Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia, the capital of the province of Vojvodina, is located in the southern part of the Pannonian Plain, on the banks of the Danube river, facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora mountain. It was founded in 1694, when Serb merchants formed a colony across the Danube from the Petrovaradin fortress, a Habsburg strategic military post. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it became an important trading and manufacturing centre, as well as a centre of Serbian culture of that period, earning the nickname of the Serbian Athens. Today, the urban area of Novi Sad (with the adjacent urban settlements of Petrovaradin and Sremska Kamenica) has approximately 300 000 inhabitants.
Novi Sad is multiethnic, multiconfessional and multilingual city. Serbs, Hungarians, Croats, Slovaks and Romani people are living together. Religious architecture in Novi Sad is very diverse. There are ten Orthodox, four Roman Catholic, and thirteen Protestant churches. Also, there are the Novi Sad Synagogue, Masjid of Islamic Religious Community and one Uniate church. The majority of churches and temples, were built in the 18th and 19th century and are very close to each other.
Besides Danube, its multicultural nature, museums and galleries, Novi Sad is known for one of the oldest viticulture areas in Europe and one relatively new music festival. Grapes have been cultivated on Mt. Fruška Gora's fertile slopes for over 1700 years. The first vines were planted by the Roman Emperor Probus at the ancient town of Sirmium, ca. 35km far from Novi Sad. Vineyards have been a quintessential part of life here for generations. Sremski Karlovci, a town situated on the bank of the river Danube, 8 kilometres from Novi Sad, was the uncrowned wine capital of Serbia for centuries.
Exit is an award-winning summer music festival which is held at the Petrovaradin Fortress. It is one of the most diverse and most famous music festivals in Europe and was officially proclaimed as the 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards, which were held in Groningen in January 2014.
The distance between the Belgrade airport and Novi Sad is about 80 kilometers. It is less then one hour drive. For ICFDA16 participants transfers from this airport to a selected hotel in Novi Sad will be organized.
It should be known that there is a possibility of flying to Budapest which is about 300 km far from Novi Sad and using a minibus transfer option. For more information please contact Conference Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org
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Car transfer includes transportation by private vehicle for max 3 person - price 45e per car, one way. Regardless of early or late arrival, our driver will be waiting at the Arrival Terminal holding a signboard with your name on it. On departure, our driver will pick you up from given address/hotel reception approximately 3h prior to your flight.
ICFDA16 will take place at the main building of Faculty of Technical Sciences. Trg Dositeja Obradovica 6, 21000 Novi Sad,Serbia.
The Faculty of Technical Sciences is located in the very heart of the University of Novi Sad campus. It is only steps away from the Danube river and about 15 minutes away from the main part of Novi Sad, known as City Centre. The Petrovaradin Fortress, the main beach (Štrand), a wide range of restaurants, shopping, nightlife and cultural happenings are within walking distance from the campus. Bus and taxi services in Novi Sad are really well organized and not expensive at all.