Belgrade has it all! Whether you like exploring the historical architecture, trying delicious Serbian cuisine or having an exuberant night out, it’s all there. This Eastern Europe city cherishes its tradition and culture, but at the same time it evolved into one of the greatest modern European metropolis. One day in Belgrade is a short time to explore everything this city has to offer. Still, if you make the best of that day, you’ll be blown away.
What’s the best time to visit Belgrade?
The Belgrade never sleeps, never rests. And even though there’s no bad or wrong time to visit this city, there are some seasons that you may like better. Winter can be pretty charming and exciting, but at the same time very cold. If the cold doesn’t bother you, it’s a great part of the year to visit Belgrade. However, spring and summer are when a lot of outdoor activities are going on so it’s up to you to choose.
What’s good to know about Belgrade?
Once capital of Yugoslavia, Belgrade remained one of the biggest and most influencing cities in the region. This Serbian Capital is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, at the crossing of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkans. Its long and storied history, those different cultures that intersected over the centuries, can be seen in the way the city looks and lives. The city’s architecture varies from Byzantine and Ottoman, Neoclassic, Art Nouveau all the way to Brutalism and Modern. Its recent resurgence as the Southeastern Europe hub makes it one of the most happening cities and a must-see tourist destination.
One Day in Belgrade Itinerary
Top things to do in Belgrade, Serbia
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Belgrade.
Visit Kalemegdan, the Belgrade Fortress
Start your day at Kalemegdan Fortress, one of the most important strongholds of the city. This 600 year old former fortress used to be invaded throughout the history for more than 100 times. Today, it’s not a place of a conflict anymore, but a huge city park, calm refuge from the busy streets and a place of relaxation. Stroll down the promenade overlooking confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, have a nice panoramic view of the New Belgrade across and even visit the Military Museum if you’re into it. The entrance to the Kalamegdan Fortress is free of charge.
Walk along the Knez Mihajlova street
Walk along Knez Mihajlova, a lively pedestrian boulevard lined with coffee bars, restaurants, food stalls and fashion brand shops. The busiest street of Belgrade attracts the locals as well as the tourists that can enjoy the street artist’s performances, buy many of the country’s unique souvenirs and admire the beauty of the historical buildings along the way.
Visit the Republic Square
This main city square is just a block away from the Knez Mihajlova street. Both National Theater and National Museum are located along the square with the monument of the Prince Mihajlo being in its center. The Republic Square is a meeting point for many locals and a great spot to grab a cup of coffee and people-watch.
Have some lunch and rakija at Skadarska street
Skadarska Street or Skadarlija, once the bohemian street of a city, today the most famous restaurant area. This picturesque, cobblestone street, still represents the old Serbian way of dining and socializing with the live music string orchestras and a lot of rakija. Have a lunch at one of many old bistros (kafana) and restaurants, try the local Serbian specialities and taste the best rakija in the world. For the meat lovers, don’t forget to try Karađorđeva šnicla (meat stuffed with ham and cheese) and Punjena vješalica (minced meat stuffed with cheese and rolled in bacon) with Ajvar and Urnebes sauce on the side.
Visit the Cathedral of Saint Sava
Grab a taxi or walk Kralja Milana, a busy street full of shops and restaurants and you’ll reach the Cathedral of Saint Sava in the beautiful Vračar neighborhood. The Cathedral is stunning in its exterior with the lush park all around. At the moment it is undergoing interior reconstruction so expect it to be pretty modest from the inside.
Visit the Mikser house and the Sava mala area
The riverside quarter Savamala went from ruins to resurrection and today it makes a creative headquarter and the cultural hub of the city. Check out the Mikser House, a warehouse design center that attracts both locals and tourist, young and old, artist and business people. During the day, it’s co-working hub for many freelancers and artist, coffee shop, restaurant and even a design concept store. During the night it transforms into a concert hall, dancing club or an exhibition place.
Visit the Branko’s bridge and have a dinner at Beton Hala
Just few meters away stands the Branko’s bridge, the one that connects the Old and the New Belgrade. Below the bridge, stretching along the riverbank is Beton Hala, the Hall of the contemporary gastronomic experience. Have a dinner in one of the many exquisite (but still affordable) international cuisine restaurants, such as Sakura (Japanese cuisine) or Cantina de Frida (Spanish cuisine). If you want something more local Ambar offers many nice Serbian dishes for cheap prices. Their pork stew with roasted peppers called Mućkalica is the best one.
Check out some of the best bars in Belgrade
Cetinjska street is where many great bars are located just a few meters away from each other. At weekends you should expect more crowd since there are usually DJs in each bar playing music. If you want to spend an evening tasting all the Rakija flavours you could imagine and even Rakija cocktails – head up to Rakija Bar. But be careful – when rakija hits, it hits hard!
Have a crazy night out at the floating river barges
The New Belgrade river bank became over the years the favorite nightlife area for all those party-goers who love to party hard until the early hours. Both Sava and Danube floating river barges, called Splavovi, offer a great range of bars and clubs of any music genre, including a very spread Serbian folk music. If you want to spend a memorable night in Belgrade, don’t miss it for a World.
Make your trip to Belgrade even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Belgrade or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.
Where to stay in Belgrade?
Belgrade Inn Garni Hotel
Belgrade Inn Garni Hotel is modern and charming hotel, located in the real heart of Belgrade. It’s close to all the main attractions, such as Skadarlija Street, Knez Mihajlova Street and Kalemegdan Fortress. Therefore, it’s a perfect place if you want to feel the real atmosphere of the capital.
Square Nine Hotel Belgrade
Located in the Belgrade’s most attractive historic district, Square Nine Hotel Belgrade is modern and luxurious hotel suitable both for rest and work. The sophisticated design, elegant interiors and an impeccable service of this boutique hotel will assure the utmost comfort to all its guests.
San Art Floating Hostel & Apartments
San Art Floating Hostel & Apartments is a perfect place for those who love nature, walking, cycling, sleeping on the river but still being near the city center. In case you’re visiting Belgrade because of the cultural, sports, musical or any other events, this hostel is the perfect choice!
White Owl Hostel
White Owl Hostel is a very stylish and modern hostel, located in the historical refurbished building, built in 1934. The hostel offers a courtyard, including a quiet garden where you can relax and enjoy your morning coffee, or late evening glass of wine.
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