About the city
Novi Sad is often referred to as a cultural capital of Serbia, and soon it will officially become one. Novi Sad is one of the main candidates for European Youth Capital in 2019 and European Culture Capital in 2021. One of the first impressions the city gives is its well-tended beauty the vibrant culture and extremely nice and welcoming people.
Novi Sad is the second largest city in the Republic of Serbia, and the capital of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. The town was established in the 17th century as a settlement of artisans and merchants on the left bank of the Danube River. The town gradually grew in importance but kept its colorful artistic and bohemian soul. It established its first schools, the Gymnasium in 1810, the library with the oldest literary journal in Europe and the Serbian National Theater in 1861.
Novi Sad's architecture and spirit have been shaped by many different nations who ruled over this area. Easy-going and surrounded by fertile lowland, Fruška Gora Mountain, and the Danube, Novi Sad is a real underrated gem amongst the Serbian cities. It is also called the ‘Serbian Athens’ due to numerous cultural institutions and artistic establishments, intertwined with rich history and long tradition.
Petrovaradin Fortress, the guardian of the city from across the Danube, is home to south-east Europe’s largest music festival, EXIT, which has earned a global reputation for its diversity and cutting-edge music and became one of the most recognizable trademarks of Serbia and city of Novi Sad.
Not far from the urban cultural center of Novi Sad is a mountain Fruska Gora, a perfect day getaway for a family day in nature, Hobbiton-like forests and amazing natural scenery that bring the feel of ultimate tranquillity and calmness. This lovely mountain is a recognized national park. Pastures, orchards and vineyards adorn its slopes, and the higher parts are covered with dense deciduous forests.
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