Kalemegdan Belgrade Fortress
Kalemegdan is the most beautiful and the largest Belgrade park and in the same time the most important cultural and historical complex. Belgrade Fortress, consists of the old citadel and Kalemegdan Park on the confluence of the River Sava and Danube, in an urban area of modern Belgrade. It is located in Belgrade’s municipality of Stari Grad.
Belgrade Fortress is at the centre of the city and is also the oldest place in urban Belgrade. At one time, the city’s population was located within the walls of the fortress. The fortress overlooks the two rivers of the Sava and Danube. The name Kalemegdan means either the remains of the fortress or green city park.
Republic square is a very popular meeting place for locals and the starting point for many a tour of the city. The center piece of the not so square, square, is the statue of Knez Mihajlo riding a horse. Mainly it’s just called The Horse and is the rendezvous point for visitors and locals alike. This is also the beginning of Knez Mihajlova street.
Saint Sava Temple
Saint Sava Temple St. Sava Temple is the world’s second biggest Orthodox Church. It carries its name after Sava, a Serbian monk from the 13th century, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and its first archbishop. The temple stands on Vracar hill, on a place where in the 16th century the Ottomans have burned St. Sava’s bones as a sign of their power. St. Sava Temple is visible from almost every part of Belgrade and it carries the intriguing story about the struggle of Serbian people throughout the centuries.
Skadarlija is considered the main bohemian borough of Belgrade, and is often referred to as ‘the Montmartre of Belgrade’ since in the past it was a popular focal point of Serbian and Yugoslav artists, writers and poets. Genuine traditional restaurants take pride in their guest lists of worldwide celebrities who have been their guests for decades now.
The Belgrade Zoo is another one of those ‘must-see’ location for the simple fact that it is ‘bunched’ together with the other two most beloved locations in Belgrade – Kalemegdan and, leading up to it, Knez Mihajlova main street.
Also known as the “Garden of Good Hope”, Belgrade zoo is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Europe, founded in 1936. Nowadays it is particularly popular due to an incredibly high amount of newborns in captivity, as well as some very rare species such as the famous family of albino lions.
The Belgrade zoo is home to hundreds of different species ranging from birds and tiny mammals, to exotic animals from all over the world. Even though the zoo is a bit overcrowded, the animals seem to like it here, since their human friends take good care of them and work with devotion to improve the quality of the zoo. Some of its former inhabitants were famous in Belgrade, such as Sami the chimpanzee, whose statue stands near the primates area in the zoo, or the recently passed away oldest alligator in the world – Muja.