The former fishing village of Novi Sad on the Danube River in northern Serbia is a centre of culture, history and activity. With a diverse population of around 250,000, Novi Sad is a veritable metropolis, but the easily accessible Old Town (Stari Grad) and lush parks give the city a calm, tranquil feel. If you're travelling around the Balkans, be sure to include Novi Sad on your itinerary!
In July, the city dances to the beat of EXIT Festival, a hugely popular international music event that attracts thousands of attendees from around the world to the 400-year-old Petrovaradin Citadel, where it's held. For those who prefer a slower pace, there's a wealth of art galleries, sites and museums to choose from including the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, the Gallery of Matica Srpska, and the Novi Sad Synagogue on Jevrejska Street.
Novi Sad has so much history and culture that it's been named the "Athens of Serbia". And with its vibrant atmosphere buzzing with possibility, it's also been voted the European Youth Capital of 2019. Clearly, now is the time to discover Novi Sad.