Belgrade on two wheels
Many tourists come to Belgrade and are amazed by the architecture, food, and cultural sights. The ability to sightsee in Belgrade, like everywhere else more or less, is through group visits with a guide.
During summer, unusual buses without roofs circle the city full of tourists. Recently in Belgrade, there’s a way to take full advantage of the sunny days and relaxing rides with a guide and a small, hand-picked group of people. That is to spend an unforgettable three to four hours riding a rented bicycle. This is about the chances that Belgrade Bike Central can give you.
The agency, where you can reserve a safe cycling adventure and hear many facts about Belgrade, is located near the famous Branko’s bridge on a street called Kraljevica Marka 6. The guide connects historical events in a thought out yet laidback manner, paying attention to interesting facts from the middle ages through today and conveying political situations through anecdotes, natural benefits, and cultural manifestations. This tour is different because of its quality and safety, implying smaller groups of about 4-8 people, which makes the communication more interactive. For the tour to be carried out, it needs at least four people. After the event, the participants feel satisfied because they spent their time engaging in physical activity undisturbed and experiencing a beautiful and unknown city on a somewhat more personal level through talks with a professional guide Vladimir Martinovic. The tours are primarily made for foreign visitors, so the communication is in English. This tour of Belgrade, which has lately been more tempting for visitors, is dedicated to sightseeing New Belgrade and Zemun in greater detail, where the roads are more convenient for bike rides and do not require physical readiness. While most group visits are oriented toward the cities’ centers and their surroundings, this tour widens and completes the picture of Belgrade by connecting Zemun, which has its own spirit different in comparison to the new builds and other parts of Belgrade. Given that the road is mostly flat and avoids traffic, this tour is usually subjected to improvisation. In a sense, tourists can freely stop if they feel the need or if they simply want to look at something closer which may not be in the plan. The season for this type of tourism varies because of the weather, but datewise lasts from April to October.
A short summary of the tourAfter everyone gathers in front of the agency around 10AM, the tour starts. The first stop is on the wide part of Branko’s bridge, where the guide quickly notifies the tourists about what they’ll see on the rest of the tour in chronological order. The thing that’s been popular lately, the Belgrade Waterfront, is on the immediate left; with an interesting interpretation, the guide teaches the tourists about the new architectural installment. Further down the road toward Zemun, we first meet New Belgrade and the first stop is the Palace of Serbia. With its edifice and history, it represents a really important political building from a period of Communism. Through interpretation of the guide, tourists meet New Belgrade. Thought of as perfect for family life, each block is a small oasis which guarantees a more peaceful sleep. Geneks Tower, which is also called the “West Gate of Belgrade”, being a disheveled investment of the city and unusual in itself, makes many people wear the expression of wonder on their features. After a detailed tour of the outer part of the tower, a descent towards the river follows, entering to Zemun and its quay. The smell of fish dishes takes us towards restaurants which are interestingly arranged to fit within the quay theme. Then follows a short hiking trip to Gardos Tower through narrow streets called “kaldrme”. The tourists then have a chance to visit the inner part of the tower, enjoy the view of the city, and hear about the important historic period during the making of Gardos. On the way back from the cycling adventure, we visit the central part of Zemun, where there are walking zones with many cafes, private shops, and a small bazaar. Special attention is also given to the big park in Zemun, which represents the border and quondam conjunction of the Ottoman and Australian Empires; the guide talks more about this. The tourist’s attention is also diverted to the preserved building from the World War periods, in which Zemun was the least bombarded part of the city. The way back is characterized by a relaxing drive by the river, where it is possible to see the famous Kalemegdan Fortress, the most visited tourist destination in Belgrade. The historically, religiously, politically, and culturally important monuments along the way and the unforgettable night life of Belgrade are what makes this tour so detailed and interesting. The tour finishes where it started and the price, which isn’t fixed, is made by the tourists themselves based on their own estimation and satisfaction. Tourists can cover around 20km without even getting tired.
On Belgrade Bike Central’s website, you can find details about the tour, the bicycles, and the terms of reservation. Apart from this standard tour, tourists can rent a bike and explore the city on their own terms. There is also a tour under the name “Bike and Beach” which includes New Belgrade with its interesting facts, a boat ride across the river Sava, and relaxation on the coast of Ada Ciganlija.
Good temper, an adventurous spirit, curiosity, a bike, and sunscreen, along with a guide, are pretty necessary for this type of tour to be completed. Satisfied tourists have pointed out that, thanks to this tour, by meeting everything that has contributed to the origination of living habits, trends, mentality, and even the cuisine, they have a better understanding of the city’s spirit. The guide, nevertheless, differentiates every tour by the composition of the tourists, pointing out the satisfactions towards their job, the protection of nature, and the promotion of recreative bicyclism.
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