Top 12 things to do in Novi Sad
Despite the Serbia’s increasing popularity in the world, Novi Sad still remains a mystery to most.Novi Sad is one of the largest cities in Serbia and its known for hosting various festivals. If Belgrade is the first lifeline, then Novi sad is called the second lifeline of Serbia.It’s known for its famous fortress, friendly people and the famous EXIT music festival which the city hosts every summer.It is the city of love and happiness.
Here is a list of top 12 things you to do in Novi Sad.
Top 12 things to do in Novi Sad
Petrovaradin Fortress is the first thing you are most likely to see when you enter Novi Sad.It was built in the 17the century and has survived many wars.The fortress is famous for its Reversed Clock tower
The minute and hour hand on the clock tower are reversed, with the small hand showing minutes, and the big hand showing hours. It was created as such so that fishermen on the Danube river can see the time from a long distance.
The entry is free
Take your camera to get amazing clicks of the whole city.
2.) Novi Sad Cathedral
The Name of Mary Church is a Roman Catholic church named after Virgin Mary.
It is the largest church in the region and dominates the skyline of Novi sad.Native Serbians mostly refer to this church as Novi Sad Cathedral.
There is a huge settlement of the orthodox community in Serbia and that’s one of the reasons you tend to find a lot of orthodox churches in Serbia.
Saint George’s Cathedral located at the Nikola Pasic Street and is one of the oldest orthodox cathedrals with its baroque style architecture.The courtyard of this church has the oldest public monument which is an orthodox cross made of red marble.
4.) Liberty Square
Trg Slobode (Liberty Square) is the main square of the city and this is where all the action takes place.The square is surrounded by historic monuments on all the sides.
In the middle of the square is the monument of Svetozar Miletic and to its right side is town hall.
On the opposite side of the square, is a tall catholic church “Name of Mary”
Liberty square is a favorite spot to chill in the evenings and the famous love fest also takes place here.I personally love the vibe of this place.
This is surely one of the top 12 things to do in Novi sad
It is probably one of the oldest streets in Novi sad and is also remembered as Petrovaradinska
The street is filled with colorful houses, homely street lanterns, and beautiful facades.Walking down this street transports you back to the 19th century.
This park is a very ravishing and attractive park with a small lake in the center.The park is favorite among the kids and you can see the local Serbian families spending quality time here.
The park also has monuments of Đura Jaksic, Branko Radičevića and Miroslav Antic, the famous Serbian poets.
Clicking a picture with Dura Jaksic statue is one of the top things to do in sad.
This is one of the top 12 things to do in sad.
7.) Traditional Serbian “Rakia”
Rakija is an alcoholic drink made from fermented fruits like peach, apple, plum, apricot.The alcohol percentage can range from 40 to 60%.
For Serbians, Rakija means much more than just a drink, it’s an age-old tradition. Slivovica (plum rakija) is the most popular, as well as the cheapest and strongest.
Things you should remember when drinking Rakija
1.It’s served in a shot glass, however, you are not supposed to drink in one sip as it is super strong.
2.Serbians take lot of pride in Rakija, so if offered please don’t say no:)
8.) Eat Strudla
A household food and my favorite Serbian food is Strudla. It’s a Serbian pie made with rolled dough.Try the one with Makovnjača (with poppy seeds), it’s super Luscious.
9)Drink at Irish Pub “Red Cow”
The famous Irish pub is located in of the oldest buildings on the corner of Zmaj Jovina and Dunavska streets.
It’s typical Serbian pub with scrumptious snacks and an electrifying crowd.A great place to have a beer in cold winter evenings.
10.) Walk along the Strand
Plausibly Strand is one of the most beautiful European beaches on the Danube river.Unlike other beaches, it hosts various festivals, beach parties, and sports tournaments.It has a beautiful walkway, basketball courts and coffee shops along it.
The best time to visit strand is during summer from 1st may to 30th September.
This is probably one of the top 12 things to do in Novisad.
It is one of the biggest museums in Serbia and a tour here will enrich your knowledge of the history of Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia comprised of 7 countries with Serbia its capital.You can find costumes, old manuscripts, guns, household items, sculptures, handicrafts and more.
All these things date back from prehistory to the middle of 20th century.
It is one of the top 12 things to do in Novi Sad.
12.) Eat Traditional Serbian Food
One thing was clear from the start “Serbians LOVE Food”.
Serbian cuisine is rich and is influenced by Arabic, Turkish and other former Balkan countries.
On the table there is —
Mešano meso- Mixed meat ( pljeskavica, kobasica, ćevapi)Šopska
Šopska salata (salad)
Tavče na gravče (beans)
Where; Pivnica Gusan
Other Attractions in Novi Sad
You could also see the Jewish synagogue, town hall building,
Vladičin court. which is the residential palace of the Serbian Orthodox Bishop and the famous Zmaj Jovina Street.
Novi Sad is a complete package, it’s a city for everyone.
With a just hour and a half away from Belgrade, it’s easily accessible by train or bus from the capital.
What I also noticed was that Serbs in Novi Sad are more polite, humble and they are much friendlier.The best way to know the city is to know its residents.
It was a great day, I learned some Serbian phrases, went to my friend’s high school, had homemade Strudla at the love fest and met some nice people.
It’s fun city with happy vibes.
So what are you waiting for? Visit Novi Sad.