Belgrade’s Old City is its most atmospheric district, and this 2-hour walking tour takes in all the highlights. This walking tour will take you away from the crowded tour buses to give you an up-close and personal view of Belgrade’s beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets, secrets of Belgrade’s Fortress, and remainings of Jewish, Ottoman, Hungarian and Austrian civilizations.
Start your morning learning about Belgrade’s rich history by visiting some of the most famous attractions in this part of the city.
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
DURATION: 3 hours
DEPARTURE: you can choose the departure time, we suggest 10:00
DEPARTURE LOCATION: from your accommodation
AVAILABLE ON REQUEST, WITH SUPPLEMENT: German, Spanish, Italian, French, Greek
SUMMER: April 1st – October 31st
We’ll meet at Republic Square, in front of a Horseman Statue (Prince Mihailo monument). Here you will hear pieces of information about the most important buildings surrounding the Square: National Museum and National Theatre, and a short explanation of why Prince Mihailo is one of the most important figures from Serbia’s modern history.
After a short walk, we’ll reach Student’s Square (Studentski Trg). This square is the oldest urban city square in Belgrade, with one of the city center’s most classical surroundings. It is also an academic hotspot, with a beautiful park in the middle of it. Belgrade doesn’t have a campus, but the largest number of important educational institutions are located right here: Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Philology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and the magnificent Captain Miša’s Edifice – the headquarters of the University of Belgrade. Here you will hear stories about Captain Miša’s charity and generosity and about some of the most significant Serbian minds and scientists.
Our next stop will be Dorćol. Today, this is one of Belgrade’s most vibrant neighborhoods, with plenty of exciting cafes, galleries, restaurants, and museums. Dorćol has a unique charm, and its tenants, including actors, university professors, lawyers and journalists, are very proud of it. The name comes from the colloquial Turkish word for ‘crossroads,’ and the neighborhood was a busy trading point during the Ottoman occupation.
Here we’ll stand in front of the Jewish community center, and you’ll hear a story about the Jewish community in Belgrade, about their everyday life and work and their dreadful destiny during WW II.
Our next stop is the 16th-century Bayrakli Mosque (Bajrakli džamija), the only remaining mosque in Belgrade. You are going to hear some exciting stories about how Belgrade looked and lived under the Ottomans.
Continue your walk through Kalemegdan, the oldest and largest park in the city center. Starting from Leopold’s Gate, you will pass by the remains of the Roman castrum – Singidunum and medieval walls built upon it – Zindan Gate, Despot’s Gate, Jakšića tower, all dating back to the 15 century. You will visit two Orthodox churches placed in this part of the fortress: Chapel of St Petka and Ružica Church (Virgin Mary Church)
The church of the Holy Mother of God (Ružica) was built around 1875. Before it was a church, the building used to be a gunpowder magazine and a military school. Today it is the oldest orthodox church in Belgrade and one of the visually most impressive religious buildings in Belgrade. The interior boasts three chandeliers made of spent cartridges, cannon ammunition, officers’ swords, and soldiers’ pistols from the Salonika Front.
Entering the Upper town, you will see the magnificent sight of two rivers’ confluence: the Sava and the Danube. You will pass by Mehmed-pasha Sokolović fountain, Defterdar’s gate, and observe the Lower Town from above: the Main gunpowder storage, Karl VI’s gate and The Nebojsha tower.
Walking through the Upper Town, we’ll come along to the Victor monument, probably the most recognized and photographed Belgrade’s landmark.
World-renowned sculptor Ivan Meštrović made this monument in 1928 to serve as a proud reminder of the glorious past and to commemorate Serbia’s triumph over both Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire.
We will continue our walk through the Upper town: The Roman well, the King’s gate and Sava promenade, the Damat Ali Pasha Tomb, Clock Gate with the Clock Tower. Passing by Military Museum and through Istanbul’s gate (Stambol gate), we will leave the fortress behind us, entering the Kalemegdan park once again. There is a Monument of Gratitude to France by Ivan Meštrović in the park and many busts, representing the famous Serbian man of letters.
After Kalemegdan park, we will head towards Varoskapija, part of the town built on the Sava river banks. There we’ll find a Serbian Orthodox Patriarchy and Belgrade Cathedral, the oldest Belgrade Tavern called “The Question Mark” and the Residence of Princess Ljubica, an elegant Balkan style edifice.
Stroll down the cobblestone streets of a quiet and charming quarter of Kosančićev Venac. The oldest part of the city outside the fortress today serves as home to many artists – painters, sculptors, photographers, art galleries, and art schools, so no wonder it is referred to as Belgrade Montmartre. Among other things, here we’ll visit the place where the National Library of Serbia stood before it was destroyed in Belgrade’s Nazi bombing in 1941.
We’ll climb back to the city center by King Peter’s street and pass by King Peter the 1st Elementary school, Neo-renaissance palace of National Bank of Serbia, and Art Nouveau Department store.
Through the pedestrian street Knez Mihailova, we will reach the Republic square, passing by many fascinating examples of civil architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts.
After a short walk, we’ll reach The Republic Square one more time, where we’ll finish our tour.
- Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Child rate applies only when sharing with two paying adults