Belgrade fortress including Kalemegdan park are the city’s top landmarks and attractions. It’s the cradle of Belgrade history from the ancient period through Medieval, Turkish and Austro-Hungarian period.
There were more than 115 battles to conquer the fortress, mainly because of its dominant position – on a hill overlooking the Sava and Danube confluence. The fortress was destroyed more than 40 times throughout the centuries.
Today the fortress preserves appearance from 18th-century Austro-Hungarian and Turkish reconstructions. The town field in front of the fortress was named Kalemegdan. This name derives from the Turkish words kale (fort) and megdan (battle field).
It’s easy to reach Kalemegdan park on foot if you are staying in the central area of the city (Stari Grad – Old Town municipality). In fact, it’s a natural continuation of a walk started along the Knez Mihailova shopping street. Once you reach at the end of this street (see the map above) near City Library, just cross the Pariska street.
As soon as you enter the park, you’ll come across souvenirs vendors. They are not selling the commonplace souvenirs. There, you’ll really find typical Serbian products, mostly handmade. Tourist mostly look for items like – small dolls in folk costume, slippers and sweaters from the Zlatibor mountain area. But, you can find also bottles of famous rakija (brendy) – Šljivovica.
What to see
Kalemegdan park is a huge area interlaced by kilometers of paths and numerous hideouts through the park. There is also a small train that runs through the park if you don’t like walking.
The park has been always favorite place for children and teens. Besides, the city Zoo, there are also few playgrounds for the kids. In the winter period, there are possibilities for skiing and sleigh riding on the slopes near the Zoo. There is also ice-skating ground near the Sahat (Clock) tower.
Kalemegdan Park Highlights
Kalemegdan Park is one of the largest parks in Belgrade. The whole area of the park is divided in two sections – the Great and Little Park. Both parts provide places of rest and entertainment with several important monuments.
Upper Town - Gornji Grad
Upper town or Gornji Grad is the central part of Belgrade fortress. Most of the visitors will spend the most of time in this fortified citadel. Citadel is the highest point of Belgrade fortress complex.
Lower Town - Donji Grad
Lower Town (Donji Grad) is the large plateau between the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers. During the rule of despot Stefan Lazarevic, this area was fortified and urbanized. Today, the Lower Town is a favorite place for recreation, nature lovers with some valuable historical monuments. (Nebojša Tower, Amam Turkish bath, Gate of Charles VI)
Information for visitors
Visiting Belgrade fortress here are useful information about opening hours and tickets prices of most important fortress sights:
Working hours - every day from 10am to 5pm every day except Mondays. Ticket price - Adults 15o RSD Children 70 RSD Group visits can be arranged calling: +38111/33 43 441. The museum exhibits armaments, uniforms, flags, medals, archival materials, art works, photographs. Some parts are exposed outdoor.
Sahat Tower (Clock Tower)
Where? Upper Town. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 11.00 am – 07.00 pm Tickets: Single ticket: 80 RSD. Children, students, senior citizens: 40 RSD
The Roman Well.
Where? - Upper Town. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 11.00 am – 07.00 pm Tickets: Single ticket: 120 RSD. Children, students, senior citizens: 60 RSD
Where? - Lower Town. Opening hours: from Wednesday – Sunday 11.00 am – 07.00 pm Tickets: Single ticket: 200 RSD Children, students, senior citizens: 100 RSD
Big Powder Store
Where? Lower Town. Opening hours (from June 1st): Monday – Sunday from 11.00 am – 07.00 pm Tickets: (from June 1st): Single ticket: 200 RSD. Children, students, senior citizens: 100,00 RSD.