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Quick Tips for A weekend in Belgrade

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It’s no secret that Belgrade has endured a turbulent past. The capital of the former Yugoslavia and now informal central hub for the Balkans, Belgrade continues to be recognised as an important city that attracts many European tourists throughout the year.

While it may be popular among Europeans and the more adventurous travellers visiting Europe from abroad, Belgrade somehow remains an underrated capital that sees far fewer Westerners than it should, given its’ charm and unrivalled cultural offerings.

belgrade in spring

Getting There: Wizz Air fly from London Luton and offer some incredible deals on flights – wizzair.com.

When you arrive: Taxis from the airport are affordable but the bus is the cheapest option. It’s also a relatively quick 45 minute journey and surprisingly clean/comfortable. Take bus 72 (twice per hour) and you will soon arrive in the city centre for just 100 dinars (a little more than $1).

Where to stay: Hotel Prag is perfectly positioned and extremely well priced, around the 60 euro per night mark. It’s just a short walk to all of the main sites and attractions from here.

 

3 Must see sites: Belgrade Fortress, Cathedral of Saint Sava, Knez Mihailova.

Make sure you eat: Moritz Eis ice cream – an absolute must try (avoid peak times and weekends, the queue is likely to be out the door and down the street).

Make sure you drink: Belgrade is plagued with al fresco bars and restaurants, giving visitors too many options to choose from. Keep it simple: wander until you find something that takes your fancy and judge the quality based on how many people are already seated. If it’s busy, it’s good, If it’s quiet, try the next place that intrigues you. 

Know before you go: It is best to avoid the topics of politics and the war, however Serbia is well and truly looking to the future as opposed to dwelling on the past. The official currency is dinars. Quality food is not hard to find…. The Serbs love their food. Belgrade is one of the cheapest capitals in Europe.

belgrade serbia

 World of Wanderlust was a guest of Visit Belgrade, however my opinion is, as always, my own.

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  • popjovanov03@gmail.com'
    :)
    April 20, 2016 at 5:07 am

    I’m from Serbia 🙂

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  • louisjoliet1@gmail.com'
    Stefan
    February 10, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Great photos! I just spent 2 months in Belgrade and I totally fell in love with the city. Unfortunately it wasn’t as sunny or beautiful out as when you were there but I still feel lucky that I got to go.

  • nikolic.m.milena@gmail.com'
    Milly
    October 12, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Belgrade Fortress, like a fairytale! http://cdn.serbia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/beogradska-tvrdjava.jpg

  • nikolic.m.milena@gmail.com'
    Milly
    October 12, 2014 at 3:39 am

    I simply adore this city and everything about it: the people, rivers, nature, beautiful fortress, churches, parks… Such a friendly place to be! Amazing nightlife as well! Boats on the river are amazing as well as restaurants in Beton Hall (I recommend Iguana, having a nice dinner while listening to jazz with a river view…).
    Oh and Zemun! Such a lovely part of the city. Completely different from anything else in Belgrade… Don’t miss the sunset at Gardos Tower in Zemun!

  • kimmie_torfs@hotmail.com'
    Kim
    September 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Love the Fortress! By nightfall, all the young (and not so young) gather there. The whole area is full of live and if you’re lucky, the local basketball team will be holding a training. Their field is actually in the castle moat of the fortress.
    And for a more romantic moment, you have a beautifull view on the rivers Sava and Donau, who merge at the foot of the fortress.

  • Lidijadanilovic@gmail.com'
    Lili
    April 25, 2014 at 4:31 am

    One weekend is not enough to enjoy Belgrade properly 🙂 You missed out on river party boats, day time chill out beach lounge bars, amazing tower of Avala which you can see from the plane when flying in, Skadarlija, Sava mala fabtastic chill out restaurants where you can enjoy sunsets by the river and so much much more… Hopefully you’ll be back soon!

  • nastasjaz@gmail.com'
    Nastasja
    April 24, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    If there are few people sitting in the bars and cafes, it is because they know that tourists willl go like you – in a full place, where everyone believe they have to go. Smaller places are kind of insider place – people from Belgrade usually never go in Knez Mihajlova to drink, or enywhere in the centre due to the tourists, but a bit aside. If you ever go to Belgrade again, check the Street Gospodar Jevremova (also very near the centre) and enjoy your quite cheap coffee there in Jevrem-Cafe-Bar-Restaurant. I always go there 😀

    🙂

  • lena_sirena_91@hotmail.com'
    Helena
    April 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Hello, Brooke!
    I’m on my Balkan tour right now, currently in Belgrade. This city just radiates with energy! The streets are always crowded and people are beautiful and tall, that I’ve spotted right away (and fell in love with a Serbian guy, hehe).
    I’m absolutely amazed by everything because I dind’t know what to expect…
    But I don’t get this part about not mentioning the war? I’ve been here for about a month and nobody talked about it, as far as I know it was something about 20 years ago. Maybe it’s just the old folks.
    I will be following your tips for my next destinations – Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia…
    Lovely blog. Cheers! xx

  • sweet.escape.gk@hotmail.com'
    Lenne
    April 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Too bad you didn’t put a photo of Kalemegdan fortress, it’s gorgeous. Serbs are definitely one of the most hospitable and friendly people, I’m enjoying my stay here! One more must see sight: artistic district called Savamala in the city center, very interesting and inspiring with galleries, lots of street art and all sorts of bars and clubs.
    In my opinion, Belgrade is the most underrated city of Europe – stunning in the springtime!

  • anapekaric@yahoo.com'
    Ana
    April 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    And Skadarlija! Hope you’ve been, if not – something for your next visit 🙂