3-Day Itinerary: Things to do in Belgrade, Serbia

Things to do in Belgrade

Planning a stop in Belgrade on your European adventure? You won’t be disappointed! Belgrade, one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, sits at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. This vibrant city is rich in history, boasts stunning architecture, and offers a mix of trendy and traditional restaurants and cafes alongside a thriving arts scene. Use this itinerary as your guide for an amazing trip.

Tips for Your Trip to Belgrade

The best time to visit

There is no bad time to visit Belgrade. Spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) offer pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Summer (July to August) can be hot but is vibrant with numerous festivals and events. Winter (December to February) is cold and less ideal for outdoor activities but provides a cozy, festive atmosphere during the holiday season.

How long should you stay in Belgrade?

Three days are perfect for a quick overview of Belgrade, but if you have more time, there’s always more to explore.

Packing for a trip to Belgrade

  • Passport and Visa: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months and check if you need a visa.
  • Universal Travel Adapter: Serbia uses Type F power plugs, and the standard voltage is 230V.
  • A power bank: good to charge your phone and other devices while on the go.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Belgrade’s cobblestone streets and historical sites require comfortable walking shoes.
  • Sunscreen: SPF protection is especially important when traveling during the hot summer months.

For more tips, see the full European packing list for your trip to Belgrade.

What currency will you need for Belgrade?

Belgrade, Serbia uses the Serbian dinar (RSD) as its official currency. While many hotels and restaurants accept credit cards, it’s best to have dinars for public transportation and smaller shops. You can exchange money at the airport, banks, and exchange offices, or withdraw dinars from ATMs.

How to Get from Belgrade Airport to the City Centre

There are three transportation options from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) to the city center: taxi, car transfer, and bus. Taxi or car transfers are the fastest. It takes around 30 minutes and costs between 25-35 euros. You can get a taxi at a stand at the airport and may be able to schedule a transfer directly from your hotel.

The Bus is the cheapest option, costing a few euros, but it can take a little longer to get to the city center and is less convenient. Please note that the buses don’t go as often early in the morning and later in the evening. Make sure to check bus schedules before planning your trip.

A1 shuttle is a cheap and easy way to get into the city. The A1 shuttle stop is to your right. The shuttle takes about 30 minutes to reach Slavija Square (Kralja Milutina Street).

City Bus 72 goes from the airport to the bus terminal Zeleni Venac in Belgrade center, which can be a little closer to your hotel than Slavija Square.

Is Belgrade safe?

Belgrade is generally safe, but like any major city, be mindful of your belongings and avoid poorly lit areas at night.

Does Belgrade have good public transportation?

The city has a good public transport system, including buses, trams, and trolleybuses. Taxis are affordable, but ensure they use the meter.

Food to try in Belgrade

Ćevapi: These grilled minced meat sausages are a staple of Serbian cuisine. Usually served with flatbread, onions, and ajvar (a pepper-based condiment), ćevapi is a must-try for foodie lovers.

Pljeskavica: Often referred to as a Serbian burger, pljeskavica is a spiced meat patty made from a mix of pork, beef, and lamb. It’s typically served in a bun with toppings like kajmak (a creamy, slightly tangy dairy product similar to clotted cream), onions, and ajvar.

Ajvar: A delicious red pepper and eggplant spread, ajvar is used as a condiment with meats, bread, and various dishes. During my time in Belgrade, I had ajvar for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Pita: Serbian pies made with thin layers of dough and various fillings such as cheese (sirnica), spinach (zeljanica), or minced meat (meso). These savory pastries are perfect for a quick snack or a light meal.

Baklava: This sweet pastry made of layers of filo dough, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with honey or syrup, is a popular dessert in Serbia.

Rakija: A strong fruit brandy that is considered Serbia’s national drink. Rakija is made from various fruits, including plums (šljivovica), apricots (kajsijevača), and grapes (lozovača). It’s often enjoyed as an aperitif or digestif.

3-Day Belgrade Itinerary

Trip Highlight: Kalemegdan Fortress and Park is a wonderful way to spend a morning. Ružica Church was one of my highlights.

Tourist Traps: In my experience, the restaurants at Skadarlija were overpriced and served the lowest quality of food. Despite being a popular tourist attraction, I wouldn’t recommend it.

The Best Meal: I’ve had many delicious breakfasts in Belgrade, and one of the best dinners I had was at Restoran Beograd.

I wish I visited: I’ve heard wonderful things about Zemun, a charming neighborhood in Belgrade, but unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to visit.

Day 1: Get immersed in the history and culture of Belgrade

Breakfast: Start your day with a pastry and coffee at a Pekara near your hotel. Some great pastry shops include Prva Pekara or Hleb & Kifle, located in the city center.

Morning: Kalemegdan Fortress and Park

Kalemegdan Fortress is a must-see in Belgrade. Overlooking the confluence of the Sava and the Danube, this fortress has served as a defensive fortification and has seen many battles over the centuries.

Surrounding the fortress is Kalemegdan Park, a peaceful area perfect for a leisurely stroll. The park features monuments, statues, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Don’t miss the Military Museum, which has a vast collection of weapons and military artifacts.

Inside the fortress, you’ll find ancient gates, towers, and ramparts. I especially enjoyed seeing the Roman Well, the Sahat Tower, the Victor Monument, and Ružica Church.

Afternoon: Knez Mihailova Street

After visiting the fortress, stroll down Knez Mihailova, a bustling pedestrian street, lined with shops, cafes, and historical buildings. Stop in for some shopping or simply soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

For lunch, I highly recommend Znak Pitanja, a great spot with authentic Serbian cuisine and a wonderful atmosphere.

Late afternoon: Republic Square

Strolling down Knez Mihailova Street, you will eventually make it to the heart of Belgrade, the Republic , you’ll find the National Museum and the National Theatre. The square is a popular meeting point and a great spot for people-watching. Visit the National Museum, where you’ll find Serbian art, as well as art from other countries in Europe and historical artefacts. Or, catch a ballet or an opera performance at the National Theatre.

Evening: Stroll on Skadarlija

Head to this bohemian quarter, known for its cobblestone streets, lively atmosphere, and traditional Serbian restaurants (kafanas). This street offers a truly a unique atmosphere, however, I don’t recommend getting dinner here. This is a good place to have a glass of Serbian wine, accompanied by live folk music.

Dinner: For dinner, go to Little Bay, a restaurant featuring authentic Serbian cuisine and live music in a unique setting, featuring opera-themed decor.

Day 2: Modern Belgrade and Riverfronts

Breakfast: I had breakfast at Zaokret several times during my trip. I truly enjoyed it every time. If you’re hotel is anywhere near, you’ll find a nice atmosphere, delicious coffee and a variety of breakfast dishes.

Morning: Saint Sava Temple

The magnificent Saint Sava Temple is situated on the Vračar plateau in Belgrade, on the eastern side of Svetosavski Trg square. This location is historically significant as it is believed to be where the remains of Saint Sava were burned in 1595 by Ottoman Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha, in an attempt to suppress the Serbian spirit. It is not only the largest Serbian Orthodox church but also the second largest Orthodox church in the world. Visiting it is truly an impressive sight, whether you’re an Orthodox Christian or not, you should definitely plan to visit it during your time in Belgrade.

Lunch: stop for lunch at Restoran Beograd. Make sure to try the grilled sausages, cevapi.

Afternoon: Nikola Tesla Museum

Visiting Nikola Tesla Museum is a fascinating and educational experience that offers a deep dive into the life and work of Nikola Tesla, one of history’s greatest inventors. The museum offers tours in English and houses a collection of Tesla’s personal belongings, drawings, and models of his inventions. You can also catch a live demonstration of Tesla’s experiments, which are entertaining and educational.

Late afternoon: St. Mark Orthodox Church

Built between 1931 and 1940, St. Mark’s Church stands on the site of a previous church constructed in 1835. The current structure was designed in the Serbian-Byzantine style by architects Petar and Branko Krstić, drawing inspiration from the renowned Gračanica Monastery. The church was consecrated in 1940, but the interior decorations remained incomplete due to the onset of World War II and subsequent events. The church also holds the remains of several significant figures in Serbian history, including King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and Tsar Dušan, the greatest Serbian emperor.

Evening: Beton Hala

This modern riverside area features trendy restaurants, bars, and clubs. It’s a great place to enjoy dinner and experience Belgrade’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 3: Exploring Beyond the City Center

Morning: Zemun

Visit this historic neighborhood, once a separate town, now part of Belgrade. Wander through the charming streets, see the Gardoš Tower for panoramic views, and enjoy a coffee at one of the riverside cafes. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to explore Zemun on my trip, but I am saving it on my list for the next time I’m in Belgrade.

Here, I’ve heard a lot about Poslastičarnica sa stavom, which many consider the best and the most unique ice creams in Belgrade. Options include white wine, lavender, plum, cheese, and even ajvar.

Afternoon: River Tour of Belgrade

On the last day, cruise along the waters of Sava and Danube and enjoy panoramic views of the Belgrade’s landmarks, including the majestic Kalemegdan Fortress and the bustling waterfront promenades. The tour often includes insightful commentary on Belgrade’s history and culture, highlighting the significance of these waterways. A boat tour provides a way to see Belgrade from a different perspective.

Evening: Floating River Clubs (Splavovi)

End your trip with a night out on one of Belgrade’s famous floating river clubs. These clubs on the Danube and Sava rivers offer a unique nightlife experience, with music ranging from electronic to traditional Serbian folk.

I hope you find this Belgrade itinerary helpful. Are you going to Belgrade soon? Let me know what you’re looking forward to the most!

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5 Comments

  1. Anja
    July 4, 2024

    Although it’s not far, a trip to Serbia has never been on my mind, but it looks very interesting and attractive, thank you for bringing it to my attention!

    Reply
  2. Tania Muthusamy
    July 4, 2024

    I am keen to visit Belgrade, Serbia next time I go to Europe. I would be interested in the fort and doing a river cruise to enjoy the city from the water.

    Reply
  3. Jane
    July 4, 2024

    Wow this post is super helpful for if I ever get the chance to travel to Serbia myself. The food pictured made me so hungry it looked so good!

    Reply
  4. Natalie
    July 5, 2024

    The Kalemegdan Fortress would be something to see as well as the Saint Sava church! Looks like the perfect long weekend in Belgrade.

    Reply
  5. Lucia
    July 5, 2024

    I have never thought of visiting Serbia up until now. Serbia looks interesting and there are lots to do. I also assume its far less crowded with tourists so it could be a perfect getaway from other overcrowded European countries.

    Reply

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