What to See and Do in Novi Sad, Serbia

Intro to Novi Sad

In this episode, David takes us around Serbia’s second largest city to discover the top things to see and do in Novi Sad, Serbia. Novi Sad is the capital city of the northern Vojvodina Province – an area home to several nationalities including Hungarians, Croatians, Slovakians, and more…

Also check out our episode: Top Things to See and Do in Nis, Serbia

Tour of Novi Sad

First stop, David meets up with local guide Milos in the main square of the city in Liberty Square center. Milos explains the origins of Novi Sad: The city was founded in the 17th century and now is the second largest city in Serbia.

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For our Novi Sad hotel pick, check out our video on the lovely Hotel Centar

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The Name of Mary Catholic Church is situated in the heart of the city, in the center of Liberty Square. It’s Neo Gothic architecture is quite striking, and if you happen to get lost you could always find your way back to Liberty Square by using the church as a landmark.

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Surrounding the church are several 19th century buildings built in Hungarian style. Next stop is the pedestrian-friendly boulevard, Zmaj Jovina Street. Lined with shops and sidewalk cafes, it is the very place for a coffee or light lunch.

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Petrovaradin Fortress

Milos and David head on their way to the 17th century Petrovaradin Fortress on the Danube River. This is the second largest fortress in Europe. They first pass through Danavska Street (Danube Street), the oldest street in the city. Once they arrive at the base of Petrovaradin Fortress they make their way up the 200 steps.

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From the top of fortress you’ll get excellent views of the Danube River and the city of Novi Sad. Petrovaradin Fortress also features a gourmet restaurant and is where the annual EXIT Music Festival takes place each summer. It is one of the largest and most popular music festivals in Europe.

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The clock tower in the fortress has become an icon of sorts for the city. It has jokingly been referred to as the “drunk tower” because it is slow in the summer and fast in the winter. Another interesting feature about the clock tower is that unlike other clocks, the small hand counts the minutes and the big hand counts the hours. Make time to walk around the fortress – there are a handful of art galleries and shops to browse, plus you’ll want to take in all the incredible views.

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David’s last stop on his tour of Novi Sad is the Museum of Vojvodina on Dunavska Street to learn about the history of the region from the Neolithic era until modern-day Novi Sad. Two of David’s favorite exhibits were the intact golden Roman helmets and the 19th century traditional Serbian costume collection.

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Have you ever been to Novi Sad? Give us your suggestions. Leave us a comment below!

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