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I had heard only good things about Serbia, and Belgrade in general, so I had big expectations. So did it meet expectations? Hmm, just about. Belgrade is cool, personally I preferred Sarajevo, but it’s still a fun place to hang out for a few days.

I had been told that Belgrade is another one of those cities that you should ‘feel’ rather than ‘see’, and I get that now. Wandering around Skadarska, the bohemian quarter, feels like you’re in a mix between Melbourne and Paris. Endless cafes, labyrinthine alleyways leading you off the map and countless young artists trying to shift their artwork. Really cool actually.

Belgrade Serbia

I only spent 2 days here, one day chilling (read: catching up with work, trying to generate some more revenue!) and one day exploring hard-core sightseeing. On my sightseeing day, I walked everywhere, no taxis, no trolley buses, no trains. It took my all day, but there’s something really satisfying about pounding the streets in a new city, here are the op 5 things to see in Belgrade, Serbia:

 

Sveti Sava:

“The world’s biggest” anything always reels me in, so Sveti Sava had me easily. It’s the world’s biggest Orthodox church, and unsurprisingly it’s bloody massive. The work is still continuing inside, but the restoration outside is complete and it’s awesome in the truest sense of the world.

Sveti Sava church belgrade Marsal Tito’s Grave:

Right, this could be controversial considering I’ve just spent time in Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia so I’ll tread gently. Tito was the first communist leader of the former Yugoslavia and lets diplomatically say that opinions are divided about his legacy across the states that made up the Yugoslav Republic. However, he’s stil revered in Serbia so his mausoleum is an impressive site, as is the museum nearby, where you get to learn a lot about Serbia and Yugoslavia albeit from a very Serbian viewpoint.

  Titos Grave in_The_House_of_Flowers

Kalemegdan Citadel:

The most famous site in the city, the fortress offers amazing views over the Danube. There’s a lot of artillery dotted around the place and it’s free to enter most of the grounds. Bring a picnic, or at least some lunch, and you can lounge about in the former fortress grounds for an hour or two, really cool place to chill.

Kalemegdan Citadel

Nikola Tesla Museum:

After years of playing ‘Command & Conquer’ I was delighted to see this museum (guys, you know what I’m talking about). This is interactive and fun, it’s sci-fi at its geekish best, guys – leave your gfs at the hostel, this is very much a museum for dudes.

Nikola Tesla Museum Ada Ciganlija:

A real drawcard in the summer where over 200, 000 people gather daily to go for a dip in the Danube from this man-made island. It’s a beach within a city, just don’t expect any piece and quiet, this place is throbbing with activity.

Ada Ciganlija belgrade beachBelgrade was fun, but I’m off again now. Currently writing this on the train on the way to the north of Serbia, to a town called Novi Sad. Happy travels!

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4 thoughts on “5 Things to see in Belgrade, Serbia

  1. Dude it sucks that you only had one day to visit the city. I spent a few months there and I still feel like there’s so much I missed. I really can’t wait to go back.

  2. Did you get to see Novi Sad eventually? How did you like it? I always tend to say that the capital is not a country, you really should travel beyond to feel the authenticity and lifestyle.

  3. stumbled on your blog when i was looking up photos of Mostar and have been browsing it for a couple hours now. it’s super enjoyable… but then this..: “it’s sci-fi at its geekish best, guys – leave your gfs at the hostel, this is very much a museum for dudes.” i rarely post comments on blogs, but since you’re so incredibly well traveled and have experienced so many different cultures, i was pretty surprised to see such a standard sexist comment! I’m sure you meant it as a light-hearted joke, but hey. Maybe you should think twice in case any of your fellow female engineering/science-loving travellers will read these blog pages. Other than that, thanks for all the info on this site, and if you haven’t already been before, the Deutsche Museum in Munich is probably the best science museum I’ve ever been to.

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