1. KNEZ MIHAILOVA & KALEMEGDAN FORTRESS
This is the main pedestrian and shopping zone in Belgrade, and is protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable landmarks of the city. Named after Mihailo Obrenović III, Prince of Serbia, it features a number of buildings and mansions built during the late 1870s. Knez Mihailova is a common meeting point for Belgraders. The street has been named one of the most beautiful pedestrian zones in South East Europe and is a constant buzz of people and tourists. Thousands of people stroll along the street every day as it is the shortest path from Terazije to Kalemegdan park and fortress. The street is home to Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU), Instituto Cervantes, Goethe-Institut, Alliance française, as well as many other leading shops and several cafes.
In December 2006, BusinessWeek magazine included the street as one of Europe’s notable Christmas shopping sites. One can find international clothing brands such as Mango, Zara and Zara men, Gap, Nike men and women, Replay, Diesel, Terranova, Sephora, New Look, Swarovski, Cesare Paciotti, Tally Weijl, Miss Sixty, Bata, Bally, Aldo, Adidas, Vapiano, Monsoon Accessorize and many more shops. We wrote some more about this amazing street, so if you’re planning on visiting Belgrade, make sure to check out more info here!
2. BOHEMIAN NIGHTS IN SKADARLIJA
If you’re a sucker for bohemian streets, romance and quality wine – Skadarlija street is a top notch for you! It is a vintage street, an urban neighborhood and former municipality of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in the Belgrade municipality of Stari Grad (Old town) and generally considered the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade, similar to Paris’ Montmartre. Check out some more info about Skadarlija here, because previously we wrote a whole lot about this awesome place in Belgrade…
3. ADA LAKE
The lake is 4 km long and more or less equably 200 meters wide. It boasts a blue flag beach certification used to designate adherence to the stringiest standards of FEE. It’s actually one of the very few riverside beaches in the world that have this sort of acknowledgment. An endless array of cafes and restaurants runs alongside the beach and makes a cracking addition to it. There is hundreds of places where you can indulge a fine crepe, a barbecue specialty, ice-creams of all tastes, donuts or popcorns. And you can get married there.
You should dedicate whole day for visiting this place – especially when the weather is nice (in the period between April and October). If it happens to be a weekend, you’ve hit the bulls-eye!
Ada is primarily a place for sports and recreation. During spring and summer time this place is crowded with hot serbian beauties in their bikinnis. Apart from swimming, it’s also possible to ride a bike or rollers on an 8 km dedicated track around the lake and park. Don’t worry if you haven’t got your own because you can rent them at a fairly decent price. And if you’re not particularly skillful with rollers, well there’s a skating school. When you move away from the lake deeper into the island, as many as 50 basketball courts and football pitches greet you toghether with a proper golf course, if you’re more into this type of sports. A specific detail that makes Ada one of the all-time favorites among the locals is its picnicfield: it got quite a few built barbecues, with benches and tables for all of those fond of outdoor meals.
One of the most recent landmarks in Belgrade, a huge single pylon bridge that connects Čukarica and New Belgrade goes straight over Ada. Some might opt for it to get to Ada, but the real pleasure is to get there by boat and river taxis operate the tour from New Belgrade’s Block 70 to Ada constantly during the season (which is spring to late autumn). Kids, pets and bikes get a free ride. For all those keen on cycling, it’s possible to get to Ada from Dorchol as well. If you-re driving there is a parking lot with enough room for a one thousand five hundred and eighty vehicles, and the daily ticket is just a bit above a euro. As far as city buses are concerned, 52, 52, 56, and 56L will take you there from the station Zeleni Venac. In the summertime there are five seasonal lines that will get you there from various parts of the city (ADA 1,2,3,4 and 5).
Topčider is a forest park and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade. This place is famous for it’s rich history, beautiful nature, and cultural monuments of great national importance. During Ottoman times, Turkish artillery was positioned on this place, intended to defend Belgrade, being distant from the town itself at the time (thus many military barracks to defend the city from later periods, but the town later sprawled tens of kilometers further). This is how the area got its name as in Turkish it means “artillery men’s valley” (top – cannon; topçu – artillery man; dere – valley). The history of the park itself begins in 1831 when the Prince of Serbia Miloš Obrenović started building his personal quarters in the swampy terrain of the Topčider, today one of the major attractions in Belgrade, the famous “Milošev konak”.
A stone church, inn and military complex were also constructed. The biggest and oldest specimen of Platanus tree, protected by the state, is 34 meters high and the diameter of the deck is 55 meters, while the shade of its crown covers an area of 1,400 square meters. Some sources claim it was planted in 1834 when prince Miloš ordered for a seedling to be planted in front of his house. Even older is the almost 180-year-old pear tree, nicknamed “kruška topčiderka” (“pear of Topčider”)! According to popular legend, it was planted by prince Miloš a few years after the konak was finished. He wanted to redeem to his wife princess Ljubica because of his frequent infidelities and before the pear seedling he swore that he will be loyal to his wife. It still bears fruits, so attempts are being made to produce its seedling in the greenhouse. The pear is surrounded by five pedunculate oak, all of which are over 100 years old.
Topčider was the first public park outside the central city area. Today it covers an area (with the Topčider and Košutnjak woods) of 3.46 km². Many other monuments are centered on the konak: the “binjektaš” stone (“hopping stone”) which prince Miloš used to jump on a horse, the Museum of the First Serbian Uprising (in the konak itself), three public drinking fountains with an additional fourth one with lion’s heads which was temporarily moved here, but restored in 1976 and returned to its original location in Terazije, and the stone obelisk erected in 1859, one of the first public monuments in Belgrade. A bronze monument to the Swiss doctor and philanthropist Archibald Reiss (by Marko Brežanin), etc.
5. EUROPE’S TOP PARTY CITY
People in Belgrade were born to create a great atmosphere, and they know how to party hard. Whatever mood you’re in, entering any of Belgrade’s night clubs will bring a smile back to your face. So, if you like partying, and enjoying yourself in top clubs, we are the right choice for you.
If you are looking for some hard core fun and unforgettable clubbing experience – Belgrade will become your faveorite city! Music is great, drinks are strong, and girls are hot and ready to party! But you should know that there are winter and summer seasons in Belgrade clubs.
Winter nightclubs are located downtown, and their busy season stretches from October through May. In the summer, Belgrade party moves to the rivers, where summer nightclubs have their opening nights in May. Actually, those are big, open-air rafts and boats, remodeled into discotheques and nightclubs. If you want to visit most popular clubs in Belgrade those are the ones located on the river Sava, starting from the old Railway Bridge and up to the “Gazela” bridge, and also those on the Danube, near “Hotel Yugoslavia”.
Belgrade nightclubs mostly don’t practice cover charge, but the reservation is necessary. All spots – by the bar, bar tables, high tables, VIP tables – are bound to be reserved. It is very important to get into the club no later than half past midnight, because otherwise the club has the right to give your reservation to someone else. Also, beware – in these nightclubs you can’t enter inappropriately or casually and sportly dressed, and you can’t carry any drinks, narcotics or weapons inside. Besides that, bouncers at the gate will make sure that your name is on the guest list before they let you in.
We can provide you with arrangements to party in VIP style at the most popular night clubs of our capitol. You will be shown the most popular things to do in Belgrade and taken to the best and most popular spots in town, always surrounded by beautiful people, right in the heart of the Belgrade nightlife! If you want us to make reservations for you at these city’s top spots, send us an e-mail and be sure that we will plan your night to be an unforgetable experience!