One of the most substantial, complex and preserved artillery bastions – a protected maze of underground tunnels and mine galleries with listening tunnels. Explore the Petrovaradin fortress on our Gems of Southeast Europe and Grand Danube itineraries.
Old and New Sights
Tour well-preserved barracks, officers’ pavilions, food warehouses, arsenals, water stations, guard-houses, artillery sheds, powder houses, chapels and monumental main gates. Modern additions include a nightclub, delicious restaurants offering various specialties, pastry shops, historical archive, museum, observatory, planetarium, synagogue and artists’ studios and galleries. A unique Clock Tower, with the clock’s face more than 6.5 feet high and the roles of the minute and hour hands reversed (so that the big hand points to the hour and the small hand indicates the minute), sits high up on the bluff, letting fisherman see the time from far off. The clock still operates and rings every hour. Another popular stop are the catacombs located in the fortress, which are believed to contain the riches of Serbia’s medieval leaders. And of course, it offers stunning views over the city of Novi Sad and its bridges.
"The Town on the Rock"
A legend tells that the Petrovaradin name is derived from numerous languages – ‘Petra’ is Latin for rock, ‘var’ is Hungarian for town and ‘din is Turkish for faith – hence ‘Petrovaradin’ literally means ‘the town on the rock, firm as faith.’ But it is also often called the “Gibraltar of the Danube” because of its strategic position on the cliffs.