weekend away - Belgrade
Written by Katarina Ilic @ livinginbelgrade.com
Located at the confluence of two rivers, Belgrade is the hidden gem of Europe, a city vibrating with much passion and soul, waiting to be discovered.
Belgrade, Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, affording it a long and turbulent history. Due to its strategic location, Belgrade has been battled over in 115 wars and has been demolished 44 times. Although Belgrade has managed to maintain and preserve its own rich heritage, you can feel the influence of other cultures, making for a very unique city.
Although the people of Belgrade have been through so much historically, they are nevertheless known for their hospitality and zest for enjoying life, family, and friends. To truly get a taste of the Serbian culture, visit Belgrade’s bohemian quarter, or Skadarlija Street: a cobblestone, car-free zone lined with well-known traditional restaurants, art galleries, and souvenir shops. This is where you can enjoy typical national cuisine consisting of grilled meat platters, while listening to the sounds of Serbian brass bands entertaining guests.
Just a few blocks away is the main pedestrian and shopping zone known as Knez Mihailova. It is lined with a large number of impressive buildings and mansions built during the late 1870s. Named one of the most beautiful pedestrian zones in Eastern Europe, it’s undoubtedly one of the prettiest parts of Belgrade. Take your time strolling down this magical street, stopping for coffee or some shopping along the way.
When you arrive at the end of Knez Mihailova, you will come upon the formidable and magnificent Kalemegdan Fortress. For centuries, the city population was concentrated within its walls, providing many historical landmarks to observe, including the famed monument The Victor, protector of Belgrade. With its lush surroundings, numerous walkways, and beautiful views of the Danube and Sava river confluence, it’s the perfect oasis in the heart of urban Belgrade.
Where to Stay
These are three of the 5-star hotels in Belgrade. The Hyatt Regency, located across the river from the city centre. The Square Nine, a new boutique hotel located near Knez Mihailova Street and the Metropol Palace, located on Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra.
Where to go
The rivers in Belgrade are lined with what are known as splavs, establishments that float on the water but are anchored and stationary. Splav Play is a hip new restaurant/cafй, boasting the best views of the fortress, both day and night.