Visit Nis - Best of Nis

Nis is the third largest city of Serbia and the administrative centre of Nisava district. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and an important gateway between the West and the Middle East. An important commercial hub of the country, Niš is known for its electronics, textiles, and tobacco industries. The city’s tourism has also become a significant part of its economy over the years.

In 279BC, after the Balkan Invasions, Scordisci named the region as Navissos. Romans conquered the city in 75BC. Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor was born here. It was subsequently ruled by Slavs, Burglars and Byzantines until it was given to Serbs in the 12th century. Ottomans conquered Nis in the 15th century and it was finally freed by the Serb forces in the Serbian-Ottoman war of 1878. During the Second World War, Niš served as a concentration camp for the extermination of Jews.

Surrounded by mountains, picturesque landscapes, rivers and gorges, Nis is a great place to be on your trip planners, especially on your way to Greece or the Middle Eastern countries. The city entices you with its magnificent fortress, which is said to be among the best-preserved constructions of the Central Balkans. It is also home to one of the oldest English churches in the country.

In addition to the historical monuments located in the city, Nis's surroundings are bestowed with a number of sightseeing places which include two beautiful gorges, a huge natural reserve, and wonderful cave formations known as CerjanskaPecina. There are also seasonal spas and holiday resorts around the city that offer adventure sports and several other activities to do.

Nis is an important educational centre with universities and academic institutions catering to the needs of more than 30,000 students. The city also has several sports clubs, including a couple of professional football and handball teams.

Nis Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Nis tips for your visit

  • Carry the city maps to navigate freely in the city without any problems.
  • Exchange your money only in banks. There will be a few fraudulent people who will approach you for exchanging money at tempting rates. Do not fall in their trap.
  • Be careful while hiring the taxis. They may trick you and charge high.

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Facts and Stats for Nis*

  • Pollution Statistics in Nis

    Know the pollution level of Nis before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 60.29 (High)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 15.91 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 39.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.73 (Moderate)
  • Nis: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Nis for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Nis.

    • Burglary and Theft 15.91 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 13.64 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.91 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 65.91 (High)
    • Car Stealing 23.86 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 30.68 (Low)
    • Attacks 22.73 (Low)
    • Drug offense 36.36 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 96.74 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 71.74 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.05 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.05 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 36.36 (Low)
  • Living in Nis - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Nis is 131.32 (High)

    • Safety Index 70.85 (High)
    • Climate Index 81.53 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 54.12 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.54 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 34.74 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 44.4 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.63 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 39.79 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Nis

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Nis

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.49 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.28 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.07 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 59.55 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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