Flights to Belgrade
Belgrade is Serbia’s capital and largest city and it’s situated just north of the centre of the country. Meaning ‘White City’ in Serbian, Belgrade features some beautiful white buildings and plenty of other architecture plus culture, museums, history and more, all combining to make this a popular tourism destination.
The busiest airport in Serbia is the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (airport code: BEG), located 12 kilometres outside of the city so there are a good choice of airlines offering flights to Belgrade. There are taxis, shuttles and a public bus for transit into Belgrade. When coming from South Africa, flights to Belgrade typically have 1 transfer stop. Turkish Airlines makes a stop in Istanbul, and both South African Airways and Lufthansa travel through Frankfurt. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have the same flights to Belgrade, with connections in London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Belgrade:
Belgrade is a beautiful city featuring architecture that should suit all tastes, from the strikingly contemporary Museum of Aviation, to the classical St Sava Cathedral, there is certainly plenty to see and do in Belgrade.
Cathedral of Saint Sava
Technically not actually a cathedral the Church of St Sava is the largest Orthodox building in the world and it dominates the Belgrade skyline. Taking the internal shape of a Greek cross this huge building has a capacity of 10,800 people. Construction of the church actually began in 1935 but with the world war it stopped after just the foundation and part of the walls were completed. After the war many people wanted construction to continue but it took until 1984 for permission to finally be granted. Like all great cathedrals, Saint Sava is yet to be completed but both the inside and outside are spectacular all the same.
Belgrade Old Town
Belgrade’s old town (Stari Grad) is another popular attraction as it features plenty of attractive old streets and buildings as well as museums, parks and hotels. One street of particular interest is Skadarlija as it’s like a step back in time with its cobbled streets and reputation for attracting bohemians. The restaurants and gars along this street are always popular.
Another attraction in the old town is Kalemegdan Fortress of Belgrade which stands on a hilltop. It was first built in the year 535 so has plenty of history to share.
Museums in Belgrade
Belgrade has many excellent museums covering a variety of subjects and housed in a great assortment of buildings. One of the most striking is the Museum of Aviation Belgrade which is situated at the main Belgrade airport. The very interesting main building houses multiple displays plus there are many other aircraft on display within the grounds of the museum. If you’re interested in a more general look at history the National Museum is a must visit attraction. It has multiple exhibits on art, archaeology and more.
Belgrade Parks and Gardens
Away from the architecture Belgrade has many outdoor open spaces. Kalemegdan Park is an attractive landscaped park in the same area as the old fortress. There’s also the botanical garden of Jevremovac, plus Belgrade Zoo where there are around 2000 animals from 270 different species.
When Should You Visit?:
Belgrade is a city with four seasons so it’s usually fairly easy to plan a visit to the city. Summer is from June to August when average high temperatures are between 25 and 27C. Spring and autumn are pleasant too, though May to July are wetter months on average. Winters are cool to cold.