The Life in Easy Rhythm
Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina, is city of nearly half a million inhabitants and is the second largest city in Serbia. Novi Sad is 75km north of Belgrade, which is a one-hour drive on highway E 75. Known as Serbia’s Athens, the city is also accessible via boat along the Danube or by train.
Though Novi Sad is a vital economic and administrative center, life is specifically relaxed here. Unlike most metropolises in Europe, the pace here is slow and stress free. This relaxed atmosphere gives the city an intimate, elegant feel.
Novi Sad’s history dates back to the Bronze Age. The first settlements developed on the Danube’s right bank, the site of present day Petrovaradin Fortress. The city enjoyed the free royal city status bestowed upon it by Empress Marija Terezia in the 17th century. As a result, cultural, educational, artistic life flourished in Novi Sad.
The first printing house and modern bookstore opened in the same century; One of the city’s gymnasiums created Letopis Matice Srpske, a modern literary magazine. Coinciding with a boom in the construction industry, the Serbian National Theatre was built here in the 18th century.
Freedom Square, the Name of Mary Cathedral and City Hall
Freedom Square (Trg Slobode) in the city’s central square features the 19th century neo-gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral, name after the Virgin Mary. Many of Novi Sad’s wealthy citizens donated funds for its construction. Today you can see the tombs of respected noble families in the cathedral’s crypt.
You will find a statue of Svetozar Miletic (1826-1901), one of the city’s most prominent politicians of the 19th century at Freedom Square. Ivan Mestrovic sculpted this impressive statue.
Novi Sad’s City Hall, an elegant neo-renaissance two-story structure is a replica of the Graz City Hall in Austria. It is located behind the cathedral.
The Vibrant Streets of Novi Sad
Walk along Njegos Street (Njegoševa ulica) and you will find the unusual Iron Man (Kod gvozdenog čoveka) building. Named after the statue of a prince that sits atop it, the building was erected in 1909. Interestingly, the statue served as decoration for the previous building at the same site.
Zmaj Jovina Street is packed with great places to peruse, including the eclectic Bishop Palace. Behind the palace, at the start of Pasic Street (Pašićeva ulica), you will find the beautiful Gathering church (Saborna crkva). The church’s gate features an exquisite red marble sacramental cross.
Danube Street (Dunavska ulica) is smattered with shops. It begins in the city center and stretches out to the Danube. The nearby Danube Park (Dunavski park) opened in 1895 and is considered to be the city’s most beautiful park.
Petrovaradin Fortress: Gibraltar on the Danube
Petrovaradin Fortress (Petrovaradinska tvrdjava) is the city’s most popular and attractive cultural and historic site. The Austrians originally built it as a military fort to reinforce their defenses against the Ottomans. Beautifully perched on a high cliff, the fortress overlooks the Danube. The four-story structure, which has been called the Gibraltar on the Danube, features 16.5 km of underground galleries, 12,000 gun holes and 13 gates.
Novi Sad has a wide spectrum of accommodation options, including more than 20 hotels, hostels and private accommodation facilities. Novi Sad’s residents welcome visitors from across the globe. The city hosts a number of high profile events, including the Sterija Theater Festival (Sterijino pozorje) in May, and the Festival of Digital Arts, Alternative and New Theater in June. The EXIT music festival in June draws over 100,000 music lovers to the city each year.
BEYOND NOVI SAD: SREMSKI KARLOVCI
Just 11 km from Novi Sad and 57 km from Belgrade, the quaint city of Sremski Karlovci has been the spiritual, cultural and educational center of Serbia for over 200 years. The city is accessible via car or the Romance (Romantika) Train originating in Belgrade.
The baroque style buildings surrounding the fountain in the town center are of immense importance to Serbian history and culture. With its two tall bell towers, the 1762 Gathering Church of St. Nicholas (Saborna crkva Sv. Nikole) is a masterpiece iconostas of Serbian baroque. The Patriarchy Palace, the residence of the Srem District Episcope, is considered to be Vojvodina’s most remarkable 19th century building.
According to legend, whoever drinks water from the 1799 Four Lions Well will return to Karlovci to marry. Serbia’s oldest gymnasium is located here. The area’s vineyards add to its quaint character and beautiful scenery.
Sremski Karlovci produces excellent wine. Its rustic cellars draw more and more visitors each year.
Just 4.5 km from Karlovci, Strazilovo (Stražilovo) is teeming with traditional taverns (čarda) and cafés. Its open air spaces are ideal for a range of recreational activities.
When in Novi Sad or Sremski Karlovci, we recommend:
– A stroll along Dunavska Street
– Wine tasting in Karlovac’s numerous wine cellars
– A ride on the Romance (Romantika) train starting in Belgrade
The Fruska Gora vineyards enjoy exceptional conditions for winemaking. As a result, they have received widespread prominence across central Europe since the middle ages.
Fruska Gora has three centers of wine production: Petrovaradin-Sremski Karlovci, Irig and Erdevik. Fruska Gora produces two indigenous grape varieties: Slankamenka (Salty stone) and Bermet wine. The latter was served at the Vienna Court and appeared on the Titanic’s wine list. Today, you can visit the Sremski Karlovci cellar designed especially specifically for Karlovci vintage wines.
INFORMATIONSTourist Organisation of Novi Sad City 9 Mihajla Pupina Boulevard, 21000 Novi Sad Tel: +381 21 421 811, 421 812 e-mail: email@example.com
Sremski Karlovci Municipal Tourist Organization 7 Branka Radicevica Street, 21205 Sremski Karlovci Tel: +381 21 882 127, 883 855 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.karlovci.org.rs