Belgrade Fortress is the core and the oldest section of the urban area of Belgrade. It consists of the old citadel and Kalemegdan Park on the confluence of the River Sava and Danube. It is the most visited tourist attraction in Belgrade, beating Skadarlija. For centuries the city population was concentrated only within the walls of the fortress, and thus the history of the fortress, until most recent times, equals the history of Belgrade itself. After the Serbian state collapsed after the Battle of Kosovo in 1404, Belgrade was chosen as the capital of the principality of Despot Stefan Lazarević. After almost two millennia of continuous sieges, battles and conquests, the fortress is today known as Kalemegdan derived from two Turkish words, kale (fortress) and meydan (battlefield).
One of the central town squares and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, located in the Stari Grad municipality. It is the site of some of Belgrade's most recognizable public buildings, including the National Museum, the National Theatre and the statue of Prince Michael. The bronze statue of Prince Michael on a horse, by the Italian sculptor Enrico Pazzi was erected in 1882. in honor of the Prince's most important political achievement, complete expulsion of the Turks from Serbia and liberation of the remaining cities within Serbian territory, still under the Turkish rule (1867). The square is one of the busiest places in Belgrade, as one of the central business areas in the city, with over 20 bus and trolleybus lines of the city public transportation passing through the square.
The Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel is one of the most important places of worship in the country. The cathedral is a popular tourist attraction in Belgrade; however, for tourists, it is best to visit the church during weekdays as the church usually holds weddings, baptisms etc. during the weekend. The special value of the church is its treasury, in which the relics of Serbian saints emperor Stefan Uroš V, parts of the relics of Lazar of Serbia, despot Stefan Štiljanović, and the graves of Miloš Obrenović, Mihailo Obrenović, Metropolitan Mihailo, Metropolitan Inokentije, Patriarch Gavrilo V, Patriarch Vikentije II, Vuk Karadžić, Dositej Obradović.
In the 2010s few artistic enthusiasts began transforming Savamala into the new creative hub of Belgrade. They chronicled stories from the inhabitants about old Savamala and empolyed artists and designers to revitalize the area who painted many murals, renovated parks and made ice rinks. With all this development, Savamala began attracting tourists and the night life was invigorated with many new performances, galleries, clubs and restaurants. Savamala received worldwide attention due to its cultural renaissance. Articles about it were published in Financial Times and Wallstreet Journal, CNN devoted several reports to it, while The Guardian regularly follows the happenings in Savamala, placing it among top ten most inspirational places in the world.
Skadarlija is vintage street, an urban neighborhood and former municipality of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is generally considered the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade, similar to Paris' Montmartre, well-known by mostly poor poets and writers who became regular visitors of Skadarlija in the early 20th century. Restaurants are proud of their lists of worldwide celebrities and epicurians who visited them over the decades. Even Alfred Hitchcock ended his diet in Skadarlija. "Tri šešira" welcomed numerous famous guests such as guitarist Jimi Hendrix, politicians George H.W. Bush, Josip Broz Tito, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Sandro Pertini, and chess player Anatoly Karpov.
The Nikola Tesla Museum is dedicated to honoring and displaying the life and work of Nikola Tesla. It holds more than 160,000 original documents, over 2,000 books and journals, over 1,200 historical technical exhibits, over 1,500 photographs and photo plates of original, technical objects, instruments and apparatus, and over 1,000 plans and drawings. The Nikola Tesla Archive was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme Register in 2003 due to its critical role regarding history of electrification of the world and future technological advancements in this area. The permanent exhibition was arranged in 1955. Its first part is primarily a memorial exhibition, while the second part is an interactive one, with 3D computer generated models of Tesla's inventions.
The largest shopping center in the region covers an area of 130,000 square meters, occupies four levels and has 1,300 parking spaces distributed in two underground floors. Composed out of 143 outlets, restourants and stores, including: Tom Tailor, Zara, NewYorker, XMZ, Sport Vision, Pull & Bear, Samsung, Office, Nike, Fratelli Rossetti, C&A, Bershka, Terranova, HP, McDonalds, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfinger, Timberland, Sephora, KFC, Levi's, Springfield, Pandora, Lacoste, Huawei, GameS, Deichmann, Cinaplexx, BigPizza and lot more.
Main place for nightlife in Belgrade, with over 30 raft clubs. Most prominent of them are: Freestyler, Shake n' Shake, River, Club 94, Tag, Teatro, Tilt and lots of others. For more information check out beogradnocu.com.
Belgrade Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in New Belgrade. The Belgrade Arena was given the honour to be the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Other big events held in the Arena include numerous sporting events, notably the European championships: EuroBasket 2005, 2005 Men's European Volleyball Championship, 2007 European Table Tennis Championships, and 2007 European Judo Championships, as well as concerts of major international stars, including 50 Cent, Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, Leonard Cohen, Phil Collins, The Cult, Bob Dylan, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Elton John, Alicia Keys, The Pussycat Dolls, Queen, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Shakira, Sting, Whitesnake, One Republic and many others.
Zvezdara is the largest forest in the urban zone of Belgrade and with them, the most important source of the oxygen for the city. While the Košuntjak-Topčider complex is being called the "Belgrade's oxygen factory", Zvezdara forest bears the moniker "left lung of the city". Apart from the observatory, objects within the forest or near it include the "Mihajlo Pupin Institute" in the north-central and seven small stadiums in the north-western section. Children complex "Zvezdani Gaj" is also located in the forest. Forest to the north and south is connected to Ada Huja and Šumice, respectively, either as real park or just avenues, and thus creating Belgrade's greenway.
The Belgrade Fair is a large complex of three large domes and a dozen of smaller halls which is the location of the major trade fairs in Belgrade. Every year Belgrade Fair hosts over 30 regular international fair manifestations. Over 5,000 companies exhibit on the Belgrade Fair annually, with more than 1.500,000 visitors Many of these manifestations are members of respectable international organizations: the International Fair of Technique and Technical Advancements, International Fair of Clothing - World Fashion, International Fair of Furniture, Equipment and Internal Decorations, and SEEBBE (Southeast Europe Building Belgrade Expo) are members of UFI, Paris.
Ada Ciganlija, colloquially shortened to Ada, is a river island that has artificially been turned into a peninsula, located in the Sava River's course through central Belgrade. To take advantage of its central location, over the past few decades, it was turned into an immensely popular recreational zone, most notable for its beaches and sports facilities, which, during summer seasons, can have over 100,000 visitors daily and up to 300,000 visitors over the weekend. Owing to this popularity, Ada Ciganlija has been commonly nicknamed "Belgrade's Sea", which was officially accepted as an advertising slogan in 2008. Ada Ciganlija has a unique ecosystem, creating an oasis in the urban area. Most of the peninsula is forested.
It is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and ranks among the largest church buildings in the world. The church is dedicated to Saint Sava, the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an important figure in medieval Serbia. It is built on the Vračar plateau, on the location where his remains were burned in 1595. by Ottoman Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha. From its location, it dominates Belgrade's cityscape, and is perhaps the most monumental building in the city. The church is centrally planned, having the form of a Greek Cross. It has a large central dome supported on four pendentives and buttressed on each side by a lower semi-dome over an apse. Beneath each semi-dome is a gallery supported on an arcade.