Serbia is a country of amazing contrasts which generously welcomes all its visitors. Belgrade, the capital city, with almost 2 million citizens and dynamic economic, cultural and social life is a synonym for ultimate enjoyment in the heart of Europe. Serbia is one of the last tourist destinations in Europe to be discovered and it irresistibly attracts by its natural beauties, friendly people, intact landscapes, hunting grounds, spa resorts, thermal springs, farms near cities and cultural and historic sites, some of which are included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. Serbia is the country which gave birth to the world famous names such as: Nikola Tesla, one of the most famous inventors in the world, Milutin Milanković, most quoted Serbian scientist in the world, Ivo Andrić the winner of the Noble prize in literature, Novak Đoković the well-known sportsman and many others.
Novi Sad, the city on the Danube – second biggest river in Europe, is one of the most significant cultural centres in Serbia. Situated 80km north of Belgrade and the international airport „Nikola Tesla“, on the international road E-75, it found its place in the heart of Vojvodina, the region which exudes in natural resources and more importantly, the riches of various cultures that have lived here in harmony for centuries. Novi Sad represents a place where health service, culture, education, museums, galleries, libraries and theatres flourish.
Even during 18th and 19th century it was the meeting place of Serbian culture, politics and social life therefore it was then named “Serbian Athens”. This is the city which has nurtured the oldest national institutions – Serbian National Theatre (Srpsko narodno pozorište) and Matica Srpska, the library with over 3 million publications. Novi Sad is proud of its magnificent buildings built prior the 19th century, concentrated in the core of the city, but even in this case a special pride of the city are the people from Novi Sad – well-intentioned, affectionate, tolerant, educated with a smile on their face. Novi Sad is a university town educating more than 40,000 students of all profiles at the public and many private faculties.
One of the most beautiful architectural treasures of Novi Sad is the Petrovaradin Fortress with museums, numerous galleries and underground chambers – catacombs. The Fortress was built in 1780 above the Danube by Austrian military engineers and today it is one of the biggest (second biggest) and best preserved fortresses on the European soil. It used to be the unconquered construction for military technology at that time hence being called “the Gibraltar on the Danube”. There is the Underconstruction or the Watertown at the bottom of the Petrovaradin Fortress, a Baroque settlement incorporated in the fortified whole, whereas the top part of the Fortress is today adorned by prestigious restaurants uniquely making this place a special tourist attraction. The Petrovaradin Fortress is undoubtedly the symbol of Novi Sad, the place where visitors can take pleasure in culture, music festivals, sports or relax in culinary specialties, sounds of local musicians playing tambourines and wine.
There are many sights of Novi Sad and the ones downtown can be seen by a stroll down the city core. In case you start your sightseeing in Dunavska Street, one of the oldest and most beautiful streets, first significant buildings that you will encounter are Vojvodina Museum and the Danube Park with monuments of famous Serbian poets – Miroslav Antić, Đura Jakšić and Branko Radičević. At the junction of Dunavska and Zmaj Jovina Street there is Bishop’s Castle (Vladičin dvor), built in 1901 in Serbian and Byzantine style. In front of the Castle there is a monument to the poet Jovan Jovanović Zmaj and at the right the Orthodox Congregational Church and all the way to the Catholic Church, City Hall, Tanurdžić Palace, Matica Srpska Gallery, Nikolajevska Church, Serbian National Theatre and many other irresistible places whether they are cultural monuments or charming cafes and confectioneries.