Things To Do In Belgrade – A Two Day Guide To Serbia’s Capital

Visit Belgrade. We highly recommend it! As capital of Serbia, it is definitely a point of interest with loads to see and fun things to do. Our visit last summer gave us a glimpse of this fantastic Eastern European country and we want to share our experience in this article. Check out the things to do and what to see in Belgrade according to our two-day itinerary below. We break down some budget information as well as suggestions on where to stay and what to eat on your visit so you'll know what to expect to pay and some idea of local dishes to try!

Ever visit a country that is NOT on your bucket list? I know this seems like a weird question, but I ask because I want to make you think about trying it at some point. We never had Serbia on our travel radar. To be honest, it wasn't a country that we had ever heard anyone else travel to. Therefore, we never considered it. After all, word of mouth is very much a part of how a lot of people determine where they want to visit. Those who have a limited time off for vacations may choose popular places because they have heard great things about the place from others. I don't imagine that many people choose some random, unknown, to spend their hard-earned time off. I'm here to take Serbia off the "random, unknown" list and give you some inspiration for your next Eastern European travel destination.

There is a level of "guaranteed" enjoyment that comes with going to popular destinations, so they are more of a "safe bet." Additionally, it gives people an experience that they are more easily able to have in common with someone in their circle. I mean, how often do you think you can find another person that will say "Yea I went to Serbia, too, for my two-week vacation"? I would even go as far as saying that most Americans would probably not be able to locate Serbia on a map, let alone plan a trip to visit any city in this country. As a travel blogger, I feel a bit of responsibility to shed some light on more underrated places so that more and more people are exposed to them.

Kalamagden Park Belgrade Fortress - Serbia Points Of Interest

Belgrade For Beginners - A Guide Of Things To Do


One of the first things I loved about visiting Belgrade is how easy it is to get around. You can pretty much walk around to a lot of places, and the ones that are a bit far are a cheap taxi ride away (but not as cheap as in Novi Sad). The best area to stay in is the main square of Belgrade, Republic Square. This is a very centralized location from which you can roam around and explore by foot.  Here, you'll be a stones throw from some of the most recognizable public structures including the National Museum, the National Theatre and the statue of Prince Michael. There are loads of great restaurants and bars to enjoy right in this square which makes it easy for travelers. I always find that the hardest thing while exploring is having to figure out where to eat when you're ALREADY hungry, so it's nice to have lots of options conveniently located.

What to see in Belgrade

Hanging out with some locals in Serbia gave us a bit of an "insiders" insight into some of the popular spots. For instance, locals may tell their friends to meet "At the horse."  This might sound like some kind of code, but if you just look around while in Republic Square, it will be more obvious to you what they are referring to. When they say "Kod konja" literally meaning "at the horse" they are talking about the statue of Prince Michael (Prince Mihailo Monument).  This is popular meeting point due to it's easy to find, central location.  Incidentally, this is the spot we started from on our free walking tour (keep reading for more details on this).

Where To Stay In Belgrade


As we have mentioned, Republic Square is the place to be when visiting Belgrade so you will want to stay at a hotel right in that area for convenience and ease of sightseeing. Our Serbian friends recommended a hotel right in the square. The Hotel Majestic is an ideal choice. Our local friends had previously stayed there and recommended it to us for our stay. For its perfect location, the price and quality were well worth it ( I think it was about $80 USD when we booked). Our room was clean and well organized with the essential amenities. The bed was comfortable and provided us the rest we needed on our first night in Serbia (after we had been traveling for over 10 hours already). The best part, really, was the perfect area in which the hotel is situated. If you want to make the most efficient use of your time and not have to spend money on transportation, we highly recommend staying here.

Things To Do In Belgrade Serbia

By the way, the breakfast that is included at the Hotel Majestic was another highlight of our stay. They provide a massive variety of options in their breakfast buffet, and the food is delicious. We loved having a big breakfast with all of our favorites as well as some new local items to try before starting our day exploring the city. It really set the tone for the rest of our time in Serbia!

Here are some other choices that may be good for your stay in Belgrade.

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Day 1 - Belgrade, Serbia Must Do's


Sightseeing: Kalemegdan (Belgrade) Fortress - No Cost To Visit. (Taxi from Republic Square: around $3USD)

After resting for a bit upon our arrival to Belgrade (we were traveling from Thailand, so the flight was a bit long and tiring), our local friends took us on a tour of Kalamagden Park and Belgrade Fortress. The park itself is a fantastic place to walk around in and enjoy time with friends or family (a locals hangout). We visited as the sun was getting ready to set on our mid-summer day, so it was a great time to be there. The glistening waters of the Danube flowed down below the edge of the fortress in the Golden Hour, creating a pleasantly romantic ambiance. The views here are priceless which make you wonder how a beautiful place like this could be free to enter! If you happen to be in Serbia for the summertime, try to visit the fortress during sunset for the best experience.

Belgrade Fortress - Things To Do In Serbia

Dining: Check Out Skadrlija

Don't miss spending some time at Skadrlija. This area is considered the Bohemian Quarter of Belgrade (‘the Montmartre of Belgrade’).  This historic area that is part of Belgrade's downtown consists of restaurants, bars, and boutique shops selling antiques and souvenirs down the cobblestone alleyways. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Perfect for your Instagram, right?!

Skadrlija - restaurant and what to see in Belgrade

The artistic and unique design of this area makes it a popular tourist destination along with it being a great place to experience some authentic Serbian food and music. Restaurants serving up national specialties in food and drinks boast some famous visitors from around the world, some of which you may see photo displays of on their walls. Skadrlija is an excellent area for enjoying classic food along with the traditional sounds of Serbian music in the background.

Skadrlija - what to see in Belgrade, Serbia

What To Eat:

  • Prebranac - baked been dish
  • Gibanica - Serbian cheese pie
  • Ćevapi - meat dish
  • Pileći paprikaš - chicken and tomato stew

What To Drink:

  • Turkish coffee
  • Rakija - Serbian Brandy
Serbian Food - Visit Belgrade

We had all of the above with wine and bread at Restoran Dva Jelena Skadarlija. The total cost for four people came out to about $60USD. The portions are enormous, and we had lots left over after stuffing ourselves silly!

In the evening, the perfect place to hang out is back at Republic Square. We spent some time at Boutique Cafe & Restaurant, relaxing and enjoying some beers with our friends to wind down the day. It's a great place with a lot of energy as a lot of locals and visitors partake in some socializing and beverage and food consumption at the various restaurants and bars here. If you're a solo traveler, this is an ideal spot to people watch or meet some new friends. Also, perfect for couples traveling who want to have a chill spot to hang out. (Our group had six beers for a total of $10USD)

Watch this one-minute video of some of our favorite Belgrade highlights.

Day 2 - Top Places To See in Belgrade

Our morning started with a satisfying breakfast at the Hotel Majestic, and  we were off to meet our free walking tour at the Prince Michael Statue. While we waited for the tour to start, we grabbed some fresh juice at a nearby cafe in the square ($10 USD for four people).

Free Belgrade Walking Tour - We decided to take the 20th Century Tour which is about 2.5 hours and doesn't require any prior reservation (a bonus! especially as a great last-minute activity)


These tours are run by locals at no charge. They are authentic and genuine and provide you with A LOT of information on the site you visit. We always love walking tours wherever we visit because it gives us a great overview of the place and if we enjoy a particular attraction we know we can always go back to it on our own and explore it more in-depth.

These free tours in Belgrade are offered daily, all year round and start at 10:30am. The guides rely on tips from the group so they put a whole-hearted effort into making it a great experience for everyone. They allow you to ask questions and try their best to give helpful, insider information that can potentially benefit the rest of your trip (like where to eat like a local, etc.).

If you don't get a chance to (or choose not to) go on the tour, make sure you don't miss the places mentioned below and add them on your list of things to do when visiting Belgrade.  Here are the highlights of the tour:

  • Prince Michael Statue

  • The National Museum

  • National Theatre

  • Constantinople Gate - historic walled city limit of Belgrade (leads to Constantinople)
Prince Michael Statue Republic Square - visit Belgrade
  • St Marks Church - built in the period between 1931 and 1940 in the Tašmajdan Park, in the center of Belgrade.
St Marks Church - Things To Do In Serbia Belgrade
  • Church of Saint Sava - Christian Orthodox temple. Not only is this church one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world but the building itself also ranks among the largest church structures in the world.
Church of Saint Sava - Things To Do In Belgrade
  • The Belgrade Headquarters of Radio Television of Serbia - The remains of the damaged media building still stand as a reminder of the NATO bombing in 1999.
Media Building Belgrade - Serbia Points Of Interest



The best way to finish the day in Belgrade is to grab some drinks at Hotel Moskva. One of the most recognizable historic landmarks in Belgrade, Hotel Moskva is one of the oldest hotels in operation in Serbia. Check out the architecture and then sip on some beverages as you people watch on their outdoor patio and take it all in.

Hotel Moskov - Serbia Points Of Interest

So, are you ready to put "Visit Belgrade" on your Bucket List?

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Taiss Nowrouzi

Hi! I’m just a California girl addicted to travel and adventure with a passion for art and dance on the side. Born in Iran, but I consider myself a citizen of Earth, adhering to the belief that “The world is but one country and mankind its citizen.” I strive to make a positive impact on everyone I meet and learn as much as possible from them.

My degree out of college is in Marketing. However, I entered the hospitality business at an early age and worked my way up to hotel management. After about 13 years in that industry (5 of which I was a hotel assistant manager), I made the decision to move to Thailand and leave the 9 to 5 grind behind.

My husband and I set off for a life of living abroad and hopes to continue traveling the world, just 3 months after our wedding. It all started with the two of us, along with our cat, together in Thailand. Can’t wait to see where life takes us next!

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Ami Bhat

For one, the heritage part of Belgrade is bound to keep me busy but what I loved and discovered through your post was how charming Skadrlija is. I love the floral extravaganza there . It makes it so vibrant and refreshing. Very lovely pics

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neha

Thank you so much for the detailed guide of things to do in Belgrade. I totally love places which are walkable , where attractions are located quiet close to each other and can be easily navigated. And Belgrade sounds perfect from that point of view. I will definitely visit here one day.

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    yes! you are correct in that it’s a easy place to navigate around so you can have a couple of days full of things to do!

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Amrita Sen

A capital city is always special. You have given a great description of the city. And yes, I would definitely like to try out the walking tours. I too feel that walking is the best way to know a city.

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    You’re right, there’s something about the capital of a place that adds to its appeal.

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David

Thanks for this post. I’ve always thought of visiting Belgrade because I’ve heard good things but I’ve just never found myself nearby. Your post makes it a city that I definitely should visit!

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Anushka

Firstly i agree with whatever you described about the non popularity of Serbia but I am surely heading in 2018. I’m planning to visit this beautiful land since 2014. I’m very thankful with your post bcoz it’s gonna be very helpful (bookmarked). All the pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for this post.

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Punita Malhotra

The historic side of Belgrade appeals to me the most and I would spend a lot of time admiring the architecture. Also Skadrlija, the Bohemian Quarter of Belgrade with its colorful eating joints, antique shops and cobblestone alleyways. That’s me!

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    Skadrlija was my favorite for sure! The food was sooooo good and not expensive considering the huge portions…Great place to spend summer evenings!

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Jub

Yessssss, you captured Belgrade perfectly. If it wasn’t so cold, I’d totally go back there right now.

“At the horse,” – that is brilliant!

I loved the sports culture there. They are pretty handy at team sports and of course, have one of the best players to have played in Novak. Was quite satisfying going to the Novak Cafe & Restaurant (though it is a bit far away from where most people congregate).

The range of beer prices was incredible. You got a steal in the heart of the city, then you can go to the waterfront and pay three times as much…let alone going to the nightclubs.

People will love the Belgrade following this itinerary.

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    Hey Jub! Thank for the great comment!They really love basketball there, you know! Yeah it can get cold in winter, butI would totally stay in Serbia for an entire summer!

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      Jub

      Smart minds think alike 😀 Chase summer!

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Marvi

Belgrade looks really charming.. Love how you can explore it by foot with plenty of sights to see, including those amazing architecture… 🙂 Seems like you had a wonderful trip! Skadrlija looks and sounds like an instagrammer’s paradise indeed! Those flowers! <3

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    Thank you Marvi! I think Skadrlija was my favorite spot! Very charming and relaxing place to hang out.

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We’re planning Serbia for mid-late 2018. Hope it works out. Our prime destination would be Belgrade ofcourse, as the flight heads there! Thanks for this itinerary, helps a lot!!!

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    Oh wonderful! I hope you check out some of these spots in Belgrade. Novi Sad is also a great city!

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Shannon

I wonder how much longer Serbia will be ‘undiscovered’ for? The prices are amazing, much better than other major cities within Europe. The food looks delicious too.

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    Taiss Nowrouzi

    I know, maybe I should have kept these things a secret! LOL but it really is a great spot right now before it does get too popular!

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