Getting away from it all

 

CorD presents alternative breaks in and around Vojvodina’s Fruška Gora – from a daytrip to a full holiday.

Daytrip: small town, big history

Destination: Sremski Karlovci

Distance from Belgrade: 65km

Highlights: architecture & history

Sremski Karlovci is a unique small town with big city buildings and an historical significance that belies its modern status.
Once the site of a small Roman fortress, the town – known locally as simply ‘Karlovci’ – was later taken over by Hungarian noble families until becoming part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire in 1520, though retaining its ethnica-Serb majority throughout.

Among the town’s claims to historical fame are the fact that it hosted the first ever roundtable congress used in international politics (16th November, 1698 to 26th January, 1699), which resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Karlowitz that ended hostilities between the Ottoman Empire and the Holy League – a coalition of various European powers that included the Habsburg Monarchy, Poland, Venice and Russia.

Sremski Karlovci is also home to the earliest Serb grammar school, Karlova?ka gimnazija, which was founded on 3rd August 1791 and is still preparing the area’s youngsters for life.
In 1794 an Orthodox seminary was also founded in the town. The second oldest Orthodox seminary in the world after the Spiritual Academy in Kiev, it is also still in existence.
Contemporary Karlovci boasts many preserved building that were of importance to Serbia’s religious, cultural and political life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The oldest buildings in the town centre date back to the late 17th and early 18th centuries, when the centre of the Serbian Orthodox church was moved to Karlovci and many new structures were added.
The town’s Chapel of Peace, built 1699-1700, remains unchanged in appearance, though reconstructed in 1817. Its rotunda shape and four separate entrances were designed in recognition of the famous peace negotiations that took place here.

Construction on the large Congregation Church, with its massive baroque towers, started in the mid-18th century under the leadership of Metropolitan Pavle Nenadovi?. Its masterful baroque iconostasis was painted by Teodor Kra?un and Jakov Orfelin.

The most monumental building in Karlovci is the Patriarchy Court, built between 1892 and 1895 by the architect Vladimir Nikoli? after 19th century urban places influenced by Historicist, Renaissance and Baroque styles.


 

The town also boasts a bee museum, offering excellent local honey and honey-rakija (Medova?a), as well as numerous Danube-side restaurants and bars.
Sremski Karlovci is an excellent entertaining and educational daytrip destination that’s less than an hour’s drive from Belgrade.

 

Weekend Away: lakeside leisure

Destination: Lake Pali?

Distance from Belgrade: 181km

Highlights: fresh air & natural beauty

The spa and summer resort of Lake Pali? has lured tourists since the 19th century, when it first became an exclusive leisure destination for the Austro-Hungarian elite.
It was back in 1840, when it was discovered that the lake’s water and mud had salubrious properties, that a huge landscaped park was established at Pali?. A natural health spa environment was then fostered and both recreational and health tourists began to flock to Pali?. The area’s mineral water springs have a consistent temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and the mud of the lake is rich in important mineral substances with therapeutic qualities.

The Great Park has since been redesigned and additional greenery planted. Originally occupying an area of more than 86,000 square metres, the park today covers around 190,000 m².
Lake Pali? is a protected area and has the official status of a Nature Park. The lake’s 17 kilometres of banks are well landscaped and very attractive for walking, cycling or taking one of the coach rides on offer.

Pali? is the most popular tourist destination in the province of Vojvodina and the fifth most popular place to get away from it in the whole of Serbia.
Boasting numerous hotels, restaurants and even a zoo, as well as hosting the famous annual Pali? European Film Festival each June, Pali? is an excellent weekend break option year-round.
Pull-quote Pali? is the most popular tourist destination in the province of Vojvodina and the fifth most popular place to get away from it in the whole of Serbia.

 

City Break: capital of fun

Destination: Novi Sad

Distance from Belgrade: 70km

Highlights: Petrovaradin Fortress & Štrand Beach

Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina and the administrative centre of the South Ba?ka District, lies in the southern part of Central Europe's Pannonian Plain and is sprawled across both banks of the River Danube, facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora.Serbia's second largest city and one of only four autonomous city units in the country, Novi Sad has a municipal population of around 370,000.

With a name meaning New Plantation (Neoplanta), Novi Sad was founded in 1694 and quickly became the area’s centre of Serbian culture, earning the nickname of the Serbian Athens. Contemporary Novi Sad is a bustling industrial and financial centre that has developed a strong urban identity, yet maintained its easy-going Vojvodinan nature.

The city is home to numerous cultural events, festivals and music concerts, with the most prominent being the now world-renowned EXIT Festival, which attracts upwards of 200,000 revellers to the city’s Petrovaradin Fortress for four days of world class concerts each summer. Novi Sad is also home to Serbia’s only festival of alternative and new theatre, INFANT, as well as the festival of children’s literature - Zmaj Children Games, International Novi Sad Literature Festival, Sterijino pozorje, the Novi Sad Jazz Festival and many more.

Vojvodina is known for its multiethnic nature and Novi Sad boasts dozens of culture and art societies that reflect the city’s multicultural life. National minorities present their own traditions, folklore and songs through societies like the Hungarian MKUD Petefi Sandor, Slovakien SKUD Pavel Jozef Safarik, Ruthenian RKPD Novi Sad, Bulgarian, Slovenian Jewish, Croatian and other societies.

Home to a strong Jewish community until WWII, the Novi Sad Synagogue now houses many cultural events in the City.
Novi Sad offers a tourist port near Varadin Bridge in the city centre, which welcomes various Danube river cruise vessels from across Europe, while the most recognisable structure in Novi Sad is Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city skyline and offers stunning views of urban Novi Sad. All this, coupled with the historic neighbourhood of Stari Grad and its many monuments, museums, cafés, restaurants, parks and shops, makes Novi Sad a great city break destination just an hour from Belgrade.
Pull-quote The city is home to numerous cultural events, festivals and music concerts, with the most prominent being the now world-renowned EXIT Festival

 


 


 


 


 


 

Holiday: Jewel of Serbia

Destination: Fruška Gora National Park

Distance from Belgrade: around 60km

Highlights: Woodland climbs & the River Danube

Travelling through Vojvodina’s (at times excruciatingly flat) Pannonian Plain, one will come across an apparent oasis in the former seabed; an island of lush green slopes, forested hillsides and picturesque valleys known as Mount Fruška Gora or the Jewel of Serbia.

Classified as a national park since 1960, the slopes of Fruška Gora are well suited for grape cultivation and, accordingly, are home to many vineyards producing Traminer, Riesling and other wines. This makes Fruška Gora an ideal destination for wine route tourism.

The mountain’s fertility and beauty have attracted tourists for many years and the national park has become known for the peaceful, rich life of its inhabitants and as a place where visitors can recuperate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This makes it an excellent choice for rambling and hiking holidays.

Fruška Gora is also a great religious and historical tourism location, as it is home to over a dozen Serbian Orthodox monasteries. Each is an original working monastery with residential quarters, places of worship and small working farms. Most of Fruška Gora’s monasteries were built between the 12th and 16th centuries and their state of repair varies.

The area boasts several excellent hotel retreats in woodland surroundings, some of which offer indoor swimming pools, sports facilities, conference halls for team-building breaks and restaurants. Visitors can also stay at nearby Salaš’s (converted farmsteads) or even hire a villa on the mountain for a very reasonable price.

Fruška Gora borders the majestic River Danube, which offers water sports, fishing and river tourism, as well as numerous riverside restaurants specialising in fish fresh from the Danube.
Whether you decide to visit Fruška Gora for a day, weekend or full holiday, we’re sure that you’ll find plenty to do and plenty of opportunities to rest, recuperate and enjoy the wonderful nature of the Jewel of Serbia.