Serbia is a small country with a long history, divine nature, and dozens of mind-blowing places. The Serbian hospitality, great local food with a large selection of different local specialties will unquestionably enhance your impression of this beautiful land. As a Serbian resident, I often forget how charming my country is. Despite the historical problems, wars, and political disagreements, I am proud to say that there are many worth-to-see places here.
Here are some of those places that will surely, make you gasp in amazement.
Novi Sad- Name of Mary Church
The Name of Mary church is the first catholic church in a city called Novi Sad. The church was built in the first decade of the 18th century and is located at the main town square. Locals in Novi Sad love to call this church a cathedral, even though it’s not that.
To many, this catholic church might seem like an ordinary church. But, the inside of it is extraordinary, and the façade is also fascinating. Even though most of the Serbian population is orthodox, this neo-gothic building represents a part of their history. Namely, the North of Serbia, including Novi Sad, was under the influence of Austro-Hungary. Today, this building represents the main spot where locals meet and start their night out.
An hour from the capital, and a few minutes from Novi Sad, lies a small vineyard town named Sremski Karlovci. The picture below will show you an orthodox cathedral, as well as the patriarchal court building right next to it. The patriarchal court contains a Museum of the Serbian Orthodox church where tourists could see valuable historical monuments.
The main attraction at Sremski Karlovci is undoubtedly the first Serbian gymnasium (Karlovačka gimnazija) opened in the late 18th century. Many of the most significant Serbian masterminds, scientists, and writers went to this exact gymnasium.
However, one of the most exciting things in Sremski Karlovci, for tourists, is also the Fountain of four Lions. There is a legend related to this fountain. The legend says that anyone who drinks water from one of four faucets will surely return to Karlovci and get married.
Located at the center of Niš, the fortress certainly takes the breath away of everyone who sees it. Niš is the wealthiest historic town in south Serbia, containing monuments from different time frames. This fortress was built to keep the locals safe in the Middle Ages when the Ottoman empire took over the territory.
This monument includes a huge complex that overlooks the river Nišava. Tourists are free to take a walk inside of the fortress’ park, enjoy a drink at some of the many local bars, see the mosque and many other archeological founding.
Fortress today is highly popular among the younger population. However, the most incredible tourist attraction in Niš is certainly the Nisville Jazz Festival that happens at the end of the summer. The entrance of the fortress even contains a mini jazz museum dedicated to famous worldwide jazz legends.
The Skull tower
Since Niš is a city with the most interesting history, I must mention both the Skull tower monument and the Red Cross concentration camp. These buildings are from different periods but enrich the Serbian culture. The Skull tower (Ćele Kula on Serbian) is a monument standing to remind the Serbian population of a horrible time between 1809 and 1812. After beating the Serbs at the battle of Čegar, the Ottoman ruler ordered his soldiers to take the skulls of dead Serbian warriors and build a wall. This wall should have frightened the Serbs back then to behave and not try to take over their own land.
Crveni Krst concentration camp
This concentration camp pulls roots from the 1940s. It was established then by the German Nazis. Crveni Krst (Red Cross) used to be a place where captured Serbs, Jews, and Romanis were tortured, starved, and lived in horrible conditions.
The Red Cross concentration camp is open for visitors. Tourists can enter the cells and see how captured people back then were living.
This is a facility that had over thirty-five thousand inmates. As a memorial to those victims who have lost their lives there, the concentration camp is still preserved. The park Bubanj Monument is also a monument at the other part of the city, intended for the victims of WW2.
Besides these main attractions, Serbia can offer great national parks full of fresh air and untouched flora and fauna. The locals here are charming and will indeed offer you to eat meze (Serbian appetizer) and drink rakia (alcoholic Serbian drink) with them. As a nation that likes to have fun, you will certainly get to enjoy our Serbian original songs and folk music. Thank you for taking your time to explore Serbia virtually. But words and pictures mean nothing, come here on vacation and see how much locals are kind and friendly. Welcome!