Meet Belgrade underneath Belgrade
Learn about the hidden history of Belgrade, explore its immense underground areas and enjoy the pleasant temperature, good company and local wine.
Do you want to get acquainted with the rich history of this ancient city, which for more than 7,000 years resisted numerous challenges of nature, but also conquerors, and you do not want to wander the streets of our capital in tropical temperatures and suffer a heat stroke? In that case, it's time to head to one of the most interesting tours that will take you to "Belgrade underneath Belgrade“.
Even many residents of Belgrade are not familiar with the fact that beneath the famous fortress there lies a number of sites of exceptional historical significance, interesting not only to historians, but also to all lovers of mysticism and adventure – literally everyone who grew up watching Indiana Jones and the Tomb Ryder series. Right there, just above the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, many cultures and peoples have met and clashed, and all of them left their traces. Thus, at Kalemegdan fortress, in a relatively small area, you can easily find numerous remaining landmarks of Romans, early Christians, Byzantines, Bulgarians, Turks, Austrians and Serbs.
The tours that take us to the underground of Belgrade are delivered in English and Serbian, last for about 2 hours and include refreshments and local wine so that all participants can enjoy and discuss their impressions after this long walk. The Kalemegdan underground tour starts in front of the Belgrade Fortress, under the Monument of Gratitude to France. The tour continues towards the famous Roman well. The Roman well dates back to about three centuries ago, during Austro-Hungarian rule, and is the wonderful evidence about the city's turbulent past. Then, in the immediate vicinity, there is a military bunker, which until recently, only ten years ago, was officially a top military secret. It is a bunker that was disguised and concealed from the public eye, and it was a key site for Belgrade's air defense. This tour also includes a tour of the Great Gunpowder Warehouse, which is an artificial cave built about three hundred years ago, in which today, instead of gunpowder, Roman monuments created in the period from the first to the fourth century are successfully preserved. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a visit to the Wine Lagoons below Karađorđeva Street, where guests will hear interesting stories about bohemian life, and also get refreshments and wine.
The tours underneath Belgrade also include Tasmajdan caves. It is a quarry that was originally used by the Romans, and then by the Turks. Some historical accounts underline the actual size of this area, which was often used as a civilian and military shelter during turbulent times, wars and bombings.
Tours are also performed on the other side of the Danube, where you can visit the underground corridors of Zemun, built in the 18th and 19th century. This is a secret military complex situated under Bežanijska kosa area and was used for defense during the Second World War, as well as the chambers and corridors under Kalvarija area.
The plan is to re-launch organized tours of numerous other hidden locations in the wider area of Belgrade, such as locations below the areas of Rakovica, Kosmaj and Avala, places where there were ancient mines that were bustling with life before the new era.
All history lovers who plan to spend at least one weekend, for any reason, in the capital of Serbia, web portal Novi apartmani invites you to select the desired apartment in the section Strict center, where you will be able to embark on a proper adventure with organized tours in a very easy way. We can recommend the phenomenal apartment Residence 2 located in the center near the Republic Square and Knez Mihajlova Street. Luxuriously equipped in a true Belgrade city urban style, the apartment will allow every guest a comfortable stay at a very reasonable price.