Danube & Sava river, Belgrade
January might not be the best month for a walk along the rivers of Sava and Danube, but I still enjoyed my two hours along the famous rivers... Many boats, floating restaurants, have a look at the sights (like the Kalemegdan) and the city from a different angle, and see where Danube meets Sava...
Belgrade is unique with this 2 big rivers passing through it, more over – Sava flows into Danube in the middle of the capital. It is so pleasant to walk along the rivers or just stay on a high point to take a look.
Beograd is where it is because of its location at the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. First, the Celts and then the Romans settled and built forts here. Huns, Goths and Avars then took their turn before the Serbs showed up in 1403 following their defeat down south in Kosovo. The town never really took off until after WWII, though quick growth is not necessarily pretty growth. The Sava is more at Beograd’s heart. Beginning in the Julian Alps on the Italo-Slovene border and flowing past Zagreb and through much of Croatia, the Sava kind of represents what was Yugoslavia. Boat trips are offered on summer weekends, but there is no regularly scheduled service on the Danube. Don’t come as some in our group did thinking they’d hop on a boat north to Budapest. Serbia is again a landlocked nation though many head to Budva, Herceg Novi and other Montenegrin beaches. For most, relief from the constant humid summer heat is spelled by an appearance and Aidan Island which features beaches along the Sava without the hassle of an overnight bus trip to the Adriatic.
Tickets for boat tour are being sold at sight. There is no possibility to book a tour in advance. Boat leaves from port which is near hotel Jugoslavia (200m upstream). You should come 30 mins before to take a seat (it isn't crowdy any way).
On saturdays and sundays, there are two tours per day; from 16:00 and 18:00, Monday is a day off. During other working days, there is a single tour from 18:00h.
Ticket for adults costs 400 dinars (4.70 euro aprox) and tour lasts aprox 90 mins.
- Children under 6 years of age - free
- Children aged 6 to 14 - 200 din (2.30 eur aprox)
- Students with "Easy travel card", "Euro26" etc have discount 50% - 200 din (2.30 eur aprox)
During tour, tourguide talks about Belgrade (from rivers) on Serbian and English.
Prepare cameras and some cold drinks, it is beautifull! :) This activity is a must!
Ship capacity: 60 persons
NOTE! That ship operates only during summer!
CLICK HERE for Belgrade sightseeing tours with ship and its route.
Ada Ciganlija, Belgrade's most popular city beach, is great place to relax during hot summer days. It is only 4 km far from city center. You can enjoy swimming in lake made by Sava river, or have a water skiing. Ada has various sport playgrounds for volleyball, basketball, football and even golf. You can always take a break in Ada's nice by the water cafes.
Two boats depart daily for a trip down the Sanube, past the city centre up the Sava river to Ada Ciganlija and back again. It takes about 90 minutes and is a great chance to take some wonderful photos and learn historical facts about Belgrade from experienced tourist guides. The price is very popular, 200din (3euros)
From April to November, the Tourist Organization of Belgrade (TOB) organizes sightseeing tours of Belgrade by ship along the Save and the Danube. The Program "Tour along the Save and the Danube" is a regularly scheduled sightseeing tour, which includes the presence of a trained guide.
Route: "Jugoslavija" Hotel, Lido Beach in Zemun, Veliko Ratno Island, "May 25th" Sports Center, Belgrade Fortress, Orthodox Cathedral, bridges on the Save, Cukarica Channel, Ada Ciganlija Island, New Belgrade developments, Contemporary Art Museum, Hotel "Jugoslavija".
Departure from the pier in front of Hotel "Jugoslavija".
Ship capacity: 60 commercial places (31 places in the hull, and 29 on the deck).
Regular program, 90 min, with TOB guide.
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 18:00
- Saturdays and Sundays at 16:00 and 18:00
- Mondays - free day
- Children under 6 years of age - free
- Children aged 6 to 14 - 100 YUD (68 YUD = 1 Euro)
- Adults - 200 din
Specific arrangements for special groups, with trained guides for all languages:
- Rental of the ship 90 min - 7000 din
Special programs, rental of the ship per hour - 4500 din:
- Weddings on the river (25 persons maximum)
- Birthday parties (30-35 persons maximum)
- Parties with live music (30-35 persons maximum)
Specific groups: 60 min. with professional guide (20 persons minimum)
- Pensioners, preschoolers and school children - 75 din.
Take your pick-nick or just your ice cream,book & bottle of water on sunny hot day and head towards Kalemegdan. Choose your spot, open your book, and you might be reading, as your gaze drifts towards the view, you forget about everything and you keep dreamin'.... Nothing beats this gerat view from the hart of the old Belgrade.
Belgrade is situated at the place where the Sava joins the Danube. However, there are no regular passenger lines on the rivers, although tourist and individual lines are run occasionally.
High plasticity of Belgrade relief, south of the rivers Sava and Danube, makes the city spread over many hills (Banovo, Lekino, Topèidersko, Kanarevo, Julino, Petlovo, Zvezdara, Vraèar, Dedinje). The Danube flows through 60 km of Belgrade area, from Stari Banovci to Grocka, while the Sava covers 30 km from Obrenovac to its intake. The length of river banks of Belgrade is 200 km. There are 16 river islands in that area, and the best known of them are Ada Ciganlija, Veliko ratno ostrvo and Groèanska ada.
Kula Nebojsa (Neboysha Tower) is 1 of the medieval towers built around 1460 to protect the harbour. It was also used as a dungeon and a torture chamber, where the Greek revolutionary and poet Riga Fereos was executed in 1789.
Zemun Kej is extend from the restaurant “Venecija” to hotel “Jugoslavia”.
On this area there are lot of belgrade popular cafes, restaurants, floats.
If you are interesting there is sightseenig cruising from the Danube River. The tour include cruising by Lido Island, Old part of Zemun – Gardos, Sport Center 25 may, ADA Cinganlija, Sava mole…
The best season for cruising is on spring.
So many activities...sports... and modern art, too. This is not a stonehenge on picture, but it is simpatic modern art sculputres on the entrance to Ada.
When you think of one town you must have the first association. When I think of Belgrade, it is not Kalemegdan...I choose Ada Ciganlija
One of the most beautiful river islands. Part of it is totaly unurban. And the rest is regulated as beach, recreation area, allay, cross country lines...And, I personly dont like beach. i live in Belgrade, and I never swim in river Sava. it is to hustly for my taste. And also to dirty. But, if I exclude summer, I adore Ada Ciganlija. it is beautiful in winter. Water is iceing sometimes. Spring and autumn are fine too.
Restaurants on ADA are realy good!
Ušće (literally meaning CONFLUENCE) is the area around the confluence of Sava river into the Danube. It is very vast and lovely, and offers a lot - from the long, beautiful promenade along the rivers to wild night life. It's full of cafes, walking places, restaurants, a big park, lovely views...
Cross the bridge on foot. It is a bit polluted (you'll feel the gases from cars), but it's worth it. There is a fantastic view on both sides of the river, especially at sunset/dusk. Stop a bit, enjoy the view and take some photos.