Savska 6a, Beograd 11000, Serbia
This is a starting point. You can see in front of you a post office building. As you can notice on your right side, there is a big monument. You need to go straight and you will see the crosswalk on your left side. When you cross the street, you will be in front of monument of Stefan Nemanja.
Beograd, Савски трг 2, Beograd 11000, Serbia
And now, we are at the beginning of journey through Belgrade! The big sculpture in front of you is the monument of serbian medival ruler Stefan Nemanja. Stefan Nemanja was the founder of the Serbian medieval Nemanjic dynasty and one of the most important rulers of Serbian empire. The period of his rule is considered very important in Serbian history. In that way, it represents the highest monument on the territory of Serbia. The monument was unveiled on January 27, 2021. The monument represents the ruling figure of Stefan Nemanja in the aristocratic livery. On the pedestal are reliefs from Nemanja's life and Serbian history during his reign. On the outside of the pedestal, the Studenica Monastery and the Hilandar Monastery are shown, the two most important endowments of Stefan Nemanja. Other reliefs are made in the image of Serbian frescoes, and one of them is a lineage of dynasty Nemanjić. Behind monument is located building of former main railway station. It is interesting to know about this old station is that first train from this station left on August 20, 1884, with all the court honors. The station building is large, it has about a hundred rooms. Above the entrance is the clock, one of the first public clocks in Belgrade. Due to the needs, the building of the former Main Railway Station should be turned into a museum or gallery. Due to needs of project "Belgrade waterfront", building of railway stations is reordered. Turn to the right side and we will continue straight until we reach the crossroad of Balkanska and Admirala Geprata street and it wil be our next point of interest.
Milovana Milovanovića 5, Beograd, Serbia
Now we are located at the crossroad of Balkanska and Admirala Geprata street. We will continue the tour along Balkanska Street all the way to Terazije and the Moskva Hotel. Until that, i'm going to tell you a brief story about this legendary sreet. Balkanska Street used to have a special status. Reason for that is because most of the passengers came to the capital by train, and then from the railway station, on foot to Terazije and the rest of the city. This street, is known for the best četen-alva and ice cream, but also for arts and craft shops. Balkanska Street was one of the most famous and accessible craft centers for city ladies and gentlemen. Today, there are only a few handicraft shops from which hand-made hats remind of the former elegance and charm of this region. Authentic cobblestones are the symbol of this street. Continue straight through to the end of the street and on your right you will find a square and a magnificent hotel building with yellow facade and green details on it.
Terazije 20, Beograd, Serbia
Well done, turn to the right side and in front of you are Hotel Moskva and Terazije fountain. While you taking a break, there is a story about Hotel Moskva. This is a four star hotel and one of the oldest currently operating in Serbia. This hotel is founded in 1908 and named Rossiya. Why Rossiya? Reason for that is help of the insurance company Rossiya, which supported idea and announced a tender for the construction of hotel. It is intresting to know that many famous people passed through it as guests of the hotel - actors, writers, politicians, artists... One of them are Indira Gandhi, Richard Nixon, Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Robert De Niro, Kirk Douglas, Mila Jovovich, Luciano Pavarotti, and many others, whose paintings adorn the hotel corridors today. The presidential apartment is named after Albert Einstein. He stayed there oftenlly with his wife Mileva Marić. Impressive, isn't it? Terazije is one of thre most popular squares in Belgrade, but how it named Terazije? For the word itself, it literally means "water scales", more commonly known as "water balances". On the site of the present Terazije fountain, there used to be a tower with water pipes. Terazije fountain was built in 1860 as a symbol of the return of serbian prince Miloš Obrenović to the throne. Terazije fountain from the list of Belgrade landmarks. Its historical, artistic and urban values are great, especially having in mind the fact that the whole square was named after the Terazije fountain. Before the construction of the Terazije fountain, this square was called Prestolonaslednikov trg (The Heir's square) and in 1940 was it named Terazije. Turn to the left and cross the street and continue straight. You will see the high building on your right side. This is the beggining of Knez Mihajlova street, our next point of interest.
Kneza Mihaila 1, Beograd 11000, Serbia
After you crossed the street and passed Terazije, now you are at the beggining of Knez Mihajlova street. When it comes to the name Knez Mihailova, an interesting fact is that it is one of the few streets that has not changed its name since it's inception. It was named after Prince Mihailo Obrenović, whose famous monument on horseback is located on Republic Square, the construction of which was ordered by Prince Mihailo! It is intresting that total length of Knez Mihilova is a little less than 800 meters, and you can cross it in 1065 steps! At the very beginning of Knez Mihailova, there is the famous building named "Palata Albania", which means "Palace Albania", but its not literally a palace, as you can see its only a building. It is interesting how "Albania" got it's name. Namely, it was named after the tavern of the same name from 1860, which was located on the same place as today's building. The tavern was demolished in 1936 and after 2 years, the construction of the famous palace began, which is still one of the most important buildings of modern architecture of Belgrade. In front of you, on your left you will notice a white building, where is located restourant "Ruski Tsar". This is another architectural masterpiece and cultural monument of inestimable importance! The building was built between 1922 and 1926. Since its inception it has not significantly changed its purpose - restaurant, a business space, housing. Similar to the palace "Albania", the name of the "Ruski Tsar" is associated with a building that existed there before, although the name is part of the Russian Emperor Alexander II Nikolayevich Romanov! Guests of the "Russian Tsar" for decades were are famous writers, artists, actors, composers. Now, turn to the right and you wil reach Republic square.
Trg republike, Beograd, Serbia
After you turned to the left from Knez Mihajlova street, you wil notice a big square and many of people on it. This square is well-kown as ,,meeting place" for may of Belgraders and tourists. It's intrestnig that various outdoor events often take place here, like concerts, fairs and other manifestations. On your left you will notice a formerly mentioned monument of prince Mihailo on horse. Behind monument is located building of National Museum. The National Museum was founded in 1844 and is the oldest museum institution in Serbia. The greatest value kept in the National Museum is Miroslav 's Gospel (Miroslavljevo jevanjdjelje) the oldest and most precious Cyrillic manuscript, written around 1190. The Museum's collections have over 400,000 of the most representative and top archeological and historical-artistic objects. This building was a real palace in its time, and the facade is based on the principles of the Neo-Renaissance and contained elements of neo-baroque on the domes. Due to its architectural-urbanistic and cultural-historical values, the building of the National Museum has been determined as a cultural asset of great importance for the Republic of Serbia. Now turn on your right side and you will notice magnificent building of National Theatre. It was founded in 1868, and moved into the current building in 1869. Within it, the art departments Opera, Ballet and Drama function, and the performances take place on the two stages. Today it represents one of the most representative and most important cultural institutions in Serbia. Now you can turn to the way of Knez Mihajlova, at point we been before this one.
Čika-Ljubina 18, Beograd 11000, Serbia
You are in the middle od Knez Mihajlova, actually in front of you is Delijska fountain. A little known fact is that this fountain was demolished and rebuilt as many as 3 times! The last and most important reincarnation of the fountain was carried out in 1987, when the great renovation of Knez Mihilova Street began, which was then turned into a pedestrian zone. On your left side you wil notice a building of Endowment of Nikola Spasic. Nikola Spasic was serbian traider and philantopist. Nikola Spasić is one of the most famous and larger Belgrade endowment holders, who bequeathed all his movable and immovable property to Belgrade in order to establish an endowment under his own name. There are data that Nikola Spasić, thanks to his faithful and dedicated work, had property that had value as the Nobel Foundation at that time. Opposite this building you will notice building of Serbian Academy of science and art known as SANU. This is a national academy and the most prominent academic institution in Serbia, founded in 1841 as Society Of Serbian Letters. The Academy's membership has included Nobel laureates Ivo Andrić, Mikhail Sholokhov, Peter Handke as well as, Mihajlo Pupin, Nikola Tesla and many other scientists, scholars and artists of Serbian and foreign origin. Now, continue straight until you reach the end of the street.
Kneza Mihaila 54a, Beograd 11000, Serbia
You have come to the end of Knez Mihajlova. On your right side is Rajiceva shopping mall. This is favorite place for shopping! There is terrace on the rooftop whit magnificent view on knez Mihajlova and Belgrade fortress. A large number of tourists come to Belgrade as because of the impressive history and beauty of the city, as well as because of the low prices that are a real paradise for shopping lovers! At the end of street next to shopping mall is located The Library of Belgrade. It is a parent library for more than a dozen municipal libraries and their branches. It is also the largest lending library in Serbia. The overall size of Belgrade City Library holdings exceeds 1,500,000 items. It is important to say the library is a partner in the most important European cultural projects. Continue straight and when you cross the street you will be at the entrance of Belgrade Fortress.
Unnamed Road, Beograd, Serbia
After you crossed the street you will reach the entrance of Belgrade fortress. You will notice many of souvenires stands. Continue straigt and turn to the left you wil see a fountain. Now you are at Kalemegdan park. This is one of parts of Belgrade fortress. You will notice behind fountain little scene. This is known as summer scene, a place where acustic music plays are oftenlly held. You will see In front of you a panoramic city view. Go straight and you will be closer to your next point of interest.
Bulevar vojvode Bojovića 32, Beograd, Serbia
This place has magnificent panoramic view on New Belgrade and Sava river. This is a favorite place to chill and enojoy in distant city's pulse. Go to the right and continue untill you see stairs. Go down and In front of you will find magnificent flower garden. On right side are barried one of the serbians heroes of Word War 2. While we walk toward our next point of interest i'll tell you a story about Belgrade fortress. It consists of the old citadel (Upper and Lower Town) which is in fron of you and Large and Little Kalemegdan park. It was built at the beginning of the 1st century as a palisade with earthen ramparts, and over the centuries it developed into a Roman castrum (II century), a Byzantine castle (VI and XII century), a medieval fortified capital of the Serbian despotate (XIII and XV century) and finally an Austrian one. Ottoman artillery fortification (XVII and XVIII century). Today, it is a kind of museum of Belgrade's past and with the Kalemegdan field it forms a unique cultural and historical whole within the Kalemegdan Park. Now you can continue straight to the Upper town castle and you will notice The Victor Monument. We will pass over stone bridge and trough Kralj Kapija (King Gate) and go upstairs until we reach our next point of interest.
Zavod za zaštitu spomenika kulture, Beograd, Serbia
Now we are in upper town of Belgrade fortress. On your left you will see The Victor monument. Original name of monument is Pobednik, or on serbian language the Victor. Triumphal monument was erected in 1928 in the Upper Town of the Belgrade Fortress on the occasion of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the breakthrough of the Thessaloniki Front during the Word War 1. The monument consists of a bronze naked male figure with a falcon in his left hand and a lowered sword in his right, as symbols of peace and war. The original concept was that of a monumental fountain which supposed to be placed in Terazije. The idea was abandoned due to the inadequate appearance of the statue. From this place there is a view of the confluence of the Sava and the Danube, as well as New Belgrade and city's bridges. Now we will turn around and walk down on the left. There are stairs leading down to the walkway. This is also shorcut to the Sava promenade.
Passarela Belgrade, Kalemegdan fortress-Sava promenade, Sava Promenade, Beograd, Serbia
There is a walkway known as Kalemegdan Passarela. The walkway was built to shorten the route from the Kalemegdan Fortress and the Sava Promenade. There is an elevator to make easier way down. This modern-shaped crossbridge is one of the latest built attraction in Belgrade. Walk down and there is a modern promenade in front of you!
Port of Belgrade, Karađorđeva, Beograd 11000, Serbia
While we walk and admire to Sava river on our right side, we are on our way to the final point of interest. This part of the city is especially attractive to Belgraders and tourists who come to visit the capital. The reason for this is the unusual, modern and attractive appearance of this part of the city, long walking and cycling trails. In this way, Belgrade is connected to other city areas such as Kalemegdan, Savamala, Sava Square. In the very area of Belgrade waterfront is the Belgrade port, where many international river cruisers from all over Europe dock. Along the entire promenade there are various cafes and restaurants - you can find something for everyone's taste. The Sava River gives a relaxing feeling with its appearance and many walkers admire it. This part of the city is a perfect place to get away from the city crowds and enjoy the scenes of modern architecture and ambience, all with a view of one of the most beautiful rivers. Walk until you notice a parking lot on your left side and turn to the left and continue until you reach final point of interest. You will notice a beige building with green rooftop.
Mostarska 4, Beograd, Serbia
We reached our final point of interest. This building has a rich tradition. It was a cooperative bank founded in 1882 to promote savings and support small enterprises, craftspeople and the poor of Belgrade. The social status of the Belgrade Cooperative dictated that the representativeness and monumentality become the only possible architectural concept. It was designed in the style of academism, with elements from academic style, as well as contemporary Art Nouveau architecture. City's Institute for the protection of the cultural monuments drafted the reconstruction project for the building in 2009. As the building is withing the location of the Belgrade Waterfront project, the investors of this project renovated the venue in 2014. Reconstruction included refurbishment of the object as it is, without reconstruction of the missing parts. In this building has exposed model of the project Belgrade Waterfront. Well, that is all about our journey trough Belgrade. I hope you enjoyed the tour and you like it! Regards!