Returning from a trip this past spring to beautiful Sarajevo, Bosnia, I had a ten-hour layover in Serbia’s capital. Having seen it on a short stop-over on the way over, I quickly realized that the Serbian airport really did not merit ten hours of my time on the return, so I was more happy to enjoy the sunny spring day exploring Belgrade, or Beograd in Serbian, which means White City.
On the way over I learned that there is no baggage storage, so I checked my suitcase through in order to be free to explore when I reached Belgrade.
A public bus (#72) runs right from the airport to the center of town every 30 minutes and you can buy your tickets on board, although you’ll have to change your currency into dinars at the airport.
A schedule of return buses is posted at the final stop. I found the service quite reliable and comfortable, but a private shuttle service and taxi service is also available between the airport and the city center.
Kalemegdan – Belgrade Fortress. Once an important military fortification, the Belgrade fortress now serves as the central park of Belgrade. I was there on a beautiful spring day, and the park was filled with city dwellers enjoying the sun. From the ramparts, there’s an excellent view of the point where the Sava and Danube Rivers converge.
Knez Mihailova Street– This is Belgrade’s main pedestrian and shopping street. There are good bookshops and the street is filled with cafés and restaurants, with plenty of open air seating in good weather.
Skadarlija (Skadarska street). This cobblestoned, pedestrian street is filled with restaurants and cafes, most in the spirit of old Belgrade. Many of the buildings have been painted with impressive ‘trompe-l’oeil’ paintings of old Belgrade.
Ivo Andrić Museum, I’m sorry to have missed this museum on Andrićev Venac 8. This memorial museum is dedicated to the talented Yugolsav author and Nobel laureate, Ivo Andrić. I loved Andrić’s masterpiece, The Bridge Over The River Drina and I would have enjoyed seeing the home where he lived and worked. Next time…
Now you know what to do on your layover in the Serbian capital. Enjoy your visit to Belgrade.