Spacious, newly refurbished, clean penthouse flat in a historical building with elevator in Belgrade's main square with a view over the city and the Sava river. Hauses comfortably 6 persons in 3 double bedrooms.
Being located in the most central area of Belgrade (km 0) the apartment is walking distance from all the interesting areas of the city, yet, being on the top floor, it is very quiet.
Regarding the location it is enough to say that when Serbia was a kingdom the King lived just across the road. Now it is the Presidential Palace with a nice park open to public. The center of Belgrade is not too large, and the flat is a walking distance from everywhere in the city.
If you want to get there by plane, the flat is located 9 km from the airport. You can get there both by public transportation and by taxi which has a set price of approx. 12 eur.
I am an architect and I furbished it for myself. I love being there when in Belgrade. It is close to literary everything. There is a picturesque green market 5 minutes’ walk, where you can buy everything fresh directly from farmers. I specially recommend smoked beef and dairy products. There is also a large supermarket in the underground passage a few meters away, where one can buy almost anything. In the neighborhood there are all sorts of shops, from Armani and Burberry stores just next-door to traditional arts and crafts shops in the old street behind the building. You can buy Serbian fruit brandy (I recommend the quince and apricot ones) in a specialized shop at the ground floor of the next-door building.
The interesting thing is that, judging by the feedback from the guests, most of them like it for the location and neat and clean interior.
The apartment has 3 bedrooms with total of 6 beds, large living area, newly fitted bathroom, separate WC, fully fitted kitchen, laundry and towels, heating as well as air conditioning. The beds can be double or single, its just a question of joining them together or separating them.
The flat will be cleaned and the bedding changed right before your arrival, and towels will be fresh.
The building is roughly 100 years old, though it was fully redone in 2012. It is classified as the national heritage.
Belgrade is not a beautiful city in the traditional way. It is, though, quite charming and alive. It’s most prominent feature is it history and this flat is at the very epicenter of it. Just like most of the buildings in the neighborhood it was a witness to the city’s rich and turbulent history. If you were there in the 1912, your neighbor would be Leon Trotsky, who was a Balkan war correspondent lodged in the nearby hotel Moskva at the time. The story goes that our building was constructed for or by a rich lady, the queen’s maid of honor. Then, in 1903, a bloody putsch which killed the king and the queen happened in the building that stood just across the road. In 1905 the new dynasty demolished the Old Royal Court and built the new one, which exists today. The royal household was our first neighbors until they left at the beginning of the WW2. Since then, the court serves partly for mayor of Belgrade office, while the other part of it is the Residence of the President of the Republic.
In the building literally next-door (where the king used to play cards in a friend's house) the Act of formation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was signed on the December 1st , 1918,. That was the beginning of the first Yugoslavia. From the kitchen window you see the dome of the parliament which was a stage of the last revolution, in 2000, and the end of the last of Yugoslavias.
The kitchen window is overlooking the main street of Belgrade (once it was Marshal Tito’s Street). From there, at different points of the past one could see different armies: The Austrian in 1915, the French and Serbian ones in the 1918, the Wehrmacht in 1941, the Tito's and the Red army in 1945. There are photographs of all sorts of uniformed armed men just in front of the door.
From there and the bedroom windows, you can see the white marble Church of Saint Sava, overlooking the city. It is especially nice at night, illuminated. The same is true for the new white harp shaped bridge over the Sava that you can see from one of the bedroom’s balcony shining in the dark.
At the main terrace you can sit and have coffee without being seem by anybody. If you look to your left you see the river and the plain across it. There stand tall 20th century buildings of the New Belgrade. The most prominent one you can see is the tallest skyscraper of what used to be the HQ the Communist Party, and was badly damaged in the bombings in 1999. From the terrace you could watch the sun setting through it’s skeleton. Very quickly it was rebuilt, and now it is a shopping mall and a high end office building. What else a seat of the Communist Party could become?
From the terrace you can see the window of the flat where the Yugoslav Nobel Price Laureate Ivo Andrić lived (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), and where he wrote two of his capital works: The Bridge over the Drina and the Damned Yard. After the war he moved to a little pedestrian street also 5 minutes’ walk where there is a museum dedicated to him now.
From there the view opens to the Terazije square with one of Belgrade landmarks Albania Palace, once the tallest building in the Balkans, and the mouth of the main pedestrian Knez Mihailova street. Just behind Albania is the National Museum, unfortunately closed for works, and the National Theatre which still works. There is a rich theater scene in the city, but if you do not understand the language you can listen to opera or see ballet there. It is not much of an art, but the tickets are not expensive compared to the European opera houses. Just hurry up before they close it down as well. Kalemegdan fortress is just at the other end of the pedestrian street, which is a nice 15 minute stroll.
There are so many good restaurants in the area, that you can eat in different one every night of your stay. If you want, I can send you a list of the ones I recommend. The bars and nightclubs are all over central Belgrade. At night you can go on foot to most of them. Btw, you can walk its streets at any time as Belgrade is, the statistics and my feeling say so, a safe city. Taxi is also inexpensive, for 5-7 euros you get anywhere. The taxies can be taken just in front of the building. There are plenty of them. Take only the ones that have TX on their registry plate. They would not cheat you. You can always call a radio taxi. You will find cards of several companies in the flat.
In the neighborhood there is also a variety of fast food restaurants and bakeries with fresh pastries and pizzas 24/7 as well as some kiosks with press, tobacco and drinks. There is even a McDonald's just across the square. In the vicinity there are also two charcoal grill places with meat in bread to die for. There are also some simple national restaurants as well as quite a number of fancy ones.
If you need a pharmacy there is one just across the street while the 24/7 one stands before the next corner of the main street. There is also a cashpoint/ATM across the road.
There is a small library of books in Serbian and English in the flat as well as some DVDs with films. There is also a Bookshop with foreign titles ate the ground floor of our building.
I hope you will like staying in Belgrade just as I like it.