Known as the “White City,” Belgrade is the largest city in Serbia and is located where the Sava and Danube rivers meet. One of the most unique things about Belgrade is that it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe.
This highlight of the city is the Belgrade Fortress in Kalemegdan Park. The Fortress is home to the oldest citadel in the city. In the early days of Belgrade, the citizens lived within the walls of the Fortress. As the city grew, the Fortress became the heart of the old city, but during WWII, Belgrade was highly impacted by the bombings. The Fortress was rebuilt to continue to utilize it as protection.
In 1979, it was designated as a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance, which means that the Republic of Serbia protects the Fortress. It is also the most visited tourist attraction in Serbia, with over two million visitors yearly. When visiting the Fortress today, you can explore a great combination of architecture, from Islamic design to Turkish Baths and even a medieval cannon tower that was transformed into a dungeon. As you approach the city, you’ll see the stunning gates and the Sahat Tower, which looks the same as the day it was built.
In addition to the beautiful architecture, there are several museums that you will be able to explore. These museums include the Military Museum to the Museum of Forestry and Hunting. The Military Museum is home to Roman swords, Greek weapons, and even Serbian Knights' armor and other military equipment. As it moves forward through history, there are exhibits based on German weapons and other decommissioned tanks from both sides of the war. In recent history, some exhibits have addressed NATO actions against Serbia, and some of these were considered in violation of international law. There is even the Monument of Gratitude of France and the historic and famous Belgrade Zoo. At the Belgrade Zoo, you can find the largest number of white lions, white buffalo, and a pair of white tigers.
Heart of Serbia
In addition to beautiful architecture, the Fortress has stunning views of the city. The statue of Victor, the symbol of Belgrade, stands high above the walls below. Plus, you can see the joining of the Sava and the Danube, making Belgrade the heart of Serbia.
If this has piqued your interest into visiting the historic city of Belgrade, schedule a consultation to plan out your perfect trip.