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.
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 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.
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.
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.
At the bottom head towards the bridge where you may notice the ‘shark’ 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.
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.
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.
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.
I headed down the beautiful Dunavska street, one of the most beautiful and popular streets of Novi Sad.
There is an outside cafe culture in Novi Sad and this street is bustling, especially during the summer months.
My first stop was a visit to the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Novi Sad, built between 1860-1905 (the foundations were built in 1734).
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…
Exploring the streets near the Serbian Orthodox Church, I found some fantastic street art…
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!
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 Catholic Cathedral is a striking structure in gothic architectural design.
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.
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!
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!