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Things To Do In Belgrade Part Two

Updated on July 28, 2014

Belgrade, Ruzica Church

One of the most beautiful churches in Belgrade.
One of the most beautiful churches in Belgrade. | Source

BusPlus Card Reader

BusPlus card reader, usually located at the bus door.
BusPlus card reader, usually located at the bus door. | Source

If You Stay In Belgrade a Few Days or More

If you stay in Belgrade a few days, you will be rewarded with warmth and friendship. There are a lot of things to do and see.Such a beautiful experience of discovering one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in this part of Europe. If you wish to visit the destinations below, you will need to use transport. Unfortunately, Belgrade still has no subways, but has public transportation network, which consists of buses, trams, trolleys and train.

If you intend to use transport only a few times, perhaps it is simpler to buy a ticket from the driver in cash. In this case, costs 150 dinars (1.3EUR). If you will use the transport for several days, my suggestion is to buy Bus Plus non-personalized card at one of over 1,700 sales points across the city (usually newsstand). Issue fee is 250 dinars (2.15 EUR) Bought card is empty, that is used to transport it is necessary to put a certain amount of "electronic money" (at the same place where you bought the card) that will pay for the transportation. For a given amount of money can be used a number of driving, while the amount consumed. In this case, the price of driving in one direction is twice the smaller, 73 dinars (0.63 EUR) All BusPlus smart cards, need to be validated. The card readers are positioned at each vehicle door.

There is useful Android Bus Plus application: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.busplus

Map of Public transport: http://www.belgrademaps.com/en/

Taxi transportation in Belgrade is pretty good. In relation to the population, there are four times more taxi drivers in Belgrade than in Chicago. Always stop the taxi driver who has a label on the roof of one of the Taxi Associations.

Here is a link to the official site of Pink Taxi

http://www.pinktaxi.info/en/cene_taxi_prevoza_pink_taxi.html

Now we are ready to go!

Belgrade From The Air

Ada Bridge

Ada Bridge Firework
Ada Bridge Firework | Source

Ada Ciganlija

Water and light show on Ada Lake.
Water and light show on Ada Lake. | Source

Ada Ciganlija Water Ski

Crazy sunset on Ada Ciganlija
Crazy sunset on Ada Ciganlija | Source

Ada Ciganlija Bungee Jumping

Ada Ciganlija bungee jumping
Ada Ciganlija bungee jumping | Source

Ada Ciganlija Beach

Beautiful Ada Beach.
Beautiful Ada Beach. | Source

Ada Ciganlija

It's hard to tell what is most beautiful or interesting in Belgrade. But this I know, Ada Ciganlija is my favorite place, especially in summer. One word, paradise on earth. It is so beautiful that many people call Ada, "The Belgrade Sea".

On the Sava River, near the mouth of the Danube, a distance of only 4 km from the city center, there is a one-time island, now a peninsula Ada Ciganlia. Covered with dense deciduous forest, interspersed with glades and meadows, Ada is the largest, most beautiful and most visited picnic and swimming resort in Belgrade. The lower and upper barrier on the branch of the Sava River were built in 1967 year, creating a unique lake, 4.2 km long with an average width of 200 m and a depth of 4-6 m. In the days of summer are here daily swimming or otherwise recreate and up to 300,000 visitors. The total area of ​​Ada is 800 ha.

Beach on Sava lake is fully equipped with the necessary infrastructure facilities, and is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches on an artificial lake in Europe. The Sava lake water is warmer and cleaner than the river water and the lake is suitable for mass recreation. The lake is perfect for swimming, boating, kayaking, water polo, diving, surfing and other sports, and have been held more world and national championships.

Ada Ciganlija has over 50 different outdoor sports fields, including the golf course and ski lifts for skiing. There is a football pitch, tennis courts, handball, volleyball and basketball courts, and playgrounds for baseball, football and hockey. There are also courts for volleyball and aqua soccer and extreme sports: bungee jumping, wall-climbing and paintball.

Ada is one of the most beautiful, and highest bungee jumping centers in the world, with a height of crane 55m above the water. The jumps are supervised by trained professionals, with internationally recognized certificates.

Bungee jumping info:

Address: Ada Ciganlija
Phone: 064 19 68 414
Working hours: May to August, 14:00 - 19:00
Price: 3,900 dinars (33EUR)
Lines: bus 23, 37, 52, 53, 58, 88
Special conditions: quick health check-up
Minimum age of 10

There is recreational fishing area, the Lake Ada Safari. Swamp, which was overgrown with brambles and reeds, in 1994 made, the pond area of ​​6 hectares. Ada Safari Lake is stocked with rare fish, is strictly controlled quality. On the spot you can try fresh fish dishes.

Ada Ciganlia is the entertainment center of Belgrade, especially in the summer. They organize a number of sports, cultural and entertainment events. There are dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs mainly with live music. At the entrance there is parking for a thousand vehicles and marina suitable for mooring boats, yachts and small boats. Visitors are offered shops, picnic, bowling, mini-golf, golf, horse-drawn carriages, a tourist train, pedal boats and canoes to ride the lake.

When night falls, Ada turns into one big party on the water with several dozen clubs. My favorite are the Red Shoes and Sunset.

Do not miss the view of the New Bridge at Ada. In the evening looks gorgeous

Numerous routes of the city's public transport (GSP Beograd) pass close to the eastern entrance: bus routes 23, 37, 51, 52, 53, 56, 56L, 57, 58, 88, 89, 91, 92, 511, 551 and 552

Welcome to Ada!

Ada Ciganlija

Monument To The Unknown Hero

The Monument to the Unknown Hero is a World War I memorial located atop Mount Avala,
The Monument to the Unknown Hero is a World War I memorial located atop Mount Avala, | Source

Avala Tower

It is the third tallest building ever destroyed (behind the two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York).
It is the third tallest building ever destroyed (behind the two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York). | Source

Avala Mountain & Avala Tower

Avala is a low island mountain, with a peak at only 511 m above sea level, is located 17 km from the center of Belgrade. Avala name comes from the Arabic word "havala" which means "lookout". By Avala is called the mineral avalit. Due to its proximity to the capital, and natural beauty, considered one of the most popular resorts, not only Belgrade, but also many tourists. Covered with deciduous and coniferous trees, and is a paradise for people who want a break from the city smog.

Natural complex Avala is protected in 1859 year. In the Middle Ages, at the top, there was Žrnov city, which controlled access to the Belgrade. Today, in this place is a monument to the Unknown Soldier. It was built on the initiative of King Alexander I Karađorđević.

At Avala there are two mountain lodges: Mitrovićev Dom, Čarapićev Brest and Hotel Avala in which you can have lunch or stay overnight. Those who prefer a picnic in own arrangement, can prepare a barbecue in designated areas that are meant for that.

Ten kilometers of marked mountain trails and several kilometers of asphalt roads are ideal for walking and recreation.

Avala TV tower is the symbol of Belgrade. 195 meters high, was built in 1965, and demolished in 1999. During the NATO bombing It was the tallest construction in the Balkans, as well as the largest construction in the world that is lying on the grounds it was set up on a tripod. Until the destruction of the World Trade Centre on the 11th September in 2001 the Avala Tower was the highest destroyed construction in the world. At the same place, with the latest construction techniques late October 2009 built a new, looks the same building. Today the magnificent lookout tower can observe Belgrade and Serbia. The high is 204.68 m

Useful information:

Opening hours are weekdays from 10 am to 16:30 pm and weekends from 10 to 18 hours.
Closed on Monday.
The maximum number of persons on the lookout is 16, a retention time is 15 minutes.

Except car, you can come by public transport: 401, 402, 403, 404, 405 and 406 to the foot of Avala. From there, all the way to the top, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the bus rides all interested in every half hour.

Tito And Carter 1978

Jimmy Carter, Josip Tito and Rosalynn Carter pose for a formal portrait during a state dinner
Jimmy Carter, Josip Tito and Rosalynn Carter pose for a formal portrait during a state dinner | Source

The House of Flowers

The mausoleum of the leader of the former Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, who died on May 4, 1980.
The mausoleum of the leader of the former Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, who died on May 4, 1980. | Source

House of Flowers

The house of flowers main entrance.
The house of flowers main entrance. | Source

House Of Flowers

Once upon a time there was a beautiful country, Yugoslavia. It was home to the happiest people in the world.Common origin, shared history and cultural, linguistic, territorial, economical, and political similarities and interdependence of all nations and nationalities of Yugoslavia was an undeniable fact that today is ignored and replaced by nationalist rhetoric and action. Yugoslavia was more than just a geographic clue - it was an emotional state of mind, a way of life, thinking and behavior towards quite easy, normal and natural model. Reasonable people and people who want to be together with loved ones and people like individuality that don't distance themselves from each other, but closely collaborate, make contacts, have an understanding of each other, respected each other, complement each other intellectually, with a view to mutual prosperity.

At the head of this Communist paradise was Josip Broz Tito, a controversial political figure, adored and contested. Many world famous personalities and statesmen were his close friends: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, Gina Lollobrigida, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt, Georges Pompidou, Queen Elizabeth II. Kim Il Sung, Gaddafi, Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev,Leonid Brezhnev, Nasser, Nehru, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher; Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and many more.

Tito dies on 4 May 1980 at 3:05 pm, three days before his 88th birthday. The Josip Broz Tito's funeral was attended by 209 delegations from around the world, which is today the largest funeral of a statesman. They included four kings, 31 presidents, six princes, 22 prime ministers and 47 ministers of foreign affairs. They came from both sides of the Cold War, from 128 different countries.

So, a beautiful state and a great statesman gone forever in history. A frozen moment of world history you can see just here. In the House of Flowers.



Restaurant Dorian Gray

Restaurant Dorian Gray Garden
Restaurant Dorian Gray Garden | Source

Silicon Valley - Strahinjica Bana Street

If you are looking for a place to start a long crazy night or to just relax and have a morning coffee with friends at a quiet place in Belgrade, I recommend you to visit some of the bars in the "Silicon Valley" (street Strahinića Bana). The street is located in downtown Belgrade, at the end of Skadarlija, and extends to the Belgrade zoo.

The street was named Silicon Valley 90's as a meeting place of the richest people and the most beautiful women in this part of the Balkans. It was a favorite place of the Belgrade jet set, celebrities and politicians.

Today it is a beautiful, peaceful place for walking where is great to walk and feel the spirit of Belgrade. I would recommend a restaurant Dorian Gray. Financial Times ranked this restaurant among the top ten in Europe! I would also mention Insomnia and Soho bar.

Cathedral of Saint Sava

Cathedral of Saint Sava was built in the Byzantine style.
Cathedral of Saint Sava was built in the Byzantine style. | Source

Temple of Saint Sava

The cross on the temple is made ​​of gold and is 12 meters high.
The cross on the temple is made ​​of gold and is 12 meters high. | Source

Cathedral of Saint Sava

Serbia was first mentioned in the 8 th century, when it was built the oldest Serbian church, the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. So 1200 years ago.
Temple of St. Sava's not that old church, but it is known for being the largest Serbian Orthodox church and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. It was raised at the same place where in 1595, Turks burned the relics of Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Construction of the church had begun in 1935 but due to several wars and communist regime has not been completed fully until today. This beautiful church is 82 meters high and can accommodate more than 10,000 people and 800 choir singers.

It is very easy to find this temple because it holds a dominant position and is visible from all parts of the city.

Nikola Tesla

Time magazine, Volume 18 Issue 3, July 20, 1931 The cover shows Nikola Tesla.
Time magazine, Volume 18 Issue 3, July 20, 1931 The cover shows Nikola Tesla. | Source

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla statue, Niagara Falls
Nikola Tesla statue, Niagara Falls | Source

Nikola Tesla Museum

Each time you turn on the light, you should remember the man who has contributed to the fact that today we use the benefits of electricity. His name was Nikola Tesla, Serbian scientist, born in 1856. He is considered one of the most important and the most brilliant scientists in history. A major part of his life he spent in America. Tesla has worked with Thomas Edison and experimented with x-rays, radio communications and wireless transmission of electricity. Like most brilliant scientists, he was sleeping only a few hours a day and many have called him "a mad scientist".

According to Tesla's wishes, and after his death, personal items, scientific records, instruments, books and articles, were transferred to Belgrade in 1951.
Today they are exposed to the Tesla Museum, located in the center of Belgrade.
There you can see more than 160,000 original documents, 2,000 books and journals, 1200 historical, technical exhibits, 1500 photographs, original, technical objects, instruments, devices, and over 1,000 plans and drawings.


Address: Krunska 51

Phone: 011 24 33 886

Working hours: Tue to Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat and Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Ticket: 250 dinars (in Serbian)
500 dinars (in English)
Lines: Tram 2, 10, 12, 14
Bus 24, 26, 27
Web site:www.tesla-museum.org

Lido Beach

Lido, Belgradians favorite beach.
Lido, Belgradians favorite beach. | Source

Danube, Zemun

Boats in the marina Zemun
Boats in the marina Zemun | Source

Zemun

Old house in Zemun, 1801 year
Old house in Zemun, 1801 year | Source

Zemun, Gardos

My favorite part of Belgrade is Zemun. One of the 17 municipalities of Belgrade. It is located on the other side of the Danube and formerly belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire.

At the top of elevations, raised above the roof and bell tower of the church of St. Nicholas is the Millennium Tower, one of the last symbols of the once mighty kingdom of Hungary on the territory of Serbia. Tower on Gardoš resembles a long time and many forgotten stories told beside the peaceful Danube.

Fortification on the hill was mentioned way back in the eleventh century. Existing walls with four circular towers so-called Gothic type, built in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century. According to the legend in this place was built a village of fishermen and small artisans.
The settlement has got its dimensions and development in the second half of the eighteenth century, partly of the nineteenth century.

Working hours of tower: Friday Saturday Sunday 16-19h

Throughout the history, it was a symbol of power, tower and lookout, and today equally supreme in the service of art and culture.

Guards are now known in restaurants, tamburitza, old cobblestone narrow streets and some new poems. Walking along the beautiful Danube Promenade in Zemun, which later continued to Gardos, you are completely losing the impression that you are in Belgrade. Somehow reminds me of a small Mediterranean town.

I suggest you to finish your walk with a lunch in one of many authentic restaurants which offer premium fish dishes. They are with an excellent view over the city and the Danube. But the live music in restaurants is what leaves the strongest impression. Musicians are so good, that in the end, in the early morning hours, people are leaving with a smile on his faces and the impression that they really had a good time. Well known restaurants are: " Ona a ne neka druga ", " Staro Burence ", Saran ". My recommendation is Balkan Express Restaurant, located at the top of the hill from which you have a beautiful view on Danube river.

And one more suggestion. If you are visiting Zemun in the summer, you can enjoy the sandy beaches of Lido, river island located just across the Danube promenade. Small fishing boats transporting passengers the Lido every 15 mins.

City busses 84, 704, 706 drives to Zemun.




Gardos Tower From The Air

Belgrade

Collage of Belgrade
Collage of Belgrade | Source

Belgrade

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Summary

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The first settlements in the Belgrade area date from prehistoric Vinca, 4,800 years BC. Conquered more than a hundred of times by many nations and cultures, just because such a good position. All those cultures left their traces. On the city and the Serbian people. This historical mixture just represents the biggest treasure. With this text I wanted to show you that Belgrade is a specific and beautiful city, where good people lives. People who will always welcome you.

Welcome to Belgrade!

Things To Do In Belgrade Par Two

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      DisCover.

      Excellent job at your continued promotion of Belgrade. The picture of the Water and Light Show on Ada Lake is very beautiful!

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Thank you Cecile :-)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Another awesome hub dis-cover. This second part of the tour of Belgrade is even better than the first. A beautiful city we hear so little about. Well written and researched.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed this hub and liked that you included some famous historical figures as well. Tesla probably didn't get the credit he justly deserved. There's not a lot on Belgrade, so it's a good subject. Voted up and more.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @Jodah

      Thank you John. I hope I brought a bit of Belgrade spirit on this pages.

      @FlourishAnyway

      I'm glad you like it. You are right, unfortunately, few people know how Tesla was a brilliant, and how he contributed to the development of human civilization.

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      Colleen Swan 3 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you so much for this information. I feel almost tempted to hop on a plane and visit, especially the house of flowers.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      There are a lot of mysteries related to Tito. One of them is the fact that Tito was never buried in the House Of Flowers. Even, that he was a Freemason and Russian KGB agent. This winning combination has allowed him to be the ruler for so long without much trouble. Thak you for nice comment.

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      Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Lovely hub. I feel I want to go and look and feel and taste and experience your wonderful country.

      Years ago I had a Serbian boy in my class, Nemanja. His mother appreciated the extra effort I gave him because he felt so left out and was, at that time, experiencing great problems with English. To repay my efforts, she invited me to join them in Jugoslavia, as her guest, and I was looking forward to it so much. But within weeks the country experienced the horrors of the ethnic and religious turmoil that eventuated in the break-up of your wonderful state, and my visit never came about.

      Several members of that family, and I, became very close, but now, they and I have lost touch. What a shame.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Thank you Mr. Clark

      A lot of bad things have happened in this beautiful country. Unfortunately, became known only because of that. I hope that these articles could do some to improve the image of my country.

      Mr. Clark, if you ever wish to visit Belgrade, my home will be your home.

      My wife Irene and I will show you all beauties of this city.

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      Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      What a charming and lovely invitation and comment. Thank you, Nikolic. If I am ever in your lovely country, I will be charmed and happy to visit you and your, no doubt, lovely wife.

      My name, and as a friend you must know and use it, is Ian.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Thank's Ian.

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      Kalmiya 3 years ago from North America

      So many things to do in Belgrade; what a lovely city! I'd love to see a hub on the Cathedral of Saint Sava. Great fan of Nikola Tesla too. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Belgrade certainly is a beautiful place. I would love to visit some day. Thank you for the information.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have not yet traveled to Belgrade but plan to do so in the near future. and will have to keep this information at hand thank you.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Dubrovnik is my favorite city in Croatia. If you are planning to visit Belgrade feel free to ask me everything you want. Welcome!

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      Darko Milenkovic 3 years ago from Novi Sad

      Very useful info, sounds so interesting. Voted up!!!

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