As I was travelling to Sarajevo, Bosnia, I got a very cheap flight which included a 15 hours layover in Beograd. Not much time for the capital city of Serbia, but enough to see the main sights of the city and to catch a bit of the atmosphere. I had to prepare well and especially to get some Serbian dinar in advance.
When walking along the pedestrian street, ulica Kneza Mihaila, you’ll arive at a place called Kalemegdan. As the name Beograd indicates, there must be somewhere a white (beo) fortress (grad) – and this is the place. The best walk is along the Sava river on the so called Sava promenade.
The Saint-Sava-Church (Hram Svetog Save) is located south-east on Vračar hill. It is a huge and impressive christian-orthodox church in Beograd, the capital of Serbia. While the massive building looks like it is finished from the outside, the inside is work in progress.
Two blocks away from the railway station (down the hill) and one block away from Terazije square (up the hill) in a quiet side street you’ll find Hotel Prag. It is nice and good quality hotel in bohemian style.
The most important airport of Serbia is located 19 km outside of Beograd. It is quite small, the security scans are directly at the gates and boarding is often pretty late (compared to airports in the EU). So you can arrive late and still catch your flight.