Banjička šuma (the Forest in Banjica) is one of many places that proves Belgrade isn’t just “asphalt and concrete,” as many people think. It’s a place quite far from where I live, yet I gladly visit it from time to time. It feels like going on a small field trip.
It’s situated in a part of the city named Banjica, and just like Kosutnjak (check out my article), it’s a forest in the middle of the city. It’s a perfect place for family walks and chilling with the loved one, or reading a book alone. I enjoy taking photos, and I love Banjička šuma in the spring, when everything is in bloom and coming back to life.
It’s something between a park and a forest – there are benches, places for exercise and a playground for kids, yet the trees and other plants seem randomly placed. I like it because it lets me get isolated from the crowd, but not entirely. Sometimes it’s just what I need, to be neither here nor there. There’s always a bus station relatively near if I realize I’m hungry and it’s time to head home. And yet, until I reach the station, I’m surrounded by trees. It’s quite a nice match.