Discover Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture

September 16, 2023

The capital of Vojvodina, Serbia’s northern province, will softly and effortlessly win you over with its laid-back vibe.Novi Sad is famously a city where nothing is rushed and everything happens at its own, leisurely pace, contributing to a relaxed atmosphere few large cities can boast. Places to relax are aplenty – whether you wish to unwind on the banks of the Danube or enjoy a stroll along the city’s streets or you prefer nature and the views from the nearby Fruška Gora mountain. Near Novi Sad you will also find numerous ethno-restaurants and traditional farm houses known as “salaš”, where you can take a break from walking and sample the diverse cuisine of this region. Only then will you be able to truly grasp why it’s often said that time passes more slowly in Novi Sad.

Laid-back, relaxed, surrounded by fertile plains from the one side and a mountain and a river from the other, Novi Sad stands out as a true gem among Serbia’s cities. Also known as “the Serbian Athens” and “the Gibraltar of the Danube”, its architecture and spirit have been shaped by various nations throughout its history. Continuity of Novi Sad’s cultural development is also reflected in the persistence and evolution of its institutions of national relevance, including Matica srpska, the oldest Serbian cultural and scientific institution and the Serbian National Theatre. To see how this city developed from the first half of the 18th century to the mid-20th century, take a walk through the beautiful Petrovaradin Fortress and visit the city museum’s permanent collection. Novi Sad is a university centre and a city of youth, a fact recognised by the two important titles bestowed on it in the 21st Century: the European Youth Capital 2019 and the European Capital of Culture 2022. The city’s easy-going spirit, which is increasingly attracting people from all over the world, is so endearing that you will find it impossible to resist.

The Petrovaradin Fortress, the second largest in Europe, is situated in the city of Novi Sad, on the banks of the Danube.
Due to its great importance to the Habsburg Monarchy, it was dubbed the Gibraltar of the Danube. The fortress has an important place in history thanks to the many battles, for supremacy in the region, that were fought here.

The inspiration for this well-preserved fortress, built between 1692 and 1780, came from the work of French engineer Vauban. The works were, however, carried out by the Austrian military engineers Marsigli, Kaiserfeld and Wamberg.
A walk through the upper town brings you to the Arsenal, the Officers’ Pavilion and some more simplistic, elongated barracks. The tourist’s favourite, the infamous ‘Reversed Clock’, rises above the Upper town overlooking the Danube. Created with the minute and hour hand of the clock reversed so that fishermen could see the time from a long distance.
And don’t forget to explore the fortress’ underground chambers and some 16 kilometres of corridors, warehouses and galleries – areas reserved for the keepers of the fortress. A city within a city.

Once a powerful military stronghold, the Petrovaradin Fortress today hosts a number of art and cultural events and exhibitions – the Observatory and the Historical Archives, as well as the Museum of the City of Novi Sad, located in the former Arsenal. Some of the basements have also been transformed into art studios. The Petrovaradin Fortress is also the setting for the world-renowned music festival Exit, which brings together tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. Read more about Novi Sad at website of Serbian tourism board.

When you are in Novi Sad it is important to find good accommodation. Not far from the bustling city center and in quite area of Novi Sad you can find Hotel Vigor – hotel with the best price to quality comparison. The Hotel received first guests immediately after the opening on 1st of March 2008. The Hotel offers quality service, completely adapted to the requirements of modern life. The Hotel Vigor is organised as GARNI hotel – bed and breakfast. Hotel guests are mainly business people, sportsmen, tourists in transit, and all other guests in need of this type of service.

For tourists that are without car in Novi Sad it is good to know that Hotel Vigor is in front of bus stop connecting it to city center, main railway and bus stop. While you are in Novi Sad you can also visit nearby cities such as Subotica, Sombor but also capital city of Serbia – Belgrade, which is connected to Novi Sad with high speed modern rail.

Hotel Vigor is stylishly designed and furnished with luxurious interior, which along with polite staff guarantees you pleasant and comfortable stay. In addition to extremely affordable rates, Hotel Vigor offers: 1 comfortable apartment, 2 single rooms, 11 double rooms, 10 rooms with French bed, 1 twin room with extra bed. Each room in the Hotel Vigor is equipped with: Electronic safe, High speed internet connection, LCD TV with satellite channels, Mini bar, Direct phone line, Modern bathroom with shower. Other facilities of the Hotel Vigor are: Restaurant with 40 seats, Hotel bar, Exchange office, Enclosed parking space with video surveillance. The Hotel Vigor can organise you the following: Rent a car and rent a bike services, Transfer from the airport Nikola Tesla or any other regional airport to the Hotel, and vice versa, Business meetings, Sightseeing and one-day excursions with tour guide. In the morning, you will be greated with very rich breakfast with Serbian and international cousine.