SERBIA, NOVI SAD AND SREMSKI KARLOVCI

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I found a tour to Novi Sad online a week before we left. I knew from researching that Novi Sad would be a good place to visit. I really struggled to find anything probably due to the infancy of Serbian and tourism. The tour started with being picked up from our hotel and we were driven to Novo Hopovo monastery on the Fruska Gora mountain in northern Serbia.

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We then drove onto Novi Sad. And had a walking tour seeing the city centre with the main square, city hall, cathedral, Danube’s park, and the Serbian National Theatre. It is such a pretty place to see.

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We had lunch. And then drove to Petrovaradin fortress, with this beautiful view of the Danube river. I can imagine this area in the next ten years, filled with cruise ships. So I am pleased I got to visit before mass tourism arrives.

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We then drove onto Sremski Karlovci,and visited the town centre. It was filled with baroque style buildings, which were very grand. This is the Serbian Theological School from the 18th century.

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According to legend, who ever drinks water from the 1799 Four Lions Well will return to Karlovci to marry.

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One of our group was Turkish and remembered reading in her history lesson about a treaty signed in a church here in Sremski Karlovci. And she was right. Our tour guide asked if we could have a look at the church and then we were inside !

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This church since rebuilt was used to sign the Treaty of Karlowitz concluding the Austro-Ottoman War of 1683–97 in which the Ottoman side had been defeated. This is know as the Peace Chapel as this was the very first peace treaty of international relations. Such an amazing piece of history.

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This area is also know for its vineyards and wine cellars. And we went to a family run one and found some adorable kittens.

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This was such a lovely day in Serbia and if you want to experience it too – this is the tour I booked

http://www.belgradewalkingtours.com/meet-serbia.html

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