The fertile plains of Vojvodina are dotted with ploughed fields, cornfields, vineyards and orchards, connected by irrigation and drainage canals between the large Danube and Tisa rivers, as well as the Sava, Tamiš, Begej and Nera rivers and the streams of Fruška Gora. Major waterways divide Vojvodina into Bačka, Banat and Srem.
The distinctive landscape of the Pannonian Plain is also sprinkled with lonely, old draw-wells in the fields and windmills which once harnessed the power of the wind to grind wheat. Horses gallop around the spacious plain, either harnessed into carriages or mounted in one of the many Vojvodinian stables.
The blend of peoples, languages, faiths and cultures, which live in harmony and with mutual respect, brighten up the towns and villages of Vojvodina, creating wonderful diversity in the architecture of houses and yards, the style of furniture in guest rooms, the colours and decorations of national dress, the taste of food, the music and folklore and folk and religious customs.
Vojvodinian farmsteads (salaši), scattered across the fields, made the move from agriculture to tourism a long time ago. Isolated from the rest of the world, they captivate visitors with their old-worldly charm and preserve the traditions of Vojvodina. Many of them have existed for over 200 years and over time have become museums capturing the old way of life on the plains – household items which the former residents used in the fields, in the home or garden. Stone ovens transform the energy of Vojvodinian forests into the warmth found in the guest rooms of farmsteads. There are sweet-smelling quinces or jars ofslatko(sweet preserve) standing on the old wardrobes, and in the evening there are spacious beds to lie down on, with large but light feather duvets.
Cold starters as per traditional Vojvodinian cuisine include domaća šunka (local ham), banatska slanina (Banat bacon), paorski čvarci (peasant pork crackling), švargla (brawn – meat jelly with pieces of head of pig or calf), sremske kobasice (Srem sausages), slovački kulen (Slovakian kulen – spicy sausage) and Sombor cheese, Švapski cheese (‘German cheese’, white cottage cheese) or Banat cheese. Next up are the warm starters: gibanica (cheese and egg pie), proja (cornbread) with cheese and crackling, soups and broths with homemade noodles or flekice (small pieces of pasta). The number of main dishes available is practically unlimited and depends only on the imagination of the host – cooked, roasted, breaded or indeed a little bit of each. And of course something sweet to finish with: strudel with poppyseed, walnut or cherries, (pumpkin or apple pie), doughnuts, vanilice (vanilla cookies with jam) or šnenokle (whipped-egg snowballs). And local rakija (brandy) and wine will enchant you with their tastes and aromas. Sremski Karlovci Bermet, which was held in high esteem in the Vienna Court, is even today a well-known Fruška Gora wine.
Farmsteads represent the height of enjoyment – there is food, drink and good company, singing along to the sounds of tamburicas and violins with melancholic lyrics from bygone times or cheerful verses which are just a little bit “naughty”. Relaxation and fun can easily be found in hunting and fishing, bicycle riding, boating, swimming and skating on frozen lakes.
Fruška Gora, the only mountain in the Vojvodinian plain, is not just a national park and a place rich in natural attractions, but is also the home of 17 Orthodox monasteries, well-known for their architecture, rich stores of treasures, libraries and frescoes, some of which date from as early as the 12thcentury. Krušedol, Ravanica, Grgeteg, Staro and Novo Hopovo and Jazak are among the better-known monasteries on Fruška Gora.
Unusual museums are a novelty of Vojvodina: the Museum of Bread in the Srem village of Pećinci; the Museum of Tobacco in Telečka, a village near Sombor; and the Živanovic Family Museum of Beekeeping in Sremski Karlovci. There is also the Damask Silk Textile Factory in Bezdan, the Sombor-based Janović Family Gingerbread Workshop of the Janović and Kovač Family Folk Costume Collection in Bački Monoštor.