Belgrade

Belgrade translates as “White City”. It is the biggest city in Serbia and capital of the Republic. It is an ideal place for holidaymakers who are already tired of the beaches and want to discover the unexplored Europe. The city’s history dating back to the 4th century. On the place when it's currently situated were the settlements of Celtic tribes. Later on Roman occupied its territory. After 1521, it was captured by the Ottoman empire and finally only in 1878 Belgrade obtained back its independence. Overall, Belgrade is a safe city but like anywhere in the world worth to be vigilant to all potential dangers. In order to make your trip smooth, SafeAround compiled information concerning all possible risks in the Belgrade’s main districts in order to make your holiday safe. Our website will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous areas, details on scams and other possible risks, as well as some useful travel advice.

SAFETY INDEX

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Places to avoid and other concerns:

  • Due to high transit flow of refugees through Belgrade, altercations between migrants can happen, cases of stabbing are known. If possible, try to stay away from any suspicious activity.
  • Vehicle thefts is a problem, try to leave the car on a parking under surveillance at night.
  • Avoid «Splav» (floating discos), they are regularly controlled by the Balkan Criminal organizations. In that kind of places, confrontation usually ends-up in violent assaults. SafeAround advises to refuse from visiting this kind of places.
  • Visiting sports events particularly football, be especially cautious. Fans often refer to “hooligans”, and according to the official data, they’re widely connected to criminal groups and ultra-nationalist organizations. In the past few years, there have been cases of foreign fans being assaulted.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Belgrade is s a safe city. However, like in any other capital in the world, it’s worth to follow basic safety precautions.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocketing is the main type of crime in Belgrade, especially in tourist areas and big transportation hubs.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Abductions have declined significantly in recent years; kidnapping of family members for failure to pay debts does occur, as does kidnapping by rival criminal organizations.

Mugging is rare but still exists.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Mexico City. Avoid people doing "magic tricks" around subway stations, asking you to sign (fake) petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Overall, transportation in Serbia is safe. There are known reports on overcharging in taxi persons who are not familiar with the vicinity.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Severe floodings possible. Belgrade stands in the seismically active area. (Level 2a)

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg. The threat of terrorist attacks exists, but relatively low. Be vigilant to possible threats.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Serbia is relatively safe for women travelers. The assaults are rare and almost doesn’t exist, though worth to be aware of your surrounding and use common sense.

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WHAT TO DO?

You can devote half of the day exploring the massive "Kalemagdan" and "Belgrade Fortress" complex and then enjoy the spectacular view at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. In order to avoid the walking uphill, take the tram number 2 and disembark at Kalemdag. Each visitor of the city must walk along the Knez Mihailovaa Street, as its main pedestrian street in the city. It always overcrowded, however, there are numerous cafes with local cuisine and nice souvenir shops. Among the most interesting places to visit in a city are: The Old Royal Palace, that was a residence of Serbian Kings, Gardosh cultural neighborhood with its fantastically narrow streets and wonderful churches, Saint Sava Temple – the biggest Orthodox Church in the whole world and Historical Museum of Serbia with a rich collection of local cultural masterpieces.

Republic Square

It is the area, where the known” Kneza Mihalia” pedestrian street is located. This is the most expensive and prestigious area to live in Belgrade. The neighborhood is very safe, however, the density of pickpockets is very high, thus it’s worth to be vigilant and keep an eye on your belongings all the time. 

Kosančićev Venac

Nestled between Kalemegdan and Brankov most, is supposed the oldest urban part of Belgrade. Full of authentic small shops and bars, this area allows to escape from the noise of the city. Main concern in this neighborhood is pickpockets, however during the matches between local football rivals such as: Red Star, Rad, Partizan, its worth to be aware of so-called “hooligans” – aggressive fans between the ages of 15-25, that might have ties with criminal organizations, who are the often visitors of sport bars and might assault any random passerby.

Dorćol

The must see district of Belgrade, its authenticity in the unique history and that it was a home to Turkish and Jewish communities at the various times. The oldest part of the city once was the city’s main trading area. Each tourist must enjoy a spectacular 4km walk along the river bank. The area is very calm and safe.

Skadarlija

Montmartre of Belgrade. Ideal place for coffee lovers and bohemians at heart. Traditional Serbian restaurants are in a wide variety, where frequenters adore to dine out. However, stay alert this area attracts pickpockets and scammers.

New Belgrade Area

The most populated district in the city. However, according to the statistic, the crime rate is the highest in the city. Tourists are not likely to turn out in this area. Be prudent, don’t allow strangers to look after your belongings.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
Serbian dinar (RSD) is a currency of Hungary. SafeAround doesn’t recommend exchange money in street money changers.  The best exchange rate can be found in the official banks, for instance at the National Bank of Serbia. Withdrawing RSD in the local ATM’s using your credit/debit card may also be a good option.
The climate in Serbia is mild, with very hot summers (up to 34°C) and very cold winters (-1-0°C). It can be classified as a warm-humid continental climate.
Busiest airports by passenger traffic are in Belgrade. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.