I’ve visited the Serbian capital several times, including the New Year’s Eve of 2014 and spending a night there on our way back from Split was the most logical choice. Otherwise the road trip of about 1300 kilometres would have been too much.
Serbia’s capital has many hotels, restaurants and bars and most are reasonably priced, so I warmly recommend you a visit and especially if you are planning a budget holiday. For example, we stayed in our hotel for a night and that was only around 70 euro including breakfast the next day. Our dinner bill came up to around 20 euro and we had some really nice wine, so when all is summed up it is pretty good for a couple. Belgrade has a vibrant night life too, but unfortunately we were too tired after our journey and decided that all we needed was a nice dinner and a short walk after as we spent most of the day in the car.
We found a little local restaurant called “Orasac” and chose ushtiptsi” (meatballs), a typical Serbian cuisine dish as well as “katak”, “aivar” and all of that accompanied by some lovely red wine. Once we finished our dinner, we went out for a little walk. The weather was cold and it started snowing, so our walk didn’t last long and we headed back to our hotel and called it a night.
It was snowing all night, but the next day the temperatures were higher, so we managed to have a walk around the city. Also, our hotel Lazarus Luxury Rooms was close to the city centre. The first landmark was about 1.8 kilometres far, which took us around 20 minutes walking. The snow had taken over the streets, trees and house roofs, like a beautiful winter picture.
Below is a list of the landmarks we were able to visit and in the order we saw them.
St. Mark's Church – An amazing piece of architectural beauty with several domes, located in close proximity to the Serbian parliament and built in a Serbo-Byzantine style. St. Mark’s Church is one of the largest in the country and its facade conveys a sense of serenity
Kalemegdan (Belgrade Fortress) – the fortress consists of the old citadel and the park Kalemegdan. From the top of it, a beautiful view over the rivers Sava and Danube is revealed. In front of the fortress there is an exhibition of different military artefacts from past wars. You can even see tanks and much more. It is free to enter and the fortress itself is quite big, so you can have a nice long walk there.
Church of sait Sava – In my opinion, the Church of Saint Sava is one of the most beautiful buildings in Belgrade. Also, the Church of Saint Sava is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. The white marble exterior is eye catching and skilfully crafted. It is illuminated at night and looks like its glowing. Unfortunately, it was being renovated from the inside, so there wasn’t much to see. However appreciating this imposing architectural masterpiece from the outside is definitely a must.
The Serbian capital of Belgrade is a regional hub and I am sure that we will be visiting or passing by many more times in the near future. Our road trip was reaching its final stages after Belgrade and all that was left was travelling the distance between Belgarde and Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria, which took us about 5 hours driving. The weather started to get even worse, so without wasting our time we packed our bags and headed home.
It’s been around a week since our journey ended and I can’t wait for the next one. Stay with us for more adventures and stories!