Kragujevac is a city in Serbia. With the population of 180 000, it is the fourth largest city in Serbia, the industrial center of the country, the main city of the Šumadija region and the administrative centre of Šumadija District. It is situated on the banks of the Lepenica River.
This is the most recommendable option when visiting Kragujevac. The drive from Belgrade lasts 2 hours and tickets can be purchased at Belgrade's bus station for about 10 euros round trip. The bus from Niš is slower because it stops at Jagodina and several other smaller towns. Center of the city is easily reachable from the central bus station in 10 minutes.
Kragujevac can be also reached by train and the train station is located next to the central bus station. This mean of transport is, however, not recommendable, as it takes much more than by bus and there is not direct connection from Belgrade, so you would have to change train in Lapovo. Nevertheless, if you are arriving from the south of the country, train might be worth considering.
Located in the center of the country, Kragujevac has good connection to highway E-75, leading to Belgrade and Niš. Parking is not a problem in the city.
City center is quite compact and is best explorable on foot. All the major tourist attractions are within the walking distance, except for the memorial park Šumarice, which lies on the northern border of the city and is preferably reachable by either bus or taxi.
Taxi service is extremely cheap, even in comparison to Belgrade. Expect not to pay more than 4 euros, even for more distant destinations.
Kragujevac owns an extensive and inexpensive bus network. One way tickets can be purchased from driver for around 50 euro cents.
There are a number of attractions in Kragujevac and the surrounding areas. For information you can always turn to the Tourist Information Centre, located in the strict center, in Dr Zorana Djindjica 11. You can also schedule city tours there and buy local souvenirs.
- Šumarice - Memorial park dedicated to the memory of the victims of 21st October's shooting. All tombs in Memorial park are connected to 7 km long circular road. At the entrance of Memorial park, a monumental building of the Museum “21st October” is built in which architecture symbolic of Kragujevac’s tragedy is emphasized.
- The circle of Prince Miloš - cultural-historic complex, includes buildings that, with their architecture and function, maintain a historic image of the city, from the period when Kragujevac was the capital (1818-1841), until the beginning of 20th century.
- Amidža’s Lodgings - the only one still preserved building from the complex of Miloš’ court and it is a part of the National museum. It got it’s name after the headmaster of the Prince’s court, Sima Milosavljević-Paštrmac called Amidža (uncle). Amidža’s Lodgings was built in 1818 and it represents Balcan-oriental style. The lodgings served as a dormitory for the young men from Miloš’s escort.
- The building of Grammar School (Gymnasium) - one of the most monumental school buildings built in Serbia in 19th century. It was built in 1887 and then the first grammar school in Serbia, found in 1833, got its building. It was built in academic style. The architect is unknown. During the WW2, on October 21st 1941, German soldiers took many of the school’s students and professors to the execution. One of the classrooms was turned into the Memorial classroom, dedicated to this tragic event.
- The Old Church - built in 1818 by Prince Miloš Obrenović. The church is dedicated to the Descent of The Holy Spirit on Apostles. The first bell from this church rang in 1829. The old church was first bishop’s cathedral and court chapel in liberated Serbia. In the churchyard, almost all important decisions for the Serbian people were proclaimed. The First Serbian Constitution was adopted there in 1835.
- The Prince Mihailo’s Palace - built in 1860. The building is European with one floor, built after the pattern of Austrian classicism, modest in it’s dimensions and ornaments. Directory of the National museum and museum’s library are now placed in it.
- The Theatre Building - Dating back to 1835, this is the first theater in Serbia. It is a one floor building with a pyramidal roof cupola. In front of the building there is a monument to founder Joakim Vujić.
- The City’s Market Building - built in 1928/29 as the most beautiful market hall in Serbia and one of the first market hall in Europe. It contains style elements of academism and secession.
- The City Hall - built in a typical socialistic architecture, the building might be very interesting to someone used to Western culture.
- The Big or Upper Park - the most favorite place for walk of Kragujevac’s citizens of all ages. It was formed in 1898 and on it’s 110th birthday it was completely renewed. More than 10 hectares of verdure, thick treetops of the 100 years old trees, renewed foot-paths, newly benches make a perfect place for pastime, walk and relaxing. In the center of the park, there is a monument “Wounded soldier”. It is also a good starting point for visiting memorial park Šumarice.
- Lake "Bubanj Park" - only one kilometer away from the strict city center, the lake is situated at the entrance of the city, from the direction of highway E-75. It is an ideal spot for a pastime or walk by the water. Around the lake, in natural ambiance, the benches are set and there is also a restaurant with beautiful garden.
- Hala "Jezero" - the venue where basketball, handball and volleyball local team Radnički performs in top divisions.
- Stadium "Čika Dača" - the biggest stadium in Kragujevac with a seating capacity for more than 23 000 people, home to the top division football team FK Radnički 1923.
- Aquarium "Kragujevac" - the first public freshwater aquarium in Serbia. It is suited in the rooms of the Faculty of Science. In the aquarium you can see the living beings from the Balkans, but also from the tropical areas of Africa, South America, Asia and Australia. Within the Aquarium there is a hatchery where the rare and endangered species are being bred and raised. There is also laboratory for scientific-exploratory work related to hydrobiology and protection of water eco systems.
Shopping areas are concentrated in the central streets Kralja Petra, Kralja Aleksandra and Lola Ribara and shopping malls.
- Roda Centar. A modern shopping mall in Kragujevac. edit
- Kragujevac Plaza A large, modern shopping mall in Kragujevac with 100 stores of all kind, movie theatres, game center, bowling, pool tables, laser tag, rock climbing, target practice with paint ball/archery. The most favorite place for shopping of people from the whole Šumadija region. </buy>
If you are looking for some Serbian specialties, like pljeskavica, ćevapčići or Karadjordjeva šnicla, Kragujevac is with tones of restaurants and fast food bars great choice.
- Labud, Trg Vojvode Radomira Putnika BB, famous place for fast Serbian barbecue specialties.
- Lepenica, Dragoslava Srejovića 44, near the bus and train station, arguably the best pljeskavica in town.
- Plavi Bik, Kneza Mihaila 84, the place for Karadjordjeva šnicla.
There are of course restaurants all over Kragujevac.
- Lovac, Svetozara Markovića 17, +381(0)34336501 - near the city center, very nice ambient and good local food.
- Dvorište, Save Kovačevića bb, +381(0)638090858 - situated by the lake Bubanj, this restaurant is the perfect opportunity to enjoy local specialties in a lovely and romantic surroundings.
- Stara Srbija, Karađorđeva 7, +381(0)34333262 - famous restaurant in the center, specialized in local cuisine.
- Paligorić, Vojvode Putnika 1, +381(0)34333019 - also very central and suited for trying out local barbecue specialties.
- Balkan, Kralja Aleksandra I 94, +381(0)34334304 - probably the most famous restaurant in Kragujevac, located in the main street. You can try out national specialties and listen to live music.
- Avala, Internacionalnih brigada bb., +381(0)34302777 - if you can really eat a lot of Serbian barbecue specialties and still pay little, this is the place to be.
- Zelengora, Branka Radicevica 22, +381(0)638499035 - authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of the city.
Cafes & Bars
- Srce, Kneza Miloša 3, famous for ice-creams.
- Peron, Kralja Petra I bb., popular cafe in the train wagon.
- Caffe "Novak", dr Zorana Đinđića 13, coffeeshop owned by tennis star Novak Djoković.
- Cocktail bar "Buena Vista", Kralja Petra I 46, passage Bezistan, good selection of cocktails.
- Gheto, Kralja Aleksandra I 81, famous night bar with no strict age groups. Opens at midnight, but gets packed usually at 3 am. Domestic and international pop & rock music.
- Nemam Ve De, Kralja Aleksandra I 154, club with foreign rock music.
- Twist, Cetinjska 14, popular place for live music and foreign pop & rock hits.
- Tresor, Kralja Aleksandra I 73, pop music long in the night.
- Akademija, Kralja Aleksandra I 134, a bit older crowd, selection of actual pop hits.
- Rock star, Kralja Aleksandra I 75, nicely designed rock pub, live music and rock hits.
- Casino, Kralja Aleksandra I 71, trendy place for younger generations, pop hits.
- Gotham, Cara Lazara 18, alternative & indie pub.
There are plenty of accommodation opportunities in Kragujevac and getting a hotel room is usually not a problem.
- Hotel "Zelengora", Branka Radičevića 22, +381(0)34336254, e-mail: [email protected], www.sumaricedoo.com
- Hotel "Šumarice", Desankin venac bb, +381(0)34336180, e-mail: [email protected], www.sumaricedoo.com
- Hotel "Kragujevac", Kralja Petra I 21, +381(0)34335811, e-mail : [email protected], www.hotelkragujevac.com
- Hotel "Ženeva", Luja Pastera 19, +381(0)34330605, e-mail: [email protected], www.hotelzeneva.com
- Garni hotel "Royal", Gružanska 17, +381(0)34300410, e-mail: [email protected], www.royalhotel.rs
- Hotel "President de luxe", Janka Veselinovića 52, +381(0)346305935, e-mail: [email protected], www.hotelpresident.rs
- Hotel "Stari grad", Karađorđeva 10, +381(0)34330591, e-mail: [email protected], www.starigrad.rs
- Accommodation "Anđelika", Luja Pastera 13, +381(0)34365461, e-mail: [email protected], www.andjelika.rs
- Accommodation "Lama", Beogradska br 75, +381(0)34372817, e-mail : [email protected], www.vilalama.com
- Accommodation 118, II srpskog ustanka br.41, +381(0)34356600, [email protected]
- B&B "Radović", Gornjomilanovačka 54, +381(0)34357444, [email protected], www.hotelradovic.com
- Accommodation "Merkur", Balkanska br 44, +381(0)34387744, e-mail: [email protected]
- Accommodation "WIND MILL", Mirka Jovanovića 25, +381(0)34370785, e-mail: [email protected], www.windmillkg.com
Kragujevac is generally a very safe city. It is one of the safest Serbian cities overall. Take the usual precautions and common sense (such as don't walk in parks alone at 3AM, don't leave your wallet, camera and mobile unattended) and you will most likely not encounter any crime at all. Do not get into conflict with locals after staying out late in the city, especially if they seem aggressive or drunk. Avoid sport fan groups of local team Radnički (djavoli or devils), they tend to be drunk and aggressive. Being a foreigner will not get you into any trouble, just do not show off, but try to make a local friendship instead.