Here’s a list of less-than-usual tourist things to do when you are a tourist/resident/expat in Belgrade, Serbia. The plan is to finish with a hundred things to do, which is not such an easy task, mind you. Good thing is we don’t have a deadline So add some suggestions for the next post in this series. But! Nobody needs no super-touristy things such as “visit Kalemegdan” or “Don’t miss Skadarlija!” Unless you say why someone should do that.
So if you can, share an interesting (and preferably so far unknown) thing to do in Belgrade.
Here we go, we’ll count when we’re done:
- Visit the building where the assassins of Franz Ferdinand planned their attack, on the corner of Narodnog Fronta and Kamenicka street, next to the Zeleni venac green market.
- Look for an music or art event in Students’ cultural center (SKC) – there’s great chance something interesting is on.
- The House of Flowers (Kuca cveca) – the last resting place of Josip Broz Tito and a temporary exhibition of Slobodan Milosevic’s remains (before he was buried under a tree in Pozarevac)
- Buvljak – New Belgrade flea market is always a good place to lose a couple of hours.
- Try water skiing – just a couple of kms away from the city center – at the end of Ada Ciganlija lake.
- The Friendship park (Park Prijateljstva) is a large green surface, ideal for taking your dog, or your partner, out for a stroll.
- The Roman Well (Rimski bunar) at Kalemegdan is an interesting place for fans of mysterious and scary stories.
- Slavija Square hides a mystery as well. Sometimes it’s a mystery how come not so many cars crash when driving around it.
- A quest for bakeries, cakes and sweets shops in Belgrade is always a rewarding one.
- Zeleni Venac pedestrian passage offers a thrill of living on the other side of the law, as well as a cozy little black market shopping area.
- Find a local souvenir salesman at Kalemegdan or in Skadarlija and browse through weird Belgrade memorabilia – like the five hundred billion dinar note, now being sold for about one hundred dinars.
- The Car Museum in Majke Jevrosime street is a nice little private enterprise with cheap entrance.
- Go see the oldest preserved house in Belgrade in Cara Dusana street 10. House was finished in 1727, which makes it almost 300 years old. Considering Belgrade was bombed five times in previous century alone, this is deemed as a great success.
- Vukov spomenik underground station reminds us that we do need a subway system in Belgrade. It is also a fun and long ride down.
- Visit the Red Star football museum – it’s small but managed to inspire Gordon Taylor to organize various football exibitions througout Europe.
- Miticeva rupa (Mitic’s hole) is a funny name for a park. It also has a strange history behind it.
- Note the house where the first discotheque in the Balkans opened back in 1967, in Svetogorska street 17.
- Try one beer at every stand at the Belgrade Beer Festival, held every august in Belgrade.
- Great War Island (Veliko ratno ostrvo) sounds scary because of its name. Actually it’s completely peaceful.
- Measure how long the shortest street in Belgrade, Mitrovicev prolaz, really is.
- Kaludjerica suburb is interesting because it’s the biggest ‘wild’ suburban area in Europe. And when I say wild, I mean built without any construction permits.
- Kosutnjak is a bit away from the city center, but if you like hiking, this enormous park is the perfect location. You can rest at Ski staza (Ski path) cafe while you’re there. Ski staza got it’s name because the steep hill under the cafe actually is perfect for skiing lovers in the winter time (ok, it’s not perfect, but it’s the only ski path near city center).
- The Tram number two (Krug dvojke) unguided tour of the Belgrade city center. I’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s a good tip, so it has to be on the list.
- Go to a Belgrade football derby, between Red Star and Partizan and observe some of the loudest and wildest football fans in Europe.
- Ada Medjica river island is a non-mainstream version of Ada Ciganlija. It’s your choice really.
- Take a stroll in Balkanska street and find a vintage hat from one of the stores that somehow survived the modernization.
- If you are in a group of more than ten people, try booking a tour to explore the secret Belgrade underground tunnels and caves.
- Find Salvador Dali’s corner on Dorcol, one of the local pranksters’ contributions to the city.
- Visit Kinoteka, one of the richest movie collections in the world. There are always old movie projections, so if you are a movie buff, check out their weekly program.
- Buy some ratluk (turkish delight) at the last oldfashioned candy shop in Gavrila Principa street.
- Pass through Bezistan passage connecting Terazije street and Nikole Pasica square and try to imagine that this place was the favorite spot for rockers, punkers and other Belgrade headbangers.
- Visit Avala Mountain, one of the lowest mountains in the world.
250 subscribers, 300 posts and 2000 comments later – the original Belgrade blog is three years old this January, so it’s time for a little celebration – and what better way to celebrate than to give something back to the readers and Belgrade visitors who contributed to the Belgraded site so much throughout the years.
Ok, so now’s your turn, if you have something to add to the list, please do so in the comments or via mail belgrade.inside.out at gmail.com
Thanks for bearing with the original Belgrade blog so far and stay tuned for more tips, articles and weird Serbian stuff in the future.