Stay 26 : Unforgettable city break between Serbia and Hungary

Stay 26 : Unforgettable city break between Serbia and Hungary.

Occidental Route

Stage 26/35 - 335 kms


0 km Belgrade

80 kms Vednik

27 kms Novi sad

134 kms Szeged

94 kms Békéscsaba

carte Belgrade a Bekescsaba

City break in Belgrade : An European capital, 7000 years of history

Belgrade - Serbia

Belgrade - Serbia - © Jessmine - Fotolia.com

Belgrade is the only European capital on the banks of two international rivers, namely the Sava and the Danube. It has a 7000-year old history. Due to its geographical location, it was exposed to numerous invaders and was under the influence of many civilizations. As a tourist destination, Belgrade is also famous for its nightlife, gastronomy and exceptional restaurants. It is surrounded by natural resorts such as Mount Avala and Mount Kosmaj, in the very heart of Belgrade, with a visitors’ centre where one can observe 200 bird species and 50 mammal species. One can also go for a swim at Ada Ciganlija, an island on the Sava River, with pebble beaches and many sports facilities. Guests to Belgrade can also visit a bohemian quarter in Skadarlija’s town centre, reminiscent of the 19th century life of numerous famous artists and poets. 

Vrdnik : city break in a tourist Village 

Vrdnik - Serbia

Vrdnik - Serbia - © slast20 - Fotolia.com

Vrdnik is a tourist village located on the southern slopes of Fruska Gora, at the border of the national park. The Tower of Vrdnik is a major historical monument, whose basements date from the Roman period. During the reign of the Kingdom of Hungary, a new fortress was built in the 14th century on the remains, of which only the east tower remains today. The key year for Vrdnik’s development was 1804, when a brown coal mine was opened following the discovery of significant deposits. Miners from the entire Habsburg Monarchy settled in the town, forming new areas of the settlement, the first of which is now known as the “old colony”. Today, the traces of mine exploitation are still present all over the village, like entrances to the shafts and a number of buildings. The “miners’ house” is scheduled for transformation into an ethno-tourist attraction.

Novi Sad : An historical tour

Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad, Serbia - © Vladimir Mucibabic - Fotolia.com

Novi Sad, located 70 km from Belgrade, is connected via an international route to Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade, Athens, Bucharest and Istanbul. It was founded in the 17th century as a settlement of craftsmen and merchants of/on the left bank of the Danube. The city grew in importance. It established the Matica Srpska Library with the oldest literary magazine in Europe that appeared in the press in 1826 and the Serbian National Theatre in 1861. The city’s most recognised edifice is the Petrovaradin Fortress. It has 16 km of underground tunnels on four levels including some tunnels that are supposed to lead near/under the Danube. An historical tour because the city centre abounds with buildings of various architectural periods, including the Gothic, baroque, neoclassicism and secession. At present, these historical buildings mainly house various institutions, museums and galleries.

Szeged : Discover a cosmopolitan, medieval, modern city

Tisza river, Szeged, Hungary

Tisza river, Szeged, Hungary - © Ciaobucarest - Fotolia.com

Szeged is cultural and economic centre of South-Eastern Hungary. The main sights in the city centre are the St. Demetrius medieval tower and the two majestic bell towers of the Votive Church. This cathedral was built in the first decades of our century to commemorate the city’s revival after the devastating flood of the Tisza River in 1879. In the second half of the 19th century, residents of the city and its surroundings worked hard to populate the region of steppes to boost agriculture. Despite the fact that Szeged has the ambiance of a quiet university town, the city is surprisingly cosmopolitan. The local opera, theatres, cinemas, clubs, parks, swimming pools and sports grounds offer numerous recreation opportunities. During the summer season the open air theatre opposite the cathedral attracts over 4000 spectators every night. The folk festivals, exhibitions, sports events make Szeged an attractive holiday place.

Békéscsaba : An amazing tourist break 

Békéscsaba is an amazing tourist city in Southeast Hungary. It lies in the Great Hungarian Plain, 215 km southeast from Budapest. In the Iron Age the area had been conquered by the Scythians, the Celts, then by the Huns. After the Hungarian Conquest, there were many small villages in the area. The medieval Hungarian village of Csaba was established in the 13th century, first mentioned in the 1330s.  Besides Csaba, eight other villages existed where now the town stands. According to the Hungarian Royal Treasury, Békéscsaba was a Hungarian settlement in 1495. When the Turks conquered Hungary’s southern and central parts, these territories became a part of the Ottoman Empire. The town survived. During the Socialist times, Békéscsaba became the seat of the Békés County and began to develop into one of Hungary’s most important centres of food industry.  

Practical services

Szeged : Relax Apartment

Szeged : Hotel Mátrix

Szeged : Hotel Soleil Szeged

Szeged : Clinic Apartman

Békéscsaba : Brill Hotel Békéscsaba

Békéscsaba : Luxus Wellness Apartman

Békéscsaba : Panoráma Hotel

Békéscsaba : Munkácsy Hotel

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