If you have only one day in Belgrade, then I’d suggest you visit Kalemegdan park and Belgrade Fortress. To be in Belgrade and not see the fortress is same if you come to Rome and avoid seeing Colosseum. As for Kalemegdan (park where fortress is located) is a great place for a whole family. And if you are not that interested in exploring medieval fortress, then there are other things you could do and check in this park.
The name of the park comes from two Turkish words: kale – fortress (or castle) and meydan – square. Kalemegdan is the largest park in Belgrade. It’s located on top of the high cliff, at the junction of two rivers – Sava and Danube.
Fountain called The Fisherman, also known as The Struggle (1906):
Kalemegdan park is a great place for everyone: couples, friends, families and even pets. Park has numerous walking paths, benches, playground for kids, sport terrains, restaurants and coffee shops, souvenir kiosks, monuments, sculptures and memorial busts of important Serbian people in history, science and art, fountains (also drinking fountains), churches, Military museum and Gallery of the Natural History museum, as well as Belgrade Zoo (opened in 1936) and Jurassic park – Dino park Jura Avantura.
Although entrance fee to this mini-amusement park is a bit too high, in my opinion – 350 dinars for adult ticket. Well, if you think about it… three something euros is not so big money. But if you’ll check the dinosaurs from the other side of the fence, which was more than enough for me, then you won’t pay a dime.
Belgrade Fortress is a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance and is protected by the Republic of Serbia. It’s the most visited tourist attraction in Belgrade; estimated number of visitors is over two million per year. This fortress is a major archaeological and historical treasury. And what’s important – admission is free, which means that anyone can visit this beautiful site, even travelers on a budget.
Most remarkable and recognizable landmark in Belgrade is The Victor (Pobednik). This monument symbolically represents the figure of victory, Serbia’s victory over Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire during the Balkan wars. It stands at the edge of Upper Town.
Walls of Belgrade Fortress offer picturesque panoramic river view of the New Belgrade and the Sava districts. Isn’t it beautiful!
As you can see this place is huge. And something tells me that one day might not be enough for seeing it all and checking it out from top to bottom. But if you don’t have much time or you are not a big fan of walking yet still want to see this magnificent historical site, then I would suggest you take a ride on a tourist train. Twenty-minute ride costs only 150 dinars (which is less than 1.50 euro) and it takes you around main walking areas. That way you will see the most interesting parts of the fortress in less than half an hour. Short version of Belgrade Fortress experience, cheap and easy.
Personally, I love walking and I love medieval fortresses and castles, and I love exploring them. I also love tourist trains. That is why we first had a train tour and after that we went for a long walk, so we could enjoy the amazing vista a bit longer.
Where to eat in Kalemegdan
Our decision to visit Mali Kalemegdan restaurant wasn’t based on TripAdvisor reviews, we rarely check it for restaurants during holiday. And only reason me and my husband ended up eating here was hunger, and we simply chose the closest restaurant.
And when we travel we always try to eat mainly local food, so that’s what we ordered. Homemade smoked sausage:
And for dessert (as their menu says: “for those who don’t care about calories”) we took Koch (semolina sponge cake) with caramel topping:
It was huge! Perfect size for two people. It tasted a bit weird but very delicious nevertheless.
Even though our waiter didn’t speak any English, we didn’t have any difficulties ordering food. One small inconvenience is that their kitchen doesn’t have everything what is shown in the menu, so when you decide to order something, then better to have also a plan B or “dish B” for security reason. But overall, I could recommend this restaurant. Food is good, prices are affordable and the place itself is really nice.
Hope you enjoyed it!