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Belgrade and the Iron Gates

Belgrade, dynamic city which lies at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers boasts an effervescent cultural life and a great many interesting monuments...


Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, lies at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. This dynamic city boasts an effervescent cultural life and a great many interesting monuments, including the statue to the “Conqueror of Belgrade” in the heart of Kalemegdan Park, Sveti Sava Orthodox church, the Mihailo Obrenovic monument and the residences of Princess Ljubica and Prince Milos. The warmth of the people of Belgrade, which has been nicknamed “the Barcelona of Eastern Europe”, makes the city even more attractive.

The “Iron Gates” are a series of spectacular gorges formed as the Danube flows between the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkans along the border between Serbia and Romania. Just two short days’ cycling from Belgrade, the Iron Gates formed a natural barrier that was reinforced in Mediaeval times by fortresses built high on the cliffs, the ruins of which can still be seen in places such as Ram, Lepenski Vir, Tabuthe Traina, Diana and Pontes. At Golubac, the Danube widens to form a small “inland sea” in the mountains.


By Train

By bus

By Plane

  • The main entry point of the route is Belgrade, the capital well connected in Budapest and Vienna.
  • For international connections by train, the best site is one of Deutsche Bahn
  • Many companies link the Serbian capital to major cities in Europe.
  • Many international flights linking Belgrade to major European cities from 270 to 300 € (Round-trip).

Practical Informations

Where to stay ?

In Serbia, an important advocacy work of hosts throughout the route has been completed. Guests are welcomed in hotels, guest houses and camping members of this network.
Practical information and useful links Budapest to the Black Sea are available on this site

Maps and Guidebooks

  • Der neue Donau-Radweg von Budapest bis zum Schwarzen Meer : Those maps present in 8 components all routes from Budapest to the Black Sea. Designed by each country in collaboration with non-governmental organization GTZ, they describe all the best routes. Click here to buy.