Cathedral Saint Sava Belgrade

Free things to do in Belgrade: One of Europe’s oldest cities

by Guest on January 14, 2013

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From guest writer Zorica ~ Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, dates back to the 4th-century BC and is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Because there are many free things to do in Belgrade it is an inexpensive place to visit.

1) Stroll downtown Belgrade

Belgrade downtown

One of the best ways to discover Belgrade is by walking and discovering its streets and architecture. The heart of the city is Trg Republike (Republic Square) and it is best known for the statue of Prince Mihailo on its horse, which is a favorite meeting point for locals. Prince Mihailo Street or Knez Mihailova in Serbian is the most valuable landmark of the city and this pedestrian zone is always full of people and tourists,  it is also home to the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art. Other landmarks in the area include: the Hotel Moscow, the fountain of Terazije and Albania Palace.

2) Visit Kalemegdan Park and the Belgrade Fortress

Belgrade Military museum

Another famous spot of the city has the most beautiful overlook at Belgrade, the confluence of the Sava River into Danube and the Great War Island. It is a unique, open-air museum of the capital and it is divided into four parts: Lower Town, Upper Town, Little Kalemegdan and Great Kalemegdan. Here you can view the Nebojša Tower, the statue of Pobednik (the Victor), Roman Well, the Monument of the Gratitude to France and the Military Museum. Although the entrance to the Military Museum costs (1.30 €), outside the museum’s main building many armored cars, tanks and artillery pieces from World War II are on display for free. If the cultural activities tire you out, find a picnic spot in the park and enjoy the beautiful view of the city!

3) Enjoy the water

Belgrade Ada Ciganlija

Belgrade’s Sea is actually Ada Ciganlija, the favorite park of Belgraders. Sava Lake has 7km of gravel beaches that offer refreshment in hot summer months. Besides swimming, other activities include playing water polo, water-skiing and kayaking. It is also possible to ride a bicycle, play football, basketball, volleyball, tennis and other sports at various sport courts of Ada. The entry is free for pedestrians.  You can walk or cycle the circular path around the lake, bicycles are available for hire.

4) Go sightseeing by tram

Belgrade Railway Station

Another great way to see the city is with a tram called “Belgrade.” It is a guided tour organized by the Tourist Organization of Belgrade and the cool thing is that the tram sightseeing is totally free. The tour lasts about 60 minutes, taking visitors through some of the most interesting places in the city starting from the zoo, stopping at the Kalemegdan park,  the Railway Station, Nemanjina Street (where you can see destroyed buildings from the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999) and Kralja Aleksandra Boulevard.  Note that the limited number of spots per tram is 25 persons, you should apply for the tour at some of the Tourist Information Centers in the city. The tour is available in English every Friday from 20-21h and Saturday from 18-19h.

5) Drink up at the Belgrade beer fest

Belgrade Beer Fest

This is an annual beer festival that is held for a few days in August and promotes various beer producers. The festival is also known for its good music program and over the years has hosted many acclaimed artists.  Besides Gucha this is the most visited festival in Serbia and the entrance is free of charge!

My name is Zorica and I am the founder of the Eurotribe travel blog where you can find different travel stories and tips. Besides travel and photography I adore coffee and great books. You can also follow me on Facebook at Eurotribe and on Twitter @EuroTribe.

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Cat of Sunshine and Siestas January 14, 2013 at 7:21 am

This couldn’t have come at a better time – I’m planning a trip to Croatia in March, and we’re highly considering Serbia and Montenegro as complements!

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Michael January 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

Hi Cat,

We’ve heard so many wonderful things about Croatia it’s next on our list for Europe. Belgrade would make an interesting sidetrip.

Cheers!

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Shaun January 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

Sometimes people forget it can be just as fun to hangout in a city without an itinerary. Though, it’s hard to go to a beerfest and no spend any money… for me anyway!

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Larissa January 15, 2013 at 9:25 am

Agreed. “Being there” is a great part of travel and it’s good to slow down and remember that. Can’t help you on the other bit :)

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jelena January 17, 2013 at 3:33 am

Beer is not expensive at all, so please come, drink and enjoy our beautiful city

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Zorica January 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I agree, beer is cheap especially by western standards.

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Tanner January 16, 2013 at 11:43 am

I honestly wouldn’t have thought of Belgrade to visit but it looks pretty cool. I might head over to the beer fest this year.

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Zorica January 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Hey Tanner,
You’re welcome to Belgrade anytime :)

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Nico January 19, 2013 at 1:51 am

Some great ideas for visiting a really interesting city.

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Michael January 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

Thanks Nico.

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memographer January 23, 2013 at 8:16 am

This is one great intro guide to the city of Belgrade. I have never been there, so found this post informative and helpful. Thanks! The top photo is gorgeous!

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Michael August 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

Glad it was of some help.

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