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Top 3 attractions in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia

Belgrade is not yet a popular destination among tourists, but it has many exciting and interesting attractions for a city break, and now I will show you my three favorites - of course, if you don't agree with my top list, let me know in the comments what you liked the most in Belgrade!


St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia
St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade

St. Sava Church


The St. Sava Church is clearly at the top of the list, it is by far the most wonderful and perhaps the most well-known building in the city.


St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia by Szilvia Galdi
St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, by szilviagal

The largest Orthodox church in the Balkans is located in the center of Belgrade. Beautiful from the inside as well, its walls and dome are decorated with Byzantine-style mosaics covering a total of about seventeen thousand square meters.


St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia with szilvigal
St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia

It's unbelievable that it was just handed over in 2004, I thought it was built much earlier. The 4-ton dome, visible from all sides of the city and considered one of the symbols of Belgrade, was placed on the building in 1989. Seven meters below the level of the church, there is an impressive-sized crypt and the church of Saint Lazarus. I think you should definitely go down to see it . This vaulted crypt, shining in golden color, is more than 2000 square meters!


St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia with Szilvia Galdi
St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia

St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia
St. Sava Cathedral, Belgrade, Serbia

Zemun


Located on the banks of the Danube, Zemun reminds me a lot to Szentendre. Zemun was a separate city that was merged with Belgrade in 1934.


Zemun, view from Gardosh tower
Zemun, view from Gardosh tower

It is mainly known for its cafes, small streets, and the Hunyadi tower on top of the Gardoš hill, which offers a wonderful view of the Danube and the city. In 1896, as part of the millennium celebrations, 7 national millennium monuments were erected on the territory of Hungary at that time in historical places of great importance to the Hungarian state, and this tower was one of them.


Gardosh tower, Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia
Gardosh tower, Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia

It is worth looking at the names and dates etched into the bricks of the tower, the oldest memory we found was from 1914 - but if you look carefully, you may find even older engravings.


Gardosh tower, Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia
Gardosh tower, Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia

Walking along the waterfront, you can admire the swans swimming in the Danube up close - surprisingly, there were quite a lot of them.


swans in Danube river and Szilvia Galdi travel blogger
swans in Danube river

Danube river, Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia
Danube river, Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia

Hotel Moskva In the heart of Belgrade stands Hotel Moskva, one of the country's oldest hotels still operating today.

I think it is an unmissable sight in the city center, a really attention-grabbing building.


Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, Serbia
Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, Serbia

It was originally built in 1906 and personally inaugurated by the Serbian ruler at that time.

The building is also of particular importance from an architectural point of view, and its special feature is that the ceramic coverings were brought in from the Zsolnay factory in Pécs, Hungary. The tiled facade starts from the first floor and continues to the roof. The tiles are yellowish with green decoration. The castings used to cast such tiles are kept in the Zsolnay factory to this day.

During its century-long existence, the hotel welcomed countless notable guests, for example Albert Einstein, Leonid Brezhnev, Indira Gandhi and Alfred Hitchcock.


Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, Serbia
Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, Serbia

During the Second World War, the building was used as the headquarters of the Gestapo.

Last but not least, the hotel is home to the famous Moskva Cafe, one of the city's oldest and best-known pastry shops. Be sure to stop by for a coffee and a cookie if you're here! The prices are quite acceptable, a latte costs about 3 euros.


Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, Serbia
Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, Serbia
Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, Serbia, gluten-free
Hotel Moscow, Belgrade, Serbia

What are your favorite sights in Belgrade?- or if you haven't been here yet, what would you like to see?


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