One of the best things we did in Belgrade was to take the bus (15 or 84) to Zemun. Once (before 1934) a separate town it is now a lovely suburb of general Belgrade area.
Located on the right bank of the river Danube it’s a picturesque small town with small narrow cobblestone streets, nice architecture and historic buildings.
First we walked up to Gardos hill for the 36m high Millennium Tower (Sibinjanin Janko ) (pic 2) that opened in 1896 and houses a small gallery with photographs at the ground floor while going up to first floor there’s an observation dick where you will have some beautiful panoramic view of Zemun, Danube and Belgrade(pic 1).
Then we walked into the town (pic 3), checked some churches, the most interesting one was St.Nicholas Orthodox church (pic 4) that was built in 1731 in baroque style but check also the Catholic church of Blessed Virgin Mary which was also built in baroque style that was built upon a former mosque. There are also many squares, one of them (Veliki trg) next to the catholic church houses a large green market. We also wanted to visit Zemun Museum at Glavna street but it was under renovation.
Then we went down to the river. The promenade is lined with numerous riverside café and restaurants that focus more on fish dishes than traditional Sebrian specialities. For us it was a great place to have breakfast on a lovely sunny morning. After that we decided to walk along the river up to Belgrade, it was a long way but we did it slowly and enjoyed it, many locals take a walk there (pic 5) there with kids, bicycles, people sell corn or ice cream, while street artists (painters, musicians) give their own tone There were playgrounds, benches to relax and the popular floating (splav) restaurants along the way, we stopped at some of them for some beer breaks :)
Directions: You can take bus 15 or 84 to from the bus station at Zeleni Venac Market
It is an old neighbourhood on the Denube. Actually it used to be a town about 100 years ago but it’s already part of the capital. It is known for many small squares. On one of them there is an open green market. The bank of the Danube is turned into Zemunski Kej (Pier), long alley with various entertainment facilities along it, including cafes, restaurants, amusement park, etc. There is a tower, build in 1896. The idea was to celebrate 1000 years of Hungarian settlement in the Pannonian plain. The tower is known as the tower of Janos Hunyadi who actually died in the old fortress four and a half centuries before the tower was built.
Old part of Belgrade, still having it's old spirit...best way to discover it is my walking around its streets...in case you get lost, people are friendly andthey will be glad to help you...as for the refreshing moments...go to Dunav's riverbank and admire the view from some of the great restaurants and art gallery-bars
Get away from the chaos of Belgrade's city centre for a bit with a short trip out to Zemun. Being close to the river, there's a nice stroll to be had along the banks before or after seeing the town itself. Zemunians consider themselves a separate entity from Belgradians apparantly, as the town has gradually grown into a 'suburb' of the city itself. There are the usual street cafes and shopping streets as well as the riverside restaurants and cafes (see my Restaurant Tip)
Directions: Take public transport out to Zemun across one of the bridges across the river.
Domestic Museum Of Zemun was founded in 1954. and since 1968. is a part of the Belgrade city Museum. It is situated in the building that once belonged to a well known noble family Spirita. The house was builted in 1855. in neogothic style. Because of it's remarkable architecture and preserve enterier, this house presents a cultural wealth.
Address: Glavna 9, Zemun
Phone: 617 - 752
Gardos represents part of Zemun with its own cultural-historicaly heredity.Architecture of the houses on Gardos is different from other part of Zemun.With its own specific standing,narrow streets with cobble and the tower, Gardos could represents significant sightseeing atraction also…
Walking around the gardos and its small streets is very special experience. On the highest part of Gardos you can see remains of medieval fortification and Millennium monument.
Medieval fortification was built in the 14th century at the place of the former one, which was noticed back in 11th century.
Millennium monument ( Tower ) was built in 1896, in the name of 1000th anniversary of Hungarian reign.
From this place, you can see beautiful view all over the Zemun, Belgrade and Danube.
Gardos Hill with its medieval fort is the oldest part of Zemun. The complex of narrow curved streets on and under the hill is realy nice for stroling around. Worth visiting is the Baroque Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas from 1731 as well as the Roman Chatolic Church of the Blessed Virgin that dates roughly from same period.
In my opinion Zemun is must see when visiting Belgrade.
It is completely different as it was town of its own before it was incorporated within Belgrade in 20th c. As a metter of fact, it has an Ausro-Hungarian herritage while Belgrade has the lots of features that indicate Turkish influence. The Danube promenade is nice place to walk or relax in one of the picturesque cafe or restazrant.
Glavna (Main) Street is the heart of Zemun center along with the pedestrian zone in Gospodska street and Pobeda (Victor) Square. This part of Zemun bear the marks of the Central Europian arhitecture.
The full name of this church is "Hram rodjenja Presvete Bogorodice"and it is the largest church in the emun area. It was built between 1775 and 1783 in the Serbian-Byzantine style of architecture. The iconostasis was done by Aksentije Markovic in 1788 and painted by Arsenije Teodorovic in 1815.
Zemun is a city within a city. At some point in history Zemun was actually a separate city from Belgrade but it later joined with Belgrade and became one of its boroughs. The people of Zemun still like to think that they live in a separate city but we all know that its not true :-P
Anyway, its a really nice place to spend the day, walk along the danube shore and relax.
If you are in Belgrade don’t miss to visit Zemun. Today Zemun is the part of Belgrade but in the past it was separate place. The most interesting to see is Gardos and tower. Tower was constructed by hungarian architects, eclecticaly in mix of the historical styles with emphasis on the roman elments. Building was finished on August 5th 1896 while the ceremonial opening was 15 days later. The whole area around the tower today is popular promenade of people in Zemun better known as Gardos.Milenium monument get name by hungarian hero and great fighter against Turks, Janos Hunjadi who infact did die in mediaeval fort on Gardos but some 440 years before building the milenium tower. Tower was also used by firemen in Zemun as a lookout for a long time.Today Gardos represents part of Zemun which is complex for itself with its own cultural-historicaly heredity.Architecture of the houses on Gardos is different from the rural in other part of Zemun.According to its own specific standing,narrow streets with cobble and the tower, Gardos could represents significant sightseeing atraction also.
For the end I leave the best – take a time and visit Zemun. It’s a part of Belgrade where I lived for so many years. Ok, everybody thinks that his part of town is best but Zemun is Zemun. There are also lots of to see. For more info about Zemun take a look on my page about it.
Can you imagine that this scenery is 1500 meters far from the downtown Belgrade? This is a river island that is a part of Zemun. Parts of this large river island are unaccesible, so the only way is to go there by boat. There is a small marina nearby.
Walk the cobblestone streets of upper Zemun, have a great view on Belgrade&Zemun, walk the old austrian-style streets of downtown Zemun. See the blue Danube and his tremendous might. What I love is taking bike rides all the way from Belgrade to Zemun :)