The sight you must visit in Novi Sad is the Petrovaradin fortress. This impressive fortress has been referred to as the “Gibraltar of the Danube”. The city’s strategic position on the Danube also helped it grow into an important port settlement. It started life as a Roman fortress and various additions were made through the medieval period. It was reconstructed in the late 17th century by the Austrians to serve as a key military stronghold against the Ottoman Empire.
It takes time to get to know the Petrovaradin fortress because it is multi-layered and multi-storied - a masterpiece of medieval military architecture. It is a fortress that, in its underground, hides kilometres-long halls, warehouses, and rooms where people used to live under the siege. These rooms are impressive, even today, because of their air-conditioning system, heating, isolation, illumination, etc. The structure of the fortress also makes The Town Museum, The Gallery of Carpets, the artists’ quarter that gives an impression of being Parisian quarter Mont Martre, and even a hotel and a restaurant, from the terrace of which, there is a wonderful view of the town. Still, what is specific for Petrovaradin and Novi Sad is a “Drunken clock” on the Clock Tower, and it is said to be fast in summer, but slow in winter, probably to be always in accordance with time, just like the town that it stands above.
The biggest attraction of the Petrovaradin Fortress are underground military galleries or catacombs, which are associated with numerous legends. From a secret corridor under the Danube, then hundreds of kilometers of tunnels, to the church with the treasure of Maria Theresa.
The Petrovaradin catacombs are a four-story communication and defense system in the form of a labyrinth, with a length of 16 km.
On this tour, we take you on an adventure through the catacombs, where you will go back several hundred years. You will get to know the secret world of the Petrovaradin fortress, which was never conquered. Because of its security, in the 19th century it was precisely the treasury where the gold and silver of the Habsburg Monarchy was kept.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||The parking lot at the municipality New Belgrade|
|DEPARTURE TIME||7.30 h|
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE||Transportation from Belgrade
Passing through the Petrovaradin catacombs with a guide
Other individual costs
- Equipment for the Petrovaradin Catacombs tour: Deep hiking shoes or sports sneakers with a stronger sole, and adequate clothing according to the weather conditions. Long-legged pants, hoodie, jacket - clothes you don't mind getting dirty! Bring a small backpack with the necessary equipment for a one-day action. Be sure to bring enough water (1 l), flashlights - hand or head, one meal, energy bars, fruit, and spare clothes for after the tour.
- Before descending into the catacombs, you will receive instructions from the guide (expedition leader) that everyone must follow.
- This tour is not recommended for people who have a fear of closed spaces and suffer from claustrophobia.
- The tour is organized for at least 18 registered passengers.
- The number of people to pass through the catacombs is limited to a maximum of 20 people.
- Price is for members of "Explore Serbia". You can find membership information here. For those who do not have a membership card, the price is 4200 dinars.
- Own transportation: in case you come by your own transport, the price of the tour is 2200 dinars (with Explore Serbia membership cards) or 3200 dinars (for those who do not have a membership card).
- Accident insurance: in order for this type of insurance to be active, you need to send us your personal number (JMBG) when registering.
- In case of insufficient number of registered passengers or unfavorable weather conditions, the deadline for notification of the postponement or cancellation of the tour by the organizer is 2 days before departure.
Trip cancellations by passengers:
- In case of cancellation of the trip by the passenger, 5 or more days before the tour date, the Agency retains the amount of 20% of the reservation costs.
- In case the traveler cancels the trip less than 5 days before the trip, the agency reserves the right to the entire amount. In case of replacement by another passenger who is found either by the passenger himself or by the Agency, 90% of the paid amount is returned to the passenger.
- In case of illness of the passenger and cancellation up to 3 days before the tour, the paid money can be returned or the amount can be transferred for another tour organized by the Agency, and the traveler is obliged to send medical documentation about the illness in writing. In case of illness of the traveler and cancellation less than 3 days before the tour, in addition to sending medical documentation about the illness, the traveler is obliged to compensate the Agency for the incurred costs (transportation and travel organization costs), and part of the money can be refunded.
The organizer of the tour is the travel agency Explore Balkans doo. With this program is valid Rulebook on conducting tours by Explore Balkans doo. According to Article 79 of the Law on Tourism, protection is not provided for one-day tours in terms of travel guarantees.
Belgrade – Petrovaradin Fortress
- Polazak iz Beograda sa parkirališta opštine Novi Beograd u 7.30 h.
- Travel to Novi Sad and Petrovaradin.
- Arrival at the Petrovaradin fortress around 9:00 am.
Passing through the Petrovaradin catacombs
- Brief preparation and instructions by the guide before entering the catacombs.
- Descending into the tunnels, which are about 40 meters underground, and passing through the labyrinths. It is dark, and light comes in some places through loopholes and ventilation ducts.
- It is necessary to move cautiously and slowly, in some sections the ceilings are lower, in some places, there are bricks and rubble where we step, as well as cobwebs and dust. It is not allowed to enter deeper corridors that are not on the route and to turn independently and arbitrarily at intersections (there is a risk of getting lost). Tunnels absorb sounds and at only a few meters there is a possibility that no one will hear you, in case you stray.
- With breaks at checkpoints and interesting stories, the tour lasts about 3 to 4 hours.
- After the catacombs, a short tour of the outer walls of the fortress and the "Drunk Hour" from where there is a beautiful panoramic view of the Danube and Novi Sad.
Lunch in a nearby restaurant or free time in Novi Sad
- After this exciting and unusual adventure, we will go to freshen up, sum up our impressions and have lunch in one of the traditional cuisine restaurants.
- Those who do not want to go to lunch can spend time in the center of Novi Sad.
- The planned departure for Belgrade is around 5 p.m.