Novi Sad Tourism

Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia (Belgrade coming in first place) picturesquely located on the banks of the Danube River and next to the Fruska Gora mountain. Around 250,000 people call this city their home. ‘Novi Sad’ is the Serbian phrase for ‘New Garden’ and like it’s interesting name, its history is even more enchanting.

Human settlements in Novi Sad date back to the Stone Age, roughly 4500 BC. The first fortress in the city was built by a Celtic tribe around 400 BC. Consequently, the region was conquered by the Romans around 100 BC and started constructing their own fortress. This fact explains that the city should have been called ‘New Fortress’ instead of ‘New Garden’. And of course, since history is full of wars and destruction, this fortress was also destroyed by the Huns in 500 BC. By around 600 BC, the Byzantines were the lords and masters of the region and reconstructed the town. Later, around 700 BC, Slavic tribes including the Serbs settled in the city. The city was also included in the Kingdom of Hungary between the 11th and 12th centuries. The city was finally founded in 1694 when Serbian merchants banded together and formed a colony. Novi Sad’s trials and travails did not end there for it was devastated during the 1848 Revolution when the Habsburg Austrian Empire was threatened. And then it was reconstructed again. *phew* Talk about being steeped in history!

Today, Novi Sad is a cultural, industrial and financial centre driving the Serbian economy. It’s interesting, albeit long and winding, history has led to some of the most interesting and spectacular architecture in the region: a big reason why tourism has grown in the city. It’s a cultural hub with many musical festivals like the famous EXIT festival.

It is a historic, romantic city that deserves your attention. Mark up its spot on your vacation planner because you will fall in love with its majesty as many travellers have.

Essential travel information and Novi Sad tips for your visit

  • Unaffiliated taxi drivers are clever. They will have used the name of companies with one or two letters missing (such as ‘Delia’ for ‘Delta) so be careful while hailing a cab.
  • When you visit historic landmarks such as the Petrovaradin Fortress, be sure to employ a travel guide who will be able to brief you on the location’s history and importance.
  • Know the pollution level of Novi Sad before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 38.19 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 48.44 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.31 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 34.09 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 31.43 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Novi Sad for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Novi Sad.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.26 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.7 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.77 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 81.58 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 31.14 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 52.23 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 35.09 (Low)
    • Drug offense 53.07 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 86.84 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 57.02 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.93 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.82 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 49.56 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Novi Sad is 129.49 (High)

    • Safety Index 57.7 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 84.02 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 47.41 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25.33 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 34.91 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 46.74 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.41 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 45.29 (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.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Novi Sad

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.42 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 78.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 65.56 USD

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

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