Vojvodina: an intimate journey to northern Serbia‍

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If you are looking for an authentic travel experience without the hustle and bustle of mass tourism, Vojvodina in Serbia is the perfect destination for you. This hidden gem in Eastern Europe offers a unique blend of history, culture and natural beauty found nowhere else in the world. From charming villages to vibrant cities, there is so much to discover in this region. One of the most popular regions is Fruska Gora, a nature reserve with lush forests, tranquil lakes and most beautiful viewpoints. The park is also home to numerous rare plant and animal species, making it a paradise for nature lovers.

A melting pot of traditions and customs

With its diverse ethnic composition and long history of coexistence, this region is a melting pot of different traditions and customs. Not surprising if you look only at its location; it is located in northern Serbia and borders Croatia to the west, Hungary to the north and Romania to the east. You will find a fascinating mix of cultures that have shaped the identity of this place, from the traditional Hungarian villages in the north to the Serbian Orthodox monasteries in the south: whether you visit one of the many museums or attend a local festival, you will be immersed in the authentic traditions and folklore that make Vojvodina so special.

Fruska Gora park: an ecological hotspot

Located in Serbia, Fruška Gora is a volcanic mountain range covered with lush forests, meadows and vineyards. One of its highlights is the Fruska Gora National Park, a true oasis for nature lovers. The area is home to numerous plant and animal species, some of which are rare and endangered. This makes Fruška Gora an important ecological hotspot, attracting nature lovers and researchers alike.

Krusedol Monastry

Fruska Gora: home to 16 Orthodox monasteries

Fruska Gora is not only a natural treasure, it also has a rich cultural history. The park is home to 16 Orthodox monasteries dating back to the Middle Ages. These magnificent monasteries are impressive architectural masterpieces and offer a glimpse of the spiritual and cultural heritage of the region. A visit to one of these monasteries is a must during your stay in Vojvodina. At the bottom of the southern slopes of Fruska Gora, near the town of Irig, lies Krusedol Monstery. Surrounded by a park and chestnut trees, you will find a small well in the courtyard of this shrine. Along each side of the temple are dormitories, and an abundance of flowers and archaic details adorn the courtyard.

Bishop’s Palace at the end of the famous Zmaj Jovina street

Novi Sad: the city on the banks of the Danube River

Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina, is a city not to be missed. With its charming streets, historic architecture and vibrant atmosphere, Novi Sad has much to offer visitors. One of the highlights is the Petrovaradin Fortress, an 18th-century fortress that towers over the city. From here you have a magnificent view of the city and the Danube. In addition, Novi Sad is known for its vibrant cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries and theaters hosting events throughout the year.

Enjoy the delicious cuisine of Vojvodina

The region is known for its flavorful cuisine and hospitality. Be sure to try local specialties such as “cevapi” (grilled meat rolls), “kacamak” (corn porridge with cheese) and “kulen” (spiced pork). Earlier, we spoke with influencer and local Jelena who tips her favorite places to eat in Novi Sad here. Vojvodina is also a paradise for wine lovers. The region has been producing wine for centuries and there are numerous wineries and vineyards you can visit to taste the local wines.

Visit vineyards and taste the finest wines

The favorable climate, fertile soil and tradition of grape cultivation in the mountains have made it known for the production of high-quality wines. The vineyards on the slopes of Fruška Gora produce a variety of wines, including the famous Bermet, a sweet dessert wine with a long history dating back to the 18th century. Nestled between the hills and forests of the Fruska Gora National Park and the banks of the Danube, lies a small town called Sremski Karlovci, just 15 km from Novi Sad. This small town is best known for its vineyards, and almost every house in the village has its own wine cellar. Some of the vineyards worth visiting are Kis Winery, Bailo Winery and Cellar Veritas. Every year there is the Spring Wine Festival where you can learn more about the wines and winemaking culture.

View of Novi Sad and famous clock tower from Petrovaradin Fortress, where the Exit festival also takes place annually

Discover Vojvodina’s cultural attractions: museums, galleries and historical sites

Vojvodina has a rich cultural history and there are plenty of museums, galleries and historical sites to explore. One of the must-see attractions is the Museum of Vojvodina in Novi Sad. This museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts that highlight the history and culture of the region. There are also many historical sites to explore, such as Ečka Castle, a beautiful 19th-century castle, and the Petrovaradin Clock Tower, an iconic landmark in Novi Sad.

Festivals and events in Vojvodina: art, music and traditions

Vojvodina is known for its vibrant festivals and events that take place throughout the year. One of the highlights is the EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, one of the largest music festivals in Europe. This four-day event attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. There are also many other festivals that celebrate Vojvodina’s rich culture and traditions, such as the Sterijino Pozorje Theater Festival and the TAMBURICA Fest.

Off the beaten path in Vojvodina: hidden gems and local secrets

In addition to the well-known sights, there are plenty of off-the-beaten-path experiences to discover in Vojvodina. Visit the city of Subotica, which is located near the border with Hungary and is known for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. The city has many buildings designed by famous Hungarian architects, such as the town hall and synagogue. Zrenjanin is a hidden gem in Vojvodina, often overlooked by tourists. This town has well-preserved 19th-century architecture, with beautiful squares and parks. Definitely worth a visit is the village of Vrdnik, with its scents of linden and pine trees. An absolute must-see is the Vrdnicka Kula, a 12th-century tower that historians say dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. At the top you have a phenomenal view of Vrdnik and the surrounding area.

Accommodation in Vojvodina

Stay on a farm: If you are looking for an authentic rural experience, there are several farms in Vojvodina that offer accommodations. On these farms, you can immerse yourself in the local culture and farming traditions. You can expect comfortable rooms, delicious homemade meals and the opportunity to participate in various farm activities. Some popular farm stays in Vojvodina include “Farm Stay Zasavica,” “Eco Farm Babino Selo” and via Air BnB this gem.

Hotels in Fruska Gora: If you plan to explore this region, there are several hotels that offer comfortable accommodations. Highly recommended is “Hotel Premier Aqua” in Vrdnik, which offers modern rooms, spa facilities and stunning views of the surrounding nature. “Hotel Dunav” in Novi Sad is another good choice, offering elegant rooms and a central location.

Special accommodations: If you are looking for something truly unique, there are special accommodations available in Vojvodina that offer a unique experience. For example, the Premier Prezident Hotel & Spa in Sremski Karlovci offers luxurious rooms, a rooftop pool with panoramic views and a wine cellar with a wide selection of local wines. Another option is “Etnoselo Vrdnicka kula,” a traditional village-style resort where you can experience local traditions and customs. Also opened in this area is the first luxury glamping Lala Vineyard – resort where you imagine yourself in an oasis of peace and enjoy a view of the Danube River.

Homemade bread at Farm Stay Zasavica

Unlike popular hotspots teeming with tourists, Vojvodina offers a more intimate and personal experience. Here you can really connect with the locals, learn about their way of life and become part of their community, if only for a short while. Whether you stay in a traditional guesthouse or dine in a family restaurant, you will be treated like a friend and not just another tourist.