Although Novi Sad may be the second-largest city in Serbia it offers a different experience from Belgrade. The city is rich in history and diverse architecture that you can explore. The city is picturesque as it is located in the prettiest regions of Serbia. Novi Sad is filled with a wide range of activities that you can try out and some of the best things that you can do are listed below.
Top things to do in Novi Sad
Petrovaradin Fortress is a top tourist destination in Novi Sad and it was used by the Ottomans for 150 years before it was Habsburg Empire collected it from them during the Great Turkish War. In 1962, the Austrians added the eastern bulwark against the Ottomans which gives it a distinctive design. The best thing is that most of the building is still standing and you can explore the angular ramparts, anti-siege tunnels underground, and system of catacombs in the fortress. The best way to explore the fortress is by joining a tour of the tunnels or you can wander around the citadel which houses a history museum and restaurants with great views of the Danube.
The city center of Novi Sad is located around Freedom Square which is surrounded by two of the most mesmerizing buildings in the city. You are going to find a Neo-Gothic Catholic Cathedral opposite the Neo-renaissance town hall and it is divided by the statue of Svetozar Miletic, the greatest politician in the city. The hall hosts most of the important political and cultural events in the history of the city and it is the major meeting place in the area.
This street stretches from east to west of the city and it is surrounded by townhouses and stately mansions. This area serves as a hotspot for locals and tourists to meet friends. Most of the buildings on this street date back to the middle of the 19th century and were constructed after the city was damaged during the 1848 revolution against the Austrian Empire. You are also going to find varieties of restaurants, bookshops, cafes, inns, and boutiques that you can explore. Dunavska Street is a great place to go for history and architecture lovers as most of the old buildings are protected cultural monuments.
Have fun at Danube Park
This is the most popular park in the city and was landscaped in 1895 where the annual fair of Novi Sad takes place. The park offers a quick respite from the hustle and bustle of the city during the spring and summer. The park houses a pond with numerous tree species like hazelnut, ancient English oak, birches, and willows. You can also visit the park during the winter to have fun on the ice rink in the park. You are also going to discover the rich culture of Novi Sad in the park as you will find the nymph sculpture of Dorde Jovanovic and the statue of Dura Jaksic, a 19th-century poet.
This museum is located in a 19th-century palace on Danube Park and it documents the daily life in the Vojvodina Province. The museum’s permanent exhibition is in two parts which are a collection of the region’s past from prehistory to mid-1800s and events and changes that occurred in the city. The highlight of the museum is a set of three Roman helmets which dates back to the 4th century. The museum is a place not to miss for history lovers. If you are also interested in the more recent culture of Vojvodina, you are also going to find a recreation of a street scene from the beginning of the 20th century in the museum.
This is a sandy beach on the Danube and it is open all year. It is best to come here from May to September which is when you will find varieties of bars and restaurants open for business. Some of the best things to do here are to rent a deckchair or sun-lounger and just sunbathe or just go for a dip in the Danube. The beach also houses a park that features a mini-golf course, sports facilities, and numerous playgrounds for kids.