Where to stay in Belgrade

Ou Dormir à Belgrade

Discover the charms of Serbia in the Balkans this summer? Here’s our guide to where to stay in Belgrade.

When you arrive in Belgrade, and see the social life and peaceful climate that prevails, you can’t help but wonder how this city could have been the fateful scene of NATO bombing in 1999, and the merciless, bloody war that tore Yugoslavia apart seven years earlier. Belgrade, the Serbian capital, is today a peaceful and developed metropolis, home to 1,233,796 people and 1,659,440 Belgrade residents throughout the urban area. At the crossroads of the Danube and Sava rivers – nicknamed the « Barcelona of the East » – Belgrade boasts a rich historical heritage. -Belgrade boasts a historical and cultural heritage dating back thousands of years. Accommodation in Belgrade will be cheap for a Western European national.

Belgrade offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxurious 5-star hotels to youth hostels at €8 a night. Perhaps you’d prefer to stay with a local, so you can be right in the center of town and do everything on foot. Here’s where to stay in Belgrade.

Stari Grad

Loger à Belgrade, Stari Grad

Photo credit: Flickr – Budjism

Stari Grad is the city’s historic center, from the Belgrade Fortress to the large Republic Square (Trg. Republike). It’s a great place to stay in Belgrade, as you can visit all the sights on foot. Book your accommodation in Knez Mihailova street, located on the ledge between the Danube and Sava rivers. In the pedestrian streets you’ll find bars, restaurants (especially in Skadarlija), numerous shops and museums (Museum of Ethnography, Belgrade’s Jewish Historical Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition, among others). The district is not an architectural marvel, but it is central and friendly. It’s close to Belgrade’s railway station, and a stroll through the fortress offers a breathtaking view of the city. The district, where the ravages of war are sometimes evident – the city has been bombed several times in recent history – nonetheless offers a glimpse of the Franco-Serbian friendship that prevailed until the Kosovo War.

Zemunski kej

Stretching along the banks of the Danube, notably Kej Oslobodenja Street – meaning Freedom Quay – the district is packed with barges housing nightlife venues: discotheques and night bars known as splavovi. Travelers who have spent a day or two here almost unanimously report that it’s a great place to stay in Belgrade or to stroll around, with good floating restaurants along the Danube.

Savamala

Loger à Belgrade, Savamala

Photo credit: Flickr – Tonja Lapina

Bordered on its western side by the Sava River, the Savamala district is today the epicenter of a vibrant artistic life. This 19th-century district, built not far from the Kalemegdan park, abounds with colorful street-art galleries, hidden bars and restaurants renovated in old buildings: a great place to stay in Belgrade to enjoy the atmosphere and to be in contact with the local youth.

Banovo Brdo

Here’s a neighborhood in the south of Belgrade, especially interesting for being located on the edge of the Save lake. Ada Ciganlija (Ада Циганлија) is an island in the city, whose leisure center attracts up to 100,000 people a day and 300,000 visitors a day at weekends. It’s an oasis of nature – covered by a dense forest home to amphibians, insects and numerous mammals – in the midst of a highly urbanized landscape. If you like quiet, restful areas, this is the place to stay in Belgrade, as you can also go out in the evening in the bars and restaurants of the more westerly part of the district.

Main photo credit: Flickr – Dennis Jarvis

Map of hotels and accommodation – Belgrade,rs