Sightseeing Tour in Belgrade (Self Guided), 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.
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Sightseeing Tour in Belgrade Map

Guide Name: Sightseeing Tour in Belgrade
Guide Location: Serbia » Belgrade (See other walking tours in Belgrade)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: valery
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Branko's Bridge

1) Branko's Bridge

This bridge was built in 1957 to replace the former chain-stayed King Aleksandar I bridge that was opened on December 16, 1934, and blown up in 1941. The new bridge actually uses the lower parts of its predecessor's pylons (decorated by Ivan Meštrović in Serbo-Byzantium style) as outer constraints for its two secondary spans. It has a dual carriageway with three lanes in both directions, and consists of two separate constructions for each direction. The second one was finished in 1979. It is 450 m long, made as a continuous steel box girder, with a central span of 261 m and side spans of 81.5 m each. Nearly 90,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, and the traffic congestion is frequent. The bridge's name is unofficial and seems to come from a bizarre chain of events. Its official name during the communist rule was "The Brotherhood and Unity Bridge."

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Terazije

2) Terazije (must see)

Terazije is a square and a neighborhood in Belgrade's municipality of Stari Grad. Terazije started to take shape as an urban feature in the first half of the 19th century. Back in the 1840s, Prince Miloš Obrenović ordered Serbian craftsmen - mostly blacksmiths and coppersmiths - to move out of the old moated town, where they had been mixed with the Turkish inhabitants, and to build their houses and shops in the place of the present square. Another reason for the move was to prevent fire hazard. Ilija Čarapić, the president of the Belgrade Municipality in 1834-35 and 1839-40, had a special task of allotting free lands at Terazije to those craftsmen and whoever else agreed to relocate.

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Nikola Pašić Square

3) 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

4) 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

5) 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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Studentski Trg

6) Studentski Trg

Studentski Trg, or Student Square, is one of Belgrade's central locations. Situated halfway between the Republic Square to the east and the Kalemegdan Park Fortress to the west, it is adjacent to Akademski Park. To the north it extends into the Upper Dorćol neighborhood, while the pedestrian zone of Knez Mihailo is located to its south. The entire area is a host of educational and cultural institutions, hence the names - Student Square, Academy Park. Also located here are the Ethnographic Museum, the "Plato" bookstore, and a monument to Njegoš.

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Prince Michael Street

7) 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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National Bank of Serbia

8) National Bank of Serbia

The National Bank of Serbia is located on Kralja Petra Street in the center of Belgrade. The building was completed between 1888 and 1890, while the bank itself is believed to be established on March 16, 1884, upon the receipt of a pertinent formal letter from the Minister of Finance. The bank commenced operations on July 2, on which day it had issued the first promissory note. The National Bank of Serbia was modeled on the Belgian National Bank.
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Kalemegdan

9) 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.
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 or 3.2 Miles
Belgrade Museums Walking Tour

Belgrade Museums Walking Tour

The number of Belgrade museums has gradually increased so that today there is truly a variety of spots with expositions for everyone's taste. A very nice museum that may be of a particular interest to you is the military museum. Equally fascinating could be the ethnographic museum established in 1901. We also suggest stopping at the Nikola Tesla Museum and Narodni Muzej (National Museum)....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
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: 9.0 Km or 5.6 Miles
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 or 1.9 Miles
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 or 3.5 Miles