Knez Mihajlova street is the most beautiful and most renowned street in Belgrade. It’s a typical pedestrian street that hides a large part of the history of Belgrade.
This street will be a must-see route, regardless of whether you are a native of Belgrade or a visitor who comes to Belgrade for the first time.
Every building, every stone, fountain, and monument in Knez Mihailova has its own story. No matter how old you are, where you come from, and what you like, Knez Mihailova generates a special visitor feeling.
The origin of Knez Mihajlova name
Don’t be surprised that Knez Mihailova became a pedestrian zone only in 1987.
The history of Knez Mihailova dates back to Roman times, as one of the main access roads at that time (Via Cardo) that correspond with the track of today’s street.
Through the centuries, this street has changed many times. This street had only five mosques during the Turkish rule and several mahalas (city districts). The most famous ‘Ibrahim Bey’ neighborhood used to be on Obilicev Venac and Knez Mihailova Street.
Although it is unknown today who Ibrahim Bey was, historians believe he was an essential person in Belgrade during the Turkish rule.
Street under Austrian rule
Knez Mihajlova has undergone many changes under Austrian rule. They conquested Belgrade in 1717.
The Austrians (under Prince Eugene’s leadership of Savoy) demolished many houses and mosques and on these ruins erected new buildings and streets that divided the city into Serbian and German.
The siege of the Austrians lasted for about 20 years, with continuous battles with the Turks, and in 1739 it was fulfilled the final ceasefire. The city passed again into the hands of Turks.
The present appearance of Knez Mihajlova street
After the Turks’ final withdrawals from Belgrade in 1867, the street had started to change its appearance.
These changes were visible after the first Serbian urban planner, and engineer Emilian Josimović began Belgrade’s first urban plan. In gratitude, there a monument in Knez Mihajlova street dedicated to him.
He was the first to plan Knez Mihailova Street as the shortest and fastest connection between Belgrade and the Belgrade Fortress.
When we talk about this street, there is one particular fact that it is one of the few streets that has not changed its name since its beginning.
Knez Mihailova Street stretches between Pariska Street – where one of the entrances to Kalemegdan – and Terazije.
The total length of Knez Mihilova is a little less than 800 meters, which is about 15 minutes of easy walking.
If you are coming to Belgrade for the first time, it will be easy to find the way to this street. Any person you ask will be able to indicate the right direction.
Considering that Knez Mihailova is a pedestrian zone and parts of the streets that ‘flow’ into it, public transport does not reach this street.
Don’t worry as many public transport lines stop in the immediate vicinity, so the street itself is easily accessible from any part of the city you come.
Due to its great historical and cultural significance, the street is under state protection. There are numerous historical buildings, monuments, and cultural institutions:
- The Gallery of the Cultural Center of Belgrade.
- Serbian Academy of Science and Art gallery.
- Zepter Museum with works of domestic contemporary painting.
- The Library of the City of Belgrade.
Knez Mihailova a street where you can shop well
The stores of famous brands, which people visit frequently, attract a lot of visitors.
At your disposal are brands like Zara, Terranova, Bershka, H&M, Nsport, Tudors, Planeta Sport, Legend, Adidas, and many others.
Stores such as those with books, shoes, accessories, cosmetics offer to all visitors goods at reasonable prices.
This street is famous because everyone can afford at least one little thing.