The city, which has been founded on the plateau where Danube River and Sava River come together, was ruined for 44 times during the ancient times due to its strategical position.Being under the rules of Byzantium, The Franks, First Bulgarian Empire, Kingdom of Hungary and Serbian Despotate throughout the Middle Ages, Belgrade became a county of Ottoman Empire in 1521; it was declared as the capital of Yugoslavia in 1918 and kept that title until 2006, when the country came to an end. Today, Belgrade has an autonomous administration with 17 municipalities within its metropolitan city area and each of these municipalities are governed by a local council. Travelling to this historically and culturally important city is easier than ever thanks to the tickets you'll buy on flypgs.com for low cost flights to Belgrad.
Transportation from the airport to the city center is quite easy in Belgrade. Taxis waiting in front of the terminal can be preferred to go to the city center. Also, "A1" buses take off from Slavija Square in every 30 minutes. The line numbered "72" also takes off in every 30-40 minutes from Zeleni Venac. We'd like to remind you that if you buy your tickets on the bus, you'll pay a little more than you'd pay to a kiosk. If you want to enjoy the comfort of a private car during visit to Belgrade, you can rent a car on flypgs.com
Those who want to use public transportation in the city can use one of the tram, bus, mini-bus and taxi options while going from one neighbourhood to the other. We recommend you to take Tram 2, which is one of the tram lines in the city, and go all around the at least once. Although you can buy tickets from kiosks, you can also obtain them from the tram driver. Since line 2 goes around the old central area of the city, it allows you to see all historical buildings.
We recommend you to use a taxi while going from one neighbourhood to the other, especially if you're a group of 3 or 4. Taxis have 3 different price plans which change according the time of the day. If you need to call one: Alo taksi: 3564-555; Beotaksi: 970; Pink Taksi: 9803, 2028; Radio Taxi Inbaco: 9801.
It's not that possible to see people riding bicycles in Belgrade. Everyone uses their chance to drive a bicycle in Ada Ciganlija. It's not a bad choice because this is an amazingly peaceful park where everyone is doing sports; some of them running, some of them pushing baby strollers on roller skaters... Renting bicycles is very easy and affordable. If you want to go around Belgrade on a bicycle and with a guide, the right address is: http://www.ibikebelgrade.com/bicycle-tours-in-belgrade-serbia/
The Serbian cuisine is pretty close to the Turkish. So much that even some of the dishes have the same names. Börek, Gulaş, Pieskavitsa (some kind of meatball), güveç (stew) ve muçkalitsa (similar to meat sauté) are famous Belgrad foods you need to taste here. You can use our list to decide what to eat and where to eat them.
An ideal place to eat Mediterranean food accompanied by an amazing view while listening to live music from time to time.
Tel: +381 11 3283011
This fish restaurant, which is on the seaside in Zemun, which is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city, is worth waiting for 45 minutes for your turn. Brussel mussel is only one of their specialties.
53 Kej Oslobođenja
Tel: +381 11 2618235
Cardak is the restaurant you'll prefer for a lunch or a dinner if you are in USCE region.
Tel: +381 11 888243
Belgrade’s most popular neighbourhood is Skadarlija. 2 Jelena, which is located here, is one of those touristic places which are frequented by locals, too.
Waiters serve in clothes from the 18th century and the atmosphere in the place is more that of an opera. In Little Bay, you can get seated in of the rooms named after famous composers and eat one of the cheapest meals of the city while listening to live classical music. It's affordable and delicious!
Tel: +381 11 3284163
Centrala is a coffee house where people stop by to have a little chat after a play in the theatre. Generally one needs to wait a little to find seats and mostly people from the art scene come and hang out here.
Two famous chefs of Serbia, Zoran Mišković and Ivan Cincar perpare their menu, which changes every day, right in front of your eyes. This is one of the places that are especially recommended by Belgrade locals.
Tel: +381 11 2401559
As one can understand from the name, Aleksandar Rodić, the creator of the restaurant wanted to create a communal area here. The table you are seated will be for four, not for two. You may have to share it with others.
Tel: +381 113037337
Shopping in Belgrade is mostly done on the line from Kalemegdan to Trg Repulike. If you're short in time and need some fast alternatives for shopping, you can check UŠĆE Shopping Center where there are more than 150 stores. You can find chain stores like Nike, Lush, Zara, New Yorker, Marks and Spencer, Bershka and C&A here.
Acne, Melissa, Cutler and Gross, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lomography, S’NOB, Converse and special products of many worldwide famous brand; sushi service if you come here in the evening, omlette and bagel in the morning; and for vintage lovers, there is a special section where you can find items that never go out of fashion. Sunday-Thursday 9 am - 12 am, Friday-Saturday 9 am - 1 am
Tel: +381 11 2910 942
Homemade ceramic mugs, paintings, earrings, necklaces and all kinds of things that came out of the hands of Serbian artists are on the shelves of Paspartu.
Tel: +381 11 3349405
All kinds of products made out of wool and cotton is what keeps the doors open until 9 pm in Ivković, which has customers even from foreign countries.
Kralja Milana 7
T-shirts, hats and all kinds of cool gifts created by artists from Belgrade are on sale between 5 pm - 10 pm in Gradstor.
Braće Krsmanović 4
Tel: +381 11 3282571
Šlic or "Zip" in English. There are clothes created by local designers in this store. Since there are only one or two products for every model, if they don't have your size in the store, you'll have to get one tailored for yourself.
Tel: +381 21 526578
Markets in Belgrade
Like in every European city, Belgrade also have markets where fresh fruits are sold, fried fish are served and flowers smell great. One of them is in Zemun and you can find the other on Dunavska Street in Dorcol.
If you're looking for something like a flea market where you can find a variety of things from bicycle parts to old cameras, hats to jewelleries, you can visit Otvoreni Trzni Centar – OTC in New Belgrade where there are building blocks dating back to the communist regime.
Belgrade hotels welcome you with luxurious and economical option for all kinds of budgets and hostels for students.
For those seeking luxury...
Square Nine Hotel
In this hotel, which has created its concept in accordance with Belgrade's renovation process, you can find an Ebisu Japanese Restaurant, tables and chairs designed by SPA, Ole Wanscher, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and sofas by Finn Juhl, Bruno Matthson. This is a design temple.
9 Studentski trg
Tel: +381 11 3333500
You're in a hotel which was opened in 2010 and has a modern design. Each room has been designed with elements from different art disciplines. Mosaic Restaurant located in the hotel is frequented not only by the hotel's guests but also by the local people.
Knez Mihajlova 27
Tel: +381 11 33 12 000
It was opened in 1906 and it's one of the oldest, classic hotels of Belgrade. The names of the hotel's frequenters include Albert Einstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Maxim Gorky, Mahatma Gandhi, Luciano Pavarotti, Jack Nicholson, Robert de Niro, Brad Pitt, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and many more.
Tel: +381 11 2686255
Hyatt Regency Belgrade
There are 302 rooms in Hyatt Regency, which is one best chain hotels of the city.
5 Milentija Popovića
Tel: +381 11 3011234
Good hostels in Belgrade :
Next to Kalemegdan, in a walk distance to the restaurant and night life center Skadarlija and near Savamala, which is the only address for design in Belgrade. Yol Hostel's each room has been designed randomly. Every piece you'll touch here is created by them. It's free to play Monopoly in the living room, read a book, listen to some music and meet other fellow travellers who came from all parts of the world.
Tel: +381 64 2008817
Free tea and coffee, internet, laundry and dryer for those who stay longer than 3 days and special walking routes for those who want to explore Belgrade... Hotselche is one of the meeting points of world-travelling backpackers.
Kralja Petra 8
Tel: +381 11 2637793
In Belgrade, which has been home to many big cultures in Europe, beauty of nature, green fields, different architectural styles and many more are waiting for you. Have no doubts - you'll live all your moments to the fullest in this city which cares about art and history.
Cathedral of Saint Sava
World's biggest Orthodox church with a capacity of 10,000 people is open to visitor.
Modern Arts Museum
Graphic arts, painting, sculpture, important names of the 19th century Yugoslavian and Serbian art: M. Milovanović, K. Milićević, M. Glišić can be seen in the collection of this museum.
The Old Palace
One of the most beautiful buildings of Serbia, which used to be the home of Obrenovic who was Serbia's ruler in the 19th century, is the government building now. You can take a tour inside if you make a reservation.
The White Palace
With its Serbian name Beli Dvor is the house of the old Karađorđević dynasty. These days, it's open to visitors between April and September.
The National Theatre
Theatre, opera and dance shows take place in this magnificent building located in Republic Square. We recommend you to watch a show.
Nikola Tesla Museum
Being a mechanical engineer and a physicist, Nikola Tesla was a Serbian genius who has changed the course of the world. You can see his life and creations in the museum opened for him.
Tel: +381 11 2433886
This Serbian history museum, which was opened in 1844, is one of the indispensible places in Belgrade.
1а Trg Republike
Tel: +381 11 330 60 00
In Kalemegdan Park, where lovers who have spent 40 years together, people who keep their brains sharp with chess and those who love sitting on grass instead of coffee tables come together, there is also a zoo. In such a green city, even animals that live in the zoo are in good mood.
Knez Mihajlova is a 500 meter-long home for coffee houses, street artists and painters willing to make portraits. It's very crowded especially in summer and on weekends.
Center: Knez Mihajlova and its vicinity is known as the center.
Kalemegdan: This is a huge park that sees Belgrade from above. There is also a zoo in it.
Beton Hala: This area, which is on the side of the canal and home to several bars and night clubs, gets more lively after 6 pm.
Novi Beograd: A residential area which is comprised of huge monotype buildings dating back to the communist regime.
Danube Canal Line: Starting from where Zemun region ends, following the Modern Art Museum and ending at the Brankov Bridge; this area has bars in boats all along the river and minimal amusement parks for kids.
Ada Ciganlija: This area, which is only 7 minutes away from Belgrade's center with a car, has brought beach clubs and peace together. It's possible to rent a bicycle, walk around in golf courses, play volleyball or basketball when the weather is good, sunbathe near Sava River or have canoe races in Ada Ciganlija.
Skandarlija: This is the heart of the night life and restaurants. Skadarska Street is where many restaurants with music are located. One must eat at Tri Sesira or 2 Jelena, which was the favourite of Tito, and then go to the street known as "Silicon Valley" by the locals and meet real people of the city in Soho and Insomnia.
Like in many Balkan cities, night life is very colourful in Belgrade and it's all alive until the morning! Belgrade nights are waiting for you with bars where you can sip your drinks with good music and night clubs where you can dance until the sunrise.
This place, which is a bar with stories about the old Yugoslavia are written on its walls, is the meeting point of people older than 70.
Ćirila i Metodija 2a
The Irish bar of Belgrade. VIP section is open to anyone who doesn't have a Serbian passport.
Kneza Milosa 16
If you go there before 6 pm, you won't realize that there is a bar, which is a wonder of industrial design, behind those iron doors. But after that? It becomes great. DJs speed up the music and the crowd goes nowhere before 4 am.
It opens like a chill lounge in the afternoon. It turns into a club where people dance to techno and house at nights.
Braće Krsmanović 8
It's known as the only address where people go after 4 am in Belgrade.
cnr Dalmatinska & Takovska
Every night, there is only one option for dance. All you need to do is check its program and see if it fits you.
Belgrade Event Calendar
One must check the program of this ogranization, which organizes conferences, readings, exhibitions and competitions, every year.
Belgrade Film Festival
If you are interested in Balkan cinema, you should check the program of Belgrade Film Festival.
Emergency: +381 11 3618 444
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