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Where in the world: Europe  /  Serbia  /  Vojvodina  /  Novi Sad

Top 15 things to do in Novi Sad

1. Petrovaradin Fortress, Petrovaradin

Sitting on a hill above the Danube River, Petrovaradin Fortress features centuries-old monuments, numerous museums and entertainment venues, and hosts internationally known festivals. Although the present-day fortress was built between 1692 and 1780, 21st-century archeological excavations show traces of Paleolithic civilizations living at the site some 20,000 years ago. Walk around the fortress to see these remains and numerous medieval structures. You can also reserve a guided tour of the underground tunnels that total 16 km (10 mi) in length. Grab a drink at one of the cafes and snap photos of the wide, open views across the river, enjoying a panoramic view of Novi Sad. You'll do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Note that access to the fortress requires climbing a lot of steps, which might be difficult for people with mobility issues.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $40 › Learn more about Petrovaradin Fortress

2. Strand

Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the Danube, Strand is suitable for swimming and boating and features a plethora of recreational activities. Officially open in 1911, it has offered lifeguard service, swimming lessons, and modern facilities ever since. Indigenous sports developed at the site include picigen and kurendol. Head to this lushly landscaped beach for a swim or a drink, and stop by the many sports facilities, which feature basketball, volleyball, and miniature golf courts, as well as a rock-climbing area. Every year, the beach also sees the Danube regatta--the world's longest race of its kind.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $80 › Learn more about Strand

3. Svetozar Miletic Square

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Northern Serbia: Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad Full-Day Tour from Belgrade

FROM $66
Enjoy a whole day, complete Northern Serbia experience, and get to know everything about the area on this tour. Choose between a private and a small shared group, both with live, professional guiding, and an air-conditioned vehicle. You'll visit one orthodox monastery in a region known as 'The Holy Mountain of Serbia,' a lovely baroque town of Sremski Karlovci, the mighty Petrovaradin Fortress, and the second-largest city in Serbia - Novi Sad. You'll have the chance to fell the unique atmosphere of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural Vojvodina - the 'melting pot' with more than 25 ethnic groups and six languages in official use. And last but not least, you'll get the chance to taste some unique, locally-produced wine.
Suggested duration: 8h - 9h
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5. Dunavska Street

Stroll along , a shopping and leisure area considered to be one of the city's oldest streets. The zone is pedestrian-only along most of its length and features a wide range of cafes, pastry shops, and museums. Here you can find anything from bohemian-style venues to zany bars. Observe the neo-Baroque houses and buildings along the way and take photos of the many picturesque sights. Check out the museums of art, history, and army. At the end of this street, you'll encounter the lush Danube Park, with a lake and plenty of shaded benches. Look for the well nearby, which is the oldest preserved one in the city, dating to 1720.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. The Name of Mary Church

Right in the heart of the city, the Roman Catholic The Name of Mary Church commands attention with its 72 m (236 ft) steeple, Neo-Gothic ornamentation, and intricate stained-glass windows. Prior to its creation, another cathedral stood on the site, but the town's Catholic population considered it to be incorrectly built. The architect Georg Molnar designed this new structure free of charge, earning him a bust inside. Snap photos of this slender yellow-brick structure, with its multicolored ceramic roof and large gilded cross. Inside, notice the altar made of fine wood from the Austrian Alps and look up to see intricate gothic arches.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Danube Park

Take a scenic walk through peaceful Danube Park, nestled just by the city center and featuring a pond with fish, ducks, and swans. A favorite spot among locals, this park is adorned with numerous trees and colorful plants, numbering around 250 species. You can encounter anything from local chestnuts and pines, to exotic herbs and rare oaks protected by law. This 3.3 hectare (8.2 acre) marshy land also houses a number of sculptures of important persons, as well as a renowned fountain with a nymph--the work of the first Serbian-educated sculptor. Snap photos of the monuments and take a break in this pristine urban oasis, while feeding the ducks and swans.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. From Belgrade: Novi Sad and Karlovci Sremski Wine Tasting

FROM $66
Set off for an adventure and get a full-day acquaintance with Vojvodina, the Northern Province of Serbia. Being the border between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, Vojvodina reconciled different styles and influences, nations and traditions which resulted in an authentic mix worth visiting! Find out more about the Serbian religious legacy and visit one of the monasteries at Fruška Gora National Park. Then, dive into a slow-paced lifestyle of Sremski Karlovci, a little town with fantastic ambiance and architecture, famous for wine production and spiritual influence over the Serbian culture. Wine-tasting at a local winery will warm you up for the upcoming sightseeing of Petrovaradin, a 17th-century fortress and a famous venue of the EXIT Music Festival. Enjoy Novi Sad, the city with a very strong sense of identity which will seduce you with its charming passages, fancy downtown, and open-minded people. It is rightfully called the European Capital of Culture for 2021.
Suggested duration: 8h
Tours from $66 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Podrum Probus, Sremski Karlovci

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $82 › Learn more about Podrum Probus

10. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Novi Sad Synagogue

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $521 › Learn more about Novi Sad Synagogue

12. Private Novi Sad, Titanic wine tasting and Farmer's House

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Take this full-day tour from Belgrade to discover Vojvodina Province. Explore the streets of Novi Sad and see the gorgeous Petrovaradin fortress. Enjoy baroque architecture of Sremski Karlovci and taste famous "bermet" wine from this region. Finish this amazing tour with traditional Vojvodina farm house called Salas.
Suggested duration: 8h
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13. Fruska Gora Monasteries

Nestled in a pristine hilly environment, have maintained spirituality and provided aid to millions of worshipers during wars, occupations, and times of peace. Originally numbering 35, they have suffered numerous lootings and destruction, most recently from the NATO bombing in 1999, when six monasteries were severely damaged. Today you can see 16 of them still standing, dating back to the Middle Ages. The oldest historical records place them in the 16th century, while legends claim they have been there since the 1100s. Tour some of these structures to see their harmonious facades and vibrant Orthodox decoration, and take a break in the peaceful setting of the hills. Wear comfortable shoes, as roads can be bumpy here.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Fruška Gora

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Private Day Tour to Fruska Gora Monasteries, Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad

FROM $87
Embark on this private day tour of Serbia and its majestic sights. See the slopes of Fruska Gora and Sremski Karlovci, which are significant places for Serbia’s history, culture, and national heritage. Meet the famous Petrovaradin fortress and enjoy a splendid view over Danube river. Try world-known Bermet wine combined with domestic specialties at a local household. Tour highlights: ✅ Enjoy the picturesque scenery of Fruska Gora National Park ✅ Meet famous Monasteries Krusedol and Grgeteg and learn more about their turbulent history ✅ Explore the town of Sremski Karlovci and admire its baroque architecture ✅ Unique gastronomy and wine experience at a local household ✅ See magnificent Petrovaradin fortress and Novi Sad ✅ Enjoy a personalized experience with a private guide
Suggested duration: 7h - 8h
Tours from $87 › More about this tour at viator.com ›