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Things to do in Belgrade

Serbia’s capital will take you in with its brutalist architecture, buzzing nightlife, and friendly locals.

Our most recommended things to do in Belgrade

Belgrade: Sunset Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

1. Belgrade: Sunset Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

This atmospheric cruise is a great start to your evening in Belgrade. Let yourself be swept away by the magic and beauty of the city. The magic hour cruise is the most romantic way to explore Belgrade district by night. Get on board your boat, sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Pass under the bridges of Belgrade and soak up the magical atmosphere this tour will offer you. Discover the beautiful sights, floating houses, bridges, enchanting lights, and historic architecture under the city’s sky. The Magic hour cruise also offers wine, beer, water or soft drinks. On your way back, the sun goes down and the city lights will be switched on.

From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci Full-Day Tour

2. From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci Full-Day Tour

Departing from your accommodation, head toward the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. For an hour, you will enjoy the colorful landscapes of the Pannonian Plain while hearing stories about the turbulent history of the area. Reaching the Fruska Gora region, you will find over 16 medieval Orthodox monasteries nested in this region. Explore one on the way toward Sremski Karlovci, a quiet little Baroque town with small houses, churches palaces, gardens and an impressive history. Visit the Chapel of Peace, where a peace treaty was signed. Visit the main square, the Four Lion Fountain, the Karlovci Gymnasium, town hall, Roman Catholic Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and more.  You will be able to taste two of the most famous products from the local regions, a famous Bermet wine and Kuglof cake, a touch of German tradition brought to Karlovci by German settlers in the 18th century. Your next stop will be the Petrovaradin Fortress, one of the largest strongholds in Europe still preserved. Built by the Austrian Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries, this fortress played a significant role in defending the middle European countries from Ottoman attacks. You will be able to walk through the fortress, passing through some of its gates and see some of the interesting places from the top like City Museum, the old military barracks and the clock tower. Enjoy the view over the Danube and the city of Novi Sad. As the second largest city in Serbia with its typical Central European appearance and proud history of being a cultural and intellectual center in the Austro-Hungarian Empire for which it earned the nickname 'Serbian Athens.' See the Museum of Vojvodina and Dunavski Park, the largest green area in the city, the beautiful neo-Romantic Serbian Orthodox Bishop’s Palace and visit the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. George from the 18th century with its invaluable iconostasis painted by famous Serbian painter Paja Jovanovic. Walk through the main street further on enjoying the 18th and 19th century architecture as well as endless rows of cafes and restaurants and then reach the Liberty Square, a central point in the city. Here, you will find the town hall, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Finance Palace and the neo-Classical edifice of the oldest city hotel Vojvodina. You will then pass by the Serbian National Theater and reach the city synagogue, the beautiful Hungarian Secession-style building, one of the largest European synagogues still standing. Then, take a break for a traditional Serbian lunch (at your own expense), shopping and enjoying Novi Sad and, at the arranged time, get back into the vehicle and head back to Belgrade.

Belgrade: Resava Cave, Manasija Monastery & Lisine Waterfall

3. Belgrade: Resava Cave, Manasija Monastery & Lisine Waterfall

Start with pickup from Belgrade at 8:00 AM. Travel to the first stop, Manasija Monastery, which was built in the 15th century by Serbian ruler, Stefan Lazarevic. Discover one the most significant medieval monuments in Serbia known for its artistic, cultural and historical value. Explore the monastery which is surrounded by magnificent towers of the medieval fortress. Continue to Resava Cave, one of the oldest and largest caves in Eastern Europe. Explore the interior of the 80 million-year-old cave which measures approximately 4.5 kilometers in length. See numerous and magnificent halls, channels, galleries, columns, stalactites, stalagmites, draperies and flowstone waterfalls. Finally, make a final stop at the Lisine waterfall which is over 20 meters high and is one of the highest and most impressive waterfalls in Serbia. Before returning to Belgrade, enjoy free time for lunch in a restaurant near the waterfall. Make sure to try the homegrown trout.

From Belgrade: Golubac Fortress and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

4. From Belgrade: Golubac Fortress and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

Drive along the winding Danube river on this day trip from Belgrade. Explore the Golubac fortress and discover the oldest Mesolithic sculptures in all of Europe with a visit to the Lepenski Vir museum. Start with pickup from your accommodation and a 2-hour drive toward Eastern Serbia. Take in beautiful landscapes and listen to interesting stories about this part of the country. Stop at Golubac fortress, a defensive complex which used to defend many kingdoms through centuries. Golubac is the perfect fairy-tale castle, wonderfully set off by its location in the rugged landscape at the head of Đerdap Gorge. Admire its nine towers which are 20-25 meters high. Gaze out at views of the Danube from the fortress. Proceed towards the widest part of the Danube at the Iron Gate. Watch at the Danube suddenly gives the impression of the sea. After around 30 minutes of driving, reach the next stop, Lepenski Vir. The early settlement dates back to 7,000-6,000 BC. It marks the beginning of civilization in Europe. View a holographic reconstruction of houses in Lepenski Vir. See more than 100 items (utensils, tools, and instruments, jewelry, altars, sculptures, Neolithic ceramics) illustrating the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in Lepenski Vir. The setting also involves the reconstruction of burial methods in Lepenski Vir. After the museum, stop in a unique, authentic restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the Danube to enjoy a traditional lunch made of specialties of the cuisine of Eastern Serbia. Return to Belgrade in the evening hours.

Belgrade: Fortress Underground Tour w/Wine Along the River

5. Belgrade: Fortress Underground Tour w/Wine Along the River

Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Belgrade around the fortress of Belgrade. Learn about the city's hidden secrets while visiting underground sites in the fortress. See the notorious Roman well, Cold War military bunker, and gunpowder storage. Your first stop will be the Roman well built by the Austrians in the 18th century. Hear about the many mysteries connected to it and why it is considered Alfred Hitchcock's favorite spot in Belgrade. Your tour will continue to an Army bunker, dating back to the beginning of the Cold War era. It reveals the long-kept secrets of Communist Yugoslavia. If you're a fan of archeology, you will enjoy the Roman lapidarium in the gunpowder warehouse, where Roman artifacts from the territory of Serbia are exhibited. Finish your tour with a glass of local wine in Beton Hala, a former industrial warehouse located on the bank of the Sava River that has been transformed into a vibrant space for dining and drinking.

Belgrade: 2-Hour City Boat Cruise

6. Belgrade: 2-Hour City Boat Cruise

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a ride down the Sava and Danube rivers on a city boat cruise with an expert guide. Cruise by the Great War Island on your way to Zemun, where you'll see the Millenium tower. Learn about Zemun's history as a separate town until the middle of the 20th century. Enjoy views of the Belgrade fortress from various perspectives, and learn all about its construction and strategic importance. Pass the new area Belgrade Waterfront and its new Belgrade Tower.

From Belgrade: Gems of Eastern Serbia Tour

7. From Belgrade: Gems of Eastern Serbia Tour

Discover Eastern Serbia in this day-long tour. Begin by exploring Manasija, a monastery built in early 15th century. Trace the fortifications surrounding the complex constructed to protect the Church of Saint Trinity against the Ottomans. See its fresco paintings, a representation of the greatest achievements of medieval Serbian arts and culture. Continue on to witness the dazzling cave jewelry of Resava, an 80-million-year-old cave discovered in 1962. Walk the 800 meter trail that is open to visitors and discover why this is one of the most visited caves in this part of Europe. Afterward, proceed to Veliki Buk waterfall, one of Eastern Serbia's top attractions. Admire the Krupaj Spring located 30km from Veliki Buk waterfall, on the west side of Beljanica Mount. It belongs to the group of karst springs and represents one of the most beautiful springs in Eastern Europe Return to Belgrade in the early evening.

Red Belgrade Communist Tour

8. Red Belgrade Communist Tour

Learn about the communist era of Serbia, which lasted from the end of World War II to the late 1990s, on a guided tour of Belgrade. Meet your guide at Republic Square, the place where Josep Broz Tito's inspiring speech proclaimed the birth of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Hear conspiracy theories and urban legends from the 2nd half of the 20th century as you learn about the fall and rise of communism in Yugoslavia. See socialistic grey edifices belonging to the constructivism era mixed with numerous monuments from the era of the Yugoslavian Kingdom. Arrive at Terazije Square and hear about the glamorous holidays and festivities which were often celebrated here. See Hotel Moskva, and learn about the world-known celebrities and atypical guests who once stayed in its rooms. Make your way to Nikola Pašić Square, which was once known as the square of Marx and Engels. Note its Trade Union Hall and learn about the cult of work which was emphasized during the communist era. At Pioneer's Park, learn how Tito's regime was the most liberal of all countries within the communist system. See the monument of Ivo Andrić, a Nobel Prize-winning Serbian writer and a Serbian ambassador to Berlin at the beginning of World War II. Afterward, catch a trolley, a mode of public transportation used during the communist era which is still active today. Discover the district of Belgrade, Dedinje, famous for numerous embassies and residential villas. Visit the complex of the Museum of Yugoslavia, which is devoted to the life and deeds of Josip Broz Tito, the famous leader revered as an outstanding man who led the country to a bright future. In the museum see a stunning collection of ceremonial gifts given to the Yugoslavian president, one of the most valued being a gift from the crew of Apollo 11. At the end of the tour, stop at the mausoleum known as the House of Flowers where Tito is buried.

Belgrade: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Drinks

9. Belgrade: Sightseeing Boat Cruise with Drinks

Your unforgettable boat cruise along Belgrade's rivers will begin at the beautiful district of Zemun, renowned for its grand architecture and unique landscape.  For the next 1.5 hours, relax on a pontoon boat with all the necessary facilities. Start by sipping a welcome drink and preparing to enjoy an invigorating experience away from the maddening crowds. Cruise past the Great War Island, a strategic defense point of Belgrade and wildlife shelter. Then, enter the delta of Danube and Sava, gradually approaching the Kalemegdan fortress, Belgrade's largest park, and most important historical monument. Along your journey, pass under all the city’s major bridges and as you cruise, your expert crew will tell you interesting stories about various landmarks and teach you about the customs and culture of Serbian people.

Belgrade: 3-Hour Sightseeing City Tour

10. Belgrade: 3-Hour Sightseeing City Tour

Embark on a guided tour of Belgrade and discover Serbian history through the city's biggest landmarks and highlights. Discover the modern and ancient architecture, with views of the Belgrade Fortress, St. Sava Temple, and much more. Get picked up from your accommodation in Belgrade and take a short ride to Kalemegdan, the oldest and largest park in the city center and home to the Belgrade Fortress. Starting from Leopold's Gate, pass by the remains of the Roman castrum, Singidunum, and the medieval walls built upon it, Zindan Gate, Despot's Gate, and Jaksica tower, all dating back to the 15th century. Enjoy a visit to the two Orthodox churches placed in this part of the fortress, the Capel of St. Petka and Rizica Church. Continue the walk through the Upper town: the Victor monument, the Roman Well, the King's gate, Sava promenade, the Damat Ali Pasha Tomb, the Clock Gate, and the Clock Tower. Leaving the fortress behind, enter the Kalemegdan park gain and hop into the car to continue the tour. Now explore New Belgrade's impressive modern architecture. Built as a new part of the town, after WWII and during the socialist regime, it has many remarkable buildings. See prominent locations such as the Ex-Central Committee of the Communist Party, Federal Executive Council, also known as Palace of Federation, Genex Tower or Western Gate of Belgrade, and the Sava Center, one of the biggest congress halls in this part of Europe. Cross the Gazela Bridge, head for Dedinje, Belgrade's most luxurious residential area. Here, admire some of the most beautiful mansions in the city, perfectly nestled in the greenery and serenity of Topčider Hill. After, find the country's biggest soccer stadium, the home of Red Star Belgrade. Next up, find yourself in the Vračar area, where one of Belgrade's most prominent landmarks, The Church of St. Sava (also known as St. Sava Temple), stands as one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. After the temple, drive through Slavija Square and enter Nemanjina Street, with almost all state governmental institutions, which are beautiful examples of Belgrade's pre-war architecture. After that, ride through Kralja Milana Street, the city's artery where some significant buildings are situated, such as the Old and New Royal Palaces. Stop in front of the Parliament Building for a short picture break. After that, reach Terazije Square, with its recognizable 19th century white stone fountain, and one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the Moskva Hotel. Finally, reach Republic Square, the heart of the capital, where the city's most prestigious cultural institutions are situated. Finish the tour at the National Museum and the National Theatre.

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My guide was Dragana and she gave us a intensive history lesson which I enjoyed a lot. She is very professional, nice and knows so many things. I definitely recommend as I was fully satisfied with her guidance. Thank you Dragana!

Dragana was an excellent guide with deep knowledge on history. We enjoyed the tour a lot and can recommend to anyone who would like to explore Belgrade with a nice walking tour.

Great tour. Not too long not too short. Loved the locations and the wine tasting. If I have to change something, maybe I wll add about 30 more minutes to Novi Sad.

What an amazing tour! We would definitely recommend if you are considering to book. Outstanding guide and the history is so interesting.

completely amazing, satisfying every bit of our anticipation