Song of the day: Raphael Saadiq - Uptown
Now it’s time for you to prove you’re a modern tourist ready to leave most visited tourist attractions and check out the exciting suburbs of a city. If you’re up to it, here are some spots worth visiting.
Avala is the mountain overlooking Belgrade, providing great panoramic view of it. It is a popular picnic resort, and its landmark is Avalski toranj (Avala TV Tower), recently rebuilt and opened for public. Apart from wonderful panoramic view of Belgrade and fresh air and fantastic nature, it offers special attractions, such as:
Monument to the Unknown Hero, sculptured by Ivan Meštrović, dedicated to Serbian soldiers from World War I in the form of mausoleum with 8 caryatides; Monument to the Soviet war veterans, Memorial Park dedicated to the victims of the World War II and Monument to Vasa Čarapić, on of the leaders of the First Serbian Uprising in 1804.
The Avala is one of protected green areas with rich animal and diverse plant life, so it’s a great sight for those who want to enjoy the gorgeous view and natural beauty.
Topčider is a forest park and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, and being close to downtown, it is one of the major locations for relaxation, picnics and fresh air for the citizens of Belgrade, who often spend their holiday there. It its upper parts, it grows together with Košutnjak, another green neighbourhood of Belgrade. So, if you pay visit to one of them, you should consider visiting the other as well. Košutnjak hides sub-neighbourhoods, Pionirski grad (pioneer’s town) and Filmski grad (Film town), big studios of the national broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia, many popular restaurants and arranged paths criss-crossing the forest.
Vinča is village that is part of the municipality of Grocka. Vinča-Belo Brdo, an important archaeological site that gives its name to the Neolithic Vinča culture, dated to the period 5500–4500 BC, is located in the village. Various styles of zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figurines are associated with this culture and, though not conventionally considered part of the Chalcolithic or "Copper Age", the Vinča culture provides the earliest known example of copper metallurgy. So, if you’re into archeology, this is the suburb for you.
Insider tip: When around roundabout of Topčiderska zvezda (Topčider star), look for giraffes and say hello to them.