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CITIES IN SERBIA

Belgrade

The capital of Serbia, Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the only one built on the confluence of two rivers.  It is a  city that never sleeps and the symbol of great nightlife. Floating clubs on its rivers have become synonyms for great parties and neverending fun. Modern european city with population of about 1.7 million people. It is an administrative, political and cultural center of the country.
You must visit some of the many historical museums in Belgrade, you will get a pretty good picture of everything that has happened here throughout the ages. Then you might be able to understand better the way of life of the local population, their customs and mentality.
One of Belgraders’ most popular picnic and excursion destinations is mount Avala – located not far from the city. The other is Ada Ciganlija, a river island turned into a peninsula with a promenade and a beach that surround the lake in the center.
The Belgrade fortress which is the symbol of Belgrade, and in it visit the upper city in which you can find the Despots gate, “Sahat kula”(clock tower), the roman well and the statue of
the Victor. In the lower city, you can see Nebojša’s tower, Amam- the Turkish bathroom and the gate of Charles the 7th are located. Take a walk along the Belgrade Bohemian quarter- Skadarlija and enjoy the specialities
of National cuisine in one of the Kafana’s (traditional tavern). Take a walk from Kalemegdan over Knez Mihajlova street Terazije, then over king Milans street and the Slavija square to the magnificent Saint Sava temple, that way you wil also get to know the centre of town.

Novi Sad

Novi Sad is the city of young people, music, fun and great nightlife, home of EXIT, one of the best music festivals in Europe that brings together the best musicians from around the world. The city lies on the banks of the Danube river.
The Petrovaradin fortress, is the symbol of the city, dates from the Middle Ages, but it were the Austro-Hungarians that gave it the look it has today.
Novi Sad, known also as “the Serbian Athens” due to its remarkable culture and history.
The visit to the city’s historic center is a must. Not far from the city is “the Serbian Mount Athos” – Fruška Gora mountain with its 17 Christian Orthodox monasteries, and the place with beautiful nature, the mountain is a national park as well, where you can be accomodate in „salaš.“ This kind of accomodation is a pride of Pannonian region, where you will have a chance to get to know the customs of the area and some traditional lifestyle.
Unavoidable in Novi Sad are the “Trg slobode” (freedom square) from the 18th century, catholic church called “Church of Maria’s name,” built in neogothic style, while Zmaj Jova street will take you to the “Vladičanski dvor.”
Don’t miss the walk along the probably oldest street in Novi Sad – Dunavska street, as well as relaxing in the Dunavski park, the most beautiful park in Novi Sad.
You must visit Novi Sad Square or the Trg Slobode in Serbian.
The Liberty Square starts with one of the oldest streets the Zmaj Jovina Street which leads you to a lot of landmarks of Novi Sad, the Synagogue, street with a soul – Dunavska Street and Dunavska Park.
You must visit The Strand it is a seaside – a seaside of the Pannonian sea. The beaches of the Danube are an awesome place to spend a hot spring or summer day with your friends, relaxing and enjoying yourselves with music, drinks, good food a good view. This is why the Strand (Štrand) is one of the main tourist attractions of Novi Sad.

Niš

Niš is situated in southern Serbia, at the crossroad of West and Middle East; this is why it is called “East and West Gates”. Throughout the centuries influence of various nations and cultures have being changing here. Niš is one of the oldest towns in Serbia and maybe mostly famous as the place of birth of Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor. As the result a walk around modern Niš – Niš Castle, antique settlement Mediana and Skull Tower Ćele kula – is a journey through centuries and vivid history of this town.
Niš is situated on the banks of the river Nišava, this is the third town in Serbia with the population of 250.000 people. Niš is quite popular among tourists, the town is connected with Belgrade by a highway that takes 2 hours of ride, airport “Constantine the Great” has flights from Niš to some European cities. There is a spa-resort close to Niš: Niška Banja where you can have a rest after long walks around the town. Every summer Niš turns into the capital of European jazz with its annual festival Nišville. During summer the town is full of tourists so don’t get surprised when hearing all the world’s languages during your walk around little street of Kazandžijsko sokače or antique Mediana: just enjoy the harmony and spirit of Europe.

SUBOTICA

Subotica is a major cultural center in Vojvodina and one of the most beautiful cities in Serbia. Town with some 100,000 inhabitants located only 10 kilometers from the border between Serbia and Hungaryand between two rivers: the Danube and the Tisa.
Through its long history Subotica often changed its rulers, countries and names. It was under the governance of Hungarians, Turks, Serbs, and it was included in both Habsburg and Ottoman Empire, and then Yugoslavia. Its position, between Europe and Asia, on the border between two great empires – Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empire, has significantly influenced the formation of this city. Since ancient times the city was inhabited by people of different nationalities and religions. Today more than 20 ethnic minorities live here. It is home to 150,000 citizens, whose uniqueness turned Subotica into a true museum of different cultures and religions.
The city has one out of total three active synagogues in Serbia, a Protestant church, numerous Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, as well as a newly built mosque. All these temples are also the traces of its rich culture.
It is a city worth being seen, a good place for a shorter or longer holiday, home of warmhearted and welcoming people of different nationalities.
Subotica was inhabited since ancient times, and the traces of 3,000 years old settlements were found near the town. Subotica is beautiful city with one of the most beautiful lakes in Serbia – lake Palić, host of the European Film Festival, Inter Ethno Festival or Wine Harvest Days…
There is Kelebija horse farm, the largest in Serbia and Zobnatica is a must-see destination for the horse enthusiast located 30 km from Subotica,
Unlike many European towns, in Subotica the City Hall dominates the city centre instead of a church or a cathedral. The City Hall is a master peace of Hungarian version of Art Nouveau built in 1912. It is flanked by a park with a fountain and a vast square where many concerts and bazaars are organized throughout the year. It is surrounded by the building of People’s Theatre that is undergoing a major reconstruction. Originally it was a classic style building characterized by six Corinthian columns. On the Eastern side of the square there is a neo-baroque building of The Public Library. The two Atlases carrying one of the nicest balconies in the city make this building charming.
The Emperor Jovan Nenad Monument in the middle of the square represents a controversial historical figure. He styled himself emperor and pronounced Subotica his capital in 1527, but all lasted for a very short period of time. Not far from the monument there are two fountains. The Green Fountain (1985) and the Blue Fountain (2001) are the pearls of the city centre. Both were made of Zsolnay tiles, likewise all decorative ceramics and roof tiles of the city’s Art Nouveau buildings.

Sremski Karlovci

Sremski Karlovci is a town located in the South Bačka, district of the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. It is situated on the bank of the river Danube, 8 kilometres from Novi Sad. Sremski Karlovci has been the spiritual, cultural and educational center of Serbia for over 200 years. The baroque style buildings surrounding the fountain in the town center are of great importance to Serbian history and culture.
The peak of Baroque artistic achievement in Vojvodina is Assembly Church of Saint Nicholas dating from 1762, The Patriarchy Palace, the residence of the Srem District Episcope, is considered to be Vojvodina’s most remarkable 19th century building. Sremski Karlovci represents one of the oldest places in Vojvodina, as remnants of Neolithic settlements were discovered there. Every house in the center of the town has its own story. The oldest and most beautiful buildings have been preserved on the square. The first Serbian grammar school was established here in 1771, and two decades later the first Serbian academy of theology. This is one of the most beautiful towns in Serbia’s Vojvodina region, with its numerous and richly decorated baroque and neo-classicist buildings well preserved, it will make you feel like you are walking around some small neighbourhood of Prague or Budapest. It is also one of the most prominent spots of Serbia’s Wine Route.

Smederevo

Smederevo – city of grape and wine was built on a vital strategic point. It used to keep guard of Roman Empire’s borders, and later on the main roads of Constantinople passed next to it. However, this city gained on significance in the beginning of 15th century when Serbian despot Đurađ Branković had made it the last capitol of medieval Serbia. Despot Đurađ has built on the outskirts of this city of old symbol of Smederevo – a fortress with a view on the confluence of rivers Jazava and Danube. Smederevo fortress is the place where manifestations are held.
There is also city’s central square for that, over which towers the temple of St George, the third biggest temple in Serbia. In the city center you can also find a museum and the Modern Arts Gallery as well. There is also Museum of History and the Museum of applied art.
One of the liveliest streets in Smederevo is Kralja Petra street, where you can enjoy in some of coffee bar gardens in the open.
Smederevo region is one of the oldest and most renowned wine regions in Europe. The leading grape sort, which stands on the Smederevo coat of arms, carries the name by its hometown – Smederevka. Rich in fruits, with characteristic taste, Smederevka is among the most favorite white wines.