Where is Serbia?
On this map the today’s republic of Serbia is represented in red. As you can see, it is located in Southeastern Europe, on the famous peninsula known as the Balkans. Throughout the history, its mountains and valleys have been separating and connecting two worlds: The East and The West.
The small region in the south, marked with letter "k" is known as Kosovo - by some, a part of Serbian territory, and by others, a new country that has recently proclaimed its independence. Serbia or not Serbia, traveling in Kosovo may involve certain risks, as this area is at the moment still politically unstable and volatile.
Taken from the web site www.serbiatravelers.org
Serbia - travel info
Do I need a visa to enter Serbia?
For nationals of many countries, no visa is required for a tourist visit to Serbia. The most accurate (and regularly updated) info can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Follow this link to go directly to the page where you can check whether you need a visa for Serbia or not .
Where do I get my visa?
If there is an Embassy of Serbia in your country, you should try getting your visa there. However, such an Embassy doesn't exist in a number of countries - in which case you should try to get your visa in another country along the way. Follow this link to check if there is a Serbian Embassy in your country - the web page also has all the addresses of Serbian embassies and consular missions abroad.
What to do if I want to continue my trip to another country?
In case you want to continue your journey, to another country, you may need to get some visas in Belgrade. There are a number of foreign embassies in Belgrade - to check if the one you need is among them, and also to find out the address and the phone number, follow this link.
Where can I cross the border to / from Serbia?
Here you can find the complete list of border crossings to / from all neighboring countries.
What do I need to have in order to get visa?
In that case, here is what you need:
1) Valid Passport;
2) Letter of invitation (verified by the competent Serbian authority) or an invitation by a company for a business visit or a receipt or authorized tourist company certifying that the travel arrangement has been paid for (letter of credit or other payment receipt);
3) Return ticket;
4) Proof of sufficient funds in hard currency and
5) Certificate that a health fund shall cover the medical costs in Serbia, if any.
Are there any transit visas?
Transit visa applicants are required to obtain the visa for the country they will enter after the transit through Serbia. By presenting this visa at the Serbian Embassy, they will receive a transit visa.
When visiting Serbia, you must register with local police within 24 hours of arrival. If you are staying in a hotel or official tourist accommodation, you will be registered automatically on check-in. If you do not register you risk a fine, detention or a court appearance.
You should carry your passport at all times for identification purposes.
U.S. citizens living or traveling in Serbia are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate at the Department of State’s travel registration page. in order to obtain updated information on local travel and security. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate. Registration is important; it allows the State Department to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency.
U.S. Embassy Belgrade
50 Kneza Milosa Street
More information about traveling regulations for US citizens you can find by following this link
A collection of traveler's information on Serbia, and help organizing the logistics of your trip can be found at www.serbiatravelers.org .
Language and alphabet
Serbian is a Slavic language used primarily in Serbia and Montenegro. You can also use it in Bosnia and Croatia, since differences among these language varieties would not hinder your ability to understand and be understood. If you stick to basic conversations you can easily get by in Bulgaria and Macedonia.
Serbian is a completely phonetic language, meaning that every letter represents only one sound, and every sound is represented by one letter.
The formula concocted by Vuk Karadzic, the great 19th century reformist of the Serbian Language, goes "write as you speak, read as it's written" - thanks to this, learning the 30 letters of the alphabet is all you'll ever need in order to read Serbian.
One of the rather confusing things about Serbian language is its alphabet - actually, its alphabets, since two of them are used parallelly. Latin and Serbian Cyrillic are completely equivalent and all Serbs are familiar with both.
There is no general rule in choosing the alphabet - street names, newspapers as well as train schedules are sometimes written in Cyrillic and sometimes in Latin.
On this page you can find the pronunciation key to the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet and some key phrases www.serbiatravelers.org
Some practical info about Serbian customs
Time zone: Serbia is in the Western - European time zone GMT+1h
Electric: 220 V, 50 Hz, 2 pin plugs used
You can easily reach any part of the world from Serbia, using telephone connections. Mobile telephones and public telephone booths are at your disposal. Pay-phone cards, 063/064 cell phone SIM cards as well as airtime to the value of 200, 500 and 1000 dinars are available at most kiosks.
Calling from hotels, restaurants and other facilities is usually very expensive, but there are telephone boxes, usually very visible. You may buy a telephone card on almost every tobacco shop or newsletter shops.
On the mobile phone side, there are a few service providers, both for contract-based mobile phone services and for prepaid mobile phones. Those providers are: Telenor, VIP and MTS
Bank notes: 5000, 1000, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 Dinars
Coins: 50 Para, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 Dinars
1EURO ≈ 95 Dinars
1 USD ≈ 63 Dinars
Additional money information
International credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants in Serbia. Diners Club and American Express are not so widely accepted.
As elsewhere in the ex-Yugoslav republics, the most frequently exchanged currencies are the Euro and US Dollar (Pound Sterling is rarely used). You can change money at any of hundreds of MENJAČNICA (exchange offices) in Serbia. Gone are the days of fluctuating rates and black market rates - all exchange bureau (including those in the airport, shops, hotels, etc.) have to use almost the same rate, so you can change anywhere without fear of being overcharged.
Banking Hours are usually Mon-Fri 08.00-19.00, Sat 08.00-15.00. Some are open on Sunday.
Traveler’s Cheque is acceptable in theory, but in practice these can be very hard to exchange. It is advisable to take hard currency and credit or debit cards.
Where is Novi Sad?
Novi Sad, Serbia is the main administrative centre of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina, and the administrative centre of the South Bačka District. The city lies in the southern part of Central Europe's Pannonia Plain, on both banks of the Danube River.
Novi Sad is Serbia's second largest city, after Belgrade.
According to the data from November 2009, the city had an urban population of 283,634, while its municipal population was 370,101.The city is located on the border of the Bačka and Srem regions, on the banks of the Danube River and Danube-Tisa-Danube Canal, while facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora Mountain.
Since it was founded in 1694, Novi Sad became the centre of Serbian culture and earned its nickname Serbian Athens. Today, Novi Sad is a large industrial and Financial Centre of the Serbian economy; and it is also one of the biggest construction sites in the region.
The name Novi Sad means "New Plantation" (noun) in Serbian. It is a translation of the Latin word "Neoplanta," which was given by Maria Teresia. As a meeting place of cultures and people, Novi Sad came to have many different names in various languages.
Taken from the Wikipedia .
What people from Novi Sad say about their city?
It is hard, if not impossible, for us, the citizens of Novi Sad, to talk about our city or to show its pictures in an impartial way, without showing how much we love it and how much we are struggling to remain worthy of its past.
It is a city one gets to know and love easily, but also a place hard to forget and leave forever.
Novi Sad is a simple city, hospitable and open-hearted to all of its visitors, built by measure of a man.
Taken from the Novi Sad official web site www.novisad.rs
About Novi Sad
By its charm, culture and nightlife, Novi Sad is similar to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, but because it is smaller, there is more a personal tone to everything in a laid back environment. That is why Novi Sad is considered to be a perfect combination of urban sophistication and bohemian relaxation. A multiethnic (Serbs, Croats, Hungarians, Slovaks, Gypsies etc.) foundation on which Novi Sad was built, makes it a very tolerant, peaceful environment with a specific charm to it.
Across from Novi Sad, on the right bank of the river Danube, is the small town of Petrovaradin. Novi Sad and Petrovaradin are considered to be twin cities. They are separated by the Danube but connected by 3 bridges which are of essential importance for these two towns. However the most outstanding feature on the right bank of Danube is the Petrovaradin Fortress. Often called “Gibraltar on the Danube”, Petrovaradin Fortress dates back some 600 years and is a maze of alleys, trenches, gates, underground tunnels and galleries. Every July, the Fortress also hosts the EXIT music festival, which turns Novi Sad, into a music capital of Europe for the duration of the festival.
Novi Sad is becoming more and more popular with students. According to the data of the Institute for Statistics, there are 19 faculties and five colleges in Novi Sad. Every year a large number of students come to Novi Sad. In academic year 2006/07, 34,188 students enrolled at a faculty, while 4,306 students graduated in the same academic year. Novi Sad is developing regarding tourism as well. In 2006, the average number of overnights of domestic tourists was 1.9, and 2.1 of foreign tourists.
At this web site you can find the map of Novi Sad that can help you find your way around the city: www.planplus.rs
Prices in Novi Sad
Prices in cafes:
Coffee – 0.9 EURO
Juice – 0.8 – 1.2 EURO
Prices in pizzeria:
Pizza – 4 – 10 EURO
Spaghetti – 4- 8 EURO
Prices in restaurants:
Average meal – 10 – 20 EURO
Novi Sad has good transport connections with nearby cities thanks to its great position. It is located about 80km to the northwest of Belgrade, about 300km from Budapest, 424 km from Ljubljana, 309km from Zagreb, 548 km from Podgorica, 150km from Timisoara (Romania), 100km from the border town (with Hungary) of Subotica and about 100km from the Romanian border
If you want to use local transportation you can take a bus or a cab. In order to travel to other cities in Serbia you can take bus or a train.
Taking the Bus
Novi Sad has an excellent bus service. Ticket for one ride (no matter how far you go as long you don't change the bus) costs 40RSD and is bought at driver.
Taking a Taxi
Taxis are not overly expensive (by Western standards), the minimum fare varies between 80 and 100 RSD, with a cross-city trip typically costing 150-200 RSD. It helps to have the address written out although many taxi drivers speak fair English. However, be careful of taxis unaffiliated with one of the major firms (especially at the train station), or you may pay up to four times more than your fare should be.
When taking a cab make sure that the meter is running.
Some good taxi companies are Pan, Vojvodjani, SOS, Delta, Novus, Naš, Lav.
The city centre is actually quite small and most of the interesting sights, bars and hotels are all within easy walking distance. There are plenty of street maps, especially in the centre, so you can find your way easily.
The fortress of Petrovaradin on the right bank of the Danube is a fortress that no enemy has ever taken. It now contains a museum, "Muzej Grada Novog Sada" (Novi Sad City Museum) gathering all ancient objects of the region from the prehistorical era until today, large number of small art studios and living spaces of artists, underground military galleries - corridors, few clubs and few cafes and a delicatessen.
It also has a small Observatory and Planetarium, open on Saturdays from 7PM-12PM. The observatory is open when skies are clear, while the Planetarium, which is near the Museum, is open every Saturday. The staff is young, fun and speaks excellent English. The 5* hotel and three restaurants offer beautiful views of the Danube and of Novi Sad, and have recently been reopened, after extensive renovation and refurbishment works.
Some important architectural sights:
The Old town hall, right on the main city square called Trg Slobode
The Church of the great martyr St. George, Serb Orthodox church in Pašićeva Street
The Church of Virgin's name, Catholic Church in the center on Trg Slobode
Castle “Dundjerski” an old castle, wonderfully preserved, situated to the north of Novi Sad.
The Novi Sad Synagogue, a beautiful Synagogue in the center of the city, in Jevrejska Street.
Foreign art collection
Situated at 29 Dunavska Street,
Open: 9-16 every day except on Monday.
Foreign art collection Situated at 29 Dunavska Street, Open: 9-16 every day except on Monday.
(Vojvodina from Paleolithic up to the XX century)
Situated at 36-37 Dunavska Street,
Open: 9.00-19.00h on working days, closed on Monday, 9.00-14.00 h on weekends.
Entry price for foreigners 100 RSD.
EXIT festival (held usually in the first weekend of July)
This festival, founded in 2000 an onset to the democratic revolution in the country, attracts more and more visitors every year. It has a wider variety of music genres such as Rock, Dance, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, and Techno. Many world famous bands played on the festival (Slayer, Moloko, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang-Clan, Public Enemy and many DJs from around Europe and Asia) and in the year 2004 it was listed as the biggest cultural event of South-Central/Eastern Europe.
City Centre and Surrounding
If the weather is nice, sit down at one of the cafés around “Spens” and enjoy
The Železnicar Association of mountaineers and skiers organizes a hiking trip every Sunday on Fruška Gora Mountain and in the Novi Sad vicinity.
In summer you must visit “STRAND" the most beautiful sand beach on the Danube River! It is open usually from 15 May to 15 September.
After a hearty breakfast with meat, Serbians traditionally work eight hours straight before having their "lunch" between 15:00-18:00. Obviously this is by far the biggest meal of the day, with huge quantities of soup, roasted meat and potatoes, and a pickle salad as a side dish. Novi Sad being the capital of "bacon heartland" Vojvodina, vegetarians can be frowned upon. Restaurants are typically open until 22:00.
As a university town, Novi Sad is known for a lively bar scene. There are lots of nice bars in the small streets to the west of Zmaj Jovina, mainly in Laze Telečkog Street, and around Njegoševa and Grčkoškolska Streets. Also popular is the outdoor drinking (in summer) at Zmaj Jovina/Dunavska and at café’s around the sports stadium. Some of the popular places where you can have a drink and some fun are:
"Martha's Pub" Laze Teleckog Street.
Bar ''Kaž'te'' at Fish Island (Ribarsko Ostrvo)
"Bela Lađa" - international restaurant with gipsy music in the center of Novi Sad.
"Cuba Libre" Laze Telečkog Street.
"Trema" (Stage fright) - one of the largest bars in Novi Sad with a lot of musical events and mixed audience. Situated in the Serbian national theatre.
Cafe "The Sting" at Vojvodina Stadium
"Absolut" Zmaj Jovina 12 Novi Sad
"Pivnica Gusan" Zmaj Jovina 12 Novi Sad - one of the best pubs
"Irish Pub" - the closest you can get to an Irish pub
Jazz & Blues Clubs
"Foxtrot" in 23 Futoška Street
"Jazz Club WHEELS" in 4 Natoseviceva Street
Learning Serbian in Novi Sad
1. Centre of Serbian as a Foreign Language
There you can find the regular offer of Serbian courses divided into levels as well as their prices and other conditions of studying.
2. Azbukum - Serbian language school and a centre for Serbian culture.
Centre for Serbian Language and Culture Dragiše Brašovana 18
21000 Novi Sad
tel/fax: +381 21 450 528 (central office)
Director: +381 64 17 89 609