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Boat tours

For a completely different perspective on the city, take a sightseeing boat along the Sava and Danube rivers taking in the sights of Kalemegdan, Zemun and Ada Ciganlija from the water. Details of boat tours are available from the Belgrade Tourist Organisation.

Tel: +381 11 324 8404.
Website: http://www.tob.rs

Bus tours

One way to get a good overview of the city is to take the hop on/hop off, open-top bus tour that runs seven days a week from April to October from the Sava Passenger Dock and takes in New Belgrade, Central Belgrade and the Old Town. There is also a 90-minute guided bus tour that leaves from Trg Nikole Pašića at 1000 on Sundays during the summer months.

Tel: +381 11 324 8404.
Website: http://www.tob.rs

Walking tours

Belgrade's relatively compact size and excellent public transport network make it a great city to explore on foot. The expert knowledge and anecdotes of a good local guide can help bring the city alive. The Belgrade Tourist Organisation run several possible tours.

Tel: +381 11 324 8404.
Website: http://www.tob.rs

Belgrade excursions

Novi Sad

Serbia's second city, Novi Sad, is 85km (53 miles) north of Belgrade and a possible day trip, but really worth several days. Don't miss the impressive Petrovaradin Citadel and a stroll along the city's charming pedestrianised streets, dotted with cafés, bars and museums. July is a good month to visit, as the annual Exit Festival sees the town flooded with festival-goers. If you have more time, though, make sure you explore the monasteries and vineyards of Fruška Gora.

Tel: +381 21 420 066.
Website: http://www.novisad.rs/en

Ada Ciganlija

Once an island but now a peninsula, Ada Ciganlija is a fantastic place to while away a summer's afternoon on the beach or at one of the many bars and restaurants overlooking the lake and river. For the more energetic, there are all manner of sports and recreational pursuits on offer from sailing and swimming to bungee-jumping and paint ball. Ada is just 4km (2.5 miles) southwest of the city centre close to New Belgrade and is easily reached by bus or taxi.

Tel: +381 11 785 7220.
Website: http://www.adaciganlija.rs
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Kasina

Conveniently located in the city centre across the road from the Balkan Hotel, this is a good-value option with decent rooms and its own pavement café. Built in 1856, this sizable property has plenty of history about it, and a rather decent restaurant to boot.

Le Petit Piaf

Located in the eastern part of the old city close to the bars and restaurants of the Skadarlija quarter, Le Petit Piaf is a small modern boutique hotel with plenty of character and elegant, spacious rooms.

Hotel Zira

Not far from the centre, Zira Hotel is one of the sleekest, most futuristic of properties in Belgrade. The rooms, hallways and dining area are ultra-modern, with contemporary art, plenty of space and science-fiction style design. Breakfast is of superb quality and dinner on the terrace is becoming a favourite with the city's affluent. There are 127 rooms, a fitness centre and sauna.

Union

Located in the heart of the city, the Union offers more than 100 clean and comfortable rooms in a pleasant, smart environment. If you want to splash out a little more, there are also a few luxury suites. The hotel also has a restaurant, a piano bar and even a casino.

Royal

With an excellent location close to Kneza Mihala and Kalemegdan Park, this long-established budget hotel offers good-value, no-frills rooms close to the action. Receiving visitors since 1886, the welcome is still as friendly today, while the admirable onsite restaurant is quietly affordable.

Belgrade City Hotel

Within easy reach of the shopping district, historic centre and commercial zone, Belgrade City Hotel is a handsome 4-star property right next to the main railway station. There are more than 80 slick rooms, with warm, unpretentious décor, a great breakfast buffet and friendly staff.