Things to do in Belgrade

Serbia’s capital will take you in with its brutalist architecture, buzzing nightlife, and friendly locals.

Our most recommended things to do in Belgrade

Belgrade: 2-Hour City Boat Cruise

1. Belgrade: 2-Hour City Boat Cruise

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a ride down the Sava and Danube rivers on a city boat cruise with an expert guide. Cruise by the Great War Island on your way to Zemun, where you'll see the Millenium tower. Learn about Zemun's history as a separate town until the middle of the 20th century. Enjoy views of the Belgrade fortress from various perspectives, and learn all about its construction and strategic importance. Pass the new area Belgrade Waterfront and its new Belgrade Tower.

From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci Full-Day Tour

2. From Belgrade: Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci Full-Day Tour

Departing from your accommodation, head toward the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. For an hour, you will enjoy the colorful landscapes of the Pannonian Plain while hearing stories about the turbulent history of the area. Reaching the Fruska Gora region, you will find over 16 medieval Orthodox monasteries nested in this region. Explore one on the way toward Sremski Karlovci, a quiet little Baroque town with small houses, churches palaces, gardens and an impressive history. Visit the Chapel of Peace, where a peace treaty was signed. Visit the main square, the Four Lion Fountain, the Karlovci Gymnasium, town hall, Roman Catholic Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and more.  You will be able to taste two of the most famous products from the local regions, a famous Bermet wine and Kuglof cake, a touch of German tradition brought to Karlovci by German settlers in the 18th century. Your next stop will be the Petrovaradin Fortress, one of the largest strongholds in Europe still preserved. Built by the Austrian Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries, this fortress played a significant role in defending the middle European countries from Ottoman attacks. You will be able to walk through the fortress, passing through some of its gates and see some of the interesting places from the top like City Museum, the old military barracks and the clock tower. Enjoy the view over the Danube and the city of Novi Sad. As the second largest city in Serbia with its typical Central European appearance and proud history of being a cultural and intellectual center in the Austro-Hungarian Empire for which it earned the nickname 'Serbian Athens.' See the Museum of Vojvodina and Dunavski Park, the largest green area in the city, the beautiful neo-Romantic Serbian Orthodox Bishop’s Palace and visit the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. George from the 18th century with its invaluable iconostasis painted by famous Serbian painter Paja Jovanovic. Walk through the main street further on enjoying the 18th and 19th century architecture as well as endless rows of cafes and restaurants and then reach the Liberty Square, a central point in the city. Here, you will find the town hall, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Finance Palace and the neo-Classical edifice of the oldest city hotel Vojvodina. You will then pass by the Serbian National Theater and reach the city synagogue, the beautiful Hungarian Secession-style building, one of the largest European synagogues still standing. Then, take a break for a traditional Serbian lunch (at your own expense), shopping and enjoying Novi Sad and, at the arranged time, get back into the vehicle and head back to Belgrade.

From Belgrade: Golubac Fortress and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

3. From Belgrade: Golubac Fortress and Iron Gate Gorge Tour

Drive along the winding Danube river on this day trip from Belgrade. Explore the Golubac fortress and discover the oldest Mesolithic sculptures in all of Europe with a visit to the Lepenski Vir museum. Start with pickup from your accommodation and a 2-hour drive toward Eastern Serbia. Take in beautiful landscapes and listen to interesting stories about this part of the country. Stop at Golubac fortress, a defensive complex which used to defend many kingdoms through centuries. Golubac is the perfect fairy-tale castle, wonderfully set off by its location in the rugged landscape at the head of Đerdap Gorge. Admire its nine towers which are 20-25 meters high. Gaze out at views of the Danube from the fortress. Proceed towards the widest part of the Danube at the Iron Gate. Watch at the Danube suddenly gives the impression of the sea. After around 30 minutes of driving, reach the next stop, Lepenski Vir. The early settlement dates back to 7,000-6,000 BC. It marks the beginning of civilization in Europe. View a holographic reconstruction of houses in Lepenski Vir. See more than 100 items (utensils, tools, and instruments, jewelry, altars, sculptures, Neolithic ceramics) illustrating the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in Lepenski Vir. The setting also involves the reconstruction of burial methods in Lepenski Vir. After the museum, stop in a unique, authentic restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the Danube to enjoy a traditional lunch made of specialties of the cuisine of Eastern Serbia. Return to Belgrade in the evening hours.

Belgrade: Fortress Underground & Dungeons Tour with Drink

4. Belgrade: Fortress Underground & Dungeons Tour with Drink

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour in Belgrade around the fortress of Belgrade. Learn about the city's hidden secrets while visiting 4 underground sites in the fortress. See the notorious Roman Well, cold war military bunker, gunpowder storage, and dungeons with medieval torture devices. Your first stop will be the Roman well built by the Austrians in 18th century. Hear about the many mysteries connected to it, and why it is considered Alfred Hitchcock's favorite spot in Belgrade. Your tour will continue to an army bunker, dating back to the beginning of the Cold War era. It reveals long-kept secrets of Communist Yugoslavia. If you're a fan of archeology, you will enjoy the Roman lapidarium in the Gunpowder Warehouse, where Roman artifacts from the territory of Serbia are exhibited. The history lesson will end at the dungeons where you will be able to learn about the dark medieval times and torture mechanisms used during that period. The tour will last 2-hours and it will be led by a professional tour guide.

Belgrade: Resava Cave, Manasija Monastery & Lisine Waterfall

5. Belgrade: Resava Cave, Manasija Monastery & Lisine Waterfall

Start with pickup from Belgrade at 8:00 AM. Travel to the first stop, Manasija Monastery, which was built in the 15th century by Serbian ruler, Stefan Lazarevic. Discover one the most significant medieval monuments in Serbia known for its artistic, cultural and historical value. Explore the monastery which is surrounded by magnificent towers of the medieval fortress which surrounds it. Continue to Resava Cave, one of the oldest and largest caves in Serbia. Explore the interior of the 80 million-year-old cave which measures approximately 4.5 kilometers in length. See numerous and magnificent halls, channels, galleries, columns, stalactites, stalagmites, draperies and flowstone waterfalls. Finally, make a final stop at the Veliki Buk waterfall which is over 20 meters high and is one of the highest and most impressive waterfalls in Serbia. Return to Belgrade in the evening time.

Belgrade: Shared Group or Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Belgrade: Shared Group or Private Guided Walking Tour

Learn the history of Belgrade on a walking tour with a licensed guide. See the monumental National Assembly building where the Serbian parliament sits to start your journey through the turbulent story of the capital. See the former residence of the Obrenović dynasty, and the New Palace built for the Karađorđević dynasty that is now home to the President of Serbia. Continue to Nikola Pašić Square with its monument dedicated to a former mayor of Belgrade, and then pass Syndicate House to arrive at Terazije Square. Admire the impressive Hotel Moskva, and then make your way to Republic Square to look at the National Theater and National Museum. Stroll down the lively shopping street of Knez Mihailo as you continue to the historic core of Kalemegdan. Visit the Congregational Church, where the most important Serbians were buried, and admire the Building of the Patriarchate and Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Enter Kalemegdan Park on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers to see the historic citadel of Belgrade Fortress and a stunning statue by Ivan Meštrović.

Belgrade: Private Welcome Tour w/ a Local

7. Belgrade: Private Welcome Tour w/ a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/ her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once your booking is received, you will be contacted to confirm all the details for the tour such as the meeting place and time, language and your contact information. In addition, you will also be asked some further questions to get to know you better. The right local will be handpicked for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2-hours). During the walking tour, you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travelers and share what they love about their city. They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city. Through conversations with your local guide, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in the city, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Belgrade: 2.5-Hour Underground Tour with Local Wine

8. Belgrade: 2.5-Hour Underground Tour with Local Wine

The underground tells the legend of Belgrade from the Roman, Austrian, Turkish and Serbian periods. Every one of these periods carries authentic charm. The first stop on the tour is the Roman hall, which contains the foundation of the main gate of the Roman fortress from the 2nd century. Next, visit the Roman well and army bunker from the Informbiro period. Learn about the spy secrets and President Tito’s political games between great forces after the World War II. The route continues to a big gunpowder warehouse, here the walls tell stories about the defense of Christian Europe from the Turkish Empire. This warehouse is now a Roman exhibit that keeps sarcophagus, tombs and altars from Serbia. The final point on the tour is a wine cellar where you can sample some wine. Visits to these sights portray stories about the unusual history of Belgrade including various human destinies and legends, and enigmas that stimulate the curiosity of history and culture specialists.

From Belgrade: Tara National Park & Drina River Valley Tour

9. From Belgrade: Tara National Park & Drina River Valley Tour

Beginning from your accommodation in Belgrade, journey to the Gate of Podrinje: the entrance to the magical Drina river valley. Proceed to see the unique "House on the Rock," a solitary house built in the middle of the Drina River that has been attracting curious travelers from across the globe since an image of the house was first published in National Geographic magazine. Then, be enchanted by the Tara National Park, where you will have the opportunity to see the Banjska Rock, thought by many to be the most beautiful viewpoint in Serbia. Soak in the splendid panoramic views over the Drina River Canyon and take some breathtaking photos of the glorious scenery before you, before returning to Belgrade in the late evening hours.

From Belgrade: Full-Day Guided Tour of Zlatibor Mountain

10. From Belgrade: Full-Day Guided Tour of Zlatibor Mountain

Discover Zlatibor on a full-day guided tour from Belgrade and see one of Serbia’s most beautiful mountains. Explore the mountain village of Sirogojno with its folk architecture and descend into Stopića Cave. Embark on a 3-hour ride to Western Serbia. Admire the vast landscapes while your guide tells you interesting stories about the region. Make your first stop at Stopića Cave and marvel at the underground river, pools, and waterfalls, illuminated by colored lights. Step into 19th-century Serbia in Sirogojno. Meander through the high-roofed, wooden houses spread out along the mountainside. Visit local craft and souvenir shops as your guide explains the history of the village. Finally, arrive at the "Gold Gondola Lift," which spans 9 kilometers from the center of Zlatibor to the ski center of Tornik, making it the longest panoramic lift in the world.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Belgrade?

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What people are saying about Belgrade

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,408 reviews

The experience was really nice and you get the chance to see the city through another aspect. Especially Mili is an excellent guide and person. All the historic information she provided us and the interesting discussion we had was the best part of this!Congratulations! However I didn't receive any email afterwards. Can you help to be delivered to me so that I can share my review? Thank you very much Best regards Themistoklis

Omg what a amazing tour by a brilliant young lady.She was so friendly explained everything in great detail.We even chatted about our own country.Well worth doing this tour.Pat & Mainard Dublin Ireland

Beautiful views from the boat. You are able to see the city from many different angles. Our guide Milica was a wealth of knowledge about the area and anything else you want to know about Serbia!

We had a great day trip to the Eastern part of Serbia and all thanks to our tour guide Nikola who explained the history and culture of the region with clarity and in depth.

Great trip. Our guide, Aleksandar, shared both historical facts and some of his personal experiences as a local, which made it more valuable. Would recommend!