To this day, legends of a mysterious city continue to circulate about one of Europe’s oldest settlements. Niš, referred to as the “gateway between the East and West”, has around 250,000 inhabitants. Each week, most of its residents will take at least one walk through the Niš Fortress and along the city’s river that shares its name.
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The park and fortress exude a mystical feel, and the fortress’s own restaurant and galleries make a visit even more worthwhile. Local guides will show you the King Aleksandar Monument and other sculptures around the city. A further highlight is the prehistoric district of Bubanj. The tour through the center of the city along the banks of the river is a popular attraction and allows guests to marvel at the Banovina building. There are also large markets, including the flower market, which is a true pleasure for the senses with its wealth of color and fragrances. History lovers will be wowed by the unique Ćele Kula, translated as the Skull Tower in English and the city’s most important and curious attraction. It was constructed by the Ottomans from the bones and skulls of Serbian rebels who fell in battle during the First Serbian Uprising against the Turks on May 31, 1809.
The Mediana archaeological site from the late Roman period is also world famous. Mediana was an imperial residence at the heart of which the late antiquity villa from the time of Emperor Constantine the Great was located. The Kazandžijsko district, which makes up part of the old town, is situated nearby. This area is home to excellent cafes and restaurants. Niš is also renowned for its fantastic burek, a filled puff pastry. It is therefore little surprise that the Burek Days also take place here.
Obrenovićeva street is one of the most popular pedestrian zones and hosts the city’s best restaurants, cafes, and confectioneries. This district is also where the city’s largest shopping mall and most impressive buildings can be found. The restaurant and cafes serve up traditional dishes with a good selection of local wines such as Sinđelić, Nišlijska mehana, Kod Brke, and Mali podrum.
People from all over Europe attend the Nišville Jazz Festival, and clubbers from neighboring countries come to enjoy electro, pop, and rock music at the Nisomnia Festival. During the summer months, film festivals are held as well as Nimus, a classical music festival. And don’t forget: the famous Banjas are located nearby – these are spas that are even sung about in folk songs. All of this will hopefully inspire you to follow one of Serbia’s most famous expressions – “everyone to Niš!”