Nis Travel Guide

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Nis Things to Do

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  • The Fortress

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    Probably the main sight in Nis, is the fortress (Tvrdava). The current fortifications are of Turkish origin and were built in the early 18th century, although the history of a fortress on this site dates back to Roman times. The rampart walls are more than 2 km long and include four gates, with the Istanbul Gate (Stambol kapija) being the best...

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  • Skull Tower

    If there is one thing that might make a person consider visiting Nis it is the Skull Tower. This piece of macabre architecture has been there since the 19th century after an unsuccessful revolt by the Serbs against their Turkish masters. Here, in the heart of the Balkans and not very far from Vienna, the heart of Europe one can witness a monument...

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  • Events and festivals

    On the third weekend of August, Nis hosts a three-day music festival, which features pupular DJs and bands from the country and abroad. This festival is smaller and less fancy than the "Exit" one, but it has its good points: it is (even) cheaper, and the atmosphere and the people are just fantastic. Come and experience Nis at its very best :)

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Nis Restaurants

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  • Not much of a tip really.

    Update January 2013.I mentioned in the main body of the text that I could not translate the name but my good friend Tina (VT member MacedonianUK) has ridden to the rescue as you can see in the comment below. It means "pekara Brankovic founded 1885". Thanks Tina.When I write tips on VT I do like to give as much information as possible and I will...

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  • Caffe Pedoni - Niska Banja

    During our sidetrip to the spa town of Niska Banja we had a rest in the Caffe Pedoni.The cafe is integrated in the building complex of the Spa Hotel Radon, but has several outdoor terraces facing the park. They offer a small range of snacks, like pancakes and sandwiches, as well as all sorts of drinks.I opted for two scoops of ice cream (80 RSD)...

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  • Kazandzijsko Sokace - Kafana Kod Martin

    Kazandzijsko Sokace is a small part in the city centre of Nis which used to be the home of tinkers and craftsmen. Nowadays it is lined with cafes and restaurants.On our first evening we had dinner at the Kafana Kod Martin, which was recommended to us by our hostel. A Kafana is a typical simple Serbian restaurant which offers local food. You don't...

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Nis Nightlife

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  • Porto Bello

    "Porto Bello" is just a cafe on the river Nisava, open daily from 10-02. It isn't much of a nightlife spot, unless you enjoy those "see and be seen" places, but it is really cool during daytime- great coffee, great service and great view on the river. What more does one need for relaxation? :) Dress code is not official, but do try to look smart...

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  • Nis by night

    Nightlife in Nisis very vivid! If you're in the center, from the strap Fortress-Pobeda street, you can find piles of cafes and open air bars, and lots and lots of people strolling or sitting in the open air cafe gardens, it's really nice! On the main square there is live music.

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  • Coffee by the river

    "Porto Bello" is just a cafe on the river Nisava, open daily from 10-02. It isn't much of a nightlife spot, unless you enjoy those "see and be seen" places, but it is really cool during daytime- great coffee, great service and great view on the river. What more does one need for relaxation? :) Dress code is not official, but do try to look smart...

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Nis Transportation

  • Explore Nis on foot

    With more than 250.000 inhabitants Nis is already one of the biggest cities in Serbia. Nevertheless, most touristic sights are situated in and around the compact city centre, where many streets are pedestrianised.Even the Skull Tower and the Red Cross Concentration Camp Museum can be reached on foot within a walk of 30 minutes. In case that you are...

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  • Explore Nis by bus

    In general Nis is a very walkable city. However, if you have a lot of luggage you might want to take a bus from the train station to the city centre.For our sidetrip to Niska Banja we used the local bus #1 which also stops near the Skull Tower (Cele kula). Bus tickets can be bought from a conducter, who is usually on the bus. A ticket for a journey...

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  • To Nis by train

    We arrived in Nis by direct train from Sofia in Bulgaria. The trip took just less than 4 hours and cost about 11 Euro, including a seat reservation.We left Nis by train to Belgrade, which also took 4 hours. The price for the ticket was 1236 RSD (about 13 Euro, 2009).Just keep in mind that Serbian trains usually leave on time, but often have long...

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Nis Shopping

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  • Kalca

    Kalca is the biggest shopping centre in Nis, together with the underground shopping. It is a huge, tree-storey building, with virtually all kinds of shops: clothes, shoes, music, stationery, computer equipment... you name it! There are also several bars, coffee shops and one or two restaurants where you can refresh yourself after your spending...

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  • souvenirs

    This beautiful shop is located inside the fortress, right next to the art gallery. It is a must-see for every tourist, because there aren't that many places in Nis where you can buy hand-made stuff Hand-made tablecloths, picture frames, lamps and other small home furnishings.

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  • books, music and gifts

    IPS is a chain of stores located throughout Serbia and Montenegro. They specialize in gifts, CDs and DVDs and books and other monographs in English. They do have Serbian books, of course, but the accent is on foreign books and magazines. The Nis shop is a medium-sized one, but the availability of foreign titles is more than...

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Nis Local Customs

  • Firewater source

    Going to Serbia and not drinking the local firewater is a sheer waste. It is made of fruit residue and most often of plums. According to the fruit in use the liquor has its specific name. For example the spirit distilled from plums is called “slivova” (slivovitz) and so on. The generic name is “Rakia”. Rakia exists in practically all Balkan...

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  • Accomodation confirmation

    When we arrived at our hostel we got a sort of "accomodation confirmation" document which listed the address of our hostel, our arrival and departure dates as well as our passport numbers. The guy from the reception told us that we should take this document with us all the time. In case we were stopped by the police, they could ask for it. Also...

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  • Serbian Language

    Something I didn't know about Serbia is the fact that the Serbian language can be written with both Cyrillic and Latin scripts. Both versions are officially recognised, so most people can read and write both alphabets. I noticed an interesting mix of Cyrillic and Latin letters on for example signposts where some directions were in Cyrillic, whereas...

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Nis Warnings and Dangers

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    by HORSCHECK Written Nov 14, 2009

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    When we visited Nis in September 2009, one of the main city centre streets was under construction.

    The street Vozda Karadorda which leads from the square Trg Kralja Milana to the east was more or less completely closed, so that we found it difficult to get to the Tourist Information Office, which can be found just behind the Hotel Ambassador.

    For some reason someone had put a little bear next to the big construction site. I thought he was just a fabulous photo opportunity.

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Nis Tourist Traps

  • Exchanging money

    Once you get in the town, either at the bus or train station, you are likely to be approached by people offering to exchange your money for dinars on very tempting rates. DO NOT!They will try to give you fake banknotes! There are numerous exchange offices virtually at every corner, so why bother? The diference in exchange rates between them is...

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  • Taxis

    DO NOT take the taxis that are located outside main bus and train station and airport. They will charge you a fortune! Instead, phone a regular taxi service. You can do it from any phone booth (the cards cost about 3 Euro and can be bought at any kiosk).All taxi services in Nis begin with 97 (9701, 9702, 9703....to 9712)

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  • Nis Hotels

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Nis What to Pack

  • Guide books about Serbia

    Serbia is a rapidly developing country, therefore an up to date guide book is highly recommended. This is especially useful if you are travelling independently and don't have a fixed schedule.I must admit that there is not a big choice of appropriate guide books about Serbia.I finally decided for the Bradt travel guide - Serbia which covers all...

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  • Tourist map of Nis

    Nis has a small Tourist Information Office, which offers a few free leaflets and also has a variety of maps on sale.We got us the "Tourist Map - Top 10 Places - Nis" for 80 RSD. It not only includes street maps of Nis and Niska Banja, but also has short descriptions of the main sights as well as lists of restaurants and accomodations.Address:...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Nis Off The Beaten Path

  • Niska Banja/The Spa of Nis

    As we stayed two days in Nis, we decided to spent some time on a sidetrip to Niska Banja, which is a popular Serbian health resort. It is located about 10 km east of Nis and can be reached in about 20 minutes by the local bus #1. Niska Banja (Spa of Nis) is well known for its radioactive water which contains radon. The water is used for...

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  • Batusinacke Bare Wetlands

    About 5 miles west of the city, lie the Batusinacke Bare Wetlands.This wetlands are actually a series of canals, ponds, and reed islands, located right on the Južna Morava River.The Južna Morava River contains some of the last remaining wetland ecosystems in Serbia. The wetlands are home to a diverse species of wildlife. Everything from fish,...

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  • Sidetrip to Niska Banja

    As we stayed two days in Nis, we decided to spent some time on a sidetrip to Niska Banja, which is a popular Serbian health resort. It is located about 10 km east of Nis and can be reached in about 20 minutes by the local bus #1.Niska Banja (Spa of Nis) is well known for its radioactive water which contains radon. The water is used for various...

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Nis Sports & Outdoors

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    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    The Cair Stadium was built in 1963 and has a capacity of 15.000 (individual seats) or up to 60.000 (standing terraces).

    It is the home ground of the Serbian football club FC Radnicki Nis, which plays in Serbia's second league.

    The Stadium is part of a sports complex which among others, consists of a multipurpose arena, an indoor swimming pool and several tennis courts.

    Directions:
    The Cair Stadium can be found in the biggest park of Nis, called Cair Park. It is situated about 15 minutes on foot southeast of the city centre.

    Website: http://www.fcradnicki-nis.com/

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  • Nis by night

    Don't miss a visit of the fortress in darkness, when parts of it are beautifully illuminated. Especially the front area with the former Turkish Hamam and the many cafes and restaurants offers its special atmosphere by night. In the same area, the university building, which stands just outside the fortress is well worth seeing at night.

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  • The Hometown of the Great Emperor

    Constantine the Great was born in Niš (the assumed date for his birth is 22nd February 274/280) in tetrarch period. After the death of his father Constantinus Chlorus he was elected by his army for a leader in the year 307. In the course of the next years the Roman Empire was united and the total area stretched from Britain to Asia Minor and from...

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  • Nis

    The city's early name under the Roman Empire remained Naissus ("city of the nymphs"), which is the Latin name derived from its original name Naissos, a Greek colony founded in antiquity. At the time of the conquest of the Greeks by Rome, Naissos was used as a base for operations. Niš is a possible location of Nysa, a mythical place in Greek...

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