27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade, Serbia

27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

Belgrade is a place we enjoy more with every visit
. I’ve previously written about our impressions of Belgrade (one of the most commented posts on the blog. People get worked up over nothing when writing about the Balkans).

On this 2nd visit to Serbia (we spent 10 days between Belgrade and Novi Sad), we realized that we really, really like Serbia. The people are welcoming, you won’t see many tourists, it’s inexpensive, and the level of English is fantastic. On top of that, Serbia is a cross between the Balkans and Central Europe with its many monuments and statues, its 19th century buildings, and its many stylish coffee shops (I’ll have some tips on that below because we spent a lot of time in coffee shops).

Note: For tips on what to see and do in Belgrade check out the post I mention at the top.

No controversy in this post, just a lot of photos of Belgrade. At the bottom of the post I have practical tips on accommodation, getting into the city from the airport, and a warning about taxis.

building on Knez Mihailova. 27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

Building on Knez Mihailova

 

Belgrade fortress. 27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

Gate to Belgrade Fortress

 

St. Michael's Cathedral, Belgrade

St. Michael’s Cathedral

 

Moscow Hotel. 27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

The famous Moscow Hotel. One of Belgrade’s most prestigious hotels

 

skating rink Republic Square Belgrade

skating rink, Belgrade

Republic Square becomes a giant skating rink at Christmas

 

Christmas decorations in Belgrade

Christmas decorations on Knez Mihailova

 

Serbian Orthodox church Saint Sava

Serbian Orthodox church Saint Sava interior. 27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

Saint Sava church and the gorgeous vault in the basement

 

buildings in Central Belgrade

Buildings on Knez Mihailova

 

buildings in Central Belgrade

Rush hour in Belgrade

 

Belgrade fortress walls. 27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

The impressive walls of Belgrade Fortress

 

Ružica Church Belgrade

Ružica Church

 

House of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia

House of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia

 

St. Mark's Church Belgrade

St. Mark's Church interior, Belgrade

St. Mark’s Church

 

candy stand in Belgrade

Candy stand

 

Buildings and Yugoslav clock in Belgrade

Buildings and Yugoslav clock in Belgrade

 

Saint Petka Church interior. 27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

Saint Petka Church interior, Belgrade

The incredible mosaics of St. Petka

 

Christmas decorations in Belgrade. 27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

Christmas decorations in Belgrade

Christmas decorations in Belgrade

 

Balconies and sculptures on buildings in Belgrade

Balconies and sculptures on buildings

 

Kafeterija MAGAZIN 1907, Belgrade

Kafeterija MAGAZIN 1907 Cafe. Our favorite cafe on this visit

 

bridge, Belgrade fortress

bridge, Belgrade fortress. 27 Pictures that will inspire you to visit Belgrade

More images of Belgrade Fortress

 

Practical tips and Information

Cafes in Belgrade

Some really nice cafes have popped up in Belgrade in recent years. We visited quite a few on this trip. Our favorite was Kafeterija MAGAZIN 1907 which is a huge, beautiful cafe that’s popular with students (close to Kalemegdan Park) . Great coffee and lunches (I’ve got a photo up above). Closer to Republic Square are Ruski Car (another big, beautiful cafe) and, right next to it, the small Baristocratia Coffee Society.

 

Accommodation in Belgrade

Hotels are quite affordable in Belgrade and even a fancy stay at the historiHotel Moskva or Hotel Majestic won’t cost you much. If you’re looking for a budget option Republic Square Sky Terrace is a great option (we stayed a night here on this latest trip. Small room but excellent value).

 

Flights and coming from the Airport

We’ve previously flown into Belgrade, it has a nice and modern airport located about 20km from the center.  We use Expedia for all our flight bookings. They have fixed rate taxis from the airport to downtown which cost 1800 Dinars (about 15 Euros). You can also take the bus: bus #72 goes from the airport and goes to a square called Zeleni Venac which is steps away from Republic Square in the heart of the city. Price of the ticket is 150 dinars (less than 1.2 euros) and you can buy it in the bus. 

 

Watch out for taxis

There are a lot of illegal taxis which will rip you off. Negotiate before you get in, you should not pay more than 600 Dinars (about 5 Euros) for any destination within Belgrade. The best tip is to look for “TX” in the license plate, these usually indicate legal taxis.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Frank

    If I remember correctly, you previously also visited Belgrade in winter. Unfortunately, Belgrade is not a place to visit in winter, it’s rather dull at that time. You should go to Belgrade as of April, when the weather is warmer and when you can spend a lot of time outside. Then, Belgrade becomes a different city.

    I never go to Belgrade in winter, primarily because it’s impossible to go anywhere. Every restaurant, bar or coffee shop is full of people that smoke. I don’t care if other people smoke, but personally I can’t stand the smoke, after 5 minutes my eyes become itchy and my nose immediately reacts. You have probably seen the level of smoking in Belgrade, it’s horrendous.
    Anyway, if you ever get the chance to visit Belgrade in spring or summer, try to go and see a different city.

    I keep saying to everyone I know to visit Belgrade, it’s one of very few big European cities that is still relatively un-globalised. In other words, it’s still very authentic.

    1. You are absolutely correct Vitko and I have really wanted to visit in the summer. The last time we were here was in December 2016…and this time we were there in January 2020. So really it looked much the same.

      But I hope one day we come in the summer. We met a nice Serbian-Canadian couple that mentioned that it is increasingly becoming a medical destination. Would like to come back and combine some checkups or dental work with a summer visit.

      And yes, totally agree with the smoke. It’s the absolute worst thing about Belgrade. And it’s funny when they tell you that there’s a non-smoking section…5 feet away from the smoking section so all the smoke ends up in your face anyway.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Vitko.

      1. Hi Frank

        If you ever decide to go to Belgrade for medical checks and to see a dentist, let me know.

        I can strongly recommend my dentist that I’ve been seeing for the past 20 years. In fact, I only go to the dentist in Belgrade. He has been superb so far, also prices are a fraction of what you would pay in the UK or in Spain (although I believe that Spain is cheaper than the UK). There are many other equally good dentists there.

        Also, every two years I do a full medical check in a private clinic: full blood test, ultra sound of the abdomen, ECG. All that costs approximately 150 euros, that was the price I paid last time.

        Serbia has some very good doctors and private clinics are very good. You can get the best medical care for a very reasonable amount of money. I keep saying to everyone I know to go to Belgrade while it’s still so affordable.

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