Mention Serbia and the first thing that would come to my mind is the the Serbian movie creatively titled “A Serbian Film”. The film has received substantial attention for its graphic depictions of rape, necrophilia, and child sexual abuse, and I was determined to prove to my former colleagues (everyone has heard of this film) that Serbia is not as dangerous as the movie seemed to depict.
With just a day and night to spend in Belgrade before I board the train to Sofia, here are some of the things I managed to accomplish in 24 hours.
Had my first falafel since Germany
Granted this is not very Serbian, but when I found out that there was an authentic Israeli shop near my hostel, I simply couldn’t resist having some falafels with pita. Meat is found in almost every meal in the Balkans, so finding this vegetarian option was a huge relief. The owner of Tel Aviv Hummus House is an Israeli, hence ensuring the authenticity of this Israeli fast food place. In 24 hours, I visited this place thrice and the staff started to recognize me. The best thing about Tel Aviv Hummus House is that they give away free falafel balls to passerby on the street.
Watched street performances
Knez Mihailova Street (Serbian Cyrillic: Кнез Михаилова улица) is the main pedestrian street in Belgrade. Lined with cafés, restaurants and boutiques, Knez Mihailova Street is a great place to shop, eat and people watch and is crowded throughout the day. Enjoy the street performances and music as you stroll down the street at night.
Admired the artistic side of Belgrade
Saw the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers
One of the main attraction in Belgrade is Kalemegdan. Kalemegdan is the largest park in Belgrade, and it has a big historical and cultural importance because of the famous Belgrade Fortress located within the park. The fortress is about a hundred years old and it was once an important strategic point for medieval Serbia as it was on the border with Austria-Hungary.
Free to enter, the fortress offers a panoramic view of the city and the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. Note not to climb the fortress walls as I did, the security guards are pretty strict and won’t tolerate mischievous behavior.
24 hours is not enough to explore all of Belgrade and rest of Serbia, unfortunately time was not on my side. Hopefully this post serves as proof that Serbia should be on everyone’s travel list.