Novi Sad is the second largest Serbian City and capital of the Vojvodina region. Things to do in Novi Sad Serbia include;
- Petrovaradin Fortress
- The Name of Mary Church
- Bishops Palace
- City Hall
- Vojvodjanska Bank
- Dunavska Street
- Danube Park
- Novi Sad Beach – Strand
- Museum of Vojvodina
- Day Trip to Sremski Karlovci
I was staying at the Instagram worthy Hotel Prezident, therefore I could walk to the points of interest of Novi Sad Serbia.
Second Largest Serbian City
Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia. For this reason there’s a lot to see and do in Novi Sad. Furthermore, this is why it was targeted by NATO in the 1999 airstrikes against Yugoslavia. In fact, one of the points of interest of the city, the Varadin Bridge was completely destroyed by NATO. Today however, the bridge has been restored and connects Novi Sad to Petrovaradin Fortress.
Petrovaradin Fortress is known as the Gibraltar on the Danube. Furthermore, it’s the number one point of interest in Novi Sad. It’s possible to visit the fortress by walking over the Varadin Bridge, alternatively you can take a taxi. As you walk the fortress walls, there are panoramic views over Novi Sad. In addition, you can walk the 16 km of underground tunnels. To learn how to visit the fortress tunnels or how to stay there overnight, read about my Petrovaradin Fortress visit.
The Name of Mary Church
Novi Sad has one of the most impressive churches you’ll see anywhere in the world. In fact, it’s very similar to St Mark’s Church, Zagreb with its roof tiles. It was built at the end of the 19th century of Gothic architecture. The colorful roof tiles were imported from Hungary. The church is the tallest in Novi Sad therefore it’s visible from all over the city. Furthermore, it’s one of the tallest churches in Serbia.
Bishops Palace – Vladicanski Dvor Novi Sad Serbia
The Bishops Palace was designed by Serbian architect, Vladimir Nikolic. He also designed the Patriarch’s Palace in nearby Sremski Karlovci. The Bishops Palace is the home of the Bishop of Backa. To point out, Backa district is the northern part of Serbia as well as a small southern part of Hungary. In front of the palace is a bronze statue of Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj, a famous children’s poet.
Novi Sad Serbia City Hall
The Town Hall is the iconic landmark of Novi Sad. Novi Sad was once part of the Austria-Hungary Empire and the Town Hall is an illustration of this influence. In fact, it’s claimed to be a copy of the Town Hall of Grad, Austria. Moreover, it’s like a miniature version of the Town Hall of Vienna. Today, the Town Hall hosts the mayor as well as administration of the city. Nevertheless, Novi Sad Town Hall is a beautiful example of neo-renaissance architecture.
Vojvodjanska Bank – Instagram Spot of Novi Sad Serbia
In the center of Novi Sad there used to be a luxury hotel. As a matter of fact, this hotel was called the Grand Hotel Mayer. Today however, the luxury hotel is a bank, the Vojvodjanska bank. During the day, it’s a beautiful building but when it’s lit up in the evening it becomes the Instagram spot of Novi Sad. In addition, the architectural style of the Vojvodjanska bank building is neo Baroque.
Dunavska Street is one of the oldest streets in Novi Sad. It has however been maintained, as a result there are several picturesque historic buildings. These colorful buildings house shops, restaurants as well as bars. Throughout the summer months this pedestrianized street is filled with outdoor restaurants, therefore perfect for a coffee and people watching.
The Banovina building is also known as Banska palace as well as Banovina palace. It’s the administrative building for the government of the Vojvodina region. For this reason, it was bombed by NATO in 1999. As a result, NATO justified bombing a building in the center of a huge populated city. Banovina is an example of 20th century Serbian architecture. Furthermore, if you visit at night, it’s lit up beautifully.
Danube Park is the main park of Novi Sad Serbia. It’s located in the center of the city, as a result you’ll see it even if you’re not looking. In fact, popular Novi Sad attractions such as Banovina, Dunavska Street as well as the Museum of Vojvodina surround the park. In the park are gardens, monuments as well as a lake. For this reason, it makes a good chill out area.
Novi Sad Promenade and Beach – Strand
It’s worth exploring the Novi Sad promenade. On the promenade there are several monuments to World War II history as well as the recent NATO bombings. In fact you’ll see some bridges destroyed by NATO. Furthermore, if you walk far enough along the promenade, you’ll reach the Strand beach. As a matter of fact the Strand Beach is a beach on the Danube therefore quite a unique place to be!
Museum of Vojvodina
The museum of Vojvodina is an art and history museum opposite Danube Park. Furthermore, the museum features a library with over 50,000 books. As a result, you can make a beautiful library photograph, if not read a few books. I recommend you visit the Museum of Vojvodina webpage for more details.
Day Trip to Sremski Karlovci
Sremski Karlovci is a historic town 12 km south of Novi Sad. In Sremski Karlovci there are several historic buildings, churches, but most importantly, wineries. Furthermore, there is an Instagrammable old pharmacy which was designed in Venice. Read about my day trip to Sremski Karlovci from Novi Sad.
How to get from Novi Sad to Belgrade
There are several buses and trains between Novi Sad and Belgrade. Consequently, you can turn up anytime and you’ll find a bus or train. Furthermore, the Novi Sad train and bus stations are adjacent to one another.