For three centuries already, namely as long as it has been existing under the names of Novi Sad /Újvidék/ Neusatz/ the city has been the space of diverse and rich cultural heritage of many nations living in it. Material and intangible cultural heritage created during the past centuries, is the basis serving as the foundation of an interactive network of scientific and institutions of culture, which makes Novi Sad of today the space of active meeting of cultures and diverse identities. It is the city of museums, galleries, and events among which the EXIT Music Festival has acquired international rewards and indisputable recognisability.
Recently, the programmes and events belonging to a new cultural matrix compared to a traditional cultural production are emerging – those leaning towards the avant-garde and alternative. Their programme epicentre is the Students Cultural Centre while Chinese Quarter is their spatial epicentre. A new creative energy that is active within the space of the Chinese Quarter is a part of ideas and activities that nominated Novi Sad for the European Youth Capital and European Capital of Culture 2021.
Novi Sad also attracts the visitors with its neatness, safe embeddedness by the Petrovaradin Fortress – the “Gibraltar on the Danube”, different languages spoken by its inhabitants, and the rhythm so untypical for hasty and chaotic pace of an urban community. The surroundings of the city core marked with baroque, neo-Renaissance, classicistic and Bauhaus buildings, reveals the picnic sites, preserved eco-systems and a complex of Orthodox monasteries settled in the territory of the National Park Fruška Gora. “Salaš“ farmsteads, “čardas“ and wine trails at the outskirts of Novi Sad provide the visitors the possibility to experience all the richness of gastronomy and rural customs.
Novi Sad is the city that provides the visitors the agenda of unbelievably rich content with its urban core and rural surroundings. Each visitor, according to his or her internal feeling for nice and pleasant, attractive and joyful, useful and accessible can create his or her own experience while learning about all the layers of the past and present of Novi Sad.
Novi Sad, the city on the Danube, the city with the European history and tradition and Balkan hospitality is the experience you must not miss.
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Novi Sad, the City of Culture
Novi Sad should also be visited because of a unique contentuality of its urban centre marked with Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant churches and the Synagogue, Baroque, Neo/renaissance, classicistic, and Bauhaus buildings, as well as those built in a modern style. The traces of turbulent history and many cultures that have been replacing and intertwining each other can be found in museums and galleries, the most important of which include the City Museum of Novi Sad (the main building is at the Petrovaradin Fortress), Museum of Vojvodina, Gallery of Matica Srpska, Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, Gallery of Fine Arts - Endowment Collection of Rajko Mamuzić, Studio 61, Nature Conservation Collection...
PETROVARADIN FORTRESS - the “Gibraltar on the Danube“ was built from 1692 to 1780 according to the system of the Marquis Sébastien de Vauban. It covers the area of 112 ha. The Fortress is divided into Upper and Lower Town (Suburbium). The Upper Town is dominated by the Clock Tower the large hand of which one shows hours and the small one shows minutes. The underground military galleries, a unique attraction of Petrovaradin Fortress, consist of a four-storey communication-defence system that is 16 km long, around 1 km of which is open to visitors. The Roman Catholic church of St. George with a convent, which was built in the baroque style in the period from 1701 to 1714, is located in the foothill of the Fortress.
Novi Sad the City of Exit and other festivals
More than two hundred festivals, events and happenings are held in the city and its surroundings. EXIT Festival can be singled out according to its significance and recognisability. Exit is a multiple award-winning summer music festival, which has been held every year at the Petrovaradin Fortress since 2000. Many consider it the best festival location in the world. After the recent elections in the top ten festivals outside the UK within the UK Festival Awards in November 2013, Exit was awarded the most important European Festival Award, which placed it among the top ten festivals in the most important category of the major European festivals.
National Park Fruška gora
Since pre-historic times, the area of Fruška Gora has been inhabited by many nations. Multi-ethnic population living here today cherishes historic memory about its origin, national values, rich folk heritage, literature, music and poems of local communities, traditional way of life, which makes an important tourist potential. Sixteen Serbian Orthodox monasteries make the most significant cultural heritage of Fruška Gora. Richness of nature: animal and plant wildlife, landscapes, thermal springs – spas, and lakes make the basis for tourism of special interest, as well as for recreational and picnic programmes. Fruška Gora is the region of good wines such as Bermet, Frankovka, Riesling, Portuguiser, Augsburg...
“SALAŠ” farmsteads, “ČARDAS” and gastronomy
Novi Sad has always been the place where food was good and meals could be eaten at a slow pace. “Salaš” farmsteads, “čarda” restaurants and wine trails provide the possibility for a unique gastronomic enjoyment often combined with traditional, joyful rural festivities. In the ambience typical for Vojvodina rural households, in the shade of orchards, with traditional food and good wines you can slow down the time at least for a moment and enjoy yourself.