Petrovaradin Fortress

Top choice fortress in Novi Sad

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Towering over the river on a 40m-high volcanic slab, this mighty citadel, considered Europe's 2nd biggest (and best preserved) New Age fortress, is aptly nicknamed 'Gibraltar on the Danube'. Constructed using slave labour between 1692 and 1780, its dungeons have held notable prisoners including Karađorđe (leader of the first Serbian uprising against the Turks and founder of a royal dynasty) and Yugoslav president Tito.

Have a good gawk at the iconic clock tower: the size of the minute and hour hands are reversed so far-flung fisherfolk can tell the time. Within the citadel walls, a museum offers insight into the site's history. Petrovaradin hosts Novi Sad's wildly popular EXIT Festival each July.


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