The list of things to do in Belgrade (Beograd) is as diverse as it is long. This energetic city, established sometime in the 4th century, treasures its diversity and tempts visitors with a multitude of options. Your Eurail Serbia pass will open up a world of discovery and a wealth of surprises.
Explore the origins
The original fortified city, Kalemegdan Citadel and Fortress, is a true testament to the diversity and adversity that makes Belgrade great. Medieval gates, Turkish baths, Roman wells and Muslim tombs, together with a zoo, an art pavilion, a military museum and a planetarium await you. Climb the Observation Tower for unparalleled views of the city.
Eat, drink and shop, Serbian style
Belgrade is entirely walk-able, and pedestrian streets like Knez Mihailova and Skadarlija street are some of the best places to stroll and shop. Food, fun, booze and partying is best done on the popular splav barges (splavovi), a seemingly endless row of barges of all styles, atmospheres and tastes. Entrance is usually free and the fare is always exciting. Choose from a variety of music and menus – from traditional to outrageous.
Serbia’s Orthodox temples are some of the most beautiful and imposing anywhere. Especially the famous Temple of Saint Sava, the largest working Orthodox church in the world. It’s been under construction for five decades, and boasts stunning white marble, tranquil gardens and decorative fountains at its entrance. Another impressive temple in the city is St. Mark’s Temple. Its domed towers take on a majestic look when lit up at nighttime.
Escape in plain sight
The island oasis of Ada Ciganlija is a prime example of Serbia ingenuity. Once the site of public executions, this 1.05 square mile (2.72 km2) park is now a splendid park and beach for Belgrade’s residents and visitors. Previously a full island in the middle of a lake formed by the Sava River, the park has been refurbished into more of an elongated peninsula, with a spectacular beach and plenty of room to bike, boat, or toss back a few beers.
Take in some culture
Your visit to Belgrade wouldn’t be complete without a look into its colored and difficult past. Visit the impressive Military Museum (within the Kalemegdan Fortress) for artifacts dating back to Roman Times, up to and including the remnants of an American F-117 shot down by Serbians in 1999. The National Museum is the right place for a surge of ethnic pride, and the Ethnographical Museum for a look at Serbia’s development and evolution as a nation.
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