Belgrade can be an extremely overwhelming city to find yourself in for the first time, to say the least. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a little bit of handheld orienteering, and the Serbian capital has plenty of tours waiting to help you get to know every nook and cranny of this majestic city.
Most of Belgrade’s best tours are ran by the Belgrade Walking Tours group, and its Communist Tour is arguably the most interesting under the banner. The tour costs €10 and takes places three times a week, and is most definitely worth checking out. Communism only reigned in Belgrade from 1945 until 1991 (well, sort of), but its legacy is still felt in the Serbian capital today.
The name of the tour is surely enough to prick your interest. We know all about the history of Belgrade, but what of the murky depths underneath the concrete and confusion? What lies underground? Military bunkers, Roman wells, tombstones and much more, that’s what. The tour also comes with free wine, which is an excellent way to cap off a fascinating and somewhat spooky experience.
As the good folk at Ronseal famously said, ‘it does exactly what it says on the tin’. Expect plenty of food and culture on the Food & Culture Tour, and plenty of the two blending into one. Only the most ‘local’ spots will do for this tour, without doubt the finest way to tap deep into Belgrade’s soul. You will have to go through your own stomach to get there of course, but it is more than worth it. What could be better than tasting the best food in the centre and learning about its history at the same time?
iBike Belgrade is one of the most recognisable tourist brands in the city, a remarkable achievement considering its beginning as the brainchild of a Dutchman who simply missed his bicycle. This is unquestionably the best way to explore Belgrade on two wheels. iBike Belgrade offer a number of tours, and you can even tailor the trip to your own needs. The Serbian capital isn’t the easiest to cycle around, but these guys make it a whole lot easier .
Nipping back to the offers of the good folk at Belgrade Walking Tours, the Space Architecture Tour is one of the priciest in the city but the subject matter justifies the price. Belgrade is full of architecture that runs the gamut from inspiring to confusing, and the stories behind the designs are often more bizarre than the aesthetics themselves. There is more to Belgrade than meets the eye, and the Space Architecture Tour is a great way to delve deeper.
Belgrade’s history stretches back over many centuries, but the majority of visitors to the city are interested only in the last 100 years. The 20th century was the busiest in the history of mankind after all, and Belgrade experienced more than most major cities between 1900 and 1999. The city went through the hands of numerous states, saw plenty of wars and expansions and everything else. The 20th Century Tour tells the full story of 1900s Belgrade, every single day.
Wild Serbia offers adrenaline-heavy tours all over the country, but the built-up nature of the capital means there aren’t a huge amount of options in Belgrade. That is if you ignore the huge Great War Island of course, a completely abandoned expanse of greenery situated where the Sava and Danube rivers meet.
The island is a unique experience in Belgrade, and visitors would be foolish to miss out on the opportunity to kayak around the wild nature. The tour also offers a unique view of the city, with Kalemegdan in the picture as opposed to being the venue.