9. Belgrade: Guided City Highlights Tour
The meeting point is Republic Square, in front of a Horseman Statue (Prince Mihailo monument), surrounded by National Museum and National Theatre. Student’s Square is an academic hotspot, with a beautiful park in its middle. Most of the important educational institutions are located right here, including magnificent Captain Miša’s Edifice – the head office of the University of Belgrade. Next is Dorćol, one of Belgrade’s most vibrant neighborhoods, with plenty of exciting cafes, galleries, restaurants, and museums. Here we’ll stand in front of the Jewish community center, and you’ll hear a story about the Jewish community in Belgrade, about their everyday life and work, and their dreadful destiny during WW II. The next stop is the 16th-century Bayrakli Mosque, the only remaining mosque in Belgrade, to hear some exciting stories about how Belgrade looked and lived under the Ottomans. Walkthrough Kalemegdan area will start from Leopold’s Gate, you will pass by the remains of the Roman castrum – Singidunum and medieval walls built upon it – Zindan Gate, Despot’s Gate, Jakšića tower, and two Orthodox churches placed in this part of the fortress: Chapel of St Petka and Ružica Church (Virgin Mary Church) In the Upper Town, you will see the magnificent sight of two rivers’ confluence: the Sava and the Danube, and pass by Mehmed-pasha Sokolović fountain, Defterdar’s gate, and observe the Lower Town from above: the Main gunpowder storage, Karl VI’s gate, and The Nebojsha tower. In the Upper Town, we’ll come along to the Victor monument, probably the most recognized and photographed Belgrade’s landmark; The Roman well, the King’s gate and Sava promenade, the Damat Ali Pasha Tomb, Clock Gate with the Clock Tower. Passing by Military Museum and through the "Stambol" gate, we will leave the fortress behind us, entering the Kalemegdan park once again. There is a Monument of Gratitude to France, and many busts, representing the famous Serbian man of letters. After Kalemegdan park, we will head towards the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchy and Belgrade Cathedral, the oldest Belgrade Tavern called “The Question Mark” and the Residence of Princess Ljubica, an elegant Balkan style edifice. The charming quarter of Kosančićev Venac is home to many artists – painters, sculptors, photographers, art galleries, and art schools, so no wonder it is referred to as Belgrade Montmartre. Among other things, here we’ll visit the place where the National Library of Serbia stood before it was destroyed in Belgrade’s Nazi bombing in 1941. In King Peter’s street, we'll see the Neo-renaissance palace of the National Bank of Serbia, and the Art Nouveau Department store. We will reach Republic square through the pedestrian street Knez Mihailova, passing by many fascinating examples of civil architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as the Serbian Academy of Science and Arts. After a short walk, we’ll reach The Republic Square one more time, where we’ll finish our tour.