Zooming Through Zemun
My plan was to go to Novi Sad from Belgrade, but due to my leg injury, I decided to visit a nearby town called Zemun. Zemun is north of Belgrade and it is situated on the Danube River. Currently, Zemun is officially part of the city of Belgrade but in the past, Zemun was an independent city.
Zemun was the last holdout city of the Habsburg dynasty. The city has a very laid back feel and it is mostly serves a fishing village with amazing restaurants and bars. I limped around for a few hours and got completely lost; which was a good thing.
How to get to Zemun from Belgrade
I took bus 83 near Manjez park. The park is located on Resavska and Nemanjina streets. Depending on traffic, the journey should last about 20-40 minutes. When you arrive at the large post office building you will know it’s time to get off.
There are two main things to see while in Zemun. The fist is Saint Nikolaj’s Church(featured image above) and The Millennium Tower(image below). The tower was built in 1896 and within the tower grounds archeological evidence was found that dates back 7,000 years. The tower is 36 meters high and currently it houses the studio and gallery Cubrilo.* I was able to climb the stairs to the top to take pictures of the Danube.
I spent a good four hours walking around the town; two hours of which were watching world cup. Below is a photo gallery to help provide you with a good idea of what Zemun looks like.
I highly recommend taking a day trip from Belgrade to Zemun if you have the time. There is a lot to see in Belgrade, but if you plan your trip out right, you can take an afternoon or full day to see Zemun. I enjoyed escaping the large city of Belgrade and spending time in a much smaller and quieter city. When I return in the Spring of 2015, I plan on staying a few nights in Zemun and tasting more of the seafood in the many amazing restaurants along the waterfront. Sadly, I did not make it to Novi Sad; so I will have to visit the city on my return trip.
After my trip to Zemun, I took a bus to Nis the following day. Therefore, my next post will be about the two days I spent in the historically rich city of Nis.
*Information provided by the Serbian Tourism Board.
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