Košutnjak (Serbian Cyrillic: Кошутњак, pronounced [kɔ̝̌ʃutɲaːk]) is a park-forest and urban neighborhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is divided between in the municipalities of Čukarica (upper and central parts) and Rakovica (lower part). Košutnjak is one of the most popular recreational places in Belgrade. Sports Center Košutnjak is one of the largest and most diverse in the city (stadiums, pools, etc), while the park also has an auto-camp, modern settlements of Filmski Grad and Pionirski Grad, big studios of the national broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia, many popular restaurants and arranged paths criss-crossing the forest.
In the lower parts, Košutnjak and Topčider forests grew together, while in the upper parts they are divided by the river Topčiderska reka and a railway passing through the river’s valley (both Košutnjak and Topčider have their own, separate train stations). The name, košutnjak, is derived from the medieval hunting forests of the Serbian nobility, meaning doe’s breeder. (In Serbian, košuta means doe, hind), as does used to live freely in the park until the World War I. Until World War II, the pheasants were abundant too and in this period Košutnjak was a healing destination for many city children.
This photo was taken in Košutnjak, just slightly above drinking fountain – spring “Hajdučka česma” where spring water quality is monitored. I previously wrote about the fountains in Belgrade. This one is mine favorite – the coldest, the cleanest, healthful.