Known as the “Serbian Athens”, Novi Sad has gained popularity majorly because of the EXIT festival that takes place here every summer. It is the 2nd most famous city in Serbia, after Belgrade. If you’ve got one day in Novi Sad, allow us to be your guide to make the most of your time! Although 24 hours can’t be enough to take in all that this place has to offer, you can still get under the skin of this lively city! Cover what we have mentioned in this blog and you’d have so many stories to tell, we promise!
So, here’s how you can spend a fun-filled day in Novi Sad, Serbia:
The Freedom Square
Wake up as early as you can! Freshen up and have a heavy breakfast, it is going to be a busy day! Indulge in the complimentary breakfast that your hotel offers. Once you are full and ready to explore the town, head to the heart of the city, the Freedom Square. You will find yourself amongst the city’s two most iconic buildings – the Catholic Cathedral and the City Hall.
Various fests, funfairs and carnivals of the city take place at the Freedom Square.
The Bishop’s Palace
Next up is the Bishop’s Palace at the Zmaj Jovina Street, a quick 5-minute walk away from the City Hall. In front of the great palace, stands tall the statue of a great, beloved and cherished Novi Sad poet – Jovan Jovanović Zmaj.
Where to Have Lunch in Novi Sad?
Have lunch at Veliki Cafe at Nikole Pašića. They’ve got mouthwatering options at pocket-friendly rates! Other great options are Toster Bar and Restaurant & Pizzeria Savoca. If you are planning to spend your one day in Novi Sad well, food is the best way to get to know the city. So, make sure you have all the fun with the food that this city has to offer!
A great place to grab a bite and get the local taste of Novi Sad is the Dunavska Ulika or Danube street. Walk down Dunavska Street, the most famous pedestrian street amongst tourists and locals, day in and day out. It is very close to City Hall. There’s also the Dunavska Park where you can spend some time gazing at the locals going about their day!
The Matica Srpska Library
If you’re a sucker for books and old libraries, visit the Matica Srpska Library and Gallery. The library has an exquisite collection of more than 40 lakh rare books and manuscripts.
The Petrovaradin Fortress
Get across the river just around sunset as it will be the perfect time to visit the Petrovaradin Fortress. The famous EXIT festival in Serbia is hosted at this Fortress. It might come as a surprise to you that Novi Sad and the Petrovaradin are the two separate municipalities that come together to form one big city!
Awesome Options for Dinner in Novi Sad
Have dinner with a view to kill for! A few good options near the Petrovaradin Fortress are Balkan Express, Restoran Terasa, and Project 72 Wine & Deli. Taste the local Bermet wine and Kuglof cakes.
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Nightlife in Novi Sad
If you still aren’t tired after all of this, dance the night away! Because what the hell, you can sleep when you’re dead! It might not have a nightlife scene as amazing as Belgrade, but it does offer vibrant options of bars, pubs and clubs. Some of the liveliest ones are Gerila Bar, Gradska Pivnica, dom b-612, Škripa Pub and Tehnolog’s.
Have you ever visited Novi Sad? Let us know how you spent a day there in the comments!