North of Belgrade lay the fertile golden fields of Vojvodina, Serbia’s breadbasket, full of yet untold stories. The sunflower-filled countryside will make you feel a part of an impressionist painting. In the time of Mary Therese, the only female Habsburg ruler, Vojvodina was populated with a variety of peoples, primarily Germans, Slovaks and Croats and since then this corner of Europe has become a small melting pot. The capital of the present-day Vojvodina is the city of Novi Sad, a place of relatively short but dynamic history. Walking around the city center will make you fall in love with this charming place. We will also take a stroll through the mighty fortress of Petrovaradin, old as the city itself, today an artistic district with parks and museums. You will have the opportunity to visit the unique Orthodox monastery of Kovilj, one of the oldest monasteries in Serbia, and hear the story of its founder. The largest brotherhood in Serbia will welcome you open-armed. On the fruitful slopes of Fruska Gora mountain lays the ever so lovely town of Sremski Karlovci, an open-air museum of a sort. This place that used to be a spiritual, political and cultural center of the Serbs in the Habsburg Monarchy and the first capital of Serbian Vojvodina kept a memory of the Great Exodus of Serbs in the 17th-century. Since Roman times this region has been famous for its vineyards and exquisite wine that you will have a chance to taste. Our journey will take us further down to Sremska Mitrovica, under whose streets hides the antique metropolis of Sirmium, a true archaeological treasure. This city which yielded no less than ten Roman emperors was not only one of the four capitals of the Roman Empire but also one of the earliest centers of Christianity. The incredible tale how Christianity came to this pagan land will tickle your imagination.
One of the most precious jewels of Vojvodina is her impressive array of people. In this plenteous plain one next to another already for centuries live Hungarians, Serbs, Slovaks, Rusyns and many others, creating thus a unique, colorful collage of cultures, traditions and beliefs. This centuries-long harmonious sharing of the same space, as well as a necessity for communication, spawned one new and unusual language. Namely, in Belo Blato (White Mud), a small village of Vojvodina that gave shelter to more than twenty different nations, a very specific type of language is in use, a mixture of all the languages, a sort of Esperanto. Depending on the situation and the occasion, loanwords from one or the other are combined in a such a way that each time a unique, new combination is generated. Precisely this ability to change and transform depicts the atmosphere of this little village in which it was created.