A weekend in Belgrade, Serbia

I guess, there must be at least one trip per year I don’t plan at all. This year I went to the capital of Serbia, to Belgrade without doing any prior planning and research. The whole trip was organised by a friend, who had been to Belgrade plenty times before and knows the town very well. He organised the accommodation and restaurant reservations, he planned most of the activities and even act as a tour guide on our walk around the town.  He did an amazing job. No wonder, our group had a great time in Serbia.

Sunset by the river Sava

The main purpose of the trip was to attend basketball matches. We’ve attended two:  Crvena Zvezda (Red star Belgrade) vs. Anatolu Efes from Turkey and Belgrade derby Partizan vs. Crvena zvezda. Those were my first professional basketball matches and, oh boy, they were unique and unforgettable experiencee. Not so much because of the basketball, but because of the cheering of the supporters of both Belgrade’s teams.

At Crvena zvezda vs Anadolu Efes basketball match

The atmosphere in the arena was at the both matches amazing. So much cheering, so much emotions. At the derby Partizan vs Crvena Zvezda it even got scary with all the fanatic fans who gathered in the hall to support their teams. Some of them were really spooky. Just before the match, after we just stepped out of the taxi in a street next to the arena, we had an incident. Three girls from our group wore red jackets. Red is the colour of the Crvena zvezda and an angry fan of Parizan who just walked past us got very upset. From his angry face, voice and gestures it was clear, he was super offended. He cursed us all just for wearing the “wrong colours”. Crazy! Event though it was cold, girls took their jackets off, and walked to the arena just in their jerseys . Without any further accidents we got inside the arena. Even though most of us didn’t really care which team would win, we’ve actively cheered for Partizan team, just to avoid any unwanted problems with their fans. At the end Partizan won, the fans were happy and all ended well.

At Crvena zvezda vs Anadolu Efes basketball match

Apart from basketball, the highlight of our trip definitely the amazing food. We ate so much, we ate so well.

Food was definitely one of the highlights of the trip to Belgrade

Another fun aspect of our trip was exploring Belgrade’s night life. After two nights of partying, I can say, it definitely lived up to mine expectations.

Street of Belgrade

Apart from attending the sports events, partying and eating well, we also did some sightseeing.  We walked around the town and saw the main tourist attractions: Knez Mihajlova Street, parliament building, church of Saint Sava, church of Saint Marko, Danube and Sava waterside etc.

Parliament building

Church of St Marko

The female part of the group also explored some of the Belgrade’s history while visiting Museum of Yugoslav History (Muzej istorije Jugoslavije). A museum supposed to be dedicated to 20th century history with the focus of Yugoslavia (Serbia was constituent part of Yugoslavia), but it mainly focus on the persona of the former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito. Despite it wasn’t the most informative and exciting museum I have ever visited, I still enjoy the visit.

Inside the Museum of Yugoslav History

I usually prefer travelling alone with my husband, but every now and then it is nice to travel in larger group of friends. Belgrade was a perfect town to be explored in such way. It was definitely fun and exciting trip I would love to repeat at some point in the future.

Historical Museum of Serbia (Istorijski Muzej Srbije)




35 thoughts on “A weekend in Belgrade, Serbia

  1. California Globetrotter says:

    Sometimes it’s just so nice to left someone else do all the planning! I wish that was the case for us, but my husband never pitches in specific details of things he wants to see and do. I find everything, and it can get a little overwhelming and tiring, yet I still love it!

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  2. Wherejogoes says:

    Thanks for sharing this what a wonderful city break for a weekend away and you did so many different things. Attending the basketball matches is a great idea. The food looks fantastic! #citytripping

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    • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Thanks for reading about my trip! 😉 The food was definitely one of the highlights of this trip. It was so good. 🙂 Well, the first basketball match against the Turkish team was great, but the derby was a bit scary. So many fanatic fans. I’ve been to many sports events, but this was the first one where I haven’t feel safe.

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  3. alex says:

    Funnily enough we were just googling Belgrade this morning (thinking of a road trip around the area, taking in a few towns and cities) so it was especially lovely to read a post about it – sounds like you had a whole load of fun! #citytripping

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  4. Ruth says:

    I would like to visit Serbia. Since my visit to my Eastern part of the continent, I have been wanting to explore more of the area (and the Balkans too). I am from Puerto Rico where basketball is really popular (my Dad is crazy about the sport). Because of that, I know Serbs are great (and take seriously) the game. #citytripping

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    • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Oh yes, I think Serbians are very proud of their national basketball team. Most of the people we spoke with, spoke very highly of them. Apparently, they are very good. They are also very passionate about their club basketball. The atmosphere in the hall was superb.


  5. WanderMum says:

    Interesting to hear more about Belgrade. I didn’t realise it had a big party scene. The incident outside the basketball arena sounds a little scary but clearly didn’t put you off. They must be very passionate about the sport and their team. #citytripping

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    • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Oh yes, Serbs are very passionate about the sport. To be honest, the supporters of both Belgrade teams have quite bad reputation of being hooligans, so no surprise about the reaction of this fan outside the arena. On many occasions there were fights before or during the match. According to our taxi driver, there were “only” two fights during our match. I wasn’t aware of it, because I was overwhelmed by the game and the atmosphere. It was crazy, but memorable experience. 🙂


  6. Wilbur says:

    I am not a basketball fan but I think I would have enjoyed the Belgrade derby. I really like the city, not as much as Ljubljana but I found Belgrade great for strolling around. Loved the castle area and great views. Excellent picture of the Sava River. Wilbur. #citytripping

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  7. Esther says:

    I agree, it’s an interesting city to explore. Quite unique in Europe, I would say! I visited on a press trip two years ago and there was so much to see and do, I liked it!


  8. Janis says:

    Belgrade sounds like a very interesting city, so much history and perhaps still quite undiscovered by tourists.

    I’m definitely going to add it to my list of places to visit. #farawayfiles

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  9. fifi + hop says:

    That’s a crazy story about the red shirts! People can really be fanatic! Belgrade sounds like a great city to explore. It’s funny you mention not planning anything..I’m soon going on a trip that someone else really wanted to plan so I’ve taken a step back, which has been hard to do…thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

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  10. oregongirlaroundtheworld says:

    I would LOVE someone to take over the planning for our travels once and a while! Especially if they know the place we are visiting! We also like to go to sports matches when visiting a place, it gives a real feel for the energy of the locals, sometimes good and sometimes not so great apparently. Looks like a lovely place for a weekend exploring – thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles.

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