City Orientation Walk, Belgrade (Self Guided)

Apart from being the capital city, Belgrade is also logistical, cultural and economic center of Serbia. To see what the country, in general, and Belgrade, in particular, are about – in terms of religion, politics, arts and more – follow this orientation tour and explore the featured attractions for the ultimate impression.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Serbia » Belgrade (See other walking tours in Belgrade)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: valery
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Cathedral of Saint Sava

1) Cathedral of Saint Sava (must see)

The Cathedral of Saint Sava (Serbian: Hram Svetog Save) is an Orthodox church in Belgrade and the largest Orthodox church building in the world. It is dedicated to Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an important figure in medieval Serbia. It is built on the Vračar plateau, the location where Sava's remains are thought to have been burned in 1595 by the Ottoman Empire's Sinan Pasha. From its location, the cathedral dominates Belgrade's cityscape, and is perhaps the most monumental structure in the city. It was built exclusively by public subscription. Standing nearby is the parish home, as soon will be the planned patriarchal building. Saint Sava's is not a cathedral in an ecclesiastical sense, as it is not the seat of a bishop (the seat of the Metropolitan Bishop of Belgrade is St. Michael's Cathedral).

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Nikola Tesla Museum

2) Nikola Tesla Museum (must see)

The Nikola Tesla Museum is a scientific museum, one of its kind in terms of preserving the heritage of Nikola Tesla, the world's famous inventor. Its permanent exhibition was arranged in 1955. From time to time there have been some modifications, but the basic concept of it has remained the same. Alongside a memorial exhibition documenting Tesla's life, the museum offers an interactive display with 3D models of Tesla's inventions. Periodically, there are themed exhibitions of documents, photographs and other materials, outlining certain periods of Tesla's work and life.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

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St. Mark's Church

3) St. Mark's Church (must see)

The Church of Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, otherwise known as St. Mark's Church, is located in the center of Belgrade in Tašmajdan Park. It is one of the largest churches in the country. It was built between the two world wars, 1931-1940, and its interior is still not fully completed. A Christian place of worship has existed continuously in what is today Tašmajdan Park from at least the nineteenth century. The original St. Mark's Church, built in the days of Belgrade Metropolitan Petar Jovanović (1833-1859) and Prince Miloš Obrenović (1835-1836), stood in almost the same location, just slightly south of the present building. At a time when Turkish troops were still quartered in the city and the present-day Orthodox Cathedral (Saborna Crkva) was built of wood, this was a great spiritual sight for Belgrade. The patron endower of the church was Lazar Panća, a merchant originally from the village of Katranica in Southern Serbia, who died in Belgrade in 1831.

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Skupština (Parliament)

4) Skupština (Parliament) (must see)

Skupština (The Parliament) of Serbia is housed in one of the country's most imposing buildings. The body was established on 28 October 1858. The act of unification of 1 December 1918 and the creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, stopped the legislative functions of regional authorities. Over the past half century, the Serbian Parliament has changed several titles, including The National Assembly of Serbia in 1945-1946, The National Assembly of the People's Republic of Serbia in 1946-1963, The Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Serbia in 1963-1990, and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 1990.
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Old Palace

5) Old Palace (must see)

The Old Palace was built between 1882 and 1884, to the design of Aleksandar Bugarski, in style of the 19th century academism. The intention was to surpass in grandeur all the existing residences of Serbian rulers. English author Herbert Vivien, who visited the Old Palace at the end of the 19th century, described in detail its interior: "At the left side, there is a fine ball room, with walls of lemon-yellow color, with huge white candle holders of Venetian glass, glistening nicely during the state festivities, lit by electric light. After passing the large reception hall, you enter the banquet hall. Everything is glistening in that hall: starting from the floor up to the carved mahogany table. Some sixty guests may be seated around that table. Leather-upholstered chairs are of the color of autumn leaves. What is most impressive is the good taste characterizing all objects, both those for use and the adornments."

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Nikola Pašić Square

6) Nikola Pašić Square (must see)

Located in Stari Grad, Nikola Pašić Square is a direct extension of Terazije. It extends further into Belgrade's longest street, King Alexander Boulevard, while Dečanska Street connects it to the Republic Square. Named after Nikola Pašić, the prominent Serbian politician and Prime Minister of the early 20th century, the square lies in front of the monumental National Assembly building. The square was built in the 1950s as part of a massive Terazije reorganization project. Its original terrain was so hilly that tonnes of earth had to be removed in order to make the construction possible. Inaugurated as Marx and Engels Square, in honor of the famous communist ideologues, subsequently, it was one of Belgrade's first locations to change its name with the loosening of the communist ideology in the late 1980s.

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Skadarlija Street

7) Skadarlija Street (must see)

Skadarlija is an old street, a neighborhood, and a former municipality in Belgrade. Part of the Stari Grad (Old Town) area, it is generally regarded as the main bohemian quarter of the city, styled as a local "Montmartre". The history of Skadarlija began in the 1830s with the settlement of gypsies in the abandoned trenches in front of the ramparts. The 1854 town plan had the gypsy hovels eventually replaced by brick buildings into which artisans, caterers, and petty clerks moved. Up until 1872, the locality had been known as the Gypsy Quarter. Afterwards, the street was named after the town of Skadar (today's Shkodër in Albania), which was part of the medieval Serbian state. Skadarska ulica, "Skadar Street", has since been the official name.

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National Theatre

8) National Theatre (must see)

The National Theatre of Belgrade was built in 1869 to the design of Aleksandar Bugarski, the most productive local architect of the 19th century. The decision to have a purpose-made theatre building was taken by Knez (Prince) Mihailo Obrenović. Typical of its time, the edifice is reminiscent of that of La Scala in Milan, in terms of Renaissance conception and decorative finish. Later reconstructions have completely changed its original appearance. Following a major "facelift" in 1986, the theatre regained its 1922 look, and was supplemented with an annex towards Braće Jugovića Street. Back in the 19th century, other than for theatrical performances, the building was often used for charity balls and concerts. It also saw the Great Constitutional Assembly adopt the historic 1888 Constitution.

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National Museum

9) National Museum (must see)

The National Museum is the largest and oldest museum in Serbia. The museum was established on May 10, 1844. Since it was founded, its collection has grown to over 400,000 objects, including many foreign masterpieces. Currently, the museum is closed for renovation.

The National Museum building was declared a Monument of Culture of Great Importance in 1979.

On January 25, 2012, after ten years of the National Museum of Serbia being closed to the public, Vladimir Bogdanović of the leading Serbian newspaper/website Press wrote an article called A decade of cultural genocide against the Serbs, commenting on the need and importance of a working national museum.

Operation hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday, Saturday: 12 pm – 8 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm;

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Prince Michael Street

10) Prince Michael Street (must see)

Prince Michael Street is a pedestrian zone and a major shopping venue, protected by the law as one of the oldest and most prominent city landmarks. It hosts a great number of impressive buildings that date back to the late 1870s. The street follows the central grid layout of the Roman city of Singidunum. Under the Turks, it was lined with gardens, drinking-fountains and mosques. In the middle of the 19th century, the upper part of the street bordered the garden of Knez Aleksandar Karađorđević. Shortly after the implementation of the regulation plan of Belgrade (1867), by Emilijan Josimović, the street had gained its current look and architecture, seeing many houses built by some of the most influential and wealthiest families of Belgrade society. In 1870, the municipal authorities officially named the street as Ulica Kneza Mihaila (Prince Michael Street).

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Academy of Sciences and Arts

11) Academy of Sciences and Arts

The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts is the most prominent academic institution in Serbia. An institutional outgrowth of the Društvo srpske slovesnosi (Society of Serbian Scholarship), founded in 1841, and of its successor, Srpsko učeno društvo (Serbian Learned Society), founded in 1864, the Serbian Academy was established in 1886 under the name of Kraljevska srpska akademija nauka (Royal Serbian Academy of Sciences).

Today, the Academy directs a small number of scientific research projects which are realized in cooperation with other Serbian scientific institutions and through international cooperation.

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Ethnographic Museum

12) Ethnographic Museum (must see)

The Ethnographic Museum of Belgrade is housed in a building constructed in 1934, which it has occupied since 1951. The museum documents and preserves artifacts related to the Serbian and Yugoslavian ethnography, such as folk dresses, textiles, carpets, and handwork tools. Among other facilities, the museum has a library and a foyer for themed meetings and artistic events. Back in the early 20th century, the museum held many exhibitions in various European countries.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm
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Bajrakli Mosque

13) Bajrakli Mosque (must see)

The Bajrakli Mosque (also spelled Bayrakli, the Turkish for "with flag") is a mosque on Gospodar Jevremova Street in the neighborhood of Dorćol. It was built around 1575, and is the only remaining mosque in Belgrade out of the 273 existed under the Ottoman rule of Serbia. During the Austrian occupation, between 1717 and 1739, it was converted into a Roman Catholic Church; but then, after the Ottomans had retaken Belgrade, it was returned to its original function. The mosque sustained severe damage after being set on fire on 18 March, 2004, in response to burning of Serbian churches in Kosovo during the unrest period. Recently, the mosque has been restored.

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Belgrade Zoo

14) Belgrade Zoo (must see)

The Belgrade Good Hope Garden is the zoo situated at the very center of the city, in Kalemegdan Park. It was founded in 1936 and is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Europe. The zoo covers an area of 7 hectares (17 acres), and has 2,000 animals of 270 species. Besides wild animals, it abounds in domestic animals too. Contributing to the zoo's present look are the many newly-built facilities, drinking-fountains, a wooden sculpture gallery (the work of sculptor Vuk Bojović), and a nursery for young animals - the Baby Zoo. For its 60th anniversary, the zoo received a monument dedicated to its most famous resident - Sammy the chimpanzee.

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Despot Stefan Tower

15) Despot Stefan Tower (must see)

The Despot Stefan Tower in Belgrade was built around 1405, shortly after the city had become the capital of the Serbian Despotate under Despot Stefan. Despot Stefan Lazarevic was the son of Lazar of Serbia, the last Serbian ruler, who was killed on June 28, 1389, in the crucial Battle of Kosovo that brought the Serbian Empire to collapse and enabled the Ottoman Turks to penetrate further into the Balkans. However, most of the present-day central Serbia had stayed independent under Stefan for another fifty years, which allowed the northern Serbian cities, such as Smederevo, Belgrade, and Kragujevac to develop further. Belgrade was declared capital in 1404 and has remained as such ever since.

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Kalemegdan

16) Kalemegdan (must see)

Kalemegdan is a fortress and a park in Belgrade's municipality of Stari Grad. Kalemegdan was declared a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and has since been protected by the government. Kalemegdan is a core and the oldest part of Belgrade; for centuries, the entire city population had lived within its walls. For the most part, the history of Kalemegdan Fortress is the history of Belgrade itself. The first mention of the city - then known as "Singidunum" - dates back to the 3rd century BC, when the Celtic tribe of Scordisci established a fort after having defeated the neighboring Thracian and Dacian tribes. The city-fortress was later conquered by the Romans, became known as Singidunum, and was made part of "the military frontier" of the Roman Empire facing the "barbaric Central Europe".

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Walking Tours in Belgrade, Serbia

Create Your Own Walk in Belgrade

Create Your Own Walk in Belgrade

Creating your own self-guided walk in Belgrade is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Zemun, Belgrade Old Town Walk

Zemun, Belgrade Old Town Walk

Zemun neighborhood is one of the oldest parts of Belgrade, spread around the Gardoš Hill. Throughout centuries, as the Balkans were first part of the Roman, then Byzantine and, finally, the Austro-Hungarian empires, the area has transformed into a beautiful town, with narrow streets, cute buildings and breathtaking views, opening from the hill onto the Old Belgrade Town and the Danube riverside.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Kids' Entertainment in Belgrade

Kids' Entertainment in Belgrade

Belgrade is a children-friendly city. It is in a Serbian tradition to take along their offspring on walks, as there are plenty of places to go for a whole family. The children will be excited to spend a day at the Belgrade Zoo, the Botanical Garden, run through Tašmajdan Park, or catch up with some school classes in the Tesla Museum and then lose themselves in a chocolate shop.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Belgrade's Christian Architecture

Belgrade's Christian Architecture

Multi-confessional in reality, Belgrade is very Eastern Orthodox by tradition, which is seen in the many Christian temples and churches found in the city. The most notable of them are the Temple of St. Sava, St. Mark's Church, Sveta Ružica, and the Church of St. Archangel Michael. Whether a worshiper or a tourist, follow this tour to explore the Christian sights of Belgrade.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Sightseeing Tour in Belgrade

Sightseeing Tour in Belgrade

Despite being devastated many times in the past, Belgrade has retained much of its rich history, reflected in the city's architecture - streets, bridges and squares. Presented here are some of the not-to-be-missed must-sees in the Serbian capital.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Zemun, Belgrade Old Churches Walk

Zemun, Belgrade Old Churches Walk

Zemun has always been one of the most tranquil parts of Belgrade. Located around the Gardoš Hill, it has retained many Orthodox and Catholic churches, bearing the Austro-Hungarian Empire's provincial Baroque legacy. The majority of the local churches have carefully preserved their original icons, dating back to the 18th-19th centuries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Topčider, Belgrade Walk

Topčider, Belgrade Walk

Topčider is a large neighborhood in one of the greenest and most prestigious parts of Belgrade. Its parks and forests are centuries-old and have royal legends behind them. This tour will take you around the most notable royal residences, the Marshal Tito Mausoleum, and the famous Košutnjak Park.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Belgrade for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Belgrade has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Belgrade, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.