If you find yourself in the Balkans, do not miss an opportunity to take one of our private Belgrade city tours.
Built at the confluence of rivers Sava and Danube, Belgrade has always had a strategic value and often found itself at the border of different empires.
Explore the turbulent and multifaceted history of this city and take a journey through centuries with our Belgrade private tour guides.
Kalemegdan park is the starting point of our Belgrade city tour. This large green area with the remnants of the fortifications from different eras, got its name during the times when Belgrade was part of the Ottoman empire (Turkish: ‘kale’ means castle, and ‘megdan’ is a battlefield). Several sites located in the upper and lower town will provide you an in-depth perspective on the history of Belgrade. The Military museum, located in the park, includes a permanent outdoor exhibition, and you will have a chance to see the tanks from WW1 and WW2. Another must-see site in the park is the ‘Roman well’. Despite its name, it neither a well nor Roman; rather, it is a cistern that was built in the 18th century for the purposes of supplying water for the Austrian army in case of the siege of Belgrade fortress. These sites, along with Damad Ali-Paša's Turbeh, the old Hamam, Ružica and Sveta Petka Churches and the Austrian big gunwpowder magazine, all testify to the rich history of this city.
After the park, you can take a stroll along Knez Mihailova street. This cobbled street links the park with the main city square, and hosts many cultural institutions and shops. Reaching the ‘Republic Square’, you will have a chance to see the National Theatre, inspired by La Scala in Milan, and the recently reopened National Museum with its impressive collection from prehistory to modern art.
A must see in Belgrade is Skadarlija street, located in the vicinity of the Republic square. This charming bohemian street is often referred to as Belgrade`s Monmartre due to its historical ambience.
If you are staying for few days, do not miss the Museum of Yugoslavia, hosting an intriguing collection of presents given to Josip Broz Tito, the president of ex-Yugoslavia, and this is also where he was buried. This museum is an excellent way to learn about the post WW2 Yugoslavia, and its peculiar position between the East and West during the Cold War.
Another museum worth visiting is Museum of contemporary art and its permanent exhibition that includes many important pieces by artists from ex- Yugoslavia, as well as the internationally acclaimed artists, such as Dali, Lichtenstein and Warhol.
Belgrade gourmand restaurants, lively bars and nightclubs are the reason why this city is considered to be a party town, and why Guardian, New York Times and the Vogue are referring to it as the ‘ New Berlin”.
With a rich cultural history that incorporates strong Turkish and Austrian influences, and an ideological legacy that placed it directly in the crosshairs of both the East and West during the Cold War, there’s something for everyone to discover in the heart of modern Serbia. Delve into the turbulent history of this city, and explore Belgrade, Europe`s next capital of cool on our private Belgrade city tour!
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