Novi Sad is the capital city of Vojvodina, the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia. Novi Sad has a population of about 400,000 people and is located on the Danube River near Budapest and Belgrade.
Novi Sad, Serbia, at night
There are a few museums in Novi Sad worth seeing during your stay. The Vojvodina Museum is a great one that offers information on the Vojvodina province since the Paleolithic era. There is a museum with a foreign art collection, which is the largest in Serbia. There are works from western and central Europe as well as period furniture from Novi Sad and the entire surrounding province. The Matica Srpska Gallery is another well-known museum worth visiting.
The fortress of Petrovaradin is a sight that is popular among tourists. The fort sits on the shore of the Danube River and stands out for the fact that it was never taken by an enemy. There is a museum in the fort called Muzej Grada Novog Sada, which translates to Novi Sad City Museum. The museums houses artifacts from prehistoric ages until today. Beneath the fort, there are military galleries. There is a café at the fort, as well as an observatory and planetarium.
Another small town near Novi Sad (about eight kilometers away) is Sremski Karlovci. In this town, there is an annual wine festival as well as many beautiful historical buildings that have been well preserved. The Fruska Gora national park is another area of interest in this region. The park is on the southern shores or the Danube and is known for its beautiful scenery, its annual marathon, and the many monasteries that are spread around the park.
There is a summer resort near Subotica, which is called Palic Lake. This is a great place to go if you are looking for a relaxing activity where you can interact with locals. Another town that is in the same region is a town called Sombor. This town is very small and is known for its architecture and nightlife. You will see many friendly locals around town. Belgrade and Budapest are also close by and definitely worth visiting.
There is a mountaineering club called Naftas that organizes a hike every weekend up Fruska Mountain, which is outside of the city. In the summertime, be sure to visit the beach, or "strand", as it is called there. The beach is on the Danube River and is open for swimming between May and September.
There is a very big music festival that happens in Novi Sad called Exit Festival. This festival was a major event during the onset of the democratic revolution in 2000. The festival caters to almost every style of music, so there is something for everyone! There are tons of boulevards along the Danube River that are very nice to stroll along and explore the city as well.
Food and Dining
For breakfast, Serbians usually have something with meat. This is because it is common that they do not eat again for about eight hours, between the hours of three and six. This is the biggest meal of the day, so it usually consists of large quantities or potatoes, meat, salad and soup.
Frustuk Bar is on the corner of Petra Drapsina and Laze Kostica is a great sandwich shop that serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. They also serve delicious pancakes. The trademark sandwich of Novi Sad is called the "index" and you can find this delicious sandwich at a restaurant called Maja. The restaurant is very close to Novosadski Sajam (the Novi Sad Fair).
Novi Sad is northwest of Belgrade by about eighty kilometers; it is about three hundred kilometers from Budapest and one hundred and fifty kilometers from Romania. There is no airport in the city; the nearest is in Belgrade, about seventy kilometers away. The airport is called Nikola Tesla International Airport. Unfortunately, there are no buses or regular taxis that run between this airport and Novi Sad. Usually, you will have to rent a car, hire a private driver, or take the Belgrade Airport Transfer. It is worth checking flights into Budapest Ferihegy International Airport or Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport too.
You can take a bus from other major cities that surround Novi Sad or take a train to get into the city. Once in the city, walking and taxis are the best way to get around. Be careful not to get in a taxi that is not affiliated with a major company because they will greatly overcharge you.