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What to see in Belgrade in 3 days

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Belgrade, capital of Serbia, a mix of cultures, languages ​​and peoples. The city, made up of many characteristic and very different neighborhoods between lovo, is divided by the Sala River into the Old Town and New Belgrade.
City rich in history due to its past: until 1991 it was the capital of the entire Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, as well as being the management and operational center during the war years.
If you are interested in getting to know the city better or are thinking of organizing a few days, perhaps a weekend, here is an itinerary proposal on what to see in Belgrade in 3 days.



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  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Belgrade cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Republic Square, National Museum of Serbia

First the day in Belgrade, dedicated to the discovery of the Old City. Let's start with breakfast in one of the many cafes overlooking the square, such as the Adventure Caffe.

The first stop of the morning is the Piazza della Repubblica (in Serbian Trg Republike), inaugurated in 1886, was built where the gate of Constantinople once stood, the main entrance to the city built by the Austrians in the th century. Here the executions of the Serbs by the Ottoman authorities took place by carrying out the cruel practice of impalement. In the square there is the equestrian statue dedicated to Mihailo III, the ruler who liberated Serbia from Turkish control.

An integral part of the square are the National Theater and the National Museum of Serbia, the second stop of the day. The museum is one of the oldest institutions in the city (it was built in 1844), as well as one of the assets protected by UNESCO in the "Memory of the World" program. Inside it preserves about 400.000 works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, by national and international artists and is divided into three different permanent exhibitions: the Fresco Gallery, the Vuk and Dositej Museum and the Nadezda and Rastko Petrovic Memorial Museum. One of the main pieces on display is Miroslav's Gospel, dated around the 12th century, one of the oldest manuscripts of Serbian culture written in Serbian by two monks. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 00:20 to 00:10, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 00:17 to 00:200 (closed on Mondays) admission costs 1,70 RSD (approximately € 100, 0,85), reduced ticket RSD (about € ).



2 - Afternoon: Lunch, via Kneza Mihaila, Kalemegdan park and Fortezza

For lunch we recommend you stop at the Vuk restaurant, where you can taste typical dishes of the Serbian tradition: taste the typical grilled meat accompanied with a good beer (average cost of € 10,00 per person).

Next stop is the Kalemegdan Park. This park was always wanted by Mihailo II, who wanted to give a new look to Belgrade and completely erase the traces of the Ottoman domination over the city. This huge green area is full of activities and sports fields. You will find the zoo, an amusement park for children, but also the Military Museum and the City Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments.

Inside the park there is also the old Belgrade Fortress, which was built by the Celts and, later, by the Romans, who built the legion of Singidunum here. The purpose of the fortress was to protect the city from external attacks. Inside it houses the Belgrade History Museum, which tells all the historical moments of the city. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 00pm (closed on Mondays), it costs 17 RSD (about € 00).

3 - Evening: Dinner, Old Town

Once the visit to the park and the fortress is over, return to the historic center. For dinner, we recommend the Sarajevski ćevap restaurant, where you can taste typical Balkan dishes and, above all, cevapcici, really delicious. All accompanied by good beers. On average, you will spend € 10,00 per person.
For the evening you can stroll through the historic center and Kneza Mihaila street, maybe sit down at some club and drink a good cocktail.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,9 km / 47 min
  • Places visited: Republic Square, National Museum (200 RSD € 1,70), Kneza Mihaila street, Kalemegdan park and Fortress (100 RSD - € 0,85), Old Town
  • Belgrade: 4-Hour Guided Walking Tour Belgrade: Grand City Tour Underground and Dungeons Tour of Belgrade Fortress
  • Breakfast at Adventure Caffe (Get directions), Lunch at Vuk (Get directions), Dinner at Sarajevski ćevap (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Nikola Tesla Museum, Tasmajdan Park

Start immediately with a good breakfast at Mali Plato. First stop of the day is the Nikola Tesla Museum, a few steps away from the bar. As the name itself announces the museum is dedicated to Nikola Tesla, inventor, physicist and electrical engineer born to a Serbian family, but with Austro-Hungarian citizenship and then naturalized US. In the museum, an institution in the city, you will find everything about him: from drawings and projects that have never been realized, to photographs, documents and articles, to the awards he has won during his career. The building that houses the museum was built in 1929 by the architect Brasovan and was initially intended for other purposes. But in 1953, the Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, which at that time controlled the country, set up the collection dedicated to the Serbian inventor, creating spaces to house all the material on his life, his thought and his works. The entire exhibition is divided into seven rooms. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 00pm, (closed on Mondays) costs 20 RSD (approximately € 00).

After the visit, go to the Tasmajdan Park, one of the most beautiful in the city and ideal for playing sports, walking along the paths and relaxing on one of the many benches present.



2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Tasmajdan Park, Terazije

Once in the Tasmajdan Park, have lunch at the Madera restaurant, located right at the entrance to the park, an institution in the culinary sector in Belgrade. Here, in addition to traditional Serbian dishes, you will also find many international proposals. The restaurant also has a beautiful outdoor terrace completely surrounded by greenery (average cost between € 15,00 / 20,00 per person) .After lunch, take the opportunity to take a nice walk through this beautiful park, maybe stop and take a coffee in one of the many small places surrounded by nature.

The next stop of the day is Terazije, the beating heart of Belgrade, as well as a very trendy and elegant area. But it wasn't always like this: until 1830 there was almost nothing here, just a few small gardens and a water supply system built by the Turks during the period of control over Serbia. It always was Mihailo III who began the redevelopment of the area, always with the intention of canceling the years of Ottoman rule. To be able to transform the area, Mihailo ordered blacksmiths and coppersmiths to move to this neighborhood and, to help them, he began giving away plots of land, thus transforming the area of ​​the center of life of Belgrade and its inhabitants. Nowadays, here you can find shops of important fashion brands, like Armani and Burberry and the Hotel Moska, the most important and famous in the entire city.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Skadarlija district

For the evening we recommend heading to the Skadarlija district, with its bohemian charm. In the nineteenth century this district was mainly frequented by gypsies, Roma and Turks, while in the twentieth century, after the period of redevelopment wanted by Mihailo III, it became a destination for artists and writers from all over Serbia.

For dinner, stop at Zavičaj Skadarlija, a beautiful venue where you can choose between traditional Serbian cuisine and international cuisine. And, another point in favor is undoubtedly the price: you will spend an average of € 10,00 per person.

In the evening, enjoy the atmosphere of the neighborhood and maybe stop for a drink in a characteristic place like the Blaznavac Cafe-Bar, open until 1:00 am where you will find excellent cocktails.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 27 min
  • Places visited: Nikola Tesla Museum (250 RSD - € 2,10), Tasmajdan Park, Terazije, Skadarlija district
  • Belgrade: 1 hour express tour Belgrade: private sightseeing tour in a vintage car New Belgrade night tour
  • Breakfast at Mali Plato (Get directions), Lunch at Madeira (Get directions), Dinner at Zavičaj Skadarlija (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Museum of Yugoslavia

Last day in the Serbian capital, stop at Kafe Puskin for breakfast, so you can leave well recharged. First stop of the morning, the Museum of Yugoslavia, until 2016 Museum of the History of Yugoslavia, is the most visited in Serbia and tells the story of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and socialist Yugoslavia at 360 ° and the story of the famous Tito. The purpose of the museum is to be a place for dialogue and exchange, to understand the social and cultural phenomena of the twentieth century by deepening the known history with the testimonies of those who lived this period on their skin. The complex consists of several establishments: the Museum of May 25, the Old Museum and the House of Flowers. The latter, originally conceived as the dictator's residence, today is the mausoleum that houses the remains of General Josip Broz Tito.
The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 (closed on Mondays), and the full ticket costs 400 RSD (about € 3,40), the reduced 200 RSD (about € 1,70).
Once the visit is over, head to the next destination, the Temple of San Sava.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, St. Sava Temple, Old Town

Before continuing with the itinerary, have lunch at Ceger Kafe, a very nice place that is located right in front of the Church, perfect to stop for a moment and rest (average cost € 10,00 per person)

Then visit the imposing Temple of St. Sava, is the largest Orthodox Church in the world. The temple was erected in honor of Rastko Nemanjic. There is a story behind the decision to dedicate this church to this saint. It all started with a terrible affront that the Turks made against the Serbs in the 500s: fed up and annoyed by the pilgrimages of the faithful, they decided to publicly burn the saint's relics. The Church is always open to be visited and admission is free.

At the end of the visit, we recommend that you return to the Old Town, for a last tour to discover the corners that you have not been able to see in the previous days, or perhaps to indulge in another relaxing walk and a good snack at the Tasmajdan Park or, why not, take part in a river boat ride, to see the city from another perspective (Buy online)

3 - Evening: Dinner, Old Town

Last night in Belgrade. For dinner we recommend the Kafana Question Mark, a place located in the Old City. This place is an institution, a landmark, as well as the oldest Kafana, or tavern, in the city. Here you can take typical dishes of Serbian cuisine for the last evening, choosing from excellent soups and delicious meat dishes. There is also no shortage of beers and traditional homemade grappas. As a price we are just above the average, but the location is completely worth it. You will go to spend on average between € 15,00 / 20,00 per person.

For the last evening we recommend that you go for a drink in a Splav, or the many floating places on the Sava river, a unique experience.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6 km / 1 h 19 min
  • Places visited: Museum of Yugoslavia (400 RSD - € 3,40), Temple of Saint Sava (free), Old Town
  • Belgrade: boat tour on the river Tour Red Communist Belgrade
  • Breakfast at Kafe Puskin (Get directions), Lunch at Ceger Kafe (Get directions), Dinner at Kafana Question Mark (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Belgrade cost

Belgrade, like many cities in Eastern Europe, is very cheap and therefore affordable for everyone. Perfect for spending a weekend out of town. Here is a summary of the costs you will have to face:

  • Costs to eat: about € 30,00 per day per person
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 10,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 10,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 30,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person
  • Total cost of a weekend in Belgrade: from € 260,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Belgrade: the climate is continental, therefore with cold winters and very hot summers. The wettest month of the year is June. The intermediate seasons are perhaps the best time to visit the city, although spring is characterized by an uncertain climate with some sporadic snowfall - find out more
  • by plane at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla airport, 12 km away from the city center, reachable by bus, with the minibus A, the PTC Belgrade Line 72 or the PTC Belgrade Line 607 in 40 minutes with a cost of about € 0,75, 16; by taxi, in about 12,00 minutes you will arrive at your destination paying about € 141,00. Flights starting from € -
  • the best area, as well as the most served in all respects, is the part of the Old Town, the historical center of Belgrade. Alternative are the historic areas of Dorcol, the oldest district, and Savamala district which stretches along the Sava River. Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot to visit the Old Town. For the peripheral areas, use public transport such as buses, with 112 lines operating 24 hours a day; tram, with 24 tram lines operating 12 hours a day; trolleybus, with 24 different lines. The single ticket for all means costs € 24 and the day pass costs € 8 and the card for 0,75 days € 2,11 - find out more
  • Currency: Serbian Dinero (RSD) is used in Serbia. The ratio to the euro is approximately 1 EUR = 118 RSD. Since it is not very easy to recover this currency in Italy, we advise you to change the money in one of the many offices that you will find scattered throughout the city.
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