Ever considered visiting Serbia? Well maybe you should. There’s more than meets the eye to the Serbian capital of Belgrade with its grand Old Town buildings, expansive fortress, and views of the Danube and Sava Rivers.
Read on to find out the top three fun things to see and do in Belgrade, Serbia.
Visit the fortress
Belgrade’s biggest attraction is its fortress. The fortress precinct has been turned into a park with running paths, gardens and lookouts surrounding the thick walls of the fortress.
It costs nothing to enter the fortress grounds and it’s a great spot to come both during the day and at night, and take a walk through Kalemegdan Park.
During the day, it’s a nice place to go for a morning walk. Walk along the ramparts and get a view of the river, and wind your way through the many archways and across the towers.
At night, the fortress is lit up and a lot of locals come up here to sit on the ramparts and look out to the river.
2. Check out the Roman Well and the Clock Tower
The fortress precinct contains two worthwhile buildings for the curious traveller.
The Roman Well dates back to the early 18th century and is 51 metres deep. Two spiral staircases lead down to the well, but unfortunately they’re not open to the public – you can only look down into the well.
The 27 metre tall Clock Towers stands near the main gate to the fortress and also dates back to the 18th century. It’s a unique part of the fortress as clock towers are rare inside fortresses. The Clock Tower offers a great view of the fortress and Kalemegdan Park.
You can pay a combined entry fee of $A4.60 to enter all the attractions in the fortress or just buy a ticket individually for the ones you want to enter.
The fortress also houses a military museum holding a collection of tanks and cannons, and also strangely a medieval torture instrument exhibit.
To find out more about Belgrade’s past, there’s a number of tours on offer. You can do a free walking tour or go on the Underground Tour, which takes you to parts of the fortress as well as other interesting parts of the city.
3. Wander through the Bohemian Quarter
Belgrade’s Bohemian Quarter is the best place to eat, especially for dinner, but it also a charming location through the day.
The Bohemian Quarter – also known as Skadarlija – is a beautiful cobblestone street. Skardarlija was first home to gypsies in the early 19th century but it gradually moved to becoming a home for creative types such as writers, actors and artists.
Today, the Bohemian Quarter is lined with restaurants and many offer cheap but hearty meals.