The City of Novi Sad has the necessary diversity of a modern tourist center that aims to and has the ability to put itself on a world tourist map. It is located on the Danube, on the intersection of the most important roads, near the mountain of Fruška Gora with 17 culturally and historically significant monasteries, and it is surrounded by typical Vojvodinian ranches. In addition, there are 17th-century Petrovaradin Fortress, appealing old city center, numerous museums, prestigious Novi Sad Fair, as well as many world famous festivals and events.
Novi Sad has been a member of the European Cities Tourism since 2006. During 2008, 97,008 tourists visited the city, which is 4.2 % of the total number of tourists in the Republic of Serbia. In 2008 only, the port of Novi Sad saw 500 cruise ships (out of which 250 were foreign) and around 35,000 passengers. Besides, approximately 300,000 people visit the Agricultural Fair every year, while the EXIT music festival attracts around 150,000 visitors, mostly foreign.
Among the many tourist attractions we would like to single out:
THE DANUBE is one of the distinguishing features of Novi Sad from the aspect of tourism, especially the famous ‘corso’ the “Belgrade Quay”, as well as numerous beaches along the shore, especially the most beautiful and well maintained “Shtrand” («Štrand») which stretches on a 10ha surface with all the supplemental content.
The riverside, is also a significant habitat for birds, some of which like the Kovil-Petrovaradin («Коviljsko-petrovaradinski») Isle, are special nature reserves, and are of international significance.
THE PETROVARADIN FORTRESS
Covering an area of 122ha, built in the 17th and 18th century, it represents a cultural-historical monument. Located within the fortress are the Museum of the City of Novi Sad, the Academy of the Arts, the Observatory as well as the Archives of the City, also it is at this very place, traditionally, in the month of July, that the EXIT Music Festival takes place, proclaimed to be the best in Europe.
THE NOVI SAD FAIR
Founded in 1923, it covers an area of 22,6ha and draws 1 200 000 people, yearly. The biggest and most visited event is the “International Agriculture Fair” with about 2000 exhibitors from Serbia and abroad. The Novi Sad Fair organizes 20 fairs and exhibitions, and 400 events in the “Master” Congress Center, yearly.
THE OLD CITY CORE
The architecture of the city represents a mixture of several different styles. The oldest house “At the White Lion” was built in long ago 1740. The city streets boast several beautiful palaces from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century: “Tanurdzićeva”, “Menratova”, “Vatikan”, “Klajnova”, etc. as well as sacral architecture belonging to different confessions.
FRUŠKA GORA and the MONASTERIES
Fruška Gora with its national park of about 25.000ha, where 17 Orthodox monasteries can be found (founded in the period from the 15th to 18th century as pious endowments of Serbian despots), with forested areas, rare plant and wildlife, nature reserves, numerous lakes (14 in total), mountain trails (about 800km of mаrked paths), complete with mountaineers homes and a hotel, is located partly in the Novi Sad district and represents one of the tourist destinations with the most content in the out lazing areas of the Danube.
The “Salashi” with their authentic appearance remind us of past, romantic times, of rural hamlets of the Panonia. Today they are keepers of time and a traditional way of life, and as such are attract the attention of tourists. Salash hamlets in the territory of Novi Sad are situated on “Cheney” («Čenej»), in Veternik, “Begech” («Begeč») and “Katchki atar” («Kački atar»).