The charming Zemun will conquer you after the first step made down its streets, colored by the influence of different cultures that were represented in the area. Take a stroll through the Zemun Quay and enjoy the view of the Danube, which is known as a habitat for many swans. From the top of the Gardos tower, builtin 1896, to the plans of the Hungarian architects, you can witness a fascinating view of the white city. Zemun is also rich in numerous cafes, restaurants, and bars, both located in the center and those by the river, whose menus offer local and international specialties.
"Belgrade Forest" is a unique part of Belgrade, filled with coniferous and deciduous trees, intersected by numerous paths. Do not be surprised to see athletes exercising, picnicking or celebrating birthdays in the countryside by walking through Kosutnjak - because this forest offers the opportunity for many different activities. There are two special units within Kosutnjak: Pioneer City Sports and Recreation Center and the Film City, which contains a complex of ateliers as well as facilities for filming. Belgrade Forest is known for its vantage point which offers a breathtaking view of the Serbian capital.
On both sides of the Sava River, you will find a variety of content, among which there is definitely something that will suit your taste. Numerous cafes and restaurants located on the Sava River are great if you want to go out for lunch, catch some sun and take a break with your family and friends during the day. Along the river, there are picnic meadows, walking and biking trails and outdoor gyms. In clubs on the water - “splavovi”, fun lovers will find out why Belgrade is one of the cities with the best nightlife. Belgrade Waterfront is being built nearthe Sava, which will be one of the most modern parts of the city with a large pedestrian zone, shopping centers, restaurants and clubs, as well as residential and commercial premises, cultural, health and educational institutions.
Take a break from the bustle of the city on the "Belgrade Sea". With every drink or meal, you get a view of the stunning Sava Lake. In addition to a large number of restaurants and cafes, Ada also houses a number of sports fields and a cycle path. Adrenaline lovers can try their hand at jumping from a bungee or climbing an artificial rock. The peninsula is a habitat for numerous plant and animal species, therefore the area of Ada Ciganlija is protected by law.
Did you know that another completely different city is hiding under the Serbian capital? In underground Belgrade, the people who lived created and fought in this region left their mark. Explore the numerous tunnels, caves, bunkers, and lagoons. Among the attractions of the "city below the city" are the Roman Hall, which houses parts of a Roman fort from the 2nd century, a large gunpowder warehouse left behind by the Austrians, as well as a bunker which was the site of secret political negotiations in the middle of the last century.
For those who enjoy walks or like to have a good snack, good drinks and sounds of pleasant music on the river bank, the Danube Quay is undoubtedly always a good choice. In addition to sports fields, walking and biking trails, there are Belgrade restaurants near its shore, while on the river there are cafes on the water - "splavovi".You can get to know this part of Belgrade though our bike tour, that starts from our hotel, leads you down the bike path beside Danube, through the part of the city that is filled with cultural sites, numerous cafes and reastaurants, all the way to Ada – the famous “Belgrade sea”.
In literal translation from Turkish, the word “dorćol” signifies a crossroad of four roads (dort – four, yold – road), and this part of Belgrade really represents the meeting point of numerous styles and cultures. Feel the joys of bohemian life in the famous Skadarlija and the rhythm of urban Belgrade at Dorćol Platz. There is always the revolutionary Bitef for lovers of alternative theatre, and those who love history will fall in love with charming Dorćol streets, whose every part is filled with monuments and traces of the past. If you agree that you can’t truly get to know a region until you visit its markets, then we suggest visiting the Bajloni, where a multitude of colours, tastes and aromas await.
Belgrade is the capital of many artistic and cultural events, and one of them is the October Salon. The October Salon is intended for all lovers of the visual arts and aims to present the most up-to-date and significant national and foreign creations. The program is always diverse and specific, and visitors have the opportunity to attend exhibitions, workshops, lectures, round tables, and various performances. From its first organization, the Salon changed its concept and program, whereby in 2004 it gained international character and became an indispensable manifestation of the domestic art scene.
One of the nights in Belgrade that no lover of art and science should miss is the Museum Night. Museum Night is a specific concept of cultural manifestation, which allows visiting a large number of museums during one night, and even those that are not open to visitors during the rest of the year. Then each museum, in addition to the standard settings, prepares for the guests an additional program and facilities. The event is held in more than 120 cities around the world, including the Serbian capital since 2005. In Belgrade, the Museum Night for all interested parties is held once a year, which gives this event a special charm.
In the center of the city is the oldest museum institution in Serbia - the National Museum. With its distinctive exterior and structure, the National Museum preserves the complex cultural heritage of the central Balkans and Europe, that is, culture from prehistory to the present. All its visitors can enjoy more than 400,000 exhibits and archeological and cultural-historical objects that have been collected and stored within the museum itself for years.
One of the main personalities of the city center is certainly the Knez Mihailova Street, which welcomes and bids farewell to numerous tourists and visitors every year and is a daily meeting place for many Belgrade citizens. Knez Mihailova Street, as a pedestrian zone and shopping center, is a street that offers a wide variety of amenities, ranging from cafes and restaurants, through the shops of renowned local and foreign brands, to a large number of galleries and cultural and historical monuments. This street represents one of the oldest and most valuable urban ambiances and is characterized by numerous buildings and houses that were built in the late 1970s.
In the heart of Belgrade, you will find the largest and most authentic city park. Its peculiarity lies in the medieval heritage that has been preserved to this day and is considered to be the most important monument of culture. Kalemegdan is located at the confluence of two rivers, comprising the Belgrade Fortress, which was once Belgrade's main military stronghold and the Kalemegdan Park, which was a plateau intended for observation and reception of enemy forces. The plateau was transformed into a park in the eighties of the 19th century and since then it has been a favorite gathering place of Belgrade and many visitors of our city.
Conceived as an annual cross-section of the best films of the season, FEST has become a must-see event for all lovers of domestic and foreign filmmaking. FEST offers numerous well known and less known cinematography solutions to the audience, and expands views in such a way and introduces the most famous directors and works of cinema. Every year, all visitors and residents of the Serbian capital can enjoy numerous FEST screenings.
BITEF, as one of the most contemporary theater concepts, has become an indispensable part of the Serbian art scene as well as many European festivals. The BITEF program is constantly following the latest theatrical trends, and so far has offered numerous stage performances, often of a controversial and unconventional character, as well as significant classical performances. Over the past decade, BITEF has marked new developments in the world of mainstream, post-drama and non-verbal stage expression, as well as those realized with the help of new technologies, thus opening the door to the virtual reality of cyber theater. This year's BITEF, called "Let's start love from scratch," will be organized from September 17 to 26, and a diverse program will be available at various locations in the city.
If you are a fan of authentic music, dance, theater, and visual arts programs - BELEF is the right event for you! This international festival is one of the specifics of the Belgrade cultural scene, and its first contact with the audience was in 1991. Since then, the manifestation program has never ceased to amaze with its specific concepts and topics. The focus of the diverse program is to confront the local and global, as well as the traditional and contemporary artistic expression, which offers a specific encounter of the Serbian cultural scene with the world. This year's BELEF, called "Doleti", will be organized at several locations in the city from June 21 to July 7.
Belgrade Beer Festival was founded in 2003, and today it is traditional and at the same time one of the most visited events in Serbia and in entire Southeast Europe. It is a beer and music festival that takes place every August at the Usce. During the five festival days, you have the opportunity to taste a variety of beer brands, but also to have fun with numerous performances by musicians form rock, punk, pop, metal, hip hop, reggae, and electro scenes.
Savamala is undoubtedly an unavoidable stop when exploring Belgrade's nightlife. It is most visited during the colder part of the year because then the fun from the clubs on the water - “splavovi” and the river moves to the clubs, which this part of the city is known for. You can dance to the different genres from evening to morning, and fun and entertainment are always guaranteed.
It's no secret that Belgrade is a place of great clubbing. As soon as winter has passed, the party moves from the clubs to the rivers and the well-known clubs on the water - “splavovi”. They say you didn't feel the charm of Belgrade's nightlife unless you met the dawn at one of the clubs on the river. When it comes to music genres – in clubs on the water you can hear everything – starting from the electronic music, through songs of the 80s and 90s, all the way to turbo-folk. It should be noted that on certain “splav”you can hear all the mentioned genres in one evening.
Founded in 1969, Belgrade Music Ceremonies is the oldest music festival in Serbia. During the BEMUS, the most influential musicians from the Serbian and foreign scene, as well as young artists on their way to affirmation, perform in the capital's concert halls.
We are sure music festival lovers know very well what Exit is. Every July at Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, musicians from both domestic and foreign scenes have been gathering and making a musical spectacle for years back. The most influential media in the world have written about this festival and it has won numerous awards. It was ranked by BBC News as one of the biggest music festivals and in 2013 and 2017 it was awarded the Best European Festival. The music program lasts for several days, during which the most popular names of the domestic and world scene alternate on 15 stages.
They say that the culinary spirit of a nation can be best known through the supply of food at markets, and Belgrade is hiding numerous market corners. The most visited markets in the city are located near the city center and are a true mosaic of colors, aromas, and flavors. The tradition of local farmers coming to markets and selling home-made, fresh produce has been preserved to this day, and it is possible to buy groceries from many local households in several places in the city. Beverage counters can find both specific and authentic national foods as well as products that are internationally used. A wide selection, tips from locals and well-known Serbian hospitality are a daily part of a dynamic drinking life and are something that no visitor to Belgrade should miss.
Flower Square is another of the unavoidable nooks and crannies of Belgrade and tourists. The former Flower Market, today it is a modern square consisting of numerous cafes and restaurants overlooking one of the most recognizable buildings in Belgrade and the first skyscraper in the city center – The Belgrader. For this reason, many residents and visitors to the Serbian capital enjoy the various specialties of local and international cuisine, as well as their favorite beverages, every day. The modern design of the square itself is a striking contrast to the old architecture of houses and buildings, whose upper floors were once intended for living space and the ground floor for craft workshops. Instead, many catering establishments operate today - some overlooking the street and spacious gardens and some tucked away and hidden inside townhouses. The Flower Square is within walking distance of the center and is an ideal place for anyone who wants their gastronomic experience to be complemented by urban events.
If you want to feel the authentic spirit of old Belgrade, it's time to visit Skadarlija - one of the most visited streets and the most beautiful bohemian quarter in the city. This street is a real-time machine of the Serbian capital. In the area of today's Skadarlija the first buildings were built in 1717, and the original appearance of the street has been preserved to this day. Old cobblestones, lanterns, and candelabras continue to preserve one part of history, while authentic cafés, which make this neighborhood famous, can be found on every corner. For all visitors of Skadarlija, with numerous national drinks and local cuisine specialties, the enjoyment will be complemented by traditional Old Town music performed by local musicians. The café ambiance is complemented by the diverse cultural and artistic program often organized on this street.
Located in the city center on the banks of the Sava River, not far from the confluence with the Danube, there is the Concrete Hall - once an industrial zone and today one of the most popular gastronomic centers in Belgrade. Built in the 1930s as a customs warehouse, it has been preserved, restored and converted into a conceptual space. Today, there are 17 urban and thematically authentic cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs offering a wide selection of national and international dishes, with special emphasis on Serbian, Spanish, Italian, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. With a unique view of the river and the Sava Quay, both from the facilities and from their beautiful terraces, visitors can also enjoy the varied music program that is an integral part of Concrete Hall's life.