Novi Sad is the second largest city in the Republic of Serbia, located on the banks of the Danube River, 70 km away from Belgrade. The town was established in the 17th century as a settlement of artisans and merchants on the left bank of the Danube River. Today, Novi Sad is a city with about 400,000 citizens and it is the political, administrative, economic, cultural and educational center of Vojvodina Autonomous Province.
The focal point of the city is the Petrovaradin Fortress, second largest along the Danube River. Today, along the kilometers-long underground tunnels, the fortress provides three restaurants, a home to artist’s studios, a museum and a hotel. Various cultural events take place on the Petrovaradin Fortress – one of the largest and most popular is the summer music festival EXIT that every July gathers around 250,000 to 350,000 youngsters.
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and one of the oldest cities on the Balkan Peninsula. The city got its name after the Nišava River, which flows through the city, keeping that way the memory of Roman Naissus and the nearby imperial palace of Mediana, residence of Constantine the Great, first Christian ruler of the Roman Empire. Tourists have been coming in increasing numbers to Southern Serbia’s biggest city and many decide to stay there for the weekend or spend part of their holidays. It is a city whose turbulent history, unique monuments, southerners’ spirit and beautiful nature has inspired many artists.
Kragujevac, situated on the banks of the Lepenica River very close to the geographic central point of the country, is the fourth largest city and the administrative center of the Šumadija District. Kragujevac was the first capital of modern Serbia, proclaimed in 1838, as well as the first industrialized city. Modern Kragujevac is known for its large weapons, ammunition and machinery factories, as well as for the Serbian branch of the FIAT automobile industry.
The city is well known for its many great examples of Hungarian architecture ,being situated at the very north of the country. It is the host of many festivals of various types. In its vicinity is the lake with lakeside town Palić, popular among tourists all over the region. Palić Lake is the right place for everyone looking for a pleasant holiday on the lake, walks in the nature, swimming or enjoyment in fish specialties. This is one of the most visited destinations in Serbia, above all, due to its beauty and diverse possibilities for holiday and relaxation.
In the valley of Đetinja River, in Western Serbia, surrounded by magnificent beauties of mountains Tara and Zlatibor, lies the city of Užice, developed near the old tower built in medieval times. Many people pass by this place of long and wild history, but only few of them actually stay here. If you are a nature lover and a lover of rural tourism, you should take a tour around Užice, renown as capital of the first liberated territory of the Nazi-enchained Europe in the autumn of 1941.