An historic city centre, a Roman fort and the Bohemian artist’s district of Skadarlija. We’ve put together a list of the best sights in Belgrade for you.
The Kalemegdan Fort is one of the most important sights in Belgrade. It is more than 2,000 years old and even contains traces of its Roman past. From the fort, you can see where the Danube and Sava Rivers meet. Since being built, the Kalemegdan Fort has been the property of various rulers, but has belonged to the Serbians since 1867. Since its establishment, the fort was also destroyed on several occasions, most recently during World War II. It houses the Military Museum and is surrounded by a large park, the perfect place to relax on a delightful summer day.
Are you fond of the art district of Montmartre in Paris? Then you should definitely visit the old Bohemian district of Skadarlija. The district came into being in the late 19th century and was once the meeting place of writers, painters and actors, who met in the pubs of Skadarlija. Nowadays, the district is home to galleries, antique shops and restaurants. In other words, Skadarlija is perfect for spending an entire day.
The National Museum is the largest and oldest museum in Serbia. It boasts one of the largest art collections in the Balkans and includes paintings by Van Gogh, Rubens, Monet, Renoir and Matisse. The National Museum also has a collection of archaeological finds. This is absolutely one of the sights of Belgrade that art lovers should not miss!
The historic city centre, with Knez Mihailova street in its heart, is located close to the Fort. Here you will also find the central square of Belgrade, the Trg Republike. Located in the centre of this square is a statue of Michaël III Obrenović, who ruled Serbia from 1839 to 1842 and from 1860 to 1868. The centre is a great place for shopping during the day and the place to be for the nightlife in Belgrade.
The Cathedral of Saint Sava is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. It is also one of the most important sights in Belgrade. The cathedral was built in the Serbo-Byzantine style and is no less than 82 metres in height. Work is still being done on it. Murals still need painting and the idea is to decorate the most important dome with a gigantic mosaic of Christus Pantocrator. It sounds very promising!