I’ve been doing a lot of research in order to plan and organize my upcoming trip. It is very important for me to visit the great sites and landmarks and get a real feel of Serbia. I simply want to make the best of my experience. So, I chose the top six landmarks that I believe shouldn’t be missed by anyone going to Belgrade!
First up we have the Belgrade Fortress which dates back to approximately 3rd century BC! It was first founded by the Celtic tribe of Scordisci and was known as Singidunum.
The fortress witnessed numerous changes in masters from the Romans until the Bulgarians in the 12th century. After that it fell in the hands of the Serbian and Hungarian Empire. The Hungarian king Béla I gave the fortress as a wedding gift to his son and Serbian wife. In 1521, and for approximately 350 years, the fortress was conquered by the Turks.
Nowadays, the fortress is divided into four parts, Upper town, Lower town, Large park and Little park, and has been a venue for a few concerts in the past few years.
The fortress lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and is surrounded by amazing scenery which can be enjoyed for an entrance fee of just 7$!
Another great landmark is the House of National Assembly. The house is located at Nikola Pašić Square, downtown Belgrade. Construction began in 1907 during the reign of King Peter I and was completed in 1936.
The Terazije Fountain got its name from the Turkish word terazi which meant water scale. Terazije place came to existence when Prince Miloš Obrenović ordered Serbians to move out of areas where they have been mixed with Turkish inhabitants and build their houses near Terazije. It might be notable to state that the Terazije place McDonald’s branch is the largest branch in the Balkans!
The Old Palace (Stari Dvor) was the residence of the Obrenovic dynasty that ruled Serbia intermittently between 1817 and 1903.
Today, the City Assembly of Belgrade resides in the palace, however, it is open to tourists who would like to soak in some culture and history.
More recent royalty residences are located in the Royal Compound that holds the Beli Dvor (White Palace) and the Royal Palace. The former was completed in 1937 while the latter in 1929. Both palaces where residences of the Karađorđević royal family which ruled for over a decade until 1945. The Royal Compound also includes the Royal Chapel as well as a large park.
Finally, for a dose of culture and art, the National Museum of Serbia. Being established in 1844, the National Museum is the largest and oldest museum in Serbia with a collection of more than 400,000 objects.
These are some of the places I found out about. There are many more incredible places that I’m just dying to visit. If you have any suggestions of places to visit, or activities to do, please share them in the comment area!
Until next time .. Zdravo!