- The Zemun market
Vibrant place of the Zemun. The whole Belgrade comes to the Zemun market in search of fresh fish from the river. It is located in the Masaryk Squar, in historical Zemun right near the Danube.
There are records from the late 17th century, that peasants brought customers in Zemun goods “on feet”, in the flats and houses, because then the gentlemen did not go to the market. Watermelon and grapes are transported by river from the Old Slankamen, cabbage came from the best garden on the Lido (Great War Island), while the Germans sold their wares: butter, cream and swabian cheese.
In addition to the this green market, in Zemun, on the banks of the river, there was even the fish market, which in some way stayed tradition to this day. The specificity of this market has always been selling fresh fish from the Danube River.
Today The Zemun market is located on Masaryk Square, and Gospodska Street intersects the market into two parts. If you like markets, don’t miss this one. The background of Zemun gives a great atmosphere to this place.
- City Park in Zemun
Beautiful green space. Park where visitors of all generations enjoy every day, students and tourists. A significant educational and cultural institutions found home here – elementary school, Zemun Gymnasium, Faculty of Agriculture, the church of St. Archangel and St. Roch, music school, hall Pinki…
However, in its past, had another, much more sinister function. Almost a century and a half ago, this part of the former free city Taurunum was a defensive bastion of the Habsburg monarchy from a terrible disease. In the area of the park, from 1730. to 1881, there was the quarantine, a must stop for all those who were entering the Habsburg monarchy. Staying in quarantine is the first years, took up to even 52 days.
It is worth to mention that during the existence of quarantine, many notable historical figures remained in it – during their transition from Belgrade, who was then in Turkey, in Zemun, who was then in Austria. Among them are Karađorđe, Vuk Karadzic… The French writer Lamartine was here in 1833, also a Danish writer and travel writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1842.
- Great War Island
Visitors always enjoy walking across the pontoon bridge and going to the Lido. Swimming in one of Europe’s greatest rivers is something you can always find amazing. You can take a walk through the island. Very quickly you are away from the crowds on the beach and surrounded by huge old trees. Only some very distant noise reminds you that you are close to the centre of a capital city. It is astonishing that a huge variety of birds nest here, including white-tailed eagles. The white-tailed eagle is the true ruler of the island.
Great War Island is literally a “little jungle” in the center of the Zemun. In the period from June to September, it is connected with City of Zemun with pontoon bridge. There are so many activities for nature lovers. You can swimm at beach, you can hike, observe birds… Island has several paths, safe for walk.
It is not known exactly when island it was formed, but the appearance of the island for the first time recorded in the sixteenth century. Its name “the Great War Island” obtained in 1717. and since then it regularly appears on all maps, plans and became an important crossroads of trade routes. Western belt, makes the famous sandy beach “Lido”, a favorite among citizens.