1. The “Old Palace” (Old Belgrade)
It was the royal residence of the Obrenović dynasty. Today it houses the City Assembly of Belgrade. The Palace was built when Serbia was proclaimed a Kingdom.During World War II, the palace was bombed and partially demolished on the very first day of the German attack, during the bombing of Belgrade on 6 April 1941. German soldiers were often taking photos in front of the ruined building. First groups of arrested Jews were sent by the Germans to clear the rubble. Soon, the reconstruction of the building began but wasn't finished until October 1944 when the city was liberated.By its external architecture the building is one of the most beautiful achievements of academism in Serbia of the 19th century.The old palace hosted the government of FNRJ. And since 1961, the City Assembly of Belgrade is located here.
2. The Park of Friendship (New Belgrade)
It is one of the most nobly conceived, and possibly the most incomplete park in Belgrade, and as such, a living monument to naivety and tragedy of times past.Its conception is tied to Belgrade Conference, held in September 1961, or the First Summit of The Non Aligned as it became known in history. The Peace Alley is a 180 meters long pathway, formed by the two rows of trees was planted during the summit. The trees were planted by none other than the presidents of the countries that attended the summit, as their symbol of dedication to world peace. This noble gesture soon became a tradition, and the list of eminent people who left their green mark on left bank of the Sava grew ever larger. Queen Elizabeth II, The Iron lady (Ms Thatcher), Robert Mugabe, Jimmy Carter, Indira Ghandi, Nikolay Chaushescu, and the members of the Rolling Stones were just a few among them.
3. SIV - the largest and most spectacular masterpiece of modernist architecture in Belgrade, and one of the first buildings to be constructed in the Novi Beograd district. The construction of the
Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia was started in 1947, just after the end of WWII, symbolizing the birth of a new socialist futurist nation with it’s own symbols and landmarks.Its H-shaped base covers an area of approximately 65,000 m², thus making it the largest building in Serbia by area covered. It has 744 offices, about 30 m² each, 13 conference rooms, six salons, three large hallsand two garages.Each salon featured one of Yugoslavia countries, every salon’s size and décor resembling the country who’s council it held.
4. Hotel Jugoslavija - When Hotel Jugoslavija opened in 1969, it became the premierVIP accommodation in Novi Beograd: Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Tina Turner, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Queen Elizabeth II have all stayed here.It was the largest hotel in the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia with over 600 rooms and suites, restaurants with over 800 places, and other “contents” on seven floors of the main architectural complex. Hotel Jugoslavija was a mythical place. It was both a symbol and a witness to the different moments that shaped former Yugoslavia : From Tito to Milosevic ; from Socialism to Nationalism ; from NATO’s bombings to corrupted economic liberalism. Today, it is still haunting Belgrade landscape, as a reflection of a Serbian society in search of new milestones.
5. Genex tower
Built from 1977-1980 – would become the ultimate icon of Yugoslav economic progress.Officially named “Western City Gate”, it was once the tallest residential high-rise in Serbia. The name of the building refers to its location, positioned on the main road between Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport and the city centre, greeting everyone who enters or leaves Belgrade on the west side. The name “Genex” that we still use today came after Yugoslavia’s premier trading company.Its success was a measure of Tito’s international diplomacy: Genex thrived due to thisability to deal freely with partners in both the East and the West.The Western City Gate is described as “one of the truest, most unapologetically Brutalist buildings, perhaps the most fantastic example of Brutalist high-rise anywhere in the world.”
6. Museum of Yugoslavia / House of Flowers (Old Belgrade)
Apart from its name, the Museum of Yugoslavia is not a typical historical museum, not only due to the way it was founded, but also because of its still current model of organization.The very core of the Museum of Yugoslavia in Belgrade is founded in 1962 to collect the gifts given to Tito, not only by his compatriots, but also by many world leaders. After the death of Tito, The Museum was merged with the “House of Flowers”, the Residence, The Pool House, The Hunting Lodge, The Old Museum, together with the tomb of Josip Broz. Over 200.000 items and objects were categorized into 20 collections of the Museum of the Yugoslavia, enabling the visitors to grasp the essence of the material and spiritual culture of the republics of former Yugoslavia, from the oldest ones to the second half of the twentieth century, but also to see extremely valuable gifts from many countries of the world.
Drop-off at the "
Kafana SFRJ", where you can enjoy a selection of best Balkan food, in the interior entirely decorated to honor Yugoslavia and Tito. The restaurant has the best view of the river in Belgrade and we'll handle the reservations and menu arrangement for you if you decide to go for lunch or dinner after the tour!