Panoramic night view of Sava river and Belgrade in the background

Things to do in  Belgrade

The crossroads of the Balkans

Belgrade, with its ancient roots and thorny recent history, is proof that not all interesting historical destinations have to be conventionally pretty. Exploring the Kalemegdan Fortress, Temple of St. Sava, and the city’s suite of museums are among the top things to do—but there’s much more to the Serbian capital than history alone. Partying tends to be the other go-to move in the Balkans’ largest city, thanks to how affordable it can be and the welcome variety of bars.

Top 11 attractions in Belgrade

Danube River

Europe’s second longest river and the former frontier of the Roman Empire, the Danube flows through several major cities—though few more charming than the capital of Serbia. From scenic riverwalks and floating bars to secluded beaches and wild islands, Belgrade’s pretty Danube banks promise sights and adventure for any city visitor.More

Belgrade Fortress (Beogradska Tvrdava)

Located in Belgrade’s Stari Grad municipality, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, Belgrade Fortress was erected in the third century to protect the city’s then-modest population. Today, the fortress boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including lush pathways, museums, unbeatable sunset viewpoints, and playgrounds. Rife with open-air history, it is the singular best place to visit in Belgrade for travelers seeking an enriching but unhurried day.More

Petrovaradin Fortress (Petrovaradinska Tvrdjava)

Located high on the right bank of the Danube River in the city of Novi Sad, the Petrovaradin Fortress (Petrovaradinska Tvrdjava) has played a significant role in Serbia’s history. Over the centuries, the site of the fortress has been used by the Romans, Byzantines, Celts, Turks, Hungarians and Austrians. Starting in the 17th century, the Austrians spent nearly a century building new fortifications, including new walls, water moats and channels with movable bridges and control gates. A 16-kilometer long system of underground tunnels was completed in 1776 and visitors today can explore about one kilometer of the system with a guide. While many other fortresses were destroyed when Serbia became part of Yugoslavia, the colonel responsible for the destruction is said to have spared Petrovaradin because he thought it was too beautiful to destroy.The fortress complex is divided into an Upper Town and a Lower Town. The Upper Town is home to old military barracks, the clock tower and the Novi Sad city museum, while the Lower Town is where you can see military officer residences, the Monastery of St. George and the Baroque style Belgrade Gate. The clock tower is notable for its large clocks with Roman numerals and the minute and hour hand reversed so that fishermen on the Danube can see the time from a distance.More

Avala Mountain (Planina Avala)

Located in the southeastern corner of Belgrade, Avala Mountain (Planina Avala) stands nearly 1,700 feet above sea level. The only mountain in the area, it features more than 600 plant species and has been protected since 1859 as a monument of nature. The mountain is made of serpentinite, limestone and magmatic rocks and is a source of lead and mercury ore, although mining activities ceased in the 1960s. Today, it is a favorite recreational spot for Belgrade residents and is home to several important monuments.The Monument to the Unknown Hero, built on the site of a medieval town called Avalski Grad, is dedicated to unknown soldiers from World War I. The Monument to the Soviet War Veterans honors members of the Soviet military who died in a plane crash on the mountain in 1964 and the Monument to Vasa Carapic remembers one of the leaders of the First Serbian Uprising in 1804. Avala Mountain is also the site of the tallest structure in Serbia: a 202-foot-tall television tower.More

Ada Ciganlija

The closest that landlocked Belgrade has to a beach resort, the man-made island of Ada Ciganlija is the city’s most popular summer getaway, marooned on the Sava Lake. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Belgrade's Sea’ by locals, the 800-hectare island offers around 5km of Blue Flag shingle beaches, fringed by a lush expanse of oak and birch forests.The main draw to Ada Ciganlija is its beaches, and swimming, kayaking and windsurfing are all possible during the summer months, while the waterfront promenade is lined with cafés, ice cream stands and food kiosks. The island also serves as the city’s main open-air recreational ground, with walking and cycling paths running around the lake; handball, volleyball and basketball courts; a golf course; and even a bungee jump tower.More

House of Flowers (Kuća Cveća)

Better known as the House of Flowers (Kuća Cveća), the memorial center for former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito consists of Tito’s tomb, a memorial collection, a hunting lodge and the residence in which Tito lived. The tomb was once surrounded by flowers until it was closed to the public after the breakup of Yugoslavia and now only white rocks remain where the flowers used to be. Only the tomb and the memorial museum are open to the public. They are among the most visited sites in Serbia and are particularly popular on May 25, Tito’s birthday.May 25 is also Youth Day and the memorial collection includes permanent exhibitions of the local, republic and federal Relays of Youth, including messages Tito received, tickets and programs for the relays, and photographs of the carrying and transition of batons. A new permanent display focuses on the personal life of Tito and includes the former leader’s personal items, uniforms, souvenirs from his travels and gifts he received.More

Nikola Tesla Museum (Muzej Nikole Tesle)

Devoted to the life and works of Serbian-American engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla, the Nikola Tesla Museum offers insight into the man behind some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the 19th and 20th centuries.More

Sremski Karlovci

The Serbian town of Sremski Karlovci seems to have it all, combining history, religion, and wine with sheer charm and beauty. This is one of the most picturesque towns in Serbia's Vojvodina region, with its well­-preserved baroque and neo­classicist architecture making you feel as if you’re wandering the streets of Prague or Bruges instead.There’s much to see and do on a trip to Sremski Karlovci, so it’s best to opt for a day trip from Belgrade so you can take in all of the town’s major sights, such as the Four Lions Fountain, the Treasury of Patriarchy residence, and the St. Nicholas orthodox cathedral. Many also choose to combine a visit here with a tour of the Fruska Gora monasteries.Because Sremski Karlovci happens to be one of the most prominent spots on Serbia's wine route, another option is to visit as part of a Vojvodina Province day tour, where you can sample the town’s wares in a wine cellar and combine it with a visit to the city of Novi Sad.More

National Museum in Belgrade (Narodni Muzej u Beogradu)

The National Museum in Belgrade (Narodni Muzej u Beogradu) is the largest and oldest museum in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. Sitting on Belgrade’s Republic Square, the museum was established in 1844 and has since grown to include more than 400,000 pieces in 34 different archaeological, numismatic, artistic and historical collections. The archaeological collection consists of sculptures from the 5th to 7th millennium BC, thousands of items from ancient Rome and ancient Greece and a rare gold sarcophagus and mummy from ancient Egypt. The numismatic collection features hundreds of thousands coins, medals, rings and seals, including coins issued by Phillip II of Macedonia and Alexander the Great.The museum’s collection of medieval artifacts hails mostly from Europe and Asia and features an illustrated 362-page manuscript of the Miroslav Gospels written in 1186, rings belonging to 14th century Serbian Queen Theodora and King Milutin’s mantle from the 1300s. Its art collection is also world-renowned, with extremely rare pieces from masters like Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. It also includes hundreds of paintings by Italian, Dutch, Flemish, Russian, Japanese, Austrian, German and Yugoslav artists.More

Smederevo Fortress (Smederevska Tvrdava)

Built in the 15th century and later fortified by the Ottomans, Smederevo Fortress (Smederevska Tvrdava) served as the capital of Serbia during the Middle Ages. Due to its strategic position between the Balkans and Central Europe, it was an important religious and commercial center in its heyday. Modeled after Constantinople Fortress, it provides a nice example of traditional defensive medieval architecture and has been relatively well preserved, suffering no major damage until World War II.Located southeast of Belgrade, the fortress covers more than 10 hectares in the center of the city of Smederevo, where the Danube River meets the Jezava River. Completely surrounded by water, the fortress features 1.5 kilometers of two-meter thick walls and 25 towers that each stand about 25 meters tall. While only the foundations of the fortress remain in some places, conservation efforts have restored the escarpment along the Danube and a southern wall that is used as a levee. The fortress today is used as a park and often hosts festivals, concerts and other cultural events.More
Belgrade Museum of Aviation

Belgrade Museum of Aviation

Housed behind a shimmering facade of mirrored glass in a futuristic, donut-shaped building, the Belgrade Museum of Aviation is one of the city’s most impressive museums. Inside, the vast permanent collection features dozens of aircraft, including planes, drones, and even hot-air balloons, formerly owned by the Yugoslav Air Force.More

Top activities in Belgrade

From Belgrade: Novi Sad and Karlovci Sremski Wine Tasting
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Belgrade Sightseeing Half-Day Trip Old and New Belgrade
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From Belgrade: Drina River House, Mokra Gora and Sargan 8 Railroad Tour
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From Belgrade: Full-Day Historical Danube Tour
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Eastern Serbia Monasteries and Resava Cave Tour from Belgrade
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Belgrade: 3-Hour Small Group Walking Tour
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Columbo Pub Crawl Belgrade

Columbo Pub Crawl Belgrade

Belgrade Sunset Cruise

Belgrade Sunset Cruise

Airport Transfer in Belgrade, Serbia

Airport Transfer in Belgrade, Serbia

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All about Belgrade

When to visit

If partying in Belgrade is a priority, then summer is definitely the best time to visit the city. The long days and warm weather offer the best conditions for fun aboard Belgrade's splavs, floating river boat clubs. August also brings with it Beer Fest's enticing combination of beer and music. Wait until September if you'd prefer to avoid the busy season, but still want comfortable conditions for sightseeing.

Getting around

While you can comfortably explore Stari Grad on foot, walking in Belgrade will only get you so far—especially because of the city's steep streets. To travel any farther, including over to New Belgrade, look to Belgrade's yellow city buses, trolleybuses and trams; the number 2 tram is popular as it runs a loop around the city's historical center.

Traveler tips

Cafe culture is quite common in most Balkan cities, but Belgrade is also home to quite a few modern coffee shops serving up more than just Serbian coffee. For your flat white or Chemex, head to the neighborhood of Dorcol, a hub for the city’s more modern cafes. Bear in mind that most of these places still allow people to smoke indoors, an act still permitted in cafes and restaurants in Serbia.


People Also Ask

Is Belgrade worth going to?

Yes, the city of Belgrade is definitely worth going to. Belgrade has plenty to entertain you, whether you’re interested in culture, history, or nightlife. The city is also relatively central within the Balkans, making it a convenient and well-rounded destination for travelers to southeastern Europe.

How many days are enough in Belgrade?

Two days in Belgrade is enough time to experience the main attractions in the city and get a sense of what it's like. However, spend longer in Belgrade and you’ll find plenty more things to do, such as exploring the neighborhood of Zemun across the Sava river.

Is Belgrade cheap or expensive?

Belgrade often ranks as one of the most affordable big cities to visit in Europe, which is why it’s so popular among travelers on a budget. However, when compared to other destinations in the Balkans, it is more expensive.

Can you speak English in Belgrade?

Yes, you can generally get by in Belgrade speaking English—English is common as a second language, particularly among people working in tourism and younger generations. It will help to know at least a few common phrases in Serbian to make interactions with locals easier.

Why do people go to Belgrade?

People go to Belgrade for a variety of reasons, from wanting to see what Serbia is like to experiencing the city's nightlife. Belgrade is also very well-connected with other major cities in this part of Europe, making it a convenient place to go for travelers.

Is Belgrade good for tourists?

Belgrade has a reputation in some circles as being gritty and only appealing to people interested in partying. However, the city is also home to a flourishing creative scene, cafe culture, and many important museums, meaning it's a good place to get to know Serbia and its unique culture.

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