When you’re in Belgrade, you can forget about worrying about getting around! No bus tickets, no waiting lines, and no tough traffic – everything’s within walking distance over here! With just one pair of feet, you’ll be able to see so much of this city!
I’ll take you one tour you’ll never forget. Are you ready?
The Belgrade Zoo will be our first stop
We’ll start our walking tour from the very center of the city, where the zoo can be easily found. Watching furry fellows, admiring gracious birds, taking lots of picture, relaxing and charging our batteries for the long, upcoming itinerary – these are the wild activities which we’ll be engaging ourselves with for a while.
Founded in 1936, The Belgrade Zoo is one of the oldest places of its kind in Europe and it currently hosts 2,000 animals from 211 species. The roars, tweets, growls and quacks will blend together, creating one of the most natural and pleasant melodies you can hear. No classical music composer can beat that!
Did you know that the sound made by an elephant is called a trumpet? And maybe you’ll be lucky enough to hear it from the zoo’s trunk owning inhabitant, with its residence very close to the entrance. Welcoming, isn’t it?
Knez Mihailova will walk us through culture and history
Next we’ll proceed to Knez Mihailova, the main pedestrian street in Belgrade, ready to spoil us with an enchanting promenade. Lined by beautiful historical buildings and elegant cafes all along, this will be a walk we’ll remember!
Also known as the Prince Michael Street, it’s one of the city’s landmarks, stepped on daily by hundreds of locals and tourists. It lies between Terazije Square and Kalemegdan and it’s a historical and cultural epicentre. Knez Mihailova is protected by the law due to its mighty value.
Besides stores, restaurants and pubs, we’ll also be able to see The Serbian Academy of Science and Art, the City Library, the Zepter Museum and several cultural centres. So let’s stop and stare whenever something catches our attention – which, from my experience, will be every 5 seconds, but we have all the time in the world, haven’t we?
Did you know that the City Library (which we’ll see along this beautiful street) was formerly the Serbian Crown Hotel, the most modern one in Belgrade, back in the mid 19th century? Well, now you know!
Kalemegdan Park will make our break a little more special
After a long, long walk, it’s time to rest for a bit. The Kalemegdan Park is two steps away from Knez Mihailova and it offers an amazing view of the Sava and Danube rivers from its vantage point.
There’s a lot to see in terms of monuments, too. The Statue of Victor, A La France, the Despot Stefan Lazarevic Monument, the Branko Radicevic Monument and the Tomb of National Heroes will keep our eyes and attention busy for a while. For the art lovers out there, let me tell you that the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts hosts various changing exhibitions within the park’s Cvijeta Zuzoric Art Pavilion. The entrance is free, so don’t miss it!
Also, if you’re in a spiritual mood, or you’re just driven by curiosity, stop by the Ruzica Church (once a gunpowder magazine) and the St. Petka’s Church, both located right here.
Did you know that this cherished spot offers a stunning view to Kalemegdan Fortress, which used to be Belgrade’s main defensive structure? Indeed, and now we’re going to move on and discover this magnificent fort!