Belgrade Kalemegdan Fortress

July 10, 2018

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Its most famous landmark is the Kalemegdan, an imposing fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fort is a testament to the city’s strategic importance to the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Austrian and Serbian empires, and it’s now the site of several museums

The Belgrade Fortress changed and developed throughout the centuries, it saw many armies, was the field of many battles, it witnessed the brutality of the conquerors and the courage of the tireless defenders of the city. It was the place where Belgrade started to develop.

The Fortress was built in stages, during the lengthy period between the 1st and 18th century, from a Roman castrum, through a Byzantine castle and the remains of the medieval capital of the Serb Despotate, all the way to an Austrian-Ottoman artillery fortification.

The complex consists of the fortress itself, divided into the Upper Town (Despot’s Gate, Sahat kula – Clock Tower, Roman Well, Statue of the Victor), Lower Town (Nebojša Tower, Amam – Turkish bath, Gate of Charles VI) and the Kalemegdan Park, home to busts of important persons from Serbian history, science and culture.

The Belgrade Fortress offers an exciting view of the confluence of Sava and Danube, of New Belgrade and Zemun. The Kalemegdan Park contains the “Cvijeta Zuzorić” Pavilion, the Grand Stairway, the zoo, children’s park and a number of monuments and sculptures, several sports courts, a museum, a café and a restaurant.

One of the Hotels with the best locations near the fortress is Royal Inn Hotel. Royal Inn Hotel was built in 1883 and it is the oldest hotel in Belgrade.  It is located at Kralja Petra Street, one of the oldest streets in Belgrade which is under State protection and the street itself serves as a unique exhibition of different architectural styles represented in Belgrade such as the Baroque, Secession, Art Deco, Modernism, Oriental style, etc.

The hotel is located in the heart of the old part of Belgrade, close to the main pedestrian and shopping street Knez Mihailova, as well as The Republic Square and Kalemegdan fortress, which is a cultural and historical complex overlooking the confluence of the Sava and Danube.

The hotel has 97 rooms, which are equipped to meet all the needs of modern day guests and provide complete comfort. Each room has a minibar, led TV with free access to cable TV and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features a restaurant and a coffee bar where guests can relax and try traditional cuisine dishes.  For breakfast, the restaurant offers a rich buffet menu. The hotel provides currency exchange service at the front desk and offers free parking.