An unexpected trip to Belgrade

I never expected to go to Belgrade, Serbia but after hearing so much about it the last few weeks, Ad and I made the decision to go.

Belgrade Fortress
Belgrade Fortress

We booked two nights initially, and to be honest wasn’t expecting much from it. But once again I was proven wrong and  Two night turned into four, and there was something new to see and do every day.

Our first day in Belgrade and we decided to check out the free walking tour.  The girl that did it was great and we got given a shot of rakia to get the day started the ways the Serbs do.

This was a media building that was bombed by NATO in 1999, because of its iron skeleton it didn't collapse so they were able to rebuild it .
This was a media building that was bombed by NATO in 1999, because of its iron skeleton it didn’t collapse so they were able to rebuild it .
Tesla Coil, one of the few interactive parts of the museum
Tesla Coil, one of the few interactive parts of the museum

We decided to visit three museums while in Belgrade; the Nikola Tesla museum, the military museum and the National Bank of Serbia. My favourite by far?
National Bank of Serbia. Not only was it free (and empty) but they print your face on (fake) money as a free souvenir to take home and give you chocolate!  Best day ever!

Belgrade path

But what about if it’s a nice day and you don’t want to stay inside? Take a walk to Zemur, across the river. On the way, by a box of popcorn and admire the views of the fortress and Big War Island. When we did it, our views ranged from a street filled with army tanks to a dog show.

Belgrade tanks

Alternatively go on a street art hunt, there is so much to see.

From umbrellas hanging above you.
From umbrellas hanging above you.
To a real zebra crossing below.
To a real zebra crossing below.

Like I said Belgrade is a city of surprises.

If you’re planning on going and thinking of staying in a hostel, can I suggest Hostel Bongo. We almost didn’t go since it didn’t have many reviews on hostelworld but I’m so glad we did.  It’s clean, really Central and the staff are lovely.

12 Comment

  1. I’m glad you recommended a hostel to stay at. That’s the kind of tip I’m always looking for! x

    1. No problem. If I find one I like I can’t see the harm in telling others about it

  2. I love that you ‘accidentally’ discovered it! What a cool place.

    1. We weren’t planning on going and it had never really crossed my mind but I’m glad I did

  3. Sara says: Reply

    Love that you can get your face printed on the money! How cool is that?

    1. And chocolate. And there was not a single other person there

  4. Kerri says: Reply

    We had a day in Belgrade during out interrail trip, but we were really unprepared and didn’t know to much about the city. It’s a shame, we didn’t get to see too much, but what we saw we really enjoyed.

    1. We were rather unprepared which is why we were happy to stay longer

  5. The National Bank of Serbia doesn’t sound like a bank at all! How fun.
    Claire xx

    1. It was incredibly fun. Who don’t like chocolate and free souvenirs

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