The capital of Serbia is the fourth largest city in Southeast Europe, after Istambul and Athens, and one day in Belgrade is undoubtedly too short.
If Belgrade is on your list of places to travel, I have prepared a guide for 24 hours in Belgrade so that you won't miss any crucial city attractions.
Before you go, you should check out some general tips, including some unique aspects of traveling here that you should be aware of to make your trip go as efficiently and safely as possible.
The most important thing is to plan your visit. First of all, you have to know where to start. If you plan to spend one night in Belgrade, you must choose accommodation in the center of old Belgrade.
How to Plan One Day in Belgrade
I’ve noticed that many first-time visitors have wrong prejudice about this city. Many are even worried about visiting Belgrade. Some of them are burdened by Belgrade’s communist past.
Regardless of your apprehension about Belgrade, I'm sure you'll fall in love with Belgrade. Leave your prejudice behind you and enjoy your 24 hours a day here.
What to Do and See in Belgrade in one day
Considering this short stay in Belgrade, I suggest a kind of brief itinerary to see the best and most noteworthy Belgrade places of interest.
Morning - The Confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers!
This is the “must-be” starting point for all travelers. The Belgrade Fortress inside the huge Kalemegdan Park is the best place to start your day.
Experience intriguing underground fortifications, secret tunnels, and bunkers and caves carved out through the ages, from Roman times to the 20th century. It's the perfect way to discover the hidden secrets of Belgrade and its long and vivid history is to explore its underground.
Afternoon - Explore the city center
Your one day in Belgrade can continue, strolling the main street of Belgrade, the city center. Knez Mihailova street is the most beautiful and 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, 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.
Due to its great historical and cultural significance, the street is under state protection. There are numerous historical buildings, monuments, and cultural institutions.
Neighborhood of Savamala
After a walk along Knez Mihajlova Street, you will have time to jump to the creative neighborhood of Savamala. Set on the edge of the Sava River, Savamala is just north of the main railway station in Belgrade and within walking distance from Kalemegdan Park.
The best way is to take a walking tour to explore Savamala. You’ll see a hidden yard full of street art, hear the controversies behind local landmarks, and find out which clubs to visit if you want to party like locals.
Night: Discover Belgrade Nightlife
If you are for more vivid nightlife then take one of the nightlife tours in the city with the best nightlife in Europe. Your one day in Belgrade must finish with one of many night pubs and clubs tours.