Park Donji Kalemegdan, which translates to “Lower Kalemegdan,” is an integral part of Kalemegdan, a vast and ancient fortress in Belgrade, strategically located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. This fortress stands as one of the most captivating tourist attractions in the city, and for good reason.
The entire fortress complex is a labyrinth of sorts, featuring some intriguing underground passages. A public parking area, known as “Parking kod Beka,” is conveniently situated at the foot of the fort, near the entrance to the zoo. Within the lower park, numerous trails wind through the landscape, revealing historical remnants from ancient times. Some of these paths invite you to climb, explore underground passages, or simply revel in the lush greenery of the park adorned with abundant trees.
You can also ascend to the highest points of the fortress, where you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. At the fortress’s peak, there’s an extended wall with a steeple. For a nominal fee of 100 RSD (with free entry for children), you can access the steeple for an even more remarkable vantage point. The use of binoculars at this location enhances the experience further.
Kalemegdan fortress feels like a maze not only because of its layout but also because as you stroll along the pathways, you might unexpectedly stumble upon a pub, restaurant, playground, or even a small amusement park.
For those who prefer not to walk, there’s a mini tourist train available, offering a comprehensive tour that even ventures inside the fortress.
Inside the fort, you’ll find a mini Dino park with a playground, several snack stands offering coffee, popcorn, and more. Additionally, the Belgrade Military Museum, with a display of tanks and cannons from World War II in an open area, adds to the historical charm of the fortress.
Kalemegdan is a place you can explore repeatedly, as each visit unveils new enchanting spots and surprises, making it an enduringly magical destination in Belgrade.