For taking Austrian side in Austro-Turkish wars (late 17th, early 18th century), Serbs were forced to leave their fatherland and inhabit Austrian territories across river Sava and Danube. Serbian Patriarch as an institution eventually settled in Sremski Karlovci and that’s how this picturesque small town became Serbian cultural center and “emigration capital” during Turkish occupation. Within same historical context, Austrians built the most powerful fortress on the river Danube, A.K.A. “Gibraltar on the Danube”. Wright across the river, town of Novi Sad started to flourish and it would eventually take over the role of the most important city in Vojvodina Province.
Morning departure from Belgrade and visit to Novo Hopovo Monastery. This is arguably one of the most important, among 16 monasteries of holy Fuska Gora Mountain. The most important representative of Serbian Enlightenment movement, Dositej Obradovic spent 3 years in Novo Hopovo.
Only half hour bus ride away from Novo Hopovo, in picturesque town of Sremski Karlovci, Serbian intellectual elite tried to keep up pace with advanced Europe during Turkish occupation, while ordinary people were engaged in wine production. Branko Radicevic Square therefore features monumental edifices such as, Karlovci Grammar School, Town Hall, Congregational Church, Patriarch’s Court and famous Karlovci Seminary. Visit to Kuglof Museum (local delight) and wine seller for local wine tasting, is planed afterwards.
Sightseeing tour continues in Petrovaradin fortress only 7 km away from Sremski Karlovci. This unconquerable fortress is also known as Gibraltar on the river Danube. It consists of Upper Town that features military barracks, now turned into museums, galleries and hotels and Lower Town that used to host officers and their families. Due to its European like architecture it is considered to be unique, environmental experience in Serbia.
Finally, Novi Sad walk starts on The Freedom Square where one can find Neogothic church of The Holy name of Mary, City Hall and Svetozar Miletic monument. Pleasant stroll through Zmaj Jovina will take the group to Bishop’s Court and Congregational Church at which point starts famous Dunavska, the main commercial street in Novi Sad that once connected Novi Sad Port on the river Danube with the town itself.
15 EUR – minimum: 40 PAX
30 EUR – minimum: 15 PAX
Services Included in price: bus transfer and Novi Sad, Petrovaradin, Sremski Karlovci guided sightseeing tours.
Optional Services Not included in price: Wine tasting (5 €) and Kuglof workshop (5 €)
As a preliminary offer, this program can be altered according to group’s suggestions if possible and due to unpredictable circumstances of any kind.