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The number one attraction in Belgrade is less a single sight and more a big conglomerate of everything that makes the city great. Kalemegdan Fortress has seen its fair share of conflict over the centuries, but the only violence you’ll see here in the 21st century will involve dogs fighting over a tennis ball. Essentially a huge park, the fortress looks out over the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers for what is undoubtedly the city’s most romantic spot.
It also houses the Military Museum and a number of galleries, not to mention some of the city’s most recognisable monuments. In Belgrade, all roads lead to Kalemegdan. Well, not all of them, but you get the point.
It is known as Belgrade’s Bohemian Quarter, but the use of the word ‘quarter’ is somewhat liberal. Skadarlija is more a street than an entire area, but that street is full of restaurants, bars and cafes, all dotted along the cobblestones that are a delight to look at in the morning and a struggle to walk on when inebriated. Once the domain of poets, academics and drunks, Skadarlija now has both eyes focused firmly on the tourism sector. With that in mind, some of the best restaurants in the city can be found on this short stretch of street.
Church of Saint Sava
One of the largest Orthodox churches on the planet, the Church of Saint Sava is one of the most identifiable attractions in the entire region. It dominates the city’s skyline, and at 79 metres in height, it is easy to see why. The church was built on the spot where the Ottomans burned Saint Sava’s remains in 1595, but nearly 400 years passed before the church itself was completed. The interior is still under construction, but its unfinished state adds another layer of intrigue to this monumental house of worship.
Nikola Tesla Museum
Nikola Tesla probably takes home the award of being the most popular modern Serb, and the inventor’s incredible life is honoured in an excellent city centre museum. Located within a diplomatic neighbourhood in Vračar, the museum displays a number of the great man’s inventions along with many of his personal items. If you ever wanted to create light simply by holding a light bulb, this is the place to go.