21 Free Things to Do in Belgrade, Serbia

4 Posted by - March 28, 2014 - Blog, Photography, Serbia

The capital of Serbia is an inexpensive place to visit by European standards and it’s often listed in the top 10 budget friendly European destinations. Public transportation is cheap and most of the attractions are completely free for visitors. Also, Serbia’s new national carrier,  Air Serbia, offers various new lines to many destinations with affordable prices. The free things to do in Belgrade are divided into two groups: guided tours and individual sightseeing.

Guided tours

Attend a free walking tour of Belgrade

There are two types of tours on offer: the Downtown walking tour and Zemun tour. The first tour is led by Željko, a graduated geographer of the Belgrade University, and lasts about two and a half hours. I recommend it because Željko is really enthusiastic about his job and besides learning some basics about the Serbian culture you will even get an opportunity to taste homemade rakija and other treats. All tours start from the Republic Square.

free Belgrade walking tour

Book a Belgrade greeter

This is a free service provided by the Tourist Organization of Belgrade, which is trying to connect local volunteers with travelers. You can hire your own greeter, who will be glad to welcome you and show areas of your interest.

Belgrade greeters

Belgrade greeters in action

Do sightseeing by Tram

Another tourist sightseeing free of charge. If you happen to be in Belgrade on Friday or Saturday don’t miss this tour because it’s very interesting and insightful. Note that there is a limited number of spots and you should go to any Tourist Information Center with your ID and apply for the tour.

For more info click here.

If you prefer individual sightseeing…

Hang out with Belgraders

Locals are open to foreigners and are happy to connect with anyone. Book a Belgrade greeter or check CouchSurfing for local events.

Explore the Belgrade Fortress and take a look at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers

Kalemegdan park, Belgrade

Visit the Montmartre of Belgrade

Skadarlija, Belgrade

Get lost in Zemun

Gardos, Zemun

See the Republic Square

Republic square, Belgrade

The epicenter of the city which is impossible to miss. This is a favourite meeting point of Belgraders, a place to say hi and bye.

Stroll down Knez Mihailova street

Knez Mihailova street

Visit the only remaining mosque in Belgrade – Bajrakli mosque

Bajrakli mosque, Belgrade

Hang out in the Academic park on the Students’ square

Academic park, Belgrade

Visit the Belgrade City Museum

Residence of Princess Ljubica

Free entrance every first Saturday in a month. On the photo is the Residence of Princess Ljubica.

Visit the Cathedral church

Cathedral Church Belgrade

And the largest Orthodox church in the world – the Temple of St. Sava

Temple of St. Sava

Have a walk by the rivers

Beograd Beton Hala

Go to Ada Ciganlija

The favourite greenery spot of Belgraders, also known as “Belgrade’s Sea”, has an 8km long gravel beach that offers refreshment in hot summer months. The entry is free for the pedestrians and you can discover the lake in circular path by walk or opt for many recreational activities available here.

Ada Ciganlija, Belgrade

If you’ve got some spare time in Belgrade, go to Avala mountain

Avala mountain Belgrade

Visit one of the markets

Belgrade has about 34 markets and most of them are open green markets. These are good to explore and search for organic food that you can buy directly from the producer. There are also flea markets (New Belgrade one is the most famous), that of course mostly sell useless stuff, and fake or second hand goods, but are interesting for exploring.

Zeleni Venac Market

Attend Belgrade Beer Fest

Belgrade Beer Fest 2013

One of the most popular festivals in Serbia. The festival entrance is free.

See the ruins of buildings left from NATO bombing

ruins of buildings left from NATO bombing

Explore Savamala neighborhood

savamala belgrade

If there’s anything else you wish to add feel free to comment below!

15 Comments

  • Steve March 28, 2014 - 6:54 pm Reply

    Go to Ada Ciganlija – It even has a nudist/naturist section of beach so you can top up your all over tan.

    • Zorica March 30, 2014 - 11:58 am Reply

      Ada was included but I’ve had no idea it has a nudist section :D Thanks for the comment!

  • noel March 31, 2014 - 5:19 pm Reply

    Wow, I feel like I’ve seen everything and Its wonderful, thanks for the tour Zori, enjoyed it – wish i did have time to visit the real thing in person.

    • Zorica April 7, 2014 - 7:19 pm Reply

      You’re welcome Noel! Thanks for the comment :) Next time you’re in this part of Europe, drop by!

  • Peter Parkorr April 7, 2014 - 12:44 pm Reply

    Good list Zorica! I’ve been to Belgrade and really liked it, mainly because of the views from the fortress/citadel. The Belgrade greeters is a nice idea, I’ll have to return and try it!

    • Zorica April 7, 2014 - 7:21 pm Reply

      Hey Peter! I’m really glad you liked Belgrade! Indeed, views from the fortress are amazing :) And you’re welcome to come back any time! Thanks for the comment.

  • […] This is a Serbian Orthodox church located in Vracar neighborhood of Belgrade. It’s the largest Orthodox church in the world and it’s dedicated to Saint Sava who founded the Serbian Orthodox church. It dominates Belgrade’s cityscape and it’s one of the most important Belgrade landmarks and a tourist attraction. The church looks grandiose and beautiful from the outside, however work on the internal decoration is still ongoing. The ground floor can house 10,000 people. The entrance is free and if you wish you can leave donation. It’s definitely a must see in Belgrade, and you can also check out the post I wrote about the free things to do in Belgrade. […]

  • Agness May 2, 2014 - 3:13 am Reply

    I’m a big fan of local churches, art galleries and museums so I could spend all day long in Belgrade just exploring them all :). Great guide. By the way, Belgrade has so much to offer, didn’t realize how many great things you can do there.

    • Zorica May 2, 2014 - 10:28 am Reply

      Thank you Agness! You’d like Belgrade Cathedral for example, and while many museums aren’t listed here they are VERY cheap. You could definitely spend a day just visiting them. You’re welcome to visit! :)

  • Suki F May 13, 2014 - 2:50 am Reply

    You included some great stuff! I wouldn’t have thought of half of them. This list will be very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing!

    • Zorica May 13, 2014 - 9:14 am Reply

      Thanks for the comment Suki! Glad it was of help to you.

  • Simona G July 28, 2014 - 6:36 pm Reply

    Great Post about places to visit in Belgrade, pretty much sums up all of the popular destinations.
    I was so lucky, because on my trip to Serbia when i visited Belgrade i had the honor to meet my own “greeter” that welcomed me in the airport and showed me all of the beautiful places. and even some places that tourists don’t know.
    next time when i visit Belgrade i will definitely go to the Belgrade City Museum (which was 5 minutes from my hotel, that is located in the street Kralija Petra). also visit other museums, go to Belgrade beer fest’ and Avala mountain. i must admit that for 6 days i had the chance to visit many places. it was an amazing experience ans i recommended to all of my friends to visit this charming city Belgrade.

    • Zorica July 29, 2014 - 7:38 pm Reply

      Yes most of the things here are free :) Simona, it seems that you really loved Belgrade, come back again, there are indeed many interesting things to see and experience here! Among them is a Belgrade Beer Festival.

  • Natalia S August 30, 2014 - 2:21 am Reply

    Thank you for all this info! I’ll be in back in Belgrade in two weeks for the first time since I was kid! Barely remember any of it though! This was extremely helpful!

    • Zorica August 30, 2014 - 10:30 am Reply

      You’re welcome Natalia. I’m sure you’ll find out Belgrade changed a lot :) Have fun!

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