When we first started researching things to do in Belgrade the Belgrade Fortress immediately caught our eye. The Belgrade Fortress was inserted high on our destination list at Wyld Family Travel of places to see as far as Belgrade sightseeing went. We love visiting historical attractions. Historical attractions like castles, fortress and palaces can teach you so much about the history of the place you are visiting. Belgrade Fortress was no exception to this. The Kelemegdan (Belgrade) Fortress is an extremely popular Serbia tourist attraction. Lonely Planet Serbia has Kelemegdam ranked as the number 1 attraction in Serbia. TripAdvisor Belgrade gives the fortress 4.5 stars.
Things to do in Belgrade – Visit Belgrade Fortress
The location of The Belgrade Fortress is at the meeting place of 2 mighty rivers of Europe. The Danube River and the Sava River meet on the lowlands in front of the Fortress walls. The Belgrade Fortress sits on top of the 125.5-meter high ridge above the rivers. This location provides the most beautiful natural lookout in The City of Belgrade. It is said that Belgrade Fortress equals the history of Belgrade Serbia. Since the 3rd century, there has been a settlement on this site. For much of Belgrade’s history, the city actually existed within the walls of the Fortress. Today Belgrade City centre lies just outside the grounds of the Belgrade Fortress.
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This 125-meter high location of this Belgrade attractions would have been enough to stop many invaders in their tracks. The Fortress location was occupied throughout history by the Celtic tribes, the Romans, Goths and Huns. A legend even speaks of Atilla the Hun buried somewhere at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube Rivers. That means one of the histories most fearless warriors is buried under Belgrade Fortress. Today the Belgrade Fortress is a declared a Monument of Cultural Exceptional Importance by the Republic of Serbia.
We visited the Fortress twice in winter. Winter in Belgrade found the snow-covered ground and low temperature meant we had the place to ourselves. We were able to witness ice sheets flowing down the Danube, after all, it was only -8 the day we were there! The girls loved the open space and enjoyed throwing snowballs. We spent a long time just standing on the walls looking at the surrounding views from the Fortress. The Victor Monument is an amazing sight at the Belgrade Fortress.
This Victory statue is to commemorate Serbia’s victory over the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Victor debuted in 1928. This Victory Statue is an amazing sight standing at 14 metres (46 ft) high and looks out over the River towards new Belgrade. The direction that was once the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the far distance. The Victor stares down invaders daring them to come forward and try and take the Belgrade Fortress. As you approach this Belgrade monument from behind it looks much like an Oscar (the film award). The popular Belgrade free walking tour brings you to the Victory Statue and goes more in-depth on the history of the most popular monument in Belgrade.
There are four significant towers remaining in the Fortress. The two most important towers being Nebojša Tower built in 1460 and it is the only remaining medieval structure in the Fortress. The Sahat (clock) tower dates from the 1740 and is still in its original shape.
Numerous Fortress gates still survive, the most important ones are Zindan Kapija, Inner Stambol Kapija and the Charles IV gate. These gates are important for their design with The Charles IV gate being the only Baroque design in Belgrade. There are walls from Roman and Medieval times, Turkish and Austrian eras.
The Belgrade Fortress has something for everyone
Belgrade Fortress is located centrally to the city. The Fortress is within the Kalemegedam Park and the area is the focal point for all tourists looking for things to do in Belgrade. The Fortress is broken up into four sections these days.
Donji Grad is the area that lies in front of The Victor. It’s a low-lying area that is prone to flooding. The area does feature The Orthodox churches of Ružica (former Austrian gun depot) and Sveta Petka. The Belgrade Planetarium makes for an interesting place to visit with the kids.
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Gornji Grad is the area behind The Victor and the way we entered the Beograd Fortress. It’s a wide-open space transformed into a park area for the residents of Belgrade. There are basketball and tennis courts in the area for recreational activities. The controversial Roman well closed to visitors unless you do a tour is located here. The Roman well is somewhat of a mystery with some saying it dates back to Roman times. Others saying it only dates back 200 years to the Austrian-Hungarian empire. The well’s total depth is 60.15 meters with a diameter of 3.40 meters.
Mali Kalemegdanski Park is the section in the northeast of the Beograd Fortress. It is in near the urban area of the City of Belgrade. It is also home to the Belgrade Zoo. This Belgrade point of interest opened in 1936. Today the Zoo is home to 1,700 animals representing more than 150 different species. The Belgrade Zoo is home to the biggest pride of white lions in the world. TripAdvisor Belgrade Zoo gets 4 stars on the popular website.
Veliki Kalemegdanski Park is in the southern corner of the fortress. Many people will enter The Fortress this way if coming from the Belgrade Old Town city area. The wide promenade leading to the Fortress through the park is lined with market stalls selling souvenirs and trinkets. This area of the park contains statues and sculptures. The most important is the monument of gratitude to France. This honours the French soldiers who died defending Belgrade. The Belgrade Military Museum and The Museum of Forestry and Hunting are also in this area.
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We visited both these museums while on-site and they are well worth a look. The Forestry and Hunting museum had many exhibits of animals on display. The Military Museum both inside and outside has some amazing exhibits of warfare. Visiting the Military Museum was one of the best things to do in Belgrade. A new feature to Kalemegedam Park area is a Dinosaur Park. There are 35 replicas of dinosaurs built to life-size scale. These relics give off sounds and are an educational experience for children visiting Belgrade.
Kalemegdan Park is a must-see in Belgrade
Kelemegdan Park which surrounds the fortress covers an area of 53 ha (130 acres). The name Kelemegdan is derived from the two Turkish words: ‘Kale‘ (meaning fortress) and archaic word of Turkish origin ‘megdan’ (meaning battlefield). In a 2013 report, it was stated the park had 3,424 individual trees from 80 different tree species. Most of the trees were between 20 and 60 years old.
The park is very popular with both locals and tourist alike especially in warm summer months of the year. It is one of the top things to visit in Belgrade. The grounds have been used for concerts and most recently the Kalemegdan summer festival. Our kids loved the fact that we were able to see many squirrels scurrying around the park from tree to tree. There are amusement rides for kids that run in the summer months along with food and drink stands. Kelemegdan truly is the place to be in Belgrade.
The Kelemegdam Park and The Belgrade Fortress is accessed from Belgrade Republic Square in the city centre via Knez Mihailova Street pedestrian mall. Shopping on Knez Mihailova is definitely one the things to do in Belgarde if you love shopping. This is the main Belgrade shopping centre district in the city. Catch Number 2 tram part of the Belgrade Metro system in the direction of Pristanište, this will get you to Kalemegdan and the Belgrade Old Town.
Direction Vukov Spomenik will get you to Slavija Square and Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra. We used a taxi most of the time in Belgrade. The Belgrade Taxi we found to be inexpensive. We asked the staff at our hotel Holiday Inn Express Belgrade to call a taxi when leaving for the day. We accessed Beograd Kelemegdan the first time by taxi and our second visit was while using Belgrade Free Walking Tour. Free walking tours Belgrade leaves from Republic Square every day and we recommend it to learn more about activities there are to do in Belgrade. Belgrade what to see? We say start at Kelemegdan Park!
How to get to Belgrade
- Nikola Tesla Belgrade AirportIt is the largest airport in Serbia It is situated 18 km (11 mi) west of downtown Belgrade
- Belgrade airport is home to Air Serbia and an operating base for Wizz Air
- Find your international flights to Belgrade with Airfarewatchdog
- Airport transfers to Belgrade and surrounding area are available. Book your transfer today.
- Pick up your hire car from Belgrade Airport to explore the region. For the best prices click HERE.
- Catch a train to Belgrade from all over Europe. Belgrade is the gateway to eastern Europe and the Balkans Plan your trip HERE
Getting around Belgrade
- Belgrade with a population of over 1.5 million people is the largest city by population in Europe without a subway system.
- Belgrade city public transport is provided through a network of bus, trolleybus and tram routes run by GSP “Beograd” and bus services operated by private bus companies, on around 130 routes
- If you are not the frequent user (Tourist) you should buy a paper card which costs 89 rsd, and you can use public transport for 90 min on all lines (for 1st or 2nd public transportation zone). If you buy a ticket on the bus a card cost – 150 rsd
Where to stay in Belgrade:
- Belgrade has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to Apartments and Hotels rooms.
- Hostels in Belgrade can start from as little as $14 a night for a shared dorm room. HostelClub has a great selection of properties.
- You can search Airbnb for there Belgrade accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE
- Hotels in Belgrade have an average price of $60 a night for a 3-star hotel up to an average of $130 a night for a 5-star Hotel
- You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, Hotels.com, Hotels Combined and Priceline