Exploring Novi Sad on Foot

This walking tour of Novi Sad starts at Petrovaradin Fortress and leads you past the clock and over the Danube to the historical part of the town. If you would like to read about how to get from Petrovaradin station to Petrovaradin Fortress, click here.
Petroveradin Fortress 750
As I headed from the fortress to the Novi Sad clock, I think I met the Serbian real-life Scooby Doo! He was just chillin’ outside a cafe! 😉
Novi Sad Scooby Doo 750

Novi Sad Clock

When you come out of the city museum, head in the direction of the river, and you will come to the famous Novi Sad clock. The clock tower is Baroque style and has a clock face bigger than 2 metres.
Novi Sad Clock
It is still fully functional and rings on the hour. If you look carefully, you will see that the hour and minute hands are reversed – this was so that the hour could be seen from afar – it was built to show the time to boats and ships on the Danube.

Crossing the Bridge from Petraveradin Fortress to Novi Sad

To the left of the clock platform, you will see a row of shops and restaurants. Look for the tunnel round the corner (you will see lots of people going in and out – see picture below) and this houses a long staircase that will take you directly down to the bridge connecting Petrovaradin to Novi Sad.
Where to go for the stairs to Novi Sad 750
It is not very disabled friendly as there are a lot of uneven steps, so be aware of this if you have accessibility issues. There are alternative routes down, they just take longer.
Stairs to Novi Sad Bridge
At the bottom head towards the bridge where you may notice the ‘shark’ street art!
Novi Sad Street Art
Crossing the bridge from Petrovaradin to Novi Sad should be about a 15-20 minute walk. Everything is clearly signposted when you arrive on the other side of the Danube.
Bridge from Petrovaradin to Novi Sad
The tourist information centre is on the main road straight ahead, if you need to stop for any advice or to pick up a map of Novi Sad. However, be aware that the Tourist Information centre in Novi Sad is closed on weekends. I rocked up on a Saturday expecting a nice city centre map, but it was closed! So, I had to rely on the good nature of the locals who directed me to the main pedestrianised zone.
Before I headed on to explore the main square, I stopped off for a lovely lunch and to make use of the Wif-Fi at Pizzeria Gondola.

My appropriately named 'gypsy burger' at Gondola, Novi Sad.
My appropriately named ‘gypsy burger’ at Gondola, Novi Sad.

Walking from the bridge across the Danube, go straight ahead until you come to Danube Park on your right hand side. Head diagonally right through this park and you will arrive at the stunning main pedestrian zone.
Danube Park Novi Sad
The centre of Novi Sad is, in my opinion, much more beautiful than the hotch-potch of architecture that is Belgrade. The main historical square and surrounding streets are pedestrianised.

Dunavska Street and Novi Sad Serbian Orthodox Church

I headed down the beautiful Dunavska street, one of the most beautiful and popular streets of Novi Sad.
Novi Sad Dunavska Street
There is an outside cafe culture in Novi Sad and this street is bustling, especially during the summer months.
Danube Park Novi Sad
My first stop was a visit to the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Novi Sad, built between 1860-1905 (the foundations were built in 1734).
Serbian Orthodox Cathedral
You can go inside the Novi Sad Serbian Orthodox Church for free. Just remember to respect that it is a place of worship (silence and no mobile phones). Girls do not need to cover their heads in the Serbian Orthodox Church. You will see the beautiful Iconostatis directly in front of you as you enter…
Serbian Orthodox Church
Exploring the streets near the Serbian Orthodox Church, I found some fantastic street art…
Street Art Novi Sad 2 750
I then walked past Vladicanski Dvor (The Bishops Place) which was one of the most stunning buildings in Novi Sad. Please be aware that you are not allowed to enter!
Bishops Place Novi Sad

Novi Sad Main Square – Novi Sad Town Hall and Catholic Church

I then walked from the Bishops place down Zmaj Jovina to the main square. On Svetozar Miletic Square (the main square sometimes called Liberty Square), you will see the Town Hall and the stunning Catholic Cathedral called ‘The Name of Mary Church’.
Novi Sad Town Hall
Novi Sad Catholic Cathedral is a striking structure in gothic architectural design.
Catholic Church Novi Sad 750
Novi Sad is known for being religiously inclusive, as there is also a Jewish Synagogue in the city centre. That means that Novi Sad has an Orthodox Cathedral, a Catholic Cathedral and a Synagogue all within 500 metres of each other.
Novi Sad Catholic Cathedral
It had been a long day, and it was time to head back to Belgrade, ready for my flight the next day. Many local people stopped to help me to find my way back to the train station, and they all seemed to speak perfectly good English. I wish I had more time to spend in Novi Sad, but that’s always the way! 😉
One last thing, look out for the Steam Train on display outside Novi Sad train station!
Novi Sad Station

Key Points on Novi Sad

  • Small enough to walk around all of the attractions.
  • Petrovaradin 18th Century Fortress.
  • Religiously diverse and architecturally pleasing pedestrianised historical zone.
  • Set on the Danube.
  • Tourist Information open business hours Monday to Friday only.
  • If you get lost, people will stop and help you and many speak English!

If you visit Petroveradin Fortress and Novi Sad, I hope that you have a truly wonderful time there. Connect with me on Facebook for more pictures and advice.
You might also like to read about Underground Belgrade with Travel Time Collection and Exploring Belgrade with my New Russian friend Sergei!


Hi, I'm Amy Trumpeter and I have over 25 years of travel experience. I love seeking out temples, Churches and other religious and historical buildings. I write mainly about Asia, Europe and North Africa. My BA (Religions and Theology) and MA (South Asian Studies) were gained from the University of Manchester. Come and join me on my templeseeking journey around the world!

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  1. Hi Amy,
    Scooby Doo indeed! Wow. Dead ringer. Beautiful town. I heard of it a few decades ago but hadn’t seen images of this wonderful spot.
    Thanks for sharing Amy 🙂

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Ryan and glad you like the pics! I’m following your blog too. Have a great day.

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