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Built in 535 AD, the white walls of Kalemegdan Fortress gave Belgrade its nickname. Today, the city is Europe’s new party capital – even the old fort has its own club! At Terrasa, crack open a bottle of “rakia” and get your body movin’ to turbo-folk tunes cranked all the way to eleven.
“See you at the horse?”. Republic Square’s equestrian statue is where locals meet for a night out. Atop the stallion is Prince Michael, a 19th-century royal and noted liberal. He’d surely approve of the horseplay that goes on at nearby Rakia Bar – choose from 100 concoctions and sink a shot of fruity brandy. Then, glam it up in disco-chic surroundings at swanky Club Brankow.Accommodations near Republic Square
Right place, right time…wrong shoes? Locals reckon Skadarska Street sets you up for two things: a classic night out – and a fall! Yet once you find your feet on its cobbly incline, “Skadarlija” oozes charm. Here, bars bubble with life, and brass bands belt out Serbian folk tunes. Pop into Restaurant Tri Šešira and savour their famously succulent mixed-meat grill.Accommodations near Skadarlija
This paved pedestrian street is Belgrade’s premier boulevard. It’s dotted with ornate Neo-Renaissance buildings that house trendy boutiques and cafés. Ramble from Terazije Square to Kalemegdan Park to see a curious cast of characters: from fashionistas and street musicians, to students who attend the grand Academy of Sciences and Arts – yes, that’s a college, not a palace!Accommodations near Knez Mihailova Street
Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans – they’ve all held fort at Kalemegdan. Today, the old fortress and its grounds are an open space for all Belgradians. Some people come to picnic on its grassy verges. Others like to walk or jog here on sunny afternoons. More than anything though, it’s the pretty view – the hilltop stronghold overlooks the Sava River as it meanders into the Danube.Accommodations near Kalemegdan Fortress
Beneath this park lies the quarry that gave Belgrade its “White City” moniker. From Roman times through to the Ottoman reign, stone was extracted here and used in iconic landmarks such as Kalemegdan Fortress. Stroll along the park’s paths, and spot the remnants of those white rocks – some include nine-million year-old fossils from the dried-up Pannonian Sea.Accommodations near Tašmajdan Park
Maverick inventor Nikola Tesla once said of his rivals: “The present is theirs; the future is mine”. Little credited in his lifetime, Tesla’s ideas changed the modern world. At this museum, spark your own “Eureka!” moment and discover novel inventions: from the first induction motor to harness AC electricity, to the Tesla Coil that influenced radio wave and X-ray technology.Accommodations near Nikola Tesla Museum
This area’s hard to pin down. Firstly, there’s the green expanse of Ušće Park that dominates the neighbourhood. It draws everyone from lycra-clad joggers to binocular-wielding birdwatchers. Then, right next door you have Ušće Shopping Centre. Here, glossy-lipped “it” girls parade from Benetton to Zara in search of the hippest threads. Which Ušće will you choose?Accommodations near Ušće
This monumental church sits high on Vračar Plateau and dominates the city skyline. It’s dedicated to Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church – his 300-year-old remains were burned here by a jealous Ottoman ruler during a 16th-century holy war. Circle the building to admire the Neo-Byzantine façade of marble and granite, and marvel at its 4,000-ton central dome.Accommodations near St Sava Temple
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Stalled for two decades by various conflicts, this arena finally opened in 2004. Since then, it’s seen everything from three-pointer net-fests in the EuroBasket Finals to the campy glamour of the Eurovision Song Contest. Here, catch local hoop icons Red Star slam dunk their way to victory or see tennis ace Novak Djokovic entertain his hometown crowd.Accommodations near Belgrade Arena
“Ada” is a haven for outdoor recreation. Equivalent in size to 800 football pitches, this green peninsula spills over with sports fields, bike paths and BBQ spots. In summer, locals spread their towels out like a patchwork quilt alongside Sava Lake. Pack your bathing suit and a book, and pitch up on its pebbly strand. For a shady escape, there’s a bounty of beachside bars here.Accommodations near Ada Ciganlija
Rich in history and tradition, Stari Grad is the city’s old town. The ancient Kalemegdan Fortress is your first port of call. Ramble its ramparts and snap shots of the majestic River Danube below. Stop off at Café Svetskih Putnika to sample classic “ćevapi" minced meat. Then, peruse the craft shops off Republic Square for trinkets and jewellery.Accommodations in Stari Grad
Set high on Vračar plateau, this district has many levels. On one hand, historic sites like St Sava Temple and Karađorde Park ooze serenity. Yet, in bohemian Čubura the city’s best “kafana” bars pump out high-tempo dance music long into the night. At places like Mala Maca and Sumnjivog Morala, meaty snacks are served along with the shots. Tuck in!Accommodations in Vračar
There’s more to “NB” than grey, functionalist tower blocks. Since the 2000s, the area's boomed as an entertainment emporium. Ušće Shopping Centre packs in punters with its stores, eateries and cinema screens. At Belgrade Arena, the biggest pop stars strut their stuff. Then there’s the riverboat nightclubs like Šlep that “oomph” long into the night.Accommodations in Novi Beograd
Zemun was settled in the Neolithic Age. Once a free town, it merged with Belgrade in the 1930s. Wander the tree-lined banks of the Danube to feel the river’s might, and pause for a classic fish lunch at the quaint Restaurant Šaran. Then, climb the cobbled street that leads to Gardoš Tower, and capture panoramas of red rooftops and river bends.Accommodations in Zemun
Sporty Ivan is a gamer and travel fan who honed his love of beer while living in Belgium.
Samo Pivo means Just Beer, and as the name suggests, this bar serves beer, beer and beer! Tipples on offer range from local lagers to Belgian brews, with dozens of different brands to try. There’s also a spacious terrace where you can sit back and relax.Accommodations nearby
On her first visit, Kamelija was instantly charmed by Belgrade’s laid-back vibe and café culture.
The Savamala district is the place to be – it’s packed with unpretentious clubs and café bars. I particularly like Peron, a huge club with affordable drinks and a great mix of music. This funky area is full of spots to sip coffee during the day or catch concerts and DJ sets at night.Accommodations nearby
Keen basketball player and film buff David enjoys fine food accompanied by a good stout or tequila.
If you feel like getting out of the city, why not head to Avala? This mountain is around 16 km south of central Belgrade, and offers fantastic views over the city. It’s also a popular place for picnics – just take some food along and pick a spot!Accommodations nearby
Željko first came to Belgrade to visit friends, but keeps coming back for the delicious food.
If you want to do some sightseeing in Belgrade, tram line number 2 is a really easy way to see the city. It circles right around the centre, stopping at Kalemegdan Park and running along Knez Mihailova Street, home to the majority of the city’s main sights.Accommodations nearby
Living between Holland and Serbia, Tanja hopes Belgrade will become as bike-friendly as Amsterdam.
Belgrade might not be a particularly bike friendly city as yet, but don’t miss IBikeBelgrade’s guided bike tours. You get to learn about the city’s history and landmarks as you pedal around. Hungry for more? Ask about their Nightlife Academy tours which run after sundown.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...What did you eat in Belgrade that made you smile?
Gotta try Pljeskavica, the serbian equivalent to the Hamburger, made of a mix of pork and beef or beef and lamb, if you're lucky. Made of the same meat mixture you have Cevapi, something like meat sticks, also amazingly good. You should also try Rakija, serbian liquor made of fruits, any kind of fruit. The most common are slivovice (plum) and lozova (grape).See all 2 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?
Skadarlija , The oldest street in Belgrade filled with restaurants and cafes and the best traditional food with live music serenading you while you eat .See all 4 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What were the best places for wandering in Belgrade's old town?
The shocking-buildings that were exploded by USA talks for themselves. Belgrad has a very particular way to show the reality of the world.See all 2 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Belgrade while avoiding the crowds?
Belgrade is a busy city, with people enjoying strolling around and enjoying life - However crowds were not a problemSee all 5 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What makes the people from Belgrade so friendly? Tell us your story.
Their hospitality and great spirit!See all 5 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Belgrade?
Avoid to sleep :-)See all 11 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Belgrade.
KalemeydaniSee all 5 answers
A taxi from Belgrade Airport to the city centre should take around 30 minutes. Head to the TAXI INFO booth in the baggage claim area to order and be escorted to the nearest vehicle. Prices depend on the destination, with the city-centre zone 2 charged at RSD 1800. Buses also stop outside the terminal. Direct minibuses cost RSD 300 and take 30–50 minutes to reach the centre, while city buses are cheaper but slower. Be aware that city buses have no space for luggage.
Buses in Belgrade run throughout the day, with a limited night bus service operating from 00:00–04:00. Buses are part of the city’s integrated transport system, along with trams and trolleybuses. All 3 are covered by the BusPlus card, sold at news kiosks for RSD 320 (1 day), RSD 760 (3 days) or RSD 1140 (5 days). Cards need to be swiped every time you board. Alternatively, buy a one-way ticket on board – a city-centre ticket costs RSD 150, payable in exact change.
Belgrade’s efficient tram network runs all day, replaced by limited night bus services from 00:00–03:00. Like buses and trolleybuses, trams are part of the city’s integrated transport network. BusPlus cards covering all 3 forms of transport are sold at news kiosks – choose from 1-day (RSD 320), 3-day (RSD 760) or 5-day (RSD 1140). Valiate your pass on the card reader every time you board. One-way tickets are sold on the tram for RSD 150 (exact change only).
The trolleybus network operates daily, with limited night bus routes running from 00:00–03:00. Like buses and trams, the trolleybus is a part of Belgrade's integrated public transport system. BusPlus cards covering all 3 forms of transport are sold at news kiosks for RSD 320 (1 day), RSD 760 (3 days) or RSD 1140 (5 days). Make sure to swipe your card on the reader every time you board. One-way tickets can also be bought on board for RSD 150 (exact change only).
Driving in central Belgrade is something of a challenge, due to frequent traffic jams and erratic local drivers. Rush hours are generally considered to be 06:00–09:00 and 15:00–18:00, but expect heavy traffic at any time. Private car parks can be found around the city and charge RSD 50–100 per hour. Short stay pay-and-display parking is also available in the street, charged at RSD 45–60 per hour, depending on the zone. You can pay at ticket machine or news kiosks.
Cycling in Belgrade is possible but not particularly easy. Bike lanes are scarce in the city centre and drivers are generally inconsiderate of cyclists. Outside the centre, the districts of Novi Beograd, Zemun and Ada Ciganlija districts have around 50 km of marked cycle paths. Bike rental is available from several private companies around the city, including Bike Info Centar and Markoni Sport.
Taxis in Belgrade belong to over 20 different companies, with no standard vehicle type. Avoid unlicensed taxis – all official cabs must display their company name, taxi number and a 'TAXI' sign on the roof. You can hail taxis in the street or call any of the companies to arrange a pick-up. Fares are metered, starting at RSD 140 and increasing by RSD 55–110 per km. Drivers are also required to issue receipts, on request.
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