Ada Ciganlija, or as it is more commonly known the Sea of Belgrade, is the island beach and sports resort. Located on the Sava River, the island has an artificial lake with a popular gravel beach. During the summer months, the area’s different spots are crowded with people playing basketball, football, and tennis, or taking a relaxing dip in the cool water. For adrenaline lovers, Ada Ciganlija has its own bungee jumping platform located above the water. In the evenings, you can stop by for a drink in one of the numerous cafés and restaurants.
The city’s most recognizable landmark is Belgrade Fortress. Situated on the hill overlooking the Sava and Danube river confluence, the fortress has a long history. It was built by Romans in the late 1st century and it took today’s form in the late 18th century. Kalemegdan Park is a natural reserve around the fortress and is a popular spot in the city, due partly to its plethora of elegant benches and beautiful statues, and also the fact that it includes the city’s zoo, amusement park and art pavilion.
Part of the Biological Faculty of the University of Belgrade, Jevremovac Botanical Garden is one of the most relaxing spots in the city center. The garden was opened in 1874 and stretches over five hectares of land. Take a stroll and see more than 1500 flowers, bushes and trees. The Botanical Gardens include open gardens and greenhouses, as well as a conservatory, herbarium and university library. Don’t miss the special Japanese gardens, created by combining stones, water and flowers.
Even though it is located some 15 kilometers from Belgrade’s city center, a visit to Mountain Avala is still a great day trip. Despite its distance, the mountain still falls under the Belgrade municipality. Raising 511 meters high, Avala has been a protected nature reserve since 1859. The area is great for hiking and biking and offers spectacular views on Belgrade, Vojvodina and Šumadija. On the top of Avala, there is a tower with a viewing platform. Walking there, you will pass the Monument of the Unknown Hero, the Monument to Soviet War Veterans and a Memorial Park.
Opened in 1958, Tašmajdan Park is a popular spot for children as it is situated around the Children’s Cultural Center – an amusement park, swimming and sports center. Located in the park are also St. Mark’s Church and a smaller Russian orthodox church. Historically, the park was an important place for Serbia. In 1830, the Ottoman Empire read the Serbian internal independence charter here. During the renovations in 2010, the park was reconstructed and is now a monument to Serbian and Azerbaijan friendship.