IN FOCUS: NOVI SAD
Serbia’s second biggest city, Novi Sad was proclaimed as the European Capital of Culture for 2022. Situated in Northern Serbia on the scenic banks of the river Danube, Novi Sad’s origins date back to 1694 when a colony was formed here by Serb merchants. The city is often referred to as ‘the Serbian Athens’ and ‘the Gibraltar of the Danube’.
The iconic symbol of Novi Sad is the formidable Petrovaradin fortress, which dates back to the Middle Ages and was used as part of the military frontier during the Ottoman Empire.
A visit here offers unparalleled insight into the development of the city from the first half of the 18th century through to the mid-20th century. Every year, thousands descend on this spot for one of Europe’s biggest events – EXIT Festival, which gathers renowned musicians from around the globe.
It is often said that time passes more slowly in Novi Sad, thanks to the city’s famously laidback vibe. Awarded the title of ‘European Youth Capital’ in 2019, its easy-going spirit and happening nightlife scene are a magnet for younger travellers. Home to great music, food and a rich cultural diversity, many consider Novi Sad to be the gem in Serbia’s crown.