Visiting Belgrade Fortress

Nature
The wow factor for nature - does it show nature at its best? Doesn't need to be the wilder-beast migration or diving with hundreds of hammerheads. Rather make you pause as you realise just how awesome the natural world can be
3
Culture
How much does this experience showcase some of the better and finer things that us humans can offer? Sure, it can be ancient ruins and renaissance churches, but it can also be festivals or soaking up some of the great modern cities of the world
5
Fun factor/activity
Very simple - was it fun? This is usually linked in with doing some kind of activity - i mean, walking along some cliffs is nice, but paragliding from them, now that is fun. Its a vastly underrated factor in a truly great experience
2
Avoid the crowds
Big tour groups and being surrounded by loud fellow tourists can sap the life out of even the greatest of travel experiences. This score is to reflect just how much you can avoid this. But. . . The score also takes into account if the crowds actually add to the experience, such as with a party town or a bustling food market
5
World famous
How world famous is the experience?
2
unique
How hard is it to have a similar experience in other places round the world?
2
Overall Score
The highest score of nature or culture, + fun factor, + avoid the crowds, + the highest score of world famous or unique. Then turned into a score out of 100. More details at the bottom of the page
35 *What the scores mean and where do they come from
continent
Europe
country
Serbia
Length of time
1 day or less
Rough cost
Obviously people have different tastes, so this will depend on those tastes, but this is a rough idea of price of the whole experience based on 2 people able to split the accommodation costs and excluding travel there and back
$ 20
Time of year visited
January
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Bottom 10% SUMMARY RATING: Gash

Summary

I think Belgrade is one of those cities where you really need either local friends to show you around the edgy happening bars, or a guide to show the historical significance of the Habsburg, Ottoman and Soviet legacies that aren’t brought to life as well as they could be.  Belgrade Fortress is the obvious site worth checking out for its views over the Sava and Danube rivers meeting, but outside of that I don’t really remember that much from Belgrade and it feels quite low down the list of highlights of the Balkan States

 

If you are though keen on a trip around this part of the world for its stunning castles and old towns, and some of the best coastline in the world all compactly housed within 8 countries, see this travel entry for an itinerary and general tips for how to get the best out of your trip – 3 week trip around the Balkans States

highlights

#1 Heading up to the Belgrade Fortress for views over the city and generally checking out the walls, history and funfairs and cafes that have sprouted up

#2 Seeing the views of the mighty Danube River and Sava Rivers meeting

#3 Heading into the more edgy parts of the city to see some of the street art and hidden bars

#4 Seeing some of the former artillery and tanks shown for display in the fortress

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Score Detail

Background - how many times have you asked someone what a travel experience was like and the response was "amazing" or "awesome"?  That response is nice to know, but it makes it hard to differentiate that experience compared to others.  That is exactly what these scores are trying to do - differentiate the experience by giving a score out of 10 based on 6 categories and then giving an overall experience score

This overall experience score is calculated by:  take the highest of the "Culture" or "Nature" score (1-10) + "Fun factor" (1-10) + "Avoiding the crowds" (1-10) + highest of the "Unique" or "World Famous score" (1-10).  Then convert into a score out of 100

Extra detail - the logic being that I find all of the 6 individual scores important, but I don't want to mark an experience down just because it doesn't cover both "Culture" and "Nature", or because it isn't both "World Famous" and "Unique".  Take the examples of Safari in The Serengeti and walking through Rome - they both appeal at opposite ends of the nature / culture spectrum, and you can have a fantastic time without needing to appeal to both sides.  So, their overall scores aren't penalized for their lack of one or the other, and I've done the same for "World Famous" vs "Unique".  But . . . I do think that the "Fun factor" of an experience is important, irrelevant of other factors, and so is "Avoiding the Crowds" (or where there are crowds that add to the experience).  So, both of these scores are standalone