Just a step away from our hotel, on the right bank of the Danube, you have the opportunity to get to know a unique whole of our capital. Zemun is a part of Belgrade that is characterized by a rich history. It contains various industrial activities, cultural and artistic contents and events that follow trends. Zemun is known for a large number of legendary stories. It is also the center of tourist attractions, from which every tourist finds their perfect corner. This settlement is a place where many victories were celebrated, and many sufferings took place in the great wars that befell our country.
Zemun is the place where the Ottoman and the Austrian Empire bordered. There were 12 entrances to the capital, and the border stretched from the Petrovaradin Gate to Belgrade. In the middle of the 18th century, Zemun was declared a free military community, and became a meeting place for craftsmen and merchants. The gates were built of stone and brick, and are believed to have contained architectural elements to show all travelers the splendor of the empire they enter. Today you can see the “Water Gate”, a gate that served the builders of ships and boats.
The testimony of many generations that spent their weekends on this promenade shows it is the most beautiful promenade in Belgrade. Liberation Quay, its official name, is a perfect place for hedonists and bohemians. Along the quay, numerous restaurants offer a variety of specialties and refreshments with a fantastic view of the river, and boats sailing on the Danube. The Zemun quay overlooks the Great War Island, which is protected as a nature reserve due to a large number of bird species. Therefore, you will often have the opportunity to enjoy the presence of white swans, permanent residents on the banks of the Danube.
Throughout history, the medieval fortress on the right bank of the Danube in Zemun is known as Gardoš. It is located on the very hill of this part of the city, where the old town used to be. Narrow cobbled streets, and ground-floor houses have been preserved with the atmosphere of the former life of Zemun. The symbol of this settlement is the Gardoš tower, which dates back to the 19th century, when the Hungarians celebrated 1000 years since they moved to Europe.
Why is Gardoš a favorite tourist destination in Zemun?
The Gardoš Tower is home to an art studio, the place where the most beautiful photographs are taken. You will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of this culture, enjoy various specialties of the restaurants with the most beautiful view of the Danube and feel the harmony.
View from Gardoš
Every street, park, promenade, roof and the church bell tower of Gardoš tell the history of this place, which was the epicenter of the most important events. From the plateau in front of the Tower, it is possible to see the old city core, as well as the three most important churches of Donji Zemun. There is a place on Gardoš where three different religions sleep under the same stone. That place is the cemetery where the Harish Chapel is located, that is, an open-air museum where you can see top works of art.
“Belgrade is the best place to wait for the bus to Zemun” is the sentence with which the great Serbian writer, painter and journalist Momo Kapor sublimated the uniqueness and significance of Zemun in his own way.
The big square and fish market
Coming down from Gardoš you come to perhaps the most favorite place in this part of the city, and that is “Veliki trg” (The big square). You will experience the feeling that you are far from the city crowds, hustle and stress, right on this square. The market, the church, the pigeons, is an idyll envied to those who are lucky enough to attend such a scene every day. A few tens of meters from the square, a part of the market begins where you can find the highest quality fish from the Danube, as the local sellers claim.
You could end your visit to Zemun right here, in the most beautiful Belgrade theater that exudes elegance and splendor characteristic of opera and theater. It is located on the main street of Zemun. Without a doubt, you will enjoy ballet, opera and drama. One of the most important cultural institutions in Belgrade was founded by Madeleine Zepter, after whom it was named. Thanks to this theater, Zemun is often the subject of many conversations in artistic circles, because important names from the world of acting, opera and other arts from all over the world perform on its stage.
If you follow the entire route from our hotel through Zemun, there is no doubt that you will end your stay in the Serbian capital full of positive impressions and experiences. Hotel Joy5 will be at your disposal and service every time you want to enjoy the charms of our Belgrade again.