More and more travelers are including Serbia on their must-see lists and Novi Sad is not to be skipped. Solo travelers, couples, groups or families are sure to find a spot to enjoy and absorb its utterly cool factor. Home to one of the best music festivals in the world, it combines the slow paced rhythm of the „good old days“ with the excitement of the contemporary. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy the great food offered throughout the city (especially the homemade sweets), and then burn the calories wandering through the cute little streets baroque streets or climbing the fascinating Petrovaradin Fortress. If you need a place to stay, the first boutique hostel in Novi Sad is a spot-on choice, so let’s hear what Varad Inn Boutique Hostel staff recommends for the first timers and returning guests.
What makes your hostel unique?
The location is what makes us unique. Varad Inn Boutique Hostel, the first boutique hostel in Novi Sad is located in the lower part of the Petrovaradin Fortress, built between 1692 – 1780. Varad Inn is situated in a 300-year-old baroque building which underwent a complete renovation in 2014, making us one of the most modern and safest accommodations in the city.
What is the one thing that your guests like the most in your hostel?
Guests like the design and the charming ambiance of the hostel. Upon arrival over 90% of our guests say “Wow, this is so much more than I expected.”
What makes your city a place everyone should visit?
Novi Sad is the Balkan’s hidden gem. It’s the second biggest university city in Serbia with most young people speaking good English. Its youthful feel is evident with lots of cheap bars and restaurants. Our city is on the Danube, with an awesome city beach, where you can relax in the summer heat just as if you were on the coast. Getting around the city is easy with cheap taxis and buses, it’s also easy to get around by foot. Novi Sad is different, it’s very much a human-tailored city, rather than a huge anonymous metropolitan city, with walking distances to all the major interest points, such as the beautiful Petrovaradin fortress. It also has a distinctive baroque and medieval European architectural feel. There is a great music scene – Novi Sad is also, of course, home to the world famous EXIT festival. We’ve got great nightlife and the city has a relaxed and sociable feel to it.
What is the best time of the year to visit you?
With nightlife all night, every night! There is always something going on in the city, with festivals and street concerts a common occurrence, honestly, any time is the best time.
What would you recommend to your guests as a must see/must do in your city?
Explore the Petrovaradin fortress – take up some wine and food for a picnic and enjoy the huge open spaces and panoramic views of the city across the river, before exploring the multilevel underground military catacombs – if you’re brave enough! The evening could be spent in the city center, slurping on Jelen beer and going from bar to bar. You will definitely be in need of the famous Serbian hangover cure, burek (a pastry with mince or cheese inside) or for extreme cases – rasol (not for light weights) to dust off last nights’ cobwebs. Once sufficiently back in form, take a canoe down the Danube, seeing the city as you float past. Alternatively, relax on the Strand beach and soak up the nearly always perfect weather. In the afternoon take in a bit of Serbian culture at the galleries of Matica Srpska or Pavle Beljanski, have an afternoon coffee with the locals in one of many outside coffee shops, or even visit the nearby Middle Age orthodox monasteries of Fruska Gora and meet the monks.