When I was backpacking through Europe, there was no way I wouldn’t go to Serbia, as it’s the country that my dad was born in. I spent my time in Belgrade, where I truely experienced what European Winter was like. Despite not being prepared enough for the cold, I had a great time and would definitely return to Serbia (next time in the Summer). I was in Serbia for a week, and here’s a list of the things I got up to in Belgrade…
Exploring the city
I spent plenty of time walking around Belgrade to check out some of the best sights. There’s plenty of buildings, squares, churches, and parks, my favourite being the Temple of San Sava (the Saint Sava orthodox church) and Kalemegdan park.
Underground tour of Belgrade
Belgrade has a rich history that you can learn about by doing an underground tour of Belgrade. As the name suggests, the tour takes you underground to various fortresses, ruins, and military bunkers, which were all used throughout different times in history, ranging from the Roman Empire, to the Ottoman Empire, up until World War II. It is also the best way to explore inside Kalemegdan, an old fortress and park in Belgrade city. The locations you visit on the tour can only be seen with a guide, so there’s no DIY option here, but I definitely think paying for a tour is worth it.
Located a few hours North of Belgrade on a bus or train is the town of Novi Sad. I decided to get out of Belgrade for a day to explore the town, and enjoy some awesome vegan Serbian food.
Nikola Tesla Museum
Belgrade is home to the Nikola Tesla museum, dedicated to the famed Serbian inventor, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer and physicist. The museum is fairly small, but they offer really good interactive guided tours, and you can learn about both his inventions and his personal life.
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