Belgrade map that shows you what to visit and when? Here it is. Made by us, Belgrade locals. With a bit of well-intended bias.
A mix of historical landmarks, latest go-to places, insights into great minds and local way of life.
To hit the right places at right times, look at this Belgrade map and the explanations below.
Start where it all started! Belgrade Fortress is the ideal place to see the big picture of Belgrade.
The Celts built the first settlement here. The Romans built the original fortress. All the successive empires fought for the fortress and left their marks.
The vast views over two rivers show you why this location has been strategic throughout the history.
Best time to visit Belgrade Fortress is around 10 am or at sunset. Allow at least one hour for a walkaround and panorama photos.
For the private tour of Belgrade Fotress click here.
If you need a coffee and a neighborhood with real people to balance the epics of the Fortress, head to Dorćol. This is one of the oldest Belgrade neighborhoods and one of those Belgrade locals love the most. It testifies of multicultural and multiconfessional history and identity of Belgrade. The mosque and the Jewish community seat are literally just round the corner one to another (Jevremova and Kralja Petra streets).
Beton Hala is Belgrade’s gastro hotspot on the Sava riverfront. Visitors and locals frequent the string of restaurants, serving Balkan and various international cuisines.
The afternoon is the best time to be there, as it’s not too crowded. The sun is slowly setting over the river and the overall vibe is great, somehow Mediterranean. Great views of river, New Belgrade on its other side, people passing by…
You may be surprised that Belgrade Cathedral (1840), dedicated to St Michael Archangel looks quite Central European catholic. Well, the master architect came from then the Austrian territory close to Belgrade. There were no competent orthodox style architects, as the Ottoman domination lasted for almost 500 years.
To discover the orthodox elements get inside the Belgrade Cathedral and look at the iconostasis. For a deep dive visit the Serbian Orthodox Church museum right across the street (Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm).
Don’t miss the lovely quarter called Kosančićev Venac, just 50 meters down. The dreamy cobbled streets meet great views, laid back cafes and the latest chic at local designer and artisan stores.
Many Belgraders will tell you Beogradska zadruga (Belgrade Cooperative) is the most beautiful building in Belgrade. Built in 1907 by the Belgrade merchants as their lending institution, its exterior and interior are still amazing.
Today it is the showroom of a large development project that is reshaping the face of Belgrade. Get inside for the glamour of past times and for the model of the new city that’s sparking debates and controversies.
Beogradska zadruga is the landmark of the Savamala neighborhood that became world-famous for its cool, nightlife and street art.
For the private tour of Savamala click here.
This is the ideal point in Belgrade to observe the official places of power and history. The Royal Courts of two competing dynasties are at your sides, and the National Assembly is across the park in front of you. The royal palaces are now the City Hall and the seat of the President of the Republic.
A curious fact: the National Assembly hosted the six successive states Serbia has been a part of in 20th and 21st centuries.
This beautiful piazzetta Andrićev Venac was named after the writer Ivo Andrić, the 1961 Nobel laureate. His apartment, now the museum, is in the building at the piazzetta.
To get to Museum of Nikola Tesla from Andrićev Venac take Krunska Street. Leading from/to the royal courts, this street has always been a prestigious residential address. Tesla Museum is located in the villa of one of the king’s ministers from 1920ies.
Ideal time to visit Museum of Nikola Tesla is the last entry at 7pm, without crowds. A visit lasts around one hour. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
Whether you love farmers markets, Balkan food, street food, local eateries or coolest bistros – this is your destination of choice.
Mornings are ideal to roam the stalls full with fresh produce and vintage finds, especially on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
As for the traditional taverns or modern bistros – every time is the right time. They serve food all they long.
For the food tasting tour of Farmers Market click here.
Although it is listed as a must in all travel guides on Belgrade, we have to tell you a local secret. It’s not exactly that much in our hearts. Still, its grandiose, and its shape, the domes and the white marble walls do show you how the most representative Serbian medieval churches looked like.
The recently completed crypt is mesmerizing with its gold decoration. Another demystification: the iconography is not exactly Serbian, but Russian. How come? The Russians financed it.
For a more spiritual feel and Serbian iconography, visit the homonymous small church right next to the grand one.
Strange as it may sound, the period of Yugoslavia and Tito was the period when the Russian ie the Soviet influence was the least.
To see what we mean, look at the photo of Tito and Khruschev shaking hands. See Tito’s grave made after Franklin Roosevelt’s grave memorial, following Tito’s wish.
Take a walk or a taxi drive around the elegant neighborhood of Dedinje, to see where Serbian and Yugoslav elites have been living in socialism and capitalism alike.
For the special food tour Eat Like Tito click here.
If you would rather chill on the beach or in the greenery, go to Ada Island and Lake. Pebbled beach, greenery, hiking and cycling trails, cafes and restaurant.
Inside the city, yet away from its rush, Ada is especially refreshing in autumn, winter and early spring, without summer crowds. For a total escapade with almost no people on sight, choose the work days.