What to do in Belgrade in one afternoon

If you’re taking a plane to southeastern Europe, odds are pretty high to have a layover in Belgrade, Serbia. When I flew from Dubrovnik to Bucharest, I had a few hours to spare in this wonderful Serbian city. Based on my own experience, here’s some advice on what to do in Belgrade in one afternoon.

belgrade in one afternoon: drinks with couchsurfers

Try the Couchsurfing App

When you’re short on time and by yourself, Couchsurfing‘s App (on Android or iOS) is the best option to find some locals to go exploring or to grab a drink. There are also lots of tourists like yourself who are looking for good company. On the bus back, for example, a girl started chatting to me and it turned up that earlier she had been with another Couchsurfing group, drinking a beer at a place just next to the bus stop!

Of course, setting up on your own and wandering around is perfectly ok, too. Maybe even preferable if you wish to have some quiet, before returning to the crowded airport. 🙂

But anyway, as I was saying, I took to the Couchsurfing app, got on the bus from the airport to Belgrade and was met up by Miodrag upon my arrival. He had also set up a meeting with an American guy, Daniel.

Mio took the two of us on some streets, showed us a bit of the sights, but without too many details, as time was short. Afterward, he led us to Belgrade’s pedestrian area.

Where to eat in Belgrade

The pedestrian area is a cobblestone street, with lovely restaurants on both sides. Their terraces are very animated and covered by brightly-colored flowers. And some of them even have traditional live music shows.

There is a great variety of places and dishes here, so you will definitely find something to your liking!

What to do in Belgrade in one afternoon

So this is what to do in Belgrade in one afternoon, in my opinion. It isn’t much, I know. Then again, the time interval is kind of short, too.

But there’s just so much to see, you should definitely go for a longer visit. I know I will!

Disappointed by Air Serbia

Luck seemed to have left me for good during my last days traveling through the Balkans.

I took Air Serbia for both flight segments and checked in my backpack to be able to travel easily to Belgrade and back. When I arrived in Bucharest and got my luggage, I discovered my backpack’s top torn, then tied to look normal, and some items went missing.

At Otopeni, I could only get remote contact information. So I wrote to them, got a very late corporate reply, but nothing got solved.

I was very sad about this, as I had bought my Dad a beautiful (though kind of expensive) Croata tie for his birthday. I was sorry to have not been home at the time and was so happy to have finally found a gift he might have liked. Unfortunately, it was stolen from my luggage while flying with Air Serbia. 🙁

The end of my Balkan road trip

Despite the sad ending, this was the trip of a lifetime! I mean, I already want to do it again and I keep telling everyone to come (or go) visit the Balkans. They have a lot to offer: friendly locals, beautiful scenery, a great variety of stuff to eat, great places to go hiking in nature, plus a lot of hidden gems surprising you at almost every stop you make along the way. Not to mention you’ll find stuff to fit any budget!

So come on, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to the Balkans!

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7 Thoughts to “What to do in Belgrade in one afternoon”

  1. I am so sorry to hear about our experience with that airline — that is truly devastating. Perhaps there is another way to contact them? A phone number? Other than that, I’m glad you had a great trip.

    Great post! x


    1. Hi, Michelle, and thank you for your kind words.
      Even though it was in writing, Air Serbia did respond. But they just didn’t solve my problem in any way.

  2. What a fun way to spend a layover. I had never heard of the Couchsurfing app – what a great way to explore a city. I have to admit that I’m always leery to leave the airport when I have a short stop over – although most of my flights stop in places that aren’t super exciting, so maybe that’s why. Sorry to hear about your issue with the air line – nothing like having a trip ruined by somebody messing with your luggage.

    1. You should try the app. Not just for layovers, it can really come in handy when travelling solo and you want to meet new people or you want to go out to have fun but don’t really know where to start.

      It’s also cool the other way around: when you’re in your home town and you meet tourists, show them around a bit, grab a beer and listen to their interesting stories. I have yet to meet uninteresting people from Couchsurfing!

  3. Wow Belgrade looks like a fun way to spend a layover. I think I would want to stay a little longer after seeing a little bit of the city.

  4. I’m sorry about your luggage! But Belgrade sounds ace and I love the sound of meeting up with other people while there

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