Novi Sad

An old town with a youthful soul.

Discover Novi Sad, Serbia's cultural hotspot with historic Petrovaradin Fortress, vibrant festivals, and inviting green spaces.

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Novi Sad, Serbia's second-largest city, is known for its vibrant cultural life, including the EXIT music festival held annually at the Petrovaradin Fortress. This city on the banks of the Danube River features an inviting pedestrian zone, the Zmaj Jovina Street leading to the main square, and the historic neighbourhood of Stari Grad, with its mix of architectural styles. Novi Sad will be a European Capital of Culture in 2022, reflecting its dynamic blend of tradition and modernity.

Petrovaradin Fortress: The Guardian on the Danube

The Petrovaradin Fortress, a symbol of Novi Sad's resilience, perches majestically on the right bank of the Danube. Originally constructed by the Austrians as a strategic military fortification in the 17th and 18th centuries, it now serves as a cultural and historical monument. The fortress offers panoramic views of Novi Sad and the Danube River, and is an ideal spot for casual strolls and photo opportunities. Its underground tunnels, accessible through guided tours, reveal a hidden network beneath the fortress.

Name of Mary Church and Danube Park: Highlights of Novi Sad

The Name of Mary Church, recognized by its imposing neo-gothic tower, is an architectural marvel at the city's main square, Trg Slobode. It presents a stark contrast to the more traditional Orthodox churches scattered around the city. A short walk away, you'll find Danube Park, an urban oasis popular among locals for its lush greenery and calming pond. This park offers a respite from the city bustle and is the perfect place to appreciate local flora and fauna.

Culinary Journey Through Novi Sad

No visit to Novi Sad is complete without indulging in the traditional Serbian cuisine. Local specialties include dishes like 'ćevapčići' (minced meat sausages), 'sarma' (cabbage rolls stuffed with meat), and 'gibanica' (cheese pie). Restaurants like "Project 72" and "Fish & Zelenish" offer these authentic tastes along with local wines that will certainly satisfy your palate. For a quick snack, the bustling market of Futoška pijaca provides fresh produce and local delicacies.

Annual Events: The Heartbeat of Novi Sad's Culture

The EXIT Festival is among Europe's most famed musical celebrations and a key event in Novi Sad's cultural calendar. Held at Petrovaradin Fortress each July, it attracts music enthusiasts from around the globe. In addition to international acts, EXIT features local artists reflecting Serbia's vibrant music scene. Other notable events include the Novi Sad Jazz Festival and Street Musicians Festival, which further showcase the city's artistic diversity.

Getting Around Novi Sad

Navigating Novi Sad can be done with ease thanks to its efficient public transportation system and its pedestrian-friendly design. Buses cover extensive routes throughout the city and biking is a favored mode of transport due to well-maintained bike paths. For exploring the city center, walking is often the best option where you'll pass through areas combining historical buildings like the Bishop's Palace with modern shops and cafes, all within a relaxed urban atmosphere.

Affordability for Travelers

One of Novi Sad’s attractive traits is its affordability. Accommodations range from budget guesthouses to more upscale hotels, all offering value for money. Dining out won't break the bank either; you can enjoy hearty meals at reasonable prices. Similarly, entry fees for museums and attractions are modestly priced, allowing for a rich travel experience without a hefty expenditure.

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