Delve into the fascinating past of Belgrade by visiting the defence Fortress and surrounding Kalemegdan Park that lies where the Sava and Danube rivers meet. Every city needs its green spaces but this one is rich in history, and offers river views, as well as a tranquil recreational space.
The fort was originally the urban centre of Belgrade, known then as Beograd. Its strategic position made Kalemegdan Park the perfect place for the Romans to build a military fort here, as far back as the 1st century A.D. As with many of these historic relics, the fort has been destroyed several times. Each time, it has been reconstructed to its former glory.
From past to present
The fort has had a turbulent past and at one point divided Belgrade into upper and lower towns. In the 14th century a vibrant medieval town was formed. Today, some of the most well preserved areas, including the ramparts, are in the upper town. Within the fort’s walls you can still see the evidence of its great past. Here you will find the Military Museum, many entrance gates, including the Clock Gate, Jakisić Tower, churches and a Roman well.
Kalemegdan Park was established in the 19th century and sits in the foreground of the fort, on the riverbank. Once a blank canvas, to keep a clear view for approaching enemies, the park is now a vibrant green space full of trees, flower displays, benches, paths and sculptures. It is the ideal place for families and friends to spend the day. The park is popular with locals and visitors alike and is the perfect place for exercising or relaxing on a blanket with a picnic. For the more curious or active, it also offers an amusement park and zoo, sports facilities, and even underground dungeons.
The fort and park combined, offer a fun-filled and educational day out in the heart of Belgrade. Once you have finished exploring the old parts of the city you can return to the contemporary world at the Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel, Belgrade and take full advantage of its premier facilities.