Novi Sad is the northern part and capital of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and is the second largest city in Serbia. Novi Sad is 75 km north of Belgrade. Unlike most metropolises in Europe, here life is going slow and without stress.
In the 19th century, the city was the capital of Serbian culture, earning the nickname Serbian Athens. In that time, almost every Serbian novelist, poets, jurist, and publicist at the end of 19th century and at the beginning of 20th century had lived or worked in Novi Sad some time of his career. Among others, these cultural workers include Vuk Stefanović Karadzić, Mika Antić, Đura Jakšić, etc. Matica Srpska, the oldest cultural-scientific institution of Serbia, was moved from Budapest to Novi Sad in 1864., while Serbian National Theatre, the oldest professional theatre among the South Slavs, was founded in Novi Sad in 1861. Today, Novi Sad is the second cultural centre in Serbia, besides Belgrade and city’s officials try to make the city more attractive to numerous cultural events and music concerts. The city hosts a number of events and the most famous is EXIT music festival.
Petrovaradin Fortress is the city's most popular and attractive cultural and historic site. The Austrians originally built it as a military fort to reinforce their defenses against the Ottomans. The most well known museum in the city is Museum of Vojvodina, founded by Matica Srpska in 1847., which houses a permanent collection of Serbian culture and a life in Vojvodina through history. Museum of Novi Sad in Petrovaradin fortress has a permanent collection of history of fortress. Gallery of Matica Srpska is the biggest and most respected gallery in the city, which has two galleries in the city centre. There is also The Gallery of Fine Arts – Gift Collection of Rajko Mamuzic and The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection – one of the biggest collections of Serbian art from 1900's until 1970's.