By Serbian standards Novi Sad is rather young, and took off in the 18th century as a trading hub opposite the mammoth Petrovaradin Fortress, an Austro-Hungarian outpost. In the s and s the city blossomed into an unofficial capital for Serbian culture. This was briefly interrupted by the Revolution when the Hungarian garrison in the Petrovaradin Fortress smashed the city to pieces. A strategic prize on an outcrop by the Danube, Petrovaradin had been in the hands of the Ottomans for years before it was wrested from them by the Habsburg Empire in the Great Turkish War. Immediately in the Austrians went about building an eastern bulwark against the Ottomans: A Vauban-style fortress with dimensions that had never been seen before.
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Its people are somehow more relaxed, and the food seems classy. The overall atmosphere when walking around Novi Sad is bewitching. Whatever it is, no one can forget the mixed feelings of being a happy traveler in a town with such a sad history. Yet, the wonderful people of Novi Sad seem unbothered of their past as they welcome tourists in a friendly manner and make them feel at home. I know I certainly felt so. Novi sad is one of the hidden gems in Europe and the world that should be visited and explored for its rich history, culture, architecture, and cuisine.
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According to the census [update] , Novi Sad proper has a population of ,  while its urban area including the adjacent settlements of Petrovaradin and Sremska Kamenica comprises , inhabitants. The population of the administrative area of the city totals , people. Novi Sad was founded in when Serb merchants formed a colony across the Danube from the Petrovaradin Fortress , a strategic Habsburg military post. In subsequent centuries, it became an important trading, manufacturing and cultural centre, and has historically been dubbed the Serbian Athens. Today, along with the Serbian capital city of Belgrade, Novi Sad is an industrial and financial center important to the Serbian economy.
Novi Sad is one of the three major cities of Serbia. I spent 2 weeks in this lovely city doing SEP in a pharmacy, a student mobility program, for internships. Serbia is a fairly cheap country for most travellers. If your budget for the next vacation is a bit tight, this country might be an option. You may even allow yourself to experience things that could be too expensive elsewhere.