2 Day Belgrade Itinerary with Map

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How many days in Belgrade do you need and how to best spend them? Our 2 day Belgrade itinerary with map has the answer!

After visiting Serbia, we think 2 days in Belgrade are enough to get a good taste of the city. Our 2 day Belgrade itinerary helps you to make the most of your time – be it on a Belgrade city break or a stop on a trip around Serbia.

2 Days in Belgrade

Belgrade Itinerary Day 1 – City Centre & Kalemegdan Fortress

Morning – Downtown and Old Town

We are not big on breakfast so we start our day with a snack from the bakery just opposite our hostel.

The first stop is the very heart of Belgrade, Republic Square. Here, you can also find the National Theatre and the National Museum of Serbia.

Head down the main pedestrian street Knez Mihailova.

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Bucketlist2life tip: There are plenty of nice cafes for a rest in the side streets. We especially liked Obilićev Venac Street .

Head to Belgrade Old Town. especially Gospodar-Jevremova Street, to find the only mosque in Belgrade as well as the oldest house in Belgrade which currently houses the Museum of Vuk and Dositej.

Before lunch, check out the Patriarchate of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

Picture of Skadarska Street
Skadarska Street

Lunch – ?

? (that’s really the name) is the oldest restaurant in Belgrade. Of course, they serve traditional Serbian food. While the food wasn’t amazing, the atmosphere was nice and the location was convenient.

Picture of Traditional Serbian food at ?
Traditional Serbian food at ?

Afternoon – Kalemegdan Fortress

After lunch, head to Kalemegdan Fortress. You can spend a lot of time here if you want. There are countless walls, towers, monuments, and other places to explore. Our two favourite spots are Ružica Church and the Chapel of Saint Petka.

Boho Bar is a nice place for a rest with a view. Of course, you can do it like the locals do and bring your own drink and chill on the wall. Both places are also great sunset spots.

Picture of View from Kalemegdan Fortress
View from Kalemegdan Fortress

Evening – Skadarska Street

The single best thing to do on an evening in Belgrade is visit a kafana. According to Wikipedia, a “Kafana is a distinct type of local bistro (or tavern), common in former Yugoslav countries, which primarily serves alcoholic beverages and coffee, and often also light snacks (meze) and other food. Many kafanas feature live music performances.”

The best place in Belgrade to visit a kafana is Skadarska Street. There are plenty, all you need to do is choose one. If you want the musicians to play for you, you have to tip them. If you’re like us and you’re too socially awkward for that, you can also just admire them from afar.

For a cheeky little craft beer afterwards, check out DOGMA Craft Beer Station.

Picture of Live music in kafana
Live music in kafana

Belgrade Itinerary Day 2 – Saint Sava & Zemun

Morning – Saint Sava

Again, start your day with a snack from the bakery.

Now the heavy walking commences. Start by making your way to the House of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. From there, head to Saint Mark’s Church, a beautiful Orthodox church, and the Ruins of the Radio Television of Serbia HQ from the 1999 NATO bombing which are right next to each other.

Walk further towards Saint Sava and don’t miss the Faculty of Law and the Nikola Tesla Museum. We didn’t enter so we cannot tell you whether we think it’s worth it or not.

Don’t miss out on strolling through the streets of Krunski Venac for a bit – we thought they were quite lovely.

Now to the grand finale of your morning: the Church of Saint Sava, the largest Orthodox Church currently in use. Make sure to also check out the crypt.

Picture of Church of Saint Sava
Church of Saint Sava

Lunch

We suggest to have lunch on the way back to the city centre. We especially liked the quiet options in Svetog Save. Just behind Slavija Square, there are also nice options on Flower Square.

Walk further along Kralja Milana towards the centre and check out the Presidency of the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade City Assembly, and of course the famous Moskva Hotel.

Picture of Coffee break
Coffee break

Afternoon – Zemun

Make your way to Zemun. Although it is so close to Belgrade, it has a very different history. It was conquered by Hungary in the 12th century and later was at the centre of border wars for centuries. After World War I, Zemun fell back under Serbian control. Nowadays, you can see a Serbian, German, Hungarian and Jewish heritage.

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Bucketlist2life tip: How to get from Belgrade to Zemun? Theoretically, you could walk along the Danube. Or you can take the bus. We have marked the spot on the map but Google Maps is also quite helpful.

The main points of interest in Zemun are:

  • The former Air Force building.
  • Zemun Park with its two churches.
  • The Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Zemun Market Square and the lovely little streets around it.
  • Millenium Tower with a great view over Zemun, the Danube, New Belgrade, and Belgrade in the distance.
Picture of Zemun
Zemun

Evening – Boat Party

If you like to party, Belgrade has something special in store for you. There are plenty of boat clubs along the Sava River on the opposite side of Branko’s Bridge from the city centre.

Picture of Party boats
Party boats

The Lazy Belgrade Itinerary

Disclaimer: We do not get paid to write this. We took the Zemun Tour and enjoyed it.

If you want to have all the important sights of Belgrade served on a plate, you can do three free tours from Belgrade walking tours:

  • Downtown walking tour.
  • 20th Century tour.
  • Zemun tour.

The itinerary will be similar to the one we recommend but you have to do 0 research and can just follow the knowledgeable guide around. You’re welcome.

Belgrade Itinerary FAQ

Is Belgrade Worth Visiting?

Real talk: After having visited almost all the capital cities of the Balkans, Belgrade was not our favourite.

Here are some of the things we didn’t like in Belgrade:

  • It’s more expensive than some of its neighbours.
  • It’s not super walkable. Some sights are far away from the centre and traffic can be heavy.
  • The public transport ticketing system is a shit show.
  • There are no taxi apps.

Here are some of the things we liked in Belgrade:

  • The nightlife was the best we found in the Balkans.
  • Seeing the former border of Austria-Hungary and Serbia.
  • We always love to visit the capital to get a feel for the country.

How Many Days Do You Need for Belgrade?

Personally, we think 2 days in Belgrade is enough to see the main sights without rushing.

Is Belgrade a Walkable City?

The centre of Belgrade is pretty walkable. If you want to go further from the centre like to St. Sava Church, the train station or Zemun, walking is possible but not 100% convenient.

As there are no taxi apps in Serbia, we recommend you take public transport.

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Bucketlist2life tip: Belgrade changed their ticket system! Currently, you can not buy tickets on the bus. You have two options: 1. Buy an SMS ticket (this only works with a SIM card which can send SMS obviously) 2. Buy from the kiosks in Belgrade (they all sent us away). There is one “official” ticket counter close to Republic Square (marked on the map) which looks super sketchy but it works and they actually take credit cards!

Where to Stay in Belgrade?

We think the best area to stay in Belgrade is around Skadarlija Street. We loved going out there at night and having a short walk home.

The best place to stay in Belgrade on a budget might be the place where we stayed: Up Hostel. The location right on Skadarska Street was amazing. The bedrooms, kitchen, and bathrooms were clean and the beds with curtains were very sturdy and private.

Picture of Communal backyard garden of Up Hostel
Communal backyard garden of Up Hostel

Best Time to Visit Belgrade

While the city will be less crowded in the off-season, we think that Belgrade actually shines most in summer. The nightlife in Belgrade is amazing and of course, it’s more buzzing in summer when temperatures are warm and there are loads of people out and about.

Is Belgrade Cheap or Expensive?

To be honest, Belgrade was not as cheap as we thought and also not as cheap as some of its neighbouring capital cities.

We paid 40€ per person and day on average. There might have been a couple of beers and rakias involved though 😅

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