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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
Visit the Montmartre of Belgrade
Get lost in Zemun
See the Republic Square
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
Visit the only remaining mosque in Belgrade – Bajrakli mosque
Hang out in the Academic park on the Students’ square
Visit the Belgrade City Museum
Free entrance every first Saturday in a month. On the photo is the Residence of Princess Ljubica.
Visit the Cathedral church
And the largest Orthodox church in the world – the Temple of St. Sava
Have a walk by the rivers
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.
If you’ve got some spare time in Belgrade, go to Avala mountain
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.
Attend Belgrade Beer Fest
One of the most popular festivals in Serbia. The festival entrance is free.
See the ruins of buildings left from NATO bombing
Explore Savamala neighborhood