The city of Belgrade has 65 public parks that you can visit during your Belgrade tour. They are all located in the beautiful area of the city and many of them are tucked in beautiful corners of the city center. The total area of Belgrade city that is covered with parks about 385 hectares. Definition of the city park includes green areas greater than 1 ha, located in the metropolitan area, which are used mainly for the rest, recreation or leisure time. Out of all the parks in Belgrade we would like to single out several of them, that are the most visited and preferred by the Belgrade residents and their guests.
The parks are dominated by the tall trees, mainly deciduous trees. There are approximately 30 deciduous species, mostly maple and chestnut, then lime and sycamore, black locust, poplar, ash, birch, etc. From softwoods species most common are Spruce, Pine, Fir Cedar, Yew and Cypress. Belgrade parks are considered young parks because about 80-90 % of trees are younger than 60 years. The Parks also offer a variety of contents, including its monuments, picnic spots, sports and recreational trails and lakes.
Kalemegdan Fortress is the biggest park in Belgrade and is located in the city center. Kalemegdan is the most popular park among the Belgrade residents and for many tourists visiting Belgrade because of the parks numerous winding walking paths, shaded benches, picturesque fountains, statues, historical architecture and scenic river views. It is a modern park with broad paths, beautiful landscaped lawns and systematically designed tree lines. At the same time Belgrade fortress located above the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers is the most important cultural and historical complex in Belgrade. There are many cultural and historical sites to visit in this location, many nice picnic spots and lovely tucked in restaurants for refreshment after the long walks. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city from the many locations on the fortress.
In order to escape to the natural environment it is not necessary to go very far. At only 5 kilometers south of the city center is the Topčider Park, one of the beautiful parks of Belgrade, which is full of nicely decorated green spaces that are intersected by paths, and surrounded by dense forest.
Adjacent to the Topcider Park is a very similar Kosutnjak Park. Both parks will take you away from the noise and the crowd of the city center. Kosutnjak is the forest park that covers an area of 330 hectares, at an altitude of 250 m. The forest consists of the deciduous and coniferous trees and is intersected by the numerous paths. The name, Košutnjak, is derived from the medieval hunting forests of the Serbian nobility, meaning doe's breeder. (In Serbian, košuta means doe, hind), as does use to live freely in the park until the World War I.
Confluence Park (Ušće Park) is located on the height of the Sava and the Danube, in a large area, and is mainly designed for walking and recreation and is also the place where the big concerts are taking place as well as the Beer Fest that is being held in Belgrade every summer. The park opens to the river Sava where you can find many restaurants and clubs on the rafts. The part of this park with the skate platform is called The Skate Park and is a place where you can enjoy this extreme sport by participating or just enjoying the skillful skater rides.
One of the most beautiful and most popular parks Tasmajdan is located in the city center in the Boulevard of King Alexander, and was recently completely renovated. It was named after the quarry, which was located in this area (quarry - stone quarry). In addition to the lighted walkways, the park abounds in beautifully landscaped lawns that are nicely arranged and the park is enriched with the flowers and decorative bushes. The park is planted with deciduous trees and is a real urban oasis in the hot summer days. The landmark of the city, the St.Mark’s church is located in the park.
City Park in Zemun used to be called the Elizabeth’s Park and today is known as the Zemun’s Park. The park is planted with hundreds of deciduous and evergreen trees, some of which are very rare and 15 trees are protected by the state. Here you can see: Planetree, Japanese acacia, Jew, maple, ginkgo and many other species.