Belgrade City Guide

Belgrade, meaning the ‘White City’ in Serbian, is the capital of the Republic of Serbia. Over the years the city established itself as a popular tourist destination, thanks to its amazing blend of architectural styles, long history and vibrant nightlife. This ‘Berlin of the Balkans’ that dates back to the 4th century BC is located in the heart of Serbia, on the confluence of two major European rivers, Sava and Danube. Serbia is traditionally a Christian country, and most of the population are Eastern Orthodox Christians. The official language is Serbian, and the official currency is Serbian dinar (118 RSD ~ €1). The climate in Serbia is typical humid continental, winters are cold and snows are frequent, while summers are sunny and hot and the temperatures during summer can reach up to 35 °C.

Getting to Belgrade

Being the most popular destination in Serbia, Belgrade is well-connected with other cities in the region and the rest of Europe. Below you can find the main airports, train and bus stations from where you can start exploring the beautiful city of Belgrade.

By plane:

  • Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) is the closest, but also the largest and busiest international airport in Serbia. It is located in Surcin, about 18 kilometers west of the Belgrade city center. The airport is the main hub of the Serbian carrier Air Serbia and it has two terminals. It has regular  connections to more than 50 cities, while during the summer season this number grows to almost 100 destinations.
  • Nis Constantine the Great Airport (INI) is the second busiest airport in Serbia, located 4 kilometers northwest of Nis, and around 240 kilometers from Belgrade. Constantine the Great Airport is connected with around 20 different destinations across Europe (some of them operate only during the high season). Airport is growing in popularity thanks to the cheap flights by Ryanair and Wizz Air airlines.

By bus:

Belgrade is very well-connected by bus with other cities in Serbia, such as Cacak, Uzice and Sabac, and major cities in neighbouring countries, such as Zagreb, Sofia, Sarajevo and Budva.

  • Belgrade Bus Station (BAS) is the main bus station in Belgrade, located next to the central train station in Karadordeva street, about 1.3 km from the town center. There is a fee of around 180 RSD (~€1.5) for entering the platform area, the price is usually included in the fare. You will receive a token or a paper with a QR code on it to get through the gate.

Most popular bus routes from and to Belgrade:

Belgrade – Zagreb

Zagreb – Belgrade

Belgrade – Sofia

Sofia – Belgrade

Belgrade – Budapest

Budapest – Belgrade

Belgrade – Podgorica

Podgorica – Belgrade

Belgrade – Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki – Belgrade

Belgrade – Novi Sad

Novi Sad – Belgrade

By train:

Belgrade has a good train connections with major cities in other nearby countries, such as Budapest, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Skopje, Sofia, Vienna and Zagreb.

  • The new main railway station officially called Belgrade Centre (also known as Prokop) was opened in July 2018. It deals with all domestic and international train departures and arrivals, except the Belgrade-Bar trains which depart from Topčider Station. Belgrade Centre station is located in Prokupacka street in Savski Venac municipality.

NOTE: The new station still has minimal facilities, so it is recommended to buy everything you need before going to the station (water, food, etc.).

By car:

Belgrade is located on the Pan-European corridors X and VII. The motorway system connects Belgrade to Novi Sad and Budapest to the north, Nis to the south and Zagreb to the west. Belgrade is connected to the E70 and E75, some of the main roads in Serbia. If you are coming from Montenegro use the E763 motorway, also known as the Ibarska magistrala. From Bulgaria use the E80 and the E75 motorways. When coming from Bosnia & Herzegovina it is recommended to go to Croatia and use the E70 motorway (A3 in Croatia and Serbia), since the infrastructure in Bosnia & Herzegovina isn’t very good.

NOTE: When coming to Serbia with a car make sure that you do not enter Serbia from Kosovo, as Serbia still didn’t acknowledge Kosovo’s independence. If you enter from Kosovo entry stamps from border crossings are considered null by the Serbian authorities.  

By boat:

As stated above, Belgrade lies on Sava and Danube rivers, an important waterway connecting countries in Western and Central Europe with the countries in Southern and Eastern Europe. The Port of Belgrade is located in the center of the city, near Pančevo Bridge, the port also manages the International passenger terminal on the right bank of the Sava River nearby.

NOTE: Serbia is not a member of the European Union nor the Schengen Area, so you might need a visa in order to visit Serbia. Citizens of EU member countries, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Montenegro, Norway, New Zealand, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, USA and British Overseas Territories do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days in duration. Citizens of Macedonia do not require a visa for stays that last up to 60 days. Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia do not require a visa for stays that last up to 30 days.

Getting around Belgrade

With a population of about 1.7 million people, Belgrade is the largest city in Serbia. The city has good infrastructure and a good public transportation system, so getting around the city is no trouble.

  • Public transportation: The public transportation system includes several tram, trolley and bus lines, as well as a railway line, all operated by GSP Beograd. Maps of the routes are available online. You can buy BusPlus smartcards at street kiosks that can be found at most stops and stations. You can either buy a paper card valid for one, two or five days, or a plastic one which you can load up with money that is spent every time you use the card.
  • Taxi: You can find several taxi companies around Belgrade. Taxis in Serbia are cheap when compared to the rest of Europe. Rates are fixed, and you can check them on the city’s web page. It is advisable to order a taxi by phone, also never get into a taxi that isn’t labeled and try to get in a taxi that has a rate card displayed and a meter visible on the dash.

NOTE: If the taximeter is not turned on, the passenger isn’t obliged to pay for the ride.

  • Car: Streets in Belgrade aren’t easy to navigate, due to the lack of road signs. The general speed limit is 50 km/h and the law requires low beam headlights to be kept on during daytime. There are several rent a car companies around the town, such as Europcar, AVIS, AVACO, Sixt and Smart Rent. Here you can check the prices and terms and conditions. When it comes to parking your car there are two options: parking in the public garage and parking in the parking lots on the streets. Parking lots are divided into three different zones: red (max time allowed 1 hour), yellow (max time allowed 2 hours) and green (max time allowed 3 hours). You can pay by using the machine usually found near the parking spots, buy the parking ticket at a kiosk or by cell phone.
  • Bicycle: Old Belgrade lies on numerous little hills, so expect some difficult climbs and cobblestone streets. The roads are dominated by cars and there is not enough cycling infrastructure, so bicycle transport isn’t popular. However, New Belgrade on the other side of the Sava River lies on a mostly flat land and has some cycling infrastructure.

NOTE: You are not allowed to bring bicycles on public transport vehicles.

  • By foot: Belgrade is mostly pedestrian friendly, the main attractions can be seen on foot and the main pedestrian and shopping street is Knez Mihailova Street. The riverbanks are also a nice place to go on a walk when the weather is nice. The pedestrian paths are mostly in good shape, exclusion are some old cobblestone paths in Skadarlija.

Sights

Belgrade city center, where most of the famous sights are located, is not too big, and most of the attractions can easily be reached on foot. Most of the major sights are located in the Old Town district. So why visit Belgrade? There is much to see in this glorious city, and the architectural diversity will charm you, as you will be greeted by Art Déco, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Brutalist architecture. You can always enjoy one of its many parks, Bohemian streets or museums.

Kalemegdan Fortress is located at the confluence of Sava and Danube Rivers, in the Old Town. It is the most visited attraction in Belgrade, and in 1979 it was declared a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance. The Fortress is surrounded by Kalemegdan Park, the largest park and the most important historical monument in Belgrade. There are several exhibition halls inside the Fortress worth checking out. The entrance to the fortress is free, but there is an admission fee of around 300 RSD for entering the Nebojsa Tower.  You can check the map of the Fortress here. Belgrade ZOO, also known as Vrt dobre nade, is located in Kalemegdan Park. Founded in 1936, it is one of the oldest public zoos in southeastern Europe. The zoo’s main attractions are white and albino animals such as white tigers and tigers, and Muja, the oldest living alligator in the world. On the western side of the fortress you can see the Pobednik statue.

Knez Mihailova Street is the main pedestrian street, and also one of the oldest landmarks in Belgrade. It goes from the Kalemegdan Fortress to the Republic Square. Always full of life, filled with stores, cafes and restaurants, it is the best place to feel the pulse of Belgrade and admire the diverse architectural styles.

The Republic Square, located in the Old Town, is one of the central squares in Belgrade. Locals also call it kod konja (by the horse) because of the statue Mihailo Obrenovic that was erected on the square in 1882. On the square you can find some other important sights, such as the National Theatre and the National Museum.

The National Theatre is located on the Republic Square, at the very center of the city. Three artistic ensembles are under its roof: opera, ballet and drama. It was declared a Monument of Culture of Great Importance in 1983.

Nearby you can find Skadarlija (Skadarska Street), a pedestrian vintage street and one of the most famous sights in Belgrade. Skadarlija is the best representation of the spirit of old Belgrade. Most of the evenings you can enjoy live music while strolling this charming cobblestone Bohemian quarter of Belgrade.

Saint Sava Temple, located on the Vračar plateau, is the largest Serbian Orthodox church, and one of the largest churches in the world. It is dedicated to Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an important historical figure. The church is built in the Serbian-Byzantine style, and the interior is not finished yet. The basement contains a crypt decorated with gold-plated Orthodox icons, the treasury of St. Sava and future burial sites for Serbian patriarchs.

Holy Archangel Michael Cathedral is located near the Fortress, it was completed in 1840. The church is famous for its Serbian neo-Classicist style.

St. Mark’s Church, built in Serbo-Orthodox style, is located in Tašmajdan park in Belgrade. This imposing church is the burial place of king Alexander I of Serbia.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia (Narodna skupstina) is located near St. Mark’s Church, on Nikola Pašić Square. It was completed in 1936. The interior is decorated with numerous paintings, frescoes and sculptures. .

The Royal Compound consists of The Royal Palace, The Royal Chapel and The White Palace. The Royal Palace is a grand villa in Serbo-Byzantine style, and  is the current home of Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and his family. There you can see the Blue Salon, Royal Dining Room, Royal Library, Atrium and the formal Entrance Hall. The White Palace (Beli dvor) is the former residence of the royal family built in a neo-Palladian style, today it houses selected works of art.  

Ada Ciganlija is a river island located on the Sava River that has been artificially turned into a peninsula. It is a popular recreational zone, known for vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and different sports fields and courts. It is also commonly called More Beograda (Belgrade’s Sea).

The Danube frontside, especially Kej Oslobodjenja (Quay of Liberation) is another popular hangout place. Waterside promenade is a great place to take a walk, go on a picnic or just sit back and enjoy the Danube.

The Avala Tower, located around 18 kilometers from the center of Belgrade, is the tallest tower in the Balkans. The original tower was destroyed during the NATO bombing in 1999, but it was rebuilt in 2010. The top of the tower gives a great panoramic view of the city and surrounding area. Entrance fee is around 300 RSD (~2.50€) and the tower is a great place to go if you wish to take a break from the busy city streets. Nearby is the imposing Monument to the Unknown Hero.

Museums and galleries

The National Museum of Serbia is the largest and the oldest museum in Belgrade, located on the Republic Square. The museum’s collection boasts with over 400 000 objects. Ticket price for the permanent exhibition is around 300 RSD (~2.50€), for the thematic exhibition is around 500 RSD (~4.25€) and the combined ticket is around 600 RSD (~5.10€).
NOTE: The museum is closed on Mondays and the entrance is free of charge on Sundays.

The Museum of Yugoslavia is the most visited museum in Serbia. It chronicles the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Socialist Yugoslavia as well as the life of Josip Broz Tito. Nearby is Kuca cveca (the House of Flowers), the final resting place of Josip Broz Tito and his wife Jovanka Broz. Here you can see the exhibition about the life of Tito. The entrance fee for adults is around 400 RSD (~3.40€), students and pupils around 200 RSD (~1.70€) and free for children under the age of 10.
NOTE: The entry is free every first Thursday of the month from 4pm until 6pm as well as May 4 and 25.

Nikola Tesla Museum is located in the central area of Belgrade. It is dedicated to the life and work of a great inventor, physicist and electrical engineer. The museum holds numerous original documents, technical exhibits, photographs, plans and drawings. There are two permanent exhibitions, one of which is interactive. Tickets include a guided tour for about 500 RSD  (~4.25€).

The Ethnographic Museum is located near the Student Park, in Belgrade Center. It is one of the oldest museums in the Balkans, and its exhibitions show the folk life of Serbia. It is notable that the museum has one of the richest specialized libraries in the Balkans.

The Historical Museum of Serbia, former Historical Museum of Yugoslavia, is focused on preserving and documenting the history of Serbia, its former rulers and national heritage. Here you can see the insignia of former Serbian kings. The museum is open every day except on Mondays.

The Museum of Illusions is located in Nusiceva Street. For a modest fee of about 600 RSD (~5.10€) you can enjoy different optical illusions, holograms and tricks, but also the playroom with educational games and puzzles, all while learning about the matter of perception.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is located in Novi Beograd (New Belgrade). Not only does the museum collect and display artwork produced since the beginning of the 20th century in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, but it also houses international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Festivals and events

Belgrade attracts many young people with its vibrant nightlife, but also with many different festivals and events. Here are some of the most famous ones.

Belgrade Beer Fest, the trademark of Belgarde, takes place at Park Ušće and it attracts more than a thousand visitors every year. The festival takes place at the end of August and it lasts for 5 days. Here you can try out numerous different international and Serbian beer brands, all while enjoying the versatile music program. The festival is free of charge.

If you need some jazz in your life, make sure not to miss Belgrade Jazz festival that is traditionally held throughout the city in the last week of October. Besides the gigs of various international and Serbian performers you can also enjoy exhibitions, film programs and jazz workshops.

Belgrade Irish Festival takes place every year in March. This festival celebrates the Irish culture, and the aim is to bring together the Serbian and the Irish. The Festival features different concerts, movie screenings, workshops, learning about and tasting Irish cuisine. Good thing about the festival – it’s free.

The Belgrade Summer Festival, commonly known as BELEF, begins in June and lasts a whole month. The festival takes place at the Sava Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Theater and other places around the city. The program is extensive and it includes different exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances.

Belgrade Music Festival, or BEMUS, is an international festival of classical music being held every year in the first half of October. The festival promotes local artists but also host various foreign programs and famous ensembles and soloists.

International Film Festival, or FEST, is held every year in Belgrade for more than 40 years. The festival is usually held in the first quarter of the year. It declined in popularity during the 90s, but it is returning to its original status. In 2007, more than 98 thousand tickets were sold for around 80 films. FEST attracts various Serbian and international movie stars.

Belgrade International Theater Festival is held every year in September in several theaters around Belgrade and it lasts for about 15 days. The festival follows and supports the latest theater trends.

Food

Just like in the rest of the Balkans, Serbian cuisine is an unforgettable combination of nearby culinary traditions, so you can notice German, Hungarian, Turkish and classical Slavic influences. Dishes in Serbia are usually meat based, so you might have some issues finding vegan and vegetarian friendly options. Here are some suggestions on what to try and where to eat when visiting Belgrade.

What to eat

Vesalica is grilled strips of pork loin, usually served with fries or potatoes.

Pljeskavica is a national dish in Serbia. It is a grilled dish of spiced meat patty made of a mixture of pork, beef and lamb. It is usually served in lepinja (flatbread) with onions, kajmak (milk cream) and ajvar (pepper-based condiment). It is called the Serbian hamburger.

Cevapi are a type of grilled dish made of minced meat. This kebab-like dish can be made with different types of meat, from chicken, lamb, pork to beef. It is usually served with chopped onions, kajmak , ajvar or sour cream.

Burek is a filo pastry filled with cheese, meat, spinach or potatoes. This traditional breakfast is popular throughout the Balkans.

Sarma is made from cabbage or vine leaves, stuffed with a combination of minced meat, rice and spices. It is a popular dish usually eaten in winter.

Riblja corba is a fish soup, more of a stew actually, very simple but nourishing meal. Montenegro has a long fishing tradition, and apparently riblja corba was created as a way for the fishermen to use up the small fish that they could not sell. There are many different variations to choose from.

Shopska salad is a cold salad popular throughout the Balkans and Central Europe. It consists of fresh tomato, cucumber, capsicum, onions and white cheese.

Djuvec (turkish Güveç) is the name of a number of various oven-baked meat and vegetable stew dishes similar to ratatouille.

Baklava is a dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts held together with honey, sometimes cardamom or cinnamon is added.

Gibanica is a traditional pastry dish popular usually made with cottage cheese and eggs, it can be sweet or savoury.

Proja (proha) is a bread dish made from corn flour, baking powder, sunflower oil, sparkling water and salt. It is usually served warm with yogurt, soft cheese, kajmak or sarma.

Where to eat

There are hundreds of restaurants in Belgrade that specialize in local and international cuisine, so no matter what you prefer you will find something to your taste. In comparison to Western Europe, the prices are cheap. Here are some of the most popular places.

Dva Jelena (Two Deers) is one of the oldest restaurants in Belgrade. This cult place has been serving great local dishes for almost 200 years. It is located in Skadarska Street, so you can enjoy both authentic Serbian food and the Bohemian atmosphere.

Tri Sesira is also located in Skadarska Street, and just as Dva Jelena, this restaurant is one of the oldest in Belgrade. This is a great place to experience the Bohemian Belgrade, the best of the local cuisine and great local and international wines.

Klub Knjizevnika is best known as the place where novelist Ivo Andric gave his first speech after receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. Other big names, such as Jean Paul Sartre, Sophia Loren and Clint Eastwood have visited this place. But besides the rich history of the restaurant you can also enjoy local and international specialties and good wines.

The oldest Inn in Belgrade, ? (Kafana Znak Pitanja), is located in one of the oldest houses in Belgrade on the former main bazaar. The building itself is a monument of culture, but also the place where some of the best local dishes are served.

Manufaktura is located near Knez Mihailova Street. This place attracts visitors with its adorable exterior, lovely ambient and great food.

Kalemegdanska Terasa is located in the Kalemegdan Fortress. Here you can choose between different international dishes, but also some popular Serbian dishes, all while enjoying the panoramic view of Sava and Danube.

Restaurant Durmitor is located in New Belgrade. The restaurant got its name from the mountain and National Park Durmitor located in Montenegro. Here all things Montenegrin are celebrated, so expect good Balkan dishes if you decide to visit this restaurant.

Tired of local dishes? Head to Knez Mihailova Street and visit Vapiano for amazing Italian dishes. Different types of pasta, rice, salads and pizza is prepared before you, and you can have your meal prepared to your preference.

If you feel the need for something sweet, head to Slatkoteka, located near the Student Park. Here you can try various types of delicious doughnuts.

Farmer’s Markets

You can’t visit Belgrade without checking out the busiest places in town, the green markets. Always full of life, local and seasonal vegetables and fruits, as well as fresh dairy products, take your time to explore the stalls and talk to locals. There are numerous farmer’s markets all over the town, but here are some of the most popular ones.

Pijaca (meaning bazaar) Zeleni Venac is located near the famous Hotel Moscow. It is the oldest green market in the city, and in 2017 it celebrated its 17th year. It is worth visiting as much as for its history as it is for its fresh produce.

Pijaca Skadarlija is located at the very end of Skadarlija Street. Here you can pick the best products from the stalls, all while enjoying the lovely Bohemian ambience of Skadarlija Street.

Kalenic Pijaca is located about 1 kilometer from the Saint Sava Temple. It is one of the oldest green markets in the city, and one of the locals favorites. It has more than 800 stalls selling organic and locally grown food. Here you can also find one of the flea markets with good prices and nice trinkets.

Shopping

You just have to buy some souvenirs for your friends or family back home. Well, you are lucky, since there is a lot to choose from in Belgrade. Here are some of the most popular shopping spots!

Knez Mihailova Street is the main shopping street in Belgrade. Among the souvenir shops, and little boutiques, here you will find numerous shops of the world’s most popular brands, such as Zara, H&M, Terranova, Adidas, Replay, Armani and much more.

Usce Shopping Center, located in New Belgrade, is the largest and the most modern shopping center in all of Serbia. It has over 140 stores, supermarkets, restaurants and bars, a food court and a cinema, casino and free parking for more than 1000 vehicles.

Rajiceva Shopping Center is a 5-floor shopping center located near Knez Mihailova Street. Here you can find numerous stores, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Springfield, Levis, Pandora, Yamamay and a few restaurants and bars.

Delta City Center with its numerous stores, cinemas, a bowling alley, coffee shops and restaurants is located in New Belgrade. You can choose from popular international and Serbian brands.

Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra is the longest street in Belgrade stretching from Old Belgrade to Zvezdara municipality. Here you can find high-end stores, but also cheaper little boutiques with imported goods.

Nightlife

If you experience the nightlife in Belgrade, you will understand why it is called ‘the new Berlin’. Belgrade has the best nightlife in all of Eastern Europe, and every night here is like a Friday night. You can dance your nights away in any of the numerous organised clubs, bars, pubs or kafane (taverns). Bear in mind that there are two partying seasons in Belgrade, the winter and summer season. The clubs that operate in winter are all closed, indoor clubs, while the summer ones are either open or located on splavs. Splavs are floating river clubs or barges that are anchored on the riverbank, and they are the best places to go out during the summer in Belgrade. Most of splavs, or splavovi, are located in the Usce quay, on the Sava river bank.

Keep in mind that there are no dance floors in Belgrade clubs, as the whole club is filled with bar tables and VIP tables, so you simply party with your friends next to your table. Don’t forget that you must reserve a table in a club you are going to.

Here are some of the most famous nightclubs in Belgrade.

Freestyler is a club famous even outside of Serbia. It is one of the oldest and most famous clubs in Belgrade. It is a splav night club, and the music is different every night.

Mr. Stefan Braun is a winter night club, located on the 9th floor of a building in Nemanjina Street. This club is open every day of the week till the beginning of summer.

Lasta is a summer club located on the riverside. This club represents a mixture of a few other popular clubs in Belgrade, but one is certain – here you can dance to some of the best electronic and house sounds. It is open 4 days a week, from Thursday to Sunday.

Hot Mess is more of a lounge bar, but here you can enjoy the luxurious ambiance, comfortable booths and great cocktails, or swim in the swimming pool in the center of the club. Dance to the sounds of disco and house, while trying to catch a glimpse of the local celebrities.

Play Club is located in New Belgrade, on the Sava River. Here you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Old Belgrade and dance to the freshest pop hits.

20/44 Club is another splav, located on the Sava River. The important thing about this club is that it was the first completely independent night club in Belgrade. It is open all year.

Day trips from Belgrade

There is much more to see in Serbia than just the capital! There is so much to see in just a few hours drive from Belgrade. Take a day off from the crowded streets and head to some of the nearby cities, towns or national parks. Whether you are looking for history, beautiful nature, or just wish to rest somewhere, here are the places you should check out.

The second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad, is located around 85 kilometers north of Belgrade. The city is best known for its great parties and cheap prices, but there is much more to this city. Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina, an autonomous province in Serbia. It was founded in 1694, but destroyed and rebuilt after the revolution of 1848. Stroll down the main promenade, Zmaj Jovina Street, and marvel at the colorful houses. Visit the Petrovaradin Fortress and check out its Clock Tower, today serving as a venue for the famous EXIT festival.

How to get to Novi Sad:

  • By bus: Every 15-20 minutes bus departs from Belgrade bus station to Novi Sad, first leaving at 03:50 and the last one at 00:00.
  • By train: There are 13 departures in total from Belgrade train station to Novi Sad and the journey lasts around 1 hr and 40 minutes. → timetable

National Park Fruska gora is not far from Novi Sad. If you like hiking and enjoy nature in general, this is the place for you. Take your time and explore the numerous monasteries scattered around the national park, the most popular ones are Vrdnik and Jazak monasteries.

How to get to Fruska gora:

Zasavica Nature Reserve is located around 80 kilometers west of Belgrade, on the former site of the confluence of Sava and Drina rivers. This nature reserve is home to rare species of flora and fauna, such as Umbra krameri, one of the oldest vertebrates on the planet. Also, the locals might tell you the legend about the dragons that once lived here!

How to get to Zasavica:

  • By bus: You will have to take the bus to Sremska Mitrovica, luckily the buses run approximately every half an hour from the main bus station in Belgrade. The journey lasts around 1 hour and 10 minutes, the price of a one-way ticket is around 370 RSD (~3.15€). From Sremska Mitrovica you will need to take a taxi to Zasavica.

Djerdap National Park is located around 130 kilometers east of Belgrade. The main attraction of this national park is Djerdapska klisura, the longest and largest gorge in Europe, which was created by the flow of the Danube river. The gorge is more than 100 kilometers long, and the some of the cliffs on the sides of the river are over 300 meters high. Another famous attraction on the national park is the Golubac Fortress, located on a cliff above the river. The fortress is partially renovated, and open to tourists.

How to get to National Park Djerdap:

  • By bus: There are several daily departures from Belgrade to Donji Milanovac, located inside the national park. The journey lasts for around 2 and a half hours. The price is around 10€
  • For more information on how to get to the National park Djerdap – click here

Good to know when travelling to Belgrade

  • Serbia country code: +381
  • Serbia time zone: Central European Summer Time (CEST) UTC +2
  • Tap water is safe for drinking, and you can always buy bottled water in stores.
  • Smoking As in the rest of the Balkans, smoking is allowed almost everywhere, so you can smoke in bars, restaurants and cafes.
  • In Old Belgrade there are locations with free Wi-Fi (one of them is at the Student Park in Belgrade Center).
  • Tipping is not common in Serbia, although locals have the habit of rounding up the check.

Useful contacts

Police: +381 11 192

Fire department: +381 11 193

Ambulance: +381 11 194

Emergency, Clinical Center of Serbia: +381 11 3618444, Pasterova 2

Pharmacies working 24/7:

  • Prvi Maj Pharmacy: +381 11 3241349, Kralja Milana 9
  • Sveti Sava Pharmacy: +381 11 2066800, Nemanjina 2
  • Zemun Pharmacy: +381 11 2618582, Glavna 34

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