Brutalist Architecture of New Belgrade - 1 Day

New Belgrade brutalist architecture tour

You'll have a close-up of 5 exemplary buildings of Yugoslav socialist architecture. Find out why this architecture recently created hype at the exhibition at MoMA in New York and worldwide.

Hear about it from the art historian guide who has not just studied it but actually lived in it. You’ll discover the socialist elites' buildings, buildings for socialist business, buildings to impress the non-aligned comrades, and social housing blocks for the classless society. You'll see how and why the architecture changed from Soviet-like to modernism to brutalism. In 2 hours, you'll understand 50 years of Yugoslavian utopia.

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Overview

You’ll discover the buildings for the socialist elites, buildings for socialist business, buildings to impress the non-aligned comrades, and social housing blocks for the classless society.

You'll see how and why the architecture changed from Soviet-like to modernism to brutalism. In 2 hours you'll understand 50 years of Yugoslavian utopia.

Itinerary

Day 1
Tour itinerary

Itinerary Stop At:
Museum of Contemporary Art You'll meet the guide in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art at Ušće. You'll explore its modernist 1960s volumes and discover why its precious marble facades contradict the stereotypical expectations from socialist architecture. Duration: 20 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included

Pass By: Palata Srbije Next, we'll drive by the huge Government Building, a telling monument of an earlier phase of YU politics, a building that experienced the switch away from Stalin while under construction.

Stop At: Хотел Југославија Your next stop is Hotel Yugoslavia, once the most luxurious Belgrade hotel, built to host the dignitaries and celebrities President Tito was receiving in Belgrade. You'll get inside to discover traces of its lost splendor – a gigantic crystal chandelier that is one of the world's biggest and vast vistas of the Danube river. Duration: 15 minutes Admission Ticket Free

Stop At: Genex Tower You’ll have a close-up of Genex Tower, aka Western City Gate of Belgrade, a 30-floor structure that has won the Instagrams and hearts of many Belgrade visitors. It was built 40 years ago; it was the first smart building in the Balkans and entered the international architecture reviews as a fine example of brutalism. Duration: 20 minutes Admission Ticket Free

Stop At: Laza Kostić Inside the Block no. 23, the most representative public housing project, again in the style of concrete expressionism, you'll discover the concept that provided everything for the inhabitants. The apartment buildings, school, the kindergarten, the sports courts, the mini shopping mall. You’ll hear the guide's personal stories of life in the blocks in their golden decades of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. And the stories of living not so great in the 90s. Duration: 15 minutes Admission Ticket Free

Stop At: Sava Center Your final stop is a gigantic congress center, built at the end of the 1970s in record times. It was the first building of that sort in this part of Europe. It’s still in function and includes some surprisingly well-designed interior solutions that seem fresh even after 40 years. Duration: 15 minutes Admission Ticket Free

What's includes?

  • Professional Guide

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Brutalist Architecture of New Belgrade
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Trip Facts

  • Departure Point Museum of Contemporary Art, Ušće 10, Beograd, Serbia
  • Minimum 2 maximum 12
  • The whole year around
  • Walking tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 21
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