 7, 17, 23, 29 & 95. Some bus stops have a screen displaying the waiting time for each line, but this information can always be obtained by calling a certain number on a cell phone. Each bus stop has a unique number (which is clearly written on the bus stop). After dialing *011*bus stop number#, you will receive a message with the information. This service costs 1.8 RSD, when used with from Serbian phone number.

By bus[edit]

There are over 120 urban and over 300 suburban bus lines. There are also several seasonal lines, including Ada1–Ada5, the five lines which can take you to Ada Ciganlija, and one seasonal, weekend-only line (400) which goes to the summit of Mt Avala. As of February 2012, many buses are less than five years old. The area around Zeleni Venac is a major bus hub in the city center, with many lines going to and from Novi Beograd and Zemun stopping there.

Daily transport starts at 4:00 and ends at 00:00. Night transportation is operated only by buses. It is sparse and goes every half-hour to every hour, but there are plans to make all night lines depart every half-hour. It is best to ask where and when to use it since some of the night lines are modified versions of the daily ones. Here is a map of night lines.

Take note that few regular bus lines (such as 24 or 49) are operated by minibuses, but the tickets for them are the regular ones.

By tram[edit]

There are 12 tram lines in Belgrade, three of which are connected to New Belgrade. The trams are currently being replaced with brand-new Spanish low-floor articulated, air-conditioned trams. The new trams have not yet all been delivered, so there are still some old trams driving around that are beyond their serviceable lifespan. Some trams have already been equipped with an public announcement system, that informs passengers of the next stop.

Line 2 is famous in the city with a circular route, running in both directions. The circle is known as krug dvojke (#2's circle) and rings the central city streets.

Line 3 is famous for a beautiful neighborhoods it goes through, particularly Miloš's Konak Park.

Lines 7, 9 and 13 go to the New Belgrade blocks, including the Delta City and Ušće shopping malls.

By trolleybus[edit]

Trolleybus fleet in big majority consist of new Belarusian made Belkommunmash vehicles AKSM-321 and AKSM-333, and they run only in Old Belgrade, connecting the city center to east and south-east. There are eight trolleybus lines.

A Belgrade trolleybus

By minibus[edit]

There are nine public minibus lines (E1–E9) [8]. Minibuses are all air-conditioned, smaller and generally quicker than regular city buses. However, tickets are bought only inside a minibus and they are more expensive than ordinary ones. Also, in most stops, there is no indication of minibus line routes. This means that one will have to wait for the minibus to come and read the route written, sometimes in Cyrillic, on the minibus itself (or just ask the driver).

As of April 2014, minibus fare is 150 RSD and the tickets are sold by the driver.

Here is a map of minibus lines.

Take note that several regular bus lines (such as 24 or 49) are operated by minibuses, but the tickets for them are the regular ones.

By commuter rail[edit]

State-owned BeoVoz commuter rail have six lines connecting Belgrade suburbs with the city:

  • Stara Pazova – Belgrade Downtown – Pančevo – Vojlovica
  • Ripanj – Resnik – Rakovica – Pančevo – Vojlovica
  • Stara Pazova – Belgrade Downtown – Resnik – Ripanj
  • Zemun – Belgrade Downtown – Valjevo
  • Nova Pazova – Belgrade Downtown – Resnik – Mladenovac
  • Stara Pazova – Belgrade Downtown – Mala Krsna

However, it is very unreliable, and often late. Use it only if you must, and be patient. Very patient. The suburbs served by the commuter trains are not of general tourist interest.

There is also one line under control of City of Belgrade, called BG:Voz (BG:Train). These trains run according to schedule which is every 30 minutes (15 minutes on rush hour). Timetables for both Beovoz and Bg:Voz are available here [9].

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are cheap by European standards (though more expensive than anywhere else in Serbia) and plentiful, and you can either hail one in the street, or call a taxi company.

General precautions[edit]

It is always best if you order taxi by phone since your order will be saved in the operator database. Here is the official info about taxi service in Belgrade.

Whenever you enter a cab, be sure to chose one with a roof sign indicating it's a city-regulated radio taxi (which carry a little blue sign with the city coat of arms and a number on it). Never take a privately owned cab (the ones with the white marker on the top that does not list the name of the company), since you can pay up to four times the normal price. Also, legal taxis must have their license plates ending with TX (for example: BG-1234-TX).

Insist that the trip be metered. The only exception is the case when you take taxi from the Arrivals section on the airport, where it is possible to buy vouchers with fixed prices. As of June 2010, the flag fall for starting a ride is RSD 140 (€1.5), and the rate is RSD 55 per kilometer (1st tariff) or RSD 70 per kilometer (2nd tariff, at night and weekends). Official maximum fares are here. Take note that a normal 'step' on a taximeter is about 3 dinars a time. Tipping taxi drivers is welcomed but not required. You only have to pay the amount displayed on the meter and your luggage is included in price.

A typical rip-off scenario involves a device known as "turbine". By pressing a specifically installed button (usually on the left of the steering wheel, or next to the clutch pedal) the driver starts the "turbine" and fools the meter to charge much faster then the usual speed. The change in the charging speed is obvious, so dishonest drivers talk and show around a lot, to make their passengers keep an eye off the taxi meter. The best way to prevent the driver from starting the turbine is to keep an eye on the meter at all times.

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 the 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 plates. 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, taxi@beg.aero). If the driver is aggressive towards you, call the police.

By car[edit]

As in most of Europe you must keep to the right side of the road. Driving in Belgrade can be stressful. Avoid rush hours (8:30–9:30AM, 4–6PM). Plan you journey if you are going in to the city core, and expect to have 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, +381-64/1746-411. 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 (~5€ for <5 km, ~7€ for <10 km, and ~10€ for >10 km).

Yellow lanes[edit]

Many boulevards and some streets have yellow lanes. They are reserved for public transport, i.e. buses and taxis, and you are not allowed to use them. The yellow lanes are marked with a yellow line, and are indicated on traffic signs. Some yellow lanes, though, are active only in certain periods of the day, usually during rush hours.

Parking[edit]

There are spaces for parking in the city center. There is a large parking garage with 500 spaces under the old palace in the city center, across from the parliament building.

Also, take into consideration that in the center almost all of the parking spaces in the central streets have zones marked with green, yellow or red paint on the street (yellow zone spaces are actually marked orange, to avoid confusion with other marks). You can only stay for 3, 2 or 1 hours, respectively, in those spots. You can pay using the machine usually found near the parking spots, buy the parking ticket at a kiosk or by cell phone (just text your car's license plate number (for example: BG123AA) to numbers 9111 (red zone), 9112 (yellow) or 9113 (green)). Every message you send is valid for one hour and, some 5 minutes before the hour has passed, you get a text message telling you that you can send another SMS if you want to extend your parking for the next hour. Of course, this only applies in yellow and green zones, in which you can park for more than 1 hour. After the time is up, you'll have to re-park or risk paying a fine (around €15). All of this only applies on weekdays, from 7AM to 9PM and from 7AM to 2PM on Saturdays. After that (Sa 2PM – Mo 7AM) parking is free.

There are also several public parking garages and parking lots where you can park for an unlimited amount of time during day. Fees are charged on an hourly basis (price varies, usually around €0.7-0.9/hour). In some non-zoned areas, you also pay for parking depending on the duration of your stay, and this is paid in cash to the parking attendant.

Detailed information can be found on the Parking Service website [10].

Parking violations are dealt with rather swiftly in the city center and with less commitment in the peripheral zones. Failure to pay for parking in a marked spot is handled by parking enforcement officers and can only result in a fine which would be difficult to collect if you're operating a foreign licensed vehicle. On the other hand, illegally parked vehicles are handled by the traffic police. Once spotted, the police are required to wait for 15 minutes for the driver to return. If you do return in time, you will be issued a sanction and a fine (around €50). When the 15 minutes are up, your car will get towed to one of 4 designated lots in the city. You may locate it using an online service http://www.parking-servis.co.rs/en/vehicle_towing/where_is_my_vehicle. Once at the lot, you will be required to present a valid form of ID and the vehicle matriculation papers, pay the mandatory fine and towing expenses (around €90 in total).

By bicycle[edit]

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. Unfortunately, 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.

By boat[edit]

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.

By night bus[edit]

Night public transport starts at midnight and lasts until 4AM and is operated by buses. There are numerous lines [11] that will take you to any part of town [12]. The tickets are bought inside the bus and, as of April 2014, they are 150 RSD for one zone and 210 RSD for both zones. The ticket seller will ask you where you are going, so that you buy a proper ticket.

Sometimes it can occur that you ride on a daytime line well after midnight. Take note that night lines have suffix "N" (e.g. 15N) and only in them you have to buy the night ticket. Daytime lines are daytime lines even after midnight.

See[edit]

Belgrade city core is not too big. Everything between Kalemegdan, Knez Mihajlova street and Skadarska street is best viewed by foot. Other than that, it is recommended to use other means of transportation. Note that many of Belgrade's museums are closed on Monday. It may be wise to check before making a visit.

  • Kalemegdan - Belgrade Fortress. Once important military fortification, it now serves as central park of Belgrade. Accessible from the end of the Knez Mihailova street, it offers beautiful views, especially during sunset. Most part of it is a park and the fortress walls, with several cafes, tennis and basketball courts, museums and observatory. Don't miss to take a look at the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers, and statue of Pobednik (The Victor), one of the symbols of Belgrade.
  • Knez Mihailova Street(Serbian Cyrillic: Кнез Михаилова улица). Main pedestrian street in Belgrade. Crowded during day and night. Mostly shopping and numerous cafes.
  • Republic Square (Main square). Main meeting point in the city (also called "by the horse"), right next to statue of Mihailo Obrenovic (riding a horse), National theater, National museum and Knez Mihailova street. Right place to arrange a meeting.
  • Skadarlija (Skadarska street). Pedestrian street filled with restaurants and cafes, most in the spirit of old Belgrade. Live bands playing old Belgrade music could be heard here in the evenings. The street is paved in cobblestone 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.
  • Srpskih vladara street, connecting Belgrade Fortress, Knez Mihailova street and Republic Square with Slavija Square and The Temple of Saint Sava, dominating the view as you walk towards it. Notice Terazije Fountain, Hotel Moskva(Former Palace of Russia),The Old Royal Palace, following the New Palace, and theater Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozorište, as you wander around.
  • The Old Royal Palace (Serbian Cyrillic: Стари Двор), at Nikola Pasic Square, built in 1881, it was residence of Serbian kings, now used as Town Hall.
  • The White Palace (Бели Двор) - (Serbian Cyrillic: Бели двор; English: White Court or White Palace) is a mansion located in Belgrade, Serbia. The mansion is part of the Royal Compound, a real estate of royal residences and parklands located in Dedinje, an exclusive area of Belgrade
  • The New Palace(Serbian Cyrillic: Нови Двор /lat: Novi Dvor)-The New Palace is located next to Тhe Old Royal Palace, the square Andrićev venac(Андрићев венац) no. 1st. It was built between 1911 and 1922, as the residence of King Petar I Karađorđević.Today is the official seat of the President of the Republic of Serbia.
  • The National Assembly of Serbia (Serbian Cyrillic: Народна Скупштина Србије), located across the Old Royal Palace, at Nikola Pasic Square.
  • Gardosh (Serbian Cyrillic: Гардош/Latin: Gardoš) is an urban neighborhood of Belgrade. It is located in Belgrade's municipality of Zemun.Gardos the hill, located on the right side of the river Danube, is a historical and authentic cultural environment, with narrow streets and houses and churches authentic. At the top, there is a tower "Sibinjanin Janko" (or Millennium Tower) - height of 36m, open in 1896, with a gallery and a beautiful view of the river, and Belgrade. On the hill and near by the river is a large number of restaurants with local food, seafood restaurants, floating(splav) restaurants, ship-restaurant.
  • Belgrade ZooMali Kalemegdan 8. Summer: Daily: 8AM–8:30PM, Winter: Daily: 8AM–5PM. , located inside the Belgrade Fortress

Churches and monasteries[edit]

  • The Temple of Saint Sava(Serbian Cyrillic: Храм Светог Саве). Serbian Largest Orthodox Temple, built from 1935 in several phases. Interior decoration is not yet finished, however visitors have access to the north aisle which is complete and in use. From the quality of the marble- and plaster-work already in place, it will be stupendous when it is finished. It is located near Slavija square, easily accessed from Bulevar Oslobodjenja, and it is surrounded by beautiful Karadjordje's plateau and park.
  • Belgrade Cathedral (Serbian Cyrillic: Саборна црква) or St. Archangel Michael's Cathedral, located near Belgrade Fortress(Kalemegdan) at Kneza Sime Markovica 3. Build from 1837 to 1840, with richly decorated interior. Across the church the building of Patriarchy, the seat of Serbian orthodox church, is located.
  • St. Mark's Church(Serbian Cyrillic: Црква Св. Марка) built from 1931 to 1940 located in the Tašmajdan park in Belgrade, near the Parliament of Serbia. There is a small Russian Orthodox church right next to it.
  • Church Ružica(Црква Ружица) and Church Sveta Petka(Црква Св. Петке) are located on Kalemegdan fortress, near observatory (easy to miss, ask for directions). Ružica is first mentioned at 15th century, and destroyed in early 18th century. After that it is rebuild in the present location, and it is the oldest church in Belgrade. It is again destroyed in WWI by Central Powers, and then renewed in 1925. At that time the church got bronze soldiers guards in front of it and the unusual chandeliers made out of bullet shells, swords and bayonets.
  • Church of St. Alexander Nevsky(Serbian Cyrillic: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 tzar Nicholas the Second, King Alexander I Karadjordjevic etc.
  • Nikolajevska crkva(Serbian Cyrillic:НИколајевска Црква),built 1745.Located at the foot of the hill known Gardos(Гардош), near the Danube, in the municipality of Zemun, Belgrade.
  • Church of the shroud of Holy Virgin(Serbian Cyrillic:Црква Покрова Пресвете Богородице),Kajmakčalanska 55- Vračar, Belgrade.It was built in 1933, in simple Serbian-Byzantine style, richly adorned with frescoes, mosaics, has a rich collection of relics. It is located between Boulevard of King Alexander, and Žička street, near the "Red Cross Square"(Црвени Крст).
  • Monastery Rakovica(Serbian Cyrillic:Манастир Раковица)- dedicated to St. Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Monastery went through a turbulent history. Rakovica Monastery is located 11 km from the city center, on a circular route, on which the Rakovička river turns to the Avala. Monastery has important relics, and there are tombs of famous personalities(Vasa Čarapić, Patriarch Dimitrije), and until recently Serbian Patriarch Pavle.
  • Presentation of the Virgin Monastery(Serbian Cyrillic:Манастир Ваведења Пресвете Богородице), Ljube Jovanovića Street No. 8.-Senjak (Dedinje hill). It is located near the center, the Topcidersko 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.

Museums and galleries[edit]

  •    National Museum (Народни Музеј), Republic Square. Currently closed for renovation. Founded in 1844, has more than 400,000 items including 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.
  • Historical Museum of Serbia (Историјски Музеј Србије), Square Nikole Pasica 11 +381 (0)11 3398 018; 3398 335).. Every day except Mondays. The museum is located next to the National Assembly of Serbia. Museum has a rich collection of materials related to the Serbian nation and Serbia from ancient times to the present.
  • Etnographic museum (Serbian Cyrillic: Етнографски музеј), Studentski trg 13 +381 11 3281 888. Tu–Sa: 10AM–5PM, Su: 9AM–2PM. Permanent exhibition of Serbian costumes, tools, culture and everyday life in past centuries. Temporary exhibitions covering related topics.
  • Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church (Музеј Српске Православне Цркве). Located 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. (Opening hours: weekdays from 8-16C, 09-12C on Saturdays, Sundays 11-13C). Across the street is the Orthodox Academy of Art and Conservation (frescoes, mosaics, and icon painting)
  • Gallery of Frescoes (Галерија Фресака), Cara Uroša 20, Beograd +381 11 30 60 52. Monday 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.
  • Nikola Tesla MuseumKrunska 51 +381 (0) 11 24 33 886fax: +381 (0) 11 24 36 408, e-mail: . Tu–F: 10AM–6PM, Sa–Su: 10AM–1PM. Museum dedicated to the man whom Serbs revere. Nikola Tesla (Никола Тесла) made significant contributions to the development of 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.
  • The Residence of Princess Ljubica (Конак кнегиње Љубице), Knez Sima Markovic No. 8. 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).
  • Ivo Andric MuseumAndrićev Venac 8. Memorial Museum of Ivo Andric, is dedicated to our writer, Nobel laureate.Closed Mondays.
  • Tito's Mausoleum and the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia(Serbian Cyrillic:Музеј Историје Југославије) 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). Entry is 200 dinars and includes admission to the "House of Flowers," with the grave of Josep Broz Tito; the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, with changing exhibits, and the "Old Museum," with artifacts from the former Yugoslavia and around the world given to Tito in his years as president. hours="Tu-Su: 10AM-4PM"
  • The Military Museum (Војни Музеј) (inside the Belgrade Fortress). Museum has around 30.000 objects in 12 collections and very impressive photo collection with over 100.000 photographs, etc.
  • Museum of Roma cultureRuzveltova street 41-43. Tu-Su: 11AM-4PM. The museum is situated in a small storage room in a public building in downtown Belgrade. Its walls are covered with photographs and documents in the Roma language. There are temporal exhibitions, different programs and events.
  •    Museum of Aviation (Музеј Ваздухопловства) (adjacent to Nikola Tesla Airport). The main collection is housed in an architecturally noteworthy geodesic-based glass building, with additional aircraft displayed on the surrounding grounds. The museum owns over 200 aircraft that have been operated by the Serbian and Yugoslav Air Forces, Aeronautical clubs and Avio-companies, 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.

Do[edit]

  • Ada Ciganlija, a river island on Sava River with an artificial lake in the center of the city. The lake has an 8 km 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 is open during summer season (usually from beginning of May until the end of September) +381-64/8210-218, +381-63/1679-787. Site (only in Serbian) [13]. Price for one go through the park is RSD 800 (~€8).
    • It is also possible to drive a Segway on small flat track, near cafe Plaža, +381-69/734-929, Site (only in Serbian) [14]. During the promotional period, 15 minute drive is RSD 500 (~€5).
    • Try open-air ice skating (during winter), or ski and snowboard simulator (all year round)
  • Public Observatory (placed at Kalemegdan fortress). There are four panoramic telescopes installed for daily observations of the city's panorama. This is the unique place in Belgrade for panoramic observations. [15]
  • National Theatre. Watch opera, ballet and plays, the main hall is simply amazing. Decorated with gold and artworks.
  • Zemun quay, if you have spare time to spend riding a bike, inline skates or walking next to Danube river. For a break just hop on one of the raft bars or restaurants (most of them near the former hotel Jugoslavija, and a little further next Gardoš).
  • Strahinjića Bana street (Serbian Cyrillic:Страхињића Бана улица), known as the Silicon Valley (Силиконска Долина) is located in downtown Belgrade, at the end of Skadarska Street (popularly Skadarlija) laterally, and extends to the Kalemegdan fortress and the zoo. Along the streets of a large number of popular bars, restaurants, cafes, gardens (with slightly higher prices).
  • Go bowling, available at:
    • Koloseum, Dobanovačka 56, Zemun, +381-65/3888-888, [16]
    • Ušće shopping mall
    • Delta City shopping mall
  • Test yourself in ice skating, available during winter months at:
    • Sport Center Tašmajdan, Čarlija Čaplina 39, +381-11/2766-667, Timetable [17], RSD 200–300 (~€2-3).
    • Pingvin (Penguin), Jurija Gagarina 78, +381-11/2178-183, Timetable: [18], RSD 200–250 (~€2-2.5).
    • Mali Pingvin (Little Penguin), Deligradska 27
    • Open-air ice skating at square Trg Nikole Pašića available from 20 December 2010 to 20 January 2010, free of charge
  • The great War Island (Veliko ratno ostrvo), a river island at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, for picnics and bird spotting.
  • Avala (During weekend, from the beginning of May until the end of August, public bus line 400 connects Belgrade and Avala. Bus leaves from stop "Voždovac" (also stop of trams 9, 10 and 14 and bus 50) on every 40 minutes. Alternatively, on weekends during summer time there is a Lasta open top bus tour going there). 9:00 - 20:00 (during summer), 9:00 - 17:00 (during winter). It's a mountain (511 m) which lies 16km south from Belgrade with 204m Avala Tower at the top. Viewing platform is accessible via a lift with great views of Belgrade and parts of Vojvodina and Šumadija. At the top of the mountain there are 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)-resting, with rooms and good restaurant. 150RSD adults, 70RSD children, free for kids under 7, 400RSD entry + drink in a cafe.
  • Visit a splav (literally: raft) – a barge restaurant located along the Sava and Danube rivers. There are two kinds of "splav". Some are restaurants ( There you can dine and eat with the extra feature of being on the river and enjoying the view) and most are nightclubs. Each "splav" is a nightclub to itself. 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. Everything from Serbian folk music, pop, dance to the latest Europop is played. Another really cool thing about the "splav" is that many of them feature live bands. It is really unlike anything you've ever seen before.
  • If you have time visit the Belgrade Arena (sponsored name: Kombank Arena), New Belgrade. It is the second largest indoor arena in Europe and the largest in the Balkans. You will definitely be impressed by the architecture. The 2005 European Basketball Championships were held there. In the Belgrade Arena there are frequent sporting events and music events, with famous sports teams, world music artists and groups (check, maybe there is something interesting for you).
  • City Sightseeing Bus Tour by Lasta. Get on this 90 minutes open top bus loop tour (beware though it's not a hop on hop off service). Audio guide available on request 600RSD adult, 400RSD children.

Cinemas[edit]

Movies in Serbia are subtitled, not dubbed. The best movie theaters are:

  • CineplexX Cinemas, at Delta City shopping mall, Jurija Gagarina 16, +381-11/2203-400, and at Ušće shopping mall, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina, +381-11/2854-495
  • Roda Intermezzo Cineplex, Požeška 83a, +381-11/2545-260
  • Tuckwood Cineplex, Kneza Miloša 7a, +381-11/3236-517, in the city center, a bit old, and sometimes too loud.

If you prefer theaters in the city core, check out:

  • Dom sindikata, Trg Nikole Pašića 5, +381-11/3234-849
  • Akademija 28, Nemanjina 28, +381-11/3616-020

Events[edit]

  • BITEF, Belgrade International Theater Festival, 13–24 September 2011 [19]
  • BEMUS, Belgrade Music Festival, 15–26 October 2011 [20]
  • Belgrade Jazz Festival, around October 2011 [21]
  • Belgrade Tango Festival, around November 2011 [22]
  • Rakija fest, 10–11 December 2011, festival of traditional Serbian distilled alcoholic beverage [23]
  • Nova godina, 31 December 2011 [24]
  • Street of Open Heart, mini carnival held on 1 January 2012 starting at noon, on streets Makedonska and Svetogorska
  • Guitar Art Festival, 8–13 February 2012 [25]
  • International Wine Fair, around February 2012, Belgrade Fair
  • Belgrade Tango Encuentro, around April 2012 [26]
  • Festival of new and improvised music – Ring Ring, around May 2012 [27]
  • Summertime Jazz Festival, around July 2012
  • BELEF, Belgrade summer festival, around July–August 2012 [28]
  • Belgrade Beer Festival, around August 2012 [29]
  • Open Heart Street,every January 1 in Svetogorska Street

Sports[edit]

Association football is the most popular spectator sport in Serbia. While Belgrade at present isn't home to any of the European football giants, the local derby between Partizan Belgrade and Red Star Belgrade (won both European and International Cup in 1991), also known as the Eternal Derby (Вечити дерби), is considered to be one of the most intensive sport events. Even if you do not support either club, but you enjoy cheering, watching one of the matches between the two sides is still recommended to experience the atmosphere. Due to the intensity of the rivalry, it is not recommended to wear either team's colors outside the stadium during matchdays between the two sides.

Other popular sports in Belgrade are basketball and tennis. Kombank Arena and Pionir Hall are the main venues for basketball and other indoor sports, while tennis is played at the Novak Tennis Center (Serbia Open), as well as in Kombank Arena (Davis Cup matches).

Things you must do before you leave[edit]

  • Spend an afternoon at the Kalemegdan Park and enjoy the sunset at one of the fortress lookouts.
  • Eat burek and yogurt for breakfast.
  • Spend an evening on the terrace in one of the restaurants in Zemun next to Danube.
  • Ride a bicycle, inline skates, run, walk, swim, water ski, bungee jump or just sit and enjoy at Ada Ciganlija lake (during summer).
  • Spend part of the day, enjoying some of the rafts / boats restaurants-cafes on the Sava River (around Ada Ciganlija, Sava coast of New Belgrade). On the River Danube on the coast of New Belgrade(Novi Beograd), along the Zemun - Gardos, or go to the mouth of the river Sava and the Danube below Belgrade Fortress, or across the coast.
  • Listen to the old Belgrade music in one of the restaurants in Skadarska street.
  • Ride the tram number 2 a full circle.
  • Attend a concert in the Belgrade Arena, if someone you like is visiting. The crowds here are really amazing, so the atmosphere is great.
  • Spend an hour sipping coffee or some incarnation thereof at one of Belgrade's cafés.
  • Bargain at one of the green markets in the morning.
  • Wander the Kosancicev Venac neighborhood preferably on a summer Sunday for a taste of authentic Belgrade.
  • Have a rakija at one of the old style buffets.
  • Have a meal at on of the old state owned cafés like Beogradsko Proleće or Kafana "?".
  • Befriend a Belgrader.

Learn[edit]

Serbian courses for foreigners are organized in several places including:

  • Concord [30]
  • Institute for Foreign Languages [31]
  • Serbian Language and Culture Workshop [32]

The University of Belgrade [33] admits foreign students, as do various private institutions of higher education.

Buy[edit]

The currency in Serbia is the dinar (RSD). Money can be exchanged at official exchange offices (locally called menjačnica, often carrying the emblem of the National Bank of Serbia outside the building), which are clearly labeled and they are numerous in central Belgrade, or at the airport. Euros, US dollars and Swiss francs can be changed everywhere. VIP menjačnice (several locations, including the main bus station) and Micko (on Vuka Karadzica street) change all currencies, including rare ones. In Belgrade there are no "tourist trap" exchange rate tricks of the kind found in central Prague and elsewhere in Europe, nor is there a black market offering better rates.

There are many ATMs, which accept foreign bank and credit cards without a glitch (note: they are new machines so you won’t have any problems with them). Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard and Maestro are widely accepted though there are some shops, restaurants and hotels where cards are not accepted (these are very few nowadays). American Express and Diners Club cards are, on the other hand, rarely accepted. Likewise, traveler's cheques are not a well known form of payment in Serbia and cashing them in could present a challenge. The dinar is not widely convertible outside Serbia; it is advisable to re-convert your remaining dinars to Euros or other major currencies before leaving the country. Old Yugoslavian currency can be purchased from street sellers. A 500 billion dinar note makes an interesting souvenir. At Kalemegdan you can pick up a set of 10 banknotes from the hyperinflation era plus 2 gratis postcards of Belgrade for 500 dinars or 5 euro.

The stores work into late hours during work days while on Saturdays they normally close around 15.00 and most of them are not open on Sundays. Therefore, finding an activity for the weekend must be thought of beforehand. Exception to this rule are shopping malls, usually working every day including Sunday until evening hours (usually 10PM).

At night, there are bars, cafés and discothèques that are open, selling cheaply priced drinks. Belgrade is reputed to have some of the best night life in Europe.

Clothes and Accessories[edit]

Import taxes make clothes and shoes in Serbia very expensive. Many items from common European chains can be found for much less money even in countries with a higher living standard. Still, Belgrade has many flagship stores, mostly located on Knez Mihailova Street and in the city's two main shopping malls; Delta City and Ušće, representing assorted high-fashion brands.

Local department store chains include Artisti and Land. Marks and Spencer and New Yorker also make appearances in the city.

Multi-brand store concept is catching on very quickly, so it's not going to be a problem finding all types of clothes. Best concept stores are Buzz (Knez Mihailova street), chain of street-wear stores called Urban and Avanguardia.

Books[edit]

Biggest bookstores in Belgrade selling beside Serbian also foreign (mostly English) books are located in the city center. Those are:

  • Delfi. Inside Student Cultural Center (SKC), Kralja Milana 48, +381-11/2645-783, Mo–Sa: 09AM–10PM, Su: 12PM–21PM
  • Vulkan, corner of Sremska and Knez Mihajlova, +381-11/2639-060, Mo–Sa: 09AM–10PM, Su: 12AM–22PM
  • Plato +381-11/2625-834. Knez Mihailova 48,

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.

Shopping Malls[edit]

  • Ušće Shopping CenterBulevar Mihajla Pupina 4 (tram 7, 9, 13 or any New Belgrade-bound bus). The largest modern shopping center in Serbia and the region, located in New Belgrade, just across Branko's Bridge. It can even be reached on foot from the old city.
  • Delta CityJurija 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 located in New Belgrade, in Jurija Gagarina street.
  • The Fair, Sajam is where you have a large choice of clothes to buy pretty cheaply.
  • Block 70 is where the Chinese market is located. You can buy dirt-cheap clothing imported from China. Quality is lower. Closed on Tuesdays!
  • Mercator CenterBulevar umetnosti 4 (bus number 71, 72 or 75, close to Novi Beograd police station and municipal building). Opened in 2002, completely renovated in 2012.
  • Immo Center
  • OTC Novi Beograd. Slang name for this shopping experience is "Buvljak" or flea market as 30 years ago it was that. At present day, hundreds of independent shop owners have a "store" (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, to toiletries, to cell phone accessories to the most obscure screw or nail — literally. Pricing is way less than the malls and they actually have sizes for all shapes and sizes! You could spend a full day at the OTC and not see everything.

Hypermarkets[edit]

  • Super MAXI (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 - Center Zira; Vojvode Stepe 251 - Voždovac))
  • Tempo Hypermarket (Bežanijska kosa near highway; Viline vode; Ada)
  • Mercator Hypermarket (Mercator shopping center)
  • Interex (Tošin bunar 172 - Novi Beograd)
  • Metro Cash&Carry (Krnjača; Zemun; Vidikovac) - often the cheapest, but there is a catch. Metro is actually 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. Fortunately you can borrow a card from a Serbian friend who has it.

Eat[edit]

Serbs are very proud of their food, which is an mix of Middle Eastern and Central European cuisines with local touch and consists mostly of grilled meats and sausages, spiced stews, local cheeses and bread. Salads are primarily tomato, cucumber, and onion, or cabbage (both fresh and sour). Local produce is fresh and organic.

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.

Most Serbian restaurants offer roštilj, a large plate of various unseasoned grilled meats, or any possible variety of grilled chicken wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese. It is possible to order fresh salads, plates of grilled vegetables, crepes, or omelettes if you are not carnivorous. Serbian cuisine is famous for its heavy use of varied vegetables, fresh or cooked.

Snacking and eating on the go in Belgrade are easy and cheap. Bakeries – called pekara – are ubiquitous in the city center, and you will find a wide assortment of breads, sweet and savoury pastries, sandwiches and pizza on offer. Some are open 24 hours. A snack or light meal of pastry and drinkable yoghurt (similar to kefir but milder) will give you an added healthy boost when walking about the city center. For good-tasting Sarajevo pies try Fofa (Cyrillic: Фофа) at Kralja Petra 75. Nice gesture is that Fofa does not charge to pregnant women.

Foods that vegetarians and meat eaters alike should try include kajmak (something between cream cheese and butter) and ajvar, a savory spread made out of roasted red peppers. It is also worth visiting a pijaca (green market) to buy some fresh fruit, vegetables and other grocery items. The farmer's market at Zeleni Venac, close to the Hotel Moscow, is not one of the largest, but it is the one with the least expensive merchandise – 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. Depending on the season, an amazing assortment of fruit and veg 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 are organic and fresh from the farmer's gardens brought over daily from the villages surrounding the city. You will notice the particularly good taste of this produce.

There is also pljeskavica, the Serbian version of a hamburger which can be purchased from fast food restaurants. You can find your typical McDonald's, Pizza Hut and KFC, but most of the fast food restaurants in Belgrade are local and sell baked goods, pizza, sandwiches, and pancakes (crepes). Some may go beyond that, selling Turkish delicacies such as baklava, tulumba and other Greek/Turkish treats. Coffee culture in Belgrade is particularly developed, walking about the central areas of the city you will find sprawling terraces and cafés, serving all types of coffee and sweets, particularly Viennese type cakes and local specialties. Be sure to try Serbian Turkish style coffee, and chestnut purée with whipped cream, a local specialty especially at Republic Square (available mostly during winter).

However, the most famous dish in Serbia is ćevapčići. Also called Ćevapi, they are a traditional food eaten throughout the Balkans. It consists of different types of minced meat (pork and beef) mixed together, shaped like small sausages, and then put on the grill. It is usually eaten with diced onion, and is very tasty. Depending on size, a portion of ćevapčići in a somun (pita bread), possibly with onion, ajvar or kajmak, is between €1.5 and €4.

Do not forget to taste the Karađorđeva Šnicla. It is meat that is filled with kajmak and bacon, and then also grilled. It is another traditional Serbian dish that honors the leader of the first Serbian uprising against the Ottomans.

Try other traditional Serbian dishes, such as pečenje (roast pork or lamb), veal soup, fish soup...

Service charges are always included in restaurant bills, but rounding up the bill or adding a tip of up to 10% is appreciated.

International Cuisine[edit]

There are a handful of international restaurants, including Italian, Chinese and Japanese. These are moderately priced to very expensive. Many dine out at:

  • Peking restaurant, and Mao Tao is an excellent choice as well for Chinese, also "Makao" good service and wonderful food.
  • Dju-Dju, Moon (in Makedonska 30) and Ikki Sushi Bar are perfect places for those who like sushi or other tasty Japanese dishes.
  • Zapata +381-11/3809-207. Vojvode Bogdana 13, is the best (and pretty much only) Mexican restaurant in town
  • Cosy, Makedonska 30, the best French Café with excellent food and prices.
  • Casa, Mekenzijeva 24, +381-11/4460-866 and newer Casa Nova Gospodar Jovanova 42a, tel: +381-11/3036-868, [34], offer Italian menu with main dishes ranging €8-15. Recommendation: Sicilian wheel.
  • Spaghetteria Trag, Đorđa Jovanovića 2, +381-11/3037-565, offer mostly Italian pastas at affordable prices ranging €5-10 for main dish. Recommendation: Skalopina steak.
  • Caruso +381-11/3248-037. Terazije 23/8, 8th floor restaurant, recommended for memorable view of Terazije, river Sava and summer sunset. €5-10 for main dish.
  • Botako. Nevesinjska 6, close to St. Sava's cathedral, for probably the best pizzas in town(€4-12).
  • Lorenzo & KakalambaCvijićeva 110. Specialties of Italian and southeastern Serbian cuisine. 600-1850 RSD.

Serbian Cuisine[edit]

  • Note: Many traditional restaurants/taverns are labeled Kafana (Serbian Cyrillic: Кафана)

For those interested in what would be a typical Serbian meal, check out these places :

  • Čobanov odmor (Чобанов одмор), 34 Vojvode Šupljikca, Vračar +381 11 2450-947. Čobanov odmor means "shepherd's home/rest", it's authentic Serbian fast food with service in ethno style.
  • Dačo (Serbian Cyrillic: Дачо) kafana (restaurant), Patrisa Lumumbe 49, +381-11/2781-009, offering Serbian cuisine extensively, cosy, and a bit kitschy decorated as old style Serbian house. Main dishes range €8-15. Recommendation: Monastery steak, or any other specialty.
  • Leskovčanin (Serbian Cyrillic: Лecкoвчaнин), Balkanska 5. Fast food, grill in the traditional way, tasty and varied. It is located next to "Hotel Moskva", (near Terazije).
  • Manjež (Serbian Cyrillic: Мањеж) restaurant (kafana), Svetozara Markovića 49. Famous restaurant with distinctive service. Large selection of traditional Serbian food, great spirits (rakija), premium wines and cakes. It is located near the Yugoslav Drama Theatre and the park, the main street between the Srpskih Vladara (Kralja Milana) and Nemanjina, near Slavija Square. [35]
  • Orač (Serbian Cyrillic: Орач) кафана (kafana), Mekenzijeva 81. It is located in the part Čubura - Vračar, near the Slavija square and the Temple of Saint Sava. Kafana Orač (means "plowman") is a tavern with a long tradition, local specialties, and good barbecue. A few years ago (from a nearby old location) moved to this new location.
  • Orašac (Serbian Cyrillic: Орашац), Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 122, is garden restaurant with traditional Serbian cuisine. Grill and food prepared by recipes from the old Serbian cuisine. Located near the monument to Vuk Karadžić ("Kod Vuka"), in Belgrade's main boulevard.
  • Salaš (Serbian Cyrillic: Салаш) restaurant, Sinđelićeva 34, Gardoš (near Danube) - municipality of Zemun. Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the "Salaš" (Ranch). Specialties of meat or fish, good wine and views of the river and the whole city. [36]
  • Sinđelić (Serbian Cyrillic: Синђелић) National Restaurant, Vojislava Ilića 86. National restaurant with traditional Serbian cuisine. It is located near the stadium Sinđelić. From the city center, you can quickly get to the restaurant by city bus no. 31 and trolley bus no. 19 and 29 (from Slavija Square).
  • Skadarlija is a pleasant street filled with Serbian and Italian restaurants, not to be missed by gourmands. It is famous for its old restaurants, some of which have been around for over 100 years. Most of the restaurants have string orchestras which play a selection of traditional and modern Serbian songs, like in Lagum 33, Simina 33.
  • Srpska brvnara (Serbian Cyrillic: Српска брвнара) restoran (kafana), Savski kej bb, 44 blok, Novi Beograd. National House "Srpska brvnara" is a floating restaurant (on a raft), located on the banks of the River Sava. Ethno-friendly environment, national cuisine, music tambourine. [37]
  • Srpska kafana (Serbian Cyrillic: Српска кафана), Svetogorska 25., traditional Serbian cuisine. Cult town tavern, the place in which are built in a decade bohemian life. The restaurant is located next to the theater "Atelje 212". Local specialties (home cooked meals, grill, gibanica - a type of pie...) [38]
  • Stepin vajat (Serbian Cyrillic: Степин Вајат), Vojvode Stepe 2l. Fast food, grill in the traditional way, tasty and varied. It is located next to "Autokomanda" square, and Red Star (Црвена Зевезда) football stadium, (near Slavija Square). The shop is in the Serbian-style, wooden house.
  • ? (that's what it is called - spoken Znak pitanja) kafana, Kralja Petra 6, 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.

Some restaurants are famous not only by the quality, but also the quantity of the meals:

  • Malo korzo. Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 468, +381-11/419-922, cheap but warm restaurant offering barbecue and other Serbian specialities in enormous portions.
  • Srbija, located 15 km from Belgrade downtown, on Ibar highway (M-22), just after Tilia forrest (Lipovačka šuma), +381-11/8340-055, [39]. If you happen to pass that way, or you are willing to spend half-hour drive from center to find it, it is recommended to visit. Decent restaurant build between village houses, with kind personnel and both tasteful and oversized dishes.

Fish[edit]

If you prefer a delicious fish meal try fish gourmet restaurants by the Sava and Danube:

  • Mika Alas. Stari Obrenovački put 14 (close to Ada Ciganlija), +381-11/2544-448. Be sure to try their delicious fish soup "riblja čorba" and their very own house specialty, "smuđ romanov", Pike Perch fillet in white wine cream sauce. Excellent food for an acceptable price.
  • Ivanjica, Stari obrenovački put 8 (also close to Ada Ciganlija), +381-11/3551-938, +381-63/8383-439.
  • Šaran, Kej Oslobođenja 53 (Zemun quay), +381-11/2618-235. Restaurant by the river, terrace available during summer months, excellent atmosphere, guest cooks from different countries, live old Belgrade music.
  • Restaurant Club Bacchus. A good fish restaurant on the river Danube. Price is not so high, the best value for money. tel: +381 11 30 15 082 +381 11 30 15 083

Vegetarian[edit]

  • Note: In regular restaurants and homes it is sometimes assumed that a "vegetarian" eats fish. If you don't, you should specify (bez mesa, bez ribe - without meat, without fish).

Vegetarijanska Gostionica "Joy of the Heart", Svetogorska 18 (center), +381-11/334-5181. Not your typical Serbian meal - as they serve mostly ayyurvedic food for a decent price. Also serves fruit shakes and other non-alcoholic beverages.

Jazzayoga Kralja Aleksandra 48 (center), 011 32 42 173.[40] Sandwiches, wraps, juices, and baked goods.

Tel Aviv Hummus House Carice Milice 3 [41], across from the McDonald's at Zeleni Venac. Delicious and cheap Middle Eastern food. The falafel sandwich is healthy and quick and costs less than 3 euro.

Drink[edit]

Despite the warnings of the US.CDC [42], tap water in Belgrade is perfectly safe. There is a wide range of bottled waters on offer in grocery stores, supermarkets, and kiosks. The water in the city center tends to have a white appearance when first poured from the tap. This is from air bubbles and disappears within a few minutes.

Serbs love beer, and it is possible to buy a variety of domestic beers such as Jelen, Lav, MB, Pils... along with a few imported beers, at very cheap prices. The domestic beers are quite decent. Foreign beers made under license in Serbia include Heineken, Amstel, Tuborg, Stella Artois, and Beck's. Belgrade holds a Beer Festival annually in August.

Culture Tip: How to toast, Serbian style

Like everywhere, Serbs love to toast when in good company, whether it's in a pub or in the home with friends. When toasting in Serbia, it is expected that you look your friends at the table directly in the eyes whilst clinking glasses as a sign of respect. Say 'Živeli!' (cheers!) to everyone and take a sip. Repeat as necessary, and enjoy a night out in Belgrade!

Local wines can be good, although more expensive tends to mean more drinkable, and many of the less expensive bottles are less than satisfactory. Wines from neighbouring Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia are also good and can be found in Belgrade. The national alcoholic drink is rakija, a Serbian brandy (especially plum brandy - šljivovica, also slivovitsa in English) that is very strong and makes a good souvenir.

For the sober crowd, Belgrade has blueberry, raspberry, tomato, peach, apple, strawberry, and any other kind of juice you can think of.

All cafés serve the usual continental coffees, such as espresso and cappuccino. However, regular coffee comes in the form of Turkish coffee, not filtered coffee. If you want a filtered coffee, you need to specify this when ordering, and not all coffee shops have it. Also very popular is whipped instant coffee, commonly referred to simply as 'Nes' (as in, Nescafé). A cafe called Mali Prag (across from the Hotel Prag) is thought by some to offer the best "Serb Coffee" in the world.

There are a couple of places worth visiting if you are a fan of cafe culture. The street best known for its trendy cafes is definitely Strahinjića Bana. On this street, cafes are full even on weekdays. The best atmosphere is on Friday evenings when the trendy youth of Belgrade descend to enjoy the music and each other. Out of numerous cafes, the best ones are:

  • Insomnia,
  • KontraBar, (no alternative place, there are only yuppies and it is quite expensive for Beograd)
  • Buongiornio (also a pastry shop),
  • Nachos,
  • Veprov Dah (a Scottish pub),
  • Duomo (Italian and Mediterranean restaurant and cafe),
  • Ipanema and
  • Cosy, a new French Café with excellent ambiance in Makedonska 30 etc.

The second cafe zone is Obilićev Venac (a street parallel to Knez Mihailova). The best cafes there are:

  • Iron,
  • Jelena,
  • Zu Zu's,
  • Irish pub,
  • Simbol and many others.

Third cafe zone (also a going out zone) is quay next to hotel Yugoslavia in Zemun. On the quay are numerous river boats (splavovi), many of them are cafes, restaurants and clubs.

Other places worth visiting:

  • The Three Carrots Irish pub bills itself as the first Irish pub in Belgrade, quite easy to miss, just turn left at the bombed out buildings coming up from the train station and walk on the left hand side of the road.
  • The Black Turtle II Pub. Kosančićev venac 30 (near Kalemegdan), +381-11/3286-656. Well known for beer mixed with lemon and blueberry syrup, as well as memorable river view at summer sunset, if you are among the lucky ones who manage to get one of the few outdoor tables. If you care about the beer or the atmosphere more than the view, check other Black Turtle Pubs.
  • Tijuana - Latin Cocktail Bar in Belgrade. Call Victor: +381637108833 // or // Dennis: +38162251494, If you are searching for a nice looking cafe to impress your latest hot date, look away now, but if you want an original experience as far as Belgrade’s nightlife goes, then you should check out Tijuana.
  • Inex Film. a squat on the North side of the center, on the shore of the Danube, with weekly film screenings, art exhibitions, and DJ parties.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Several hotels have opened up in Belgrade recently, mainly in the center of the city. Some are only open in the summer, but a couple function all year round. There are also several hotels right around the train station that are relatively cheap (€30-40) however the quality varies. Just walk around and you should find one with empty rooms without much difficulty.

  • 360 Hostel (Belgrade Hostel), Knez Mihailova 21 (down town),  +381 11 3284 523, e-mail: . Threesixty is a well established and renowned Belgrade hostel. Also apartments. From €15 for dorm bed, €30 for single.
  • Backpackers' Lounge HostelCika Ljubina 103 +381 11 2627 483, e-mail: . Clean, comfortable, safe, friendly. Three dorms, two common rooms, kitchen, three bathrooms. Great atmosphere, free internet , free tea/coffee all day. Staff fluent in English and very willing to help. Lockers under the bed for gear that can fit an entire frame backpack. Located on third story of a building. Elevator is eighty years old and has warnings like 'use this and die' printed on it but still works. From €10.
  • Chillton HostelKataniceva 7 (Vracar),  +381 11 344 18 26, SMS: +381 62 677 004, e-mail: . Check-in: 00, check-out: 24. 3 stops from the train station with bus 83. Private rooms and dorms, air conditioners in all the rooms. FREE Wi-Fi and internet on 2 comps.
  • Chillton 2 HostelVase Carapica 15 (Stari grad), e-mail: . Check-in: 00, check-out: 24. 4 stops from the train station with tram 2 direction fortress. Private rooms and dorms, air conditioners in all the rooms. Free Wi-Fi and Internet on 2 comps.
  • Go2 Hostel BelgradePrizrenska 1 +381 11 3612341, e-mail: . Go2 Hostel is located in the core center of Belgrade, on Terazije Square, 2 minutes on foot from the Republic Square and just a couple of blocks (~350m) away from Belgrade’s Main Train and Bus Station. Hostel is on the 2nd floor in a building which has a historic value, across the Balkan Hotel. dorms from €8.
  • Green Studio HostelKaradjordjeva 69/42 (From the bus station, you just cross the street with the trams and take a right and look for number 69, it is about a 20 second walk. From the train station take a left out of the door; keep walking across the next intersection into the park. From the park you should cross the street with the trams and look for number 69. About a minute walk.),  +381 11 263 36 26, e-mail: . Owned and run by fellow backpackers and locals, free laundry, computer access, high speed WiFi, to beer and rakija, coffee and tea. On the banks of the river, 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. Prices start at €10.
  • Happy HostelKralja Milutina 28 (at the corner with Nemanjina street, on the Slavija square),  +381 64 1176 075 414, e-mail: . Following facilities are included in the price: linen and towels, washing machine and dryer, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, TV set with DVD player and stereo, cable internet, wireless internet, residence tax, 24-hour reception. Starts at €12.
  • Hedonist HostelSimina 7 +381 11 3284 798, +381 64 26 20 999, e-mail: . On a quiet street of the 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. Starts at €9, including taxes.
  • Hostel Beli GradNemanjina 42 (on the Slavija Square, in Nemanjina Street, just beside McDonald's restaurant.),  +381 11 3612126, +381 64 5471320, e-mail: . Airport bus terminal is just across the street. The hostel has one 8-bed room, one 6-bed room and one private room with a French bed. All rooms are air-conditioned and dispose of personal belongings cabinets and reading lights. A spacious bathroom and a separate toilet, common kitchen. WiFi, bedsheets, towels, residence tax included. From 1200 dinars per bed.
  • Hostel CaptainKapetan Misina 16 +381 11 218 18 19, Mobile: +381 65 243 9596, e-mail: . Safe, comfortable budget accommodation and facilities including bar, internet, chill out areas and atmosphere where it is possible to meet other like minded people. Prices starting at €12.
  • Hostelche HostelKralja Petra 8 +381 11 2637793, cell phone +381 63 8379461, e-mail: . New, cozy, clean place. They have free sheets, towels, laundry, games, books, 24–hour reception, internet, Wi-Fi, welcome drink, coffee, and tea. From €14.
  • Hostel Jelica MilanovicKrunska 8. A high school campus in the middle of town which functions as a hostel in summer, between June, 20th and August, 30th. Depending of category of rooms, prices are €11 or €13. It's also a biggest and one of the cheapest hostels in Belgrade with big variety of special services and comfortable rooms.
  • Hostel MANGAResavska 7 +381 11 324 38 77, +381 64 261 05 09. New hostel in a 3-floor house, located in the city centre, 1x10, 2x4, 1x1 rooms, 24hrs reception, private yard, air conditioning, free: wifi, lockers, towels, coffee & tea, maps, cable TV and DVDs, 24 hr supermarkets in the surrounds. Train station is just 2 stops away (or 10 minutes walking). Beds from €10.
  • Hotel CenterGavrila Principa 46a +381 11 361 96 86, e-mail: . 100 m far from main bus and train station. Hostel capacity is 30 beds on 3 floors with 10 beds on every floor. 2x double rooms, 3x 3 bed rooms, 3x 4 bed rooms, 1x 5 bed rooms. Rooms include: air conditioning, 2 SAT-TV, computer LCDTFT 22” (internet access), fax/telephone. There are discounts for groups and longer stays. Accommodation, bed (+tax+residence tax+insurance) €19. breakfast €3, hb(breakfast and dinner) €6..
  • Hotel Central StationKaradjordjeva 87 (opposite to the Central Railway and Central Bus Station),  +381 11 268 50 67, e-mail: . Central Station is in a building regarded as a cultural monument and a city landmark. The building has accommodated guests since the beginning of the 20th century. In a completely redecorated and refurbished 150m2 space the hostel offers accommodations in twin-bed, four-bed, 6, 8, 10 bed-rooms. Guests have free internet access, a living room, a safe and secure storage room and gentlemen's and ladies bathrooms at their disposal. All rooms are air conditioned. Prices start at €12.
  • In Old Shoes HostelBrankova 18 +381 11 218 36 50, Mobile/SMS: +381 64 136 65 05, e-mail: . Great staff, very good location, free WiFi, maps, coffee and tea, cable TV, air conditioning, 2 and 4 beds private and dormitory rooms. Prices start at €10, taxes included.
  • Star HostelCara Urosa 37 +381 62 224646, e-mail: . Air-conditioned, safe-lockers backpack size, free WIFI, coffee and tea, laundry, custom guided maps, big common room with movie collection, Xbox, book exchange, very friendly staff, very knowledgeable about Belgrade and are there all the time for all your travel needs. Prices in between €10 and €12, Single €25..
  • Sun Hostel BelgradeNovopazarska 25 (Vracar),  +381 64 12 01 065, e-mail: . May accommodate up to 35 people (apartment, private rooms, dorms), very comfortable rooms, air-conditioned, safe-lockers backpack size, two cpu with free internet, very friendly staff. Prices are between €8 to €19, depend of the room..
  • Three Black Catz HostelCika Ljubina 7/49 +381 11 2629826, e-mail: . A flat turned into a hostel. Often has free Rakija (plum brandy), 4-star free laundry service. It's a common place to meet expat foreigners who live in Belgrade. Nice intimate place - neighbors drop in for a chat - no isolated backpacker ghetto. Prices for dormitory: €10–11.
  • UNI Hostel (one minute away from trolley loop, line 7l, which stops at the train and bus station), e-mail: . Price starts from RSD 800 (8-bed-room) excl. BTO/Tax (RSD 114).
  • Time HostelCara Lazara 9 (Walking down the pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova, towards Kalemegdan just turn left on Nikole Spasića Street and then the first left again.),  +381 11 32 85 160, e-mail: . Hospitable and knowledgeable staff, spacious and comfy rooms, fully equipped kitchen, hostel-wide free wi-fi, and a great, central location to explore Belgrade. Beds for 18 people, including a private room, as well as three variously sized dormitory rooms, from €15.

Budget hotels[edit]

  • Slavija Hotel(ser:Славија Хотел), Svetog Save 1 - Slavija square.
  • Hotel Royal(Ројал Хотел), Kralja Petra 56. Near Belgrade Fortress and Knez Mihailova Street.
  • Belgrade City Hotel(Белград Сити Хотел), Savski trg 7. Opposite the railway station Belgrade.
  • Beograd Hotel(Београд Хотел),Balkanska 2. From the train station with Nemanjina street, 200m, on the corner.
  • Park Hotel(Парк Хотел), Njegoseva 2. Near the Street of the Serbian ruler (King Milan) and Jugslovenskog Theatre (near Slavija Square).
  • Hotel Srbija (Хотел Србија). Ustanička 127c. Near the sports hall and the park Šumice. Quickly connected with the highway and the Slavija square.
  • Kasina Hotel(Касина Хотел), Terazije 25 (Terazije square). Near the Republic Square and Knez Mihailova Street.
  • Hotel Forever(Хотел Форевер), Marsala Birjuzova 44. In the heart of Belgrade. Zeleni venac-market.
  • Central Hotel(Централ Хотел) Glavna 10, in Zemun, near the Danube and the Gardos.
  • Nacional Hotel(Национал Хотел), Autoput br. 5. Next to the highway (Belgrade-Zagreb), the Noewom Belgrade (about 5–6 km from city center).
  • Zeleznicar Konaciste(Железничар коначиште), Savska 6. Railway guest house near the railway station.
  • Hotel BristolKarađorđeva 50. Old style hotel near the bus station. The breakfast is included. Twin room: €45/night.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Excelsior. Kneza Miloša 5. In the center, near the National Assembly of Serbia.
  • Mr. President Design Hotel. This is a nice, new and modern hotel. Across the street from the city's train station. 61 modern rooms with internet and modern conviences. About €100 for double.
  • Hotel Astoria (Side street just opposite the railway station.). Apartments available. Bistro restaurant. €61 a double including private facilities and breakfast..
  • Hotel Rex (close to the train station). Very nice business-type hotel with 24 hour reception and friendly English speaking staff. Price around €60..
  • LifeDesign Hotel +381 (0)11 35 34 300. Newly built and modernly designed, elegant architecture, location emanates the spirit of the Balkan capital. A four-star hotel located in commercial and cultural center of the city.
  • Beograd Art Hotel +381 (0)11 3312000, e-mail: . Check-in: 14.00, check-out: 12.00. Located on Knez Mihailova Street. With 55 uniquely designed rooms and suites, bar, lounge bar, restaurant and 2 meeting rooms, Beograd Art Hotel will meet needs of business people. €110.

Splurge[edit]

  • Holiday Innfax: 381-011-3100123. ****, Spanskih Boraca 74, in the dynamic New Belgrade business district, 10 minutes' drive from the centre of the Serbian capital.
  • Balkan HotelPrizrenska 2 +381 11 36-36-000. A four-star hotel overlooking the Terazije square. Refurbished in 2006, with modernly equipped rooms and international restaurant Orient Express.
  • MoskvaBalkanska 1 +381 11 2686-255. A landmark building which was remodeled in 2009 and features small rooms with wi-fi and satellite TV. The staff apparently has been overhauled as well after previous poor reviews on that front. Counts a number of celebrities among its guests from its eastern bloc days.
  • Aleksandar PalasKralja Petra 13–15 +381 11 3305-300. A boutique hotel located near the Knez Mihailova pedestrian street and the Kalemegdan fortress.
  • Hyatt Regency BelgradeMilentija Popovica 5 +381 11 301 1234. In New Belgrade some 9 kilometers from the airport. Between Ušće Shopping Center and Crowne Plaza. Includes a good restaurant.
  • Crowne Plaza BelgradeVladimira Popovica 10 +381 11 222 3500. Completely renovated in late 2013. Formerly Continental and InterContinental. Located in New Belgrade (5-10 min by car/30-45 min walk from the city center via Brankov Bridge), and connected through a passageway with the Sava congress center.
  • Admiral Club BeogradVenizelosova 31 +381 11 303 8260. In the oldest part of Belgrade - Dorćol, near The National Theatre. In addition to the 17 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, the Hotel has unique “Glass Garden”, parlor and pastry - coffee shop.

Stay safe[edit]

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. That is not because you are a foreigner: it is just the "law of the streets", so anyone can be the target. 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.

Emergencies[edit]

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

Gay and lesbian travelers[edit]

In Serbia, including Belgrade, violence against gays and lesbians can occur. Gay and lesbian travelers should be discreet. 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 all around the city and they tend to get quite full. Be cautious when arriving at or leaving such clubs. Often there are security personnel guarding the immediate entrance. There are quite a few LGBT parties organized periodically by various organizations and at different locations, such as Loud and Queer events. Avoid football fan crowds at all costs if you think you may be a target because of your appearance which they tend to be extremely violent and homophobic. There are several LGBT organisations at your disposal in Belgrade. Find them on sites such as Queeria, Gay-Serbia.com, Labris, etc. Chatting to the LGBT community on Gayromeo.com will help to identify the main hotspots. Search on Facebook and FourSquare.com information on current venues including (LGBT bars) Fenix, Mystic, Smiley; (gay-friendly bars) Cafe Downtown; (gay-friendly restaurants) Supermarket and Zaplet; and (gay clubs) Apartman and Pleasure.

GAY BARS

Fenix, Patrijarha Varnave 13 (Vracar / Slavija), close to Sveti Sava Temple, Belgrade, Tel +381 (0)64 824 6873

Mystik, Cumiceva 2, first floor, off ramp from Nusiceva Street (near Terazije) (Stari Grad, Belgrade)

Smiley, in alley off Terazije 5 (Stari Grad, Belgrade) (open 15-01h) opposite Palata Albanija

GAY-FRIENDLY BARS

Cafe Downtown, Cika Ljubina 7 close to Republic Square (Stari Grad, Belgrade) (open 09-00h), Tel +381 (0) 11 621 614

GAY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

Supermarket, Visnjiceva 10, Upper Dorcol (Stari Grad), 11000 Belgrade, Tel +381 (0)11 291 0941

Zaplet, Kajmakcalanska 2, Vracar, 11000 Belgrade, Tel +381 (0)11 240 4142 (closed Mondays)

GAY CLUBS - Friday/Saturday nights only

Apartman, Karadjordjeva 43 (third floor) next to Branko Bridge, (Stari Grad) 11000 Belgrade, Tel +381 (0)63 198 1606

Pleasure, Kneza Milosa 9 (in courtyard next to Turkish Embassy), (Stari Grad) 11000 Belgrade

Connect[edit]

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.

Stay healthy[edit]

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 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.

Also be mindful of the high number 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 one in Kralja Milana Str, are open twenty-four hours. These will carry a range of prescription medicines, as well as over-the-counter products like pain killers and vitamin supplements. Serbian pharmacies were known during the 1990s and early 2000s for selling without a prescription many medications which are prescription-only in Western Europe. This practice has faded significantly, but it hasn't disappeared entirely. However, the convenience stores referred to by Belgraders as 'dragstor' do not sell any medicines at all.

Cope[edit]

There are a few dozens of 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 High Commissions[edit]

  • Japan JapanGenex Apartments, Vladimira Popovica 6 +381 11 3012800~4fax: +381 11 311-8258.
  • Russia RussiaDeligradska 32 +381 (0)11 361 1090; +381 (0)11 361 1323fax: +381 (0)11 361 1900, e-mail: .
  • United States United StatesBulevar 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),  +381 11 706 4000.

Go next[edit]

  • If you like visiting monasteries, they are plentiful on Fruška Gora mountain.
  • The beautiful city of Novi Sad is nearby.
  • Sremski Karlovci (Сремски Карловци) north of Belgrade, near Novi Sad. Sremski Karlovci have a very rich history, numerous monuments, museums, churches, galleries, the famous wine cellars, and others. It also hosts The Patriarchy residence, Karlovci’s Grammar School – the oldest Serbian high school, The Chapel of Peace – built in 1817, The Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
  • Go to see the famous hill Oplenac(Опленац), (town of Topola) south, near Belgrade. There is a Mausoleum of the Serbian Royal family Karadjordjevic (St. George's Church),museums. You can also enjoy the famous royal Oplenac the vineyard. Surrounding the town of Topola is a famous wine growing region with excellent wine, try it!
  • A little bit closer to Belgrade, approximately 70 km away from Oplenac, you will find historic place of Orašac. In 1804, in this village was organized the First Serbian Uprising against the Turks. Orašac has museum dedicated to the First Serbian Uprising and a monument to the Karadjordje, leader of the Uprising.
  • Obedska bara (Обедска бара) is a large swamp-forest area and natural reserve stretching along the Sava River in Southern Srem (Serbia), some 40 km west of Belgrade.The pond is an authentic complex of stagnant tributaries, marshes, pits, marsh vegetation, damp meadows and forests.
  • Serbian wine routes. In the vicinity of Belgrade has several offers "wine roads"! Wine roads of Smederevo (southeast of Belgrade), Oplenac (south), or Fruska Goraand Sremski Karlovci (north of Belgrade).
  • Vršac town features a prominent mountain famous for its vineyards and wine.
  • If you are interested in Serbian spas there are plenty of them, closer to Belgrade, the Bukovička Spa(Ser: Буковичка Бања) -Aranđelovac, Selters Spa(Ser: Селтерс бања)- Mladenovac, and Banja Vrujci (Ser: Бања Врујци)- Mionica- Valjevo, is about 80 km south from Bg.
  • Cruise the great rivers Danube and Sava interesting to nearby destinations.
  • In summertime, spend a night in bungalow on Sava river in Boljevci.

Archaeological Sites[edit]

  • Lepenski VirBoljetin, Donji Milanovac (180km east of Belgrade),  381 (0)30 501-389, 501-398. 9:00-20:00 every day. An important archaeological site (first house aprox. 6250 BC). It consists of one large settlement with around ten satellite villages. Numerous piscine sculptures and peculiar architecture. Adults 400RSD, Kids 200RSD.
  • VincaBelo brdo 17, Vinca (14 km downstream from Belgrade. Take bus #307.),  011 80 65 334. 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.
  • Viminacium (Near the village of Stari Kostolac (near Pozarevac) about 80 km south-east of Belgrade). Open for visiting Feb - Nov, during summer 09:00 - 19:00, during spring and autumn 10:00 - 17:00. Known archaeological site, it used to be a major Roman provincial capital and military camp of the Roman province of Moesia. It contains archaeological remains of temples, streets, squares, amphitheatres, palaces, hippodromes and Roman baths.


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