Novi Sad

My idea of getting a good 8-9 hours in Novi Sad was thwarted by my app. It led me off on a wild goose chase since there are a number of train stations in a Belgrade and I can’t read or understand the Cyrillic alphabet. After walking nearly 10 km, and in spite of the fact that my alarm had gone off at 5.45AM, I didn’t leave for Novi Sad until just before noon.

The train journey to Novi Sad was pretty uneventful. The Old Town of Novi Sad is about 2 km from the train station along Bulevar Oslobudenja and this is a pleasant enough walk. This low-tress town is a must-not-miss if you’re in Serbia. Also, Novi Sad will be a European Capital of Culture in 2021. 

The first thing that meets you when you reach the Old Town of Novi Sad is a main square with a rather imposing town hall. 

However, I preferred the smaller, more picturesque squares, and the cosy cafes and restaurants I found as I walked through town.

There’s also a small, lush park that is worth a stroll through it.

There are two churches in the Old Town of Novi Sad, one is Catholic and one Orthodox. St Michael Orthodox Church used to be the main church for the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate before it was moved to Belgrade. 

I also popped in briefly at the Museum of Modern Art. There was only one exhibition on display: Strike by Mladen Miljanović. I kind of liked the xhibit below. The future might need a bit of support. 

However, the attraction that made my day trip to Novi Sad such a great experience was the Petrovaradin Fortress, which is located just across the river.

I enjoyed everything about it. The ascent up the steps, where you got some great camera angles.

The Clock Tower.

The view of the lovely old houses below.

The buildings inside the walls. 

The stunning views of the River Danube. 

And the local wine at the terrace restaurant. 

The weather was also perfect. You want me to define perfect? Well, 27C and blue skies. I’ve always considered 27C to be the perfect outdoor temperature, just like I think 27 years is the perfect age to be. Not to high, not too low. Anyway, at the Petrovaradin Fortress, I was a very happy and contented man.

Walking back to the station, my only regret was that I hadn’t had time to try out this wine house. I’m not sure exactly what a wine house is, but I’m sure they have wine, and that’s a good enough reason for me to like it.

On the way back to the station, I also passed by the Novi Sad Synagogue. It looked quite impressive, but it was getting close to 6PM on a Friday night so I guess it was closed for the Sabbath. A pity it wasn’t open though.

Walking through Belgrade once back in the capital, I understood more clearly what our guide Ivan had meant the day before about “meeting by the horse”. 


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