City of Subotica (Vojvodina)

The city of Subotica is included to the region Vojvodina and to the province North Bačka District

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Subotica

Discover the art nouveau centre of Serbia in the region of Vojvodina. A high concentration of Subotica’s architecture exhibits the highly decorative style, making it a colourful and unusual destination. Art galleries and museums and historic bathing pavilions give the little town a bohemian feel. Food here is cheap and delicious, from the quick and easy mince or cheese filled Burek pastries to Rostilij grilled and barbequed meat. The surrounding region is a fertile fruit-growing area, and many locals make their own Rakija, a schnapps made from fermented fruit. A short distance away is Lake Palic, supposed to have healing waters. It has been popular since the 19th Century with bathers, and you can still see the historic bathing pavilions here today. More recently, a resort has sprung up around the lake with hotels, eateries, and even a zoo! Subotica is located close to the border of Hungary so the town has a multicultural mix of Hungarian, Croatian and Serbian ethnic groups. Learn about their culture and arts at the City Museum, which displays ethnographic, archaeological and natural history artefacts alongside art. Head to the Straw Art Gallery to discover the incredible traditional artworks made in the region from woven and knotted straw. Modern art can be seen in the Raichle Palace, an art nouveau building from 1904.

Points of interests / things to see

Palic Lake

Just 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Subotica is this charming lakeside getaway. The scenic area has been used by pleasure-seekers since the 19th Century, and has a collection of historic buildings to explore as well as hotels, fine-dining and amusements such as a casino and zoo. Historic fountains, lush green garden beds, sculptures and statues abound in the Great Park which stretches from the decorative old water tower down to the waterfront. Paths stretch down the length of the lake, about 17 kilometers (11 miles), making it the perfect place to enjoy a bicycle ride or long walk in beautiful surrounds. The lake is a particularly beautiful place for a walk in the evenings when the pinks and purples of sunset are reflected on the waters. Watersports enthusiasts can rent standing paddle boards or go windsurfing, while those just looking for a bit of relaxation can head to the health spas located in the Prezident and Vila Lago Hotels. Discover the Women’s Lido, the old bathing pavilion constructed more than a hundred years ago. The red-brown building decorated with ceramics is now a café, and as it juts out into the water it has lovely views over the lake. Open-air concerts are sometimes held in the Music Pavillion, a construction from the early 20th Century, and the European Film Festival is held annually at Lake Palic at the Summer Stage.

Palic Zoo

Wildlife lovers will adore this zoo, founded in 1949 nearby the resorts and spas of Lake Palic. The zoo not only houses some 60 animal species, but also features a large botanical element, with hundreds of plant species including rare Lebanon cedars and giant sequoias as well as some English oak trees planted over 100 years ago. The animals’ habitats have a naturalistic layout, with up close experiences of the world’s big predators, from the polar bear to lions and tigers. Catch the seal feeding times at 10am and 4pm when the navy seals, Henrik, Suzi and Malecna put on a show  as their handlers throw them fish. Don’t miss the playful monkeys who chase each other amongst the trees, and head into the dark caves where you’ll glimpse a brown bear through a waterfall. You’ll also see some safari animals such as antelope, elephants, giraffes and zebra here. Curious meerkats sniff the air and turtles soak up the sun. The zoo even has a reptile house where you’ll see unusual lizards and snakes from around the world. For young children there is a playground and a petting zoo where park staff introduce kids to some of the tamer creatures. Rest your feet at the zoo café or simply enjoy wandering through the tranquil gardens. The zoo is open daily from 9am to sunset.

Art Encounters Modern Art Gallery

Enjoy the experience of modern art in the surroundings of a 1904 art nouveau mansion which was once home to an architect from Budapest. The highly decorative building known as the Raichle Palace features stained-glass, wooden carvings, painted ceramic tiles, stucco and mosaics, and features heart themed shapes everywhere even in the shape of the façade and wrought iron gates. Gardens surround the architect Raichle Ferenc’s former home, lending even more beauty to its colourful exterior.      The mansion is home to over 1000 paintings, sculptures and ceramics. Most artists featured here are from the former Yugoslavia from the 1950s onwards. Group and solo exhibitions and public talks and events are held here.    Head to the courtyard café to rest your feet and enjoy dining alfresco in summer, or in the cosy interior in winter. Boss Café is one of the most popular in Subotica, and as well as offering a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy cake and a coffee after your art gallery experience, it also transforms into a trendy cocktail bar and restaurant by night.   The Modern Art Gallery in the Raichle Palace is located in Raichle Ferenc Park directly opposite to the train station and is open between 8am and 7pm Tuesday to Friday and 9am to 12pm on Mondays and Saturdays.

Synagogue

The first of Subotica’s art nouveau buildings was finished in 1902, and although it has been weathered by the ages and restorations are ongoing, much of the building’s former glory shines through. It is renowned for being the only synagogue in this style, and for the harmony of its architectural style. Decorative flairs in the Hungarian folk style can be seen around the building: tulips, peacock feathers, hearts and roses feature inside and out. Inside you’ll discover stained glass windows and an ornate 20 metre (65 foot) tall dome. The corners of the synagogue are topped with smaller domes each mirroring the main dome’s green and gold tiles. The synagogue once held 1600 worshippers, with the men on the ground floor and the women on the upper balconies. After the Second World War the Jewish community was depleted and struggled to maintain upkeep on the building. It became a public building and  was later used for performances. A grand organ is built in behind the main altar. The interior is not always open but if you go anytime from March til October on a Saturday you have a good chance of seeing inside between 10am and 2pm.

Cathedral Square (Trg Sv. Terezije)

Wander the heart of Subotica in Cathedral Square, surrounded by historic buildings, a theatre and cinema. Discover the 18th Century Catholic Cathedral of Saint Theresa of Avila. With its towering 64 metre high belltower it’s a hard to miss landmark on Subotica’s horizon. Enter to see opulent interiors and baroque style architecture. Stunning frescoes, marble floors and altar, and a sculpture of the Immaculate Conception decorate the interior. Outside in the square you’ll find a monument to the Victims of Fascism to remember the Jews whose lives were lost in World War II, flanked on either side by rows of trees. Enjoy a quiet moment of reflection before a fountain and sculpture of hands. If you want to rest your feet while enjoying a bit of entertainment, head to the art-house cinema showing documentaries and art-films is located at the edge of the square. For live performances head to Kosztolány Dezső Theatre, named after the author from Subotica. The town features in the author’s books Skylark and The Golden Kite. The theatre stages classic plays from Shakespeare to Brecht. A unique diocese university, which prepares religious leaders is located across from the square.

City Museum

Dive into the history of Subotica and of the Serbian, Croatian and Hungarian people that have lived here throughout the centuries. Rotating exhibitions mean there is always something new to discover and the art nouveau building in which the museum is housed is itself historic. The museum’s collections include archaeological and ethnographic materials, art and historic photographs, natural history and a library. Discover artworks of local painters from Subotica and the Vojvodina area, as well as the art of Hungarian locals from the 1830s to 1930s. Serbian and Croatian artists are also well represented. The city museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 6pm. Call ahead for a guided tour.

Town Hall (Gradska Kuca)

Climb to the top of this lovely old town hall for a panoramic view over Subotica. The buildings has elements of baroque and art nouveau and was built around 1910. Architecture and art lovers will enjoy the little details such as the decorative ceramics, wrought iron and stained-glass windows. The architects were Hungarian, and the same artisans who created the Budapest Parliament Building’s decorative stained-glass windows also made the ones in Subotica’s Town Hall. Tours of the building are run for a  small fee between Tuesday to Friday around 12 am. These are a great way to learn a bit more about the town’s history and this building’s place in it.

Straw Art Gallery

The Straw Art Gallery is located about 17 kilometres (10.5miles) from Subotica in a small town called Tavankut. The artworks displayed here are a unique form of folk craft that grew up around straw harvesting economies. ‘Strawgirls’ wove and knotted the straw in order to create artworks that reflected their realities. Artists workshops to teach the technique and bolster pride in local traditions began in the 1980s, and works from these first art colonies are displayed here at the gallery located in a traditional village home in the centre of Tavankut. There are also workshops held in the gallery on occasion so you may be able to learn some of the technique yourself.

Leović Palace

Head to the Park Ferenca Rajhla to see the stunning and asymmetrical palace built in 1893. The three storey house was built for Simon Leovic by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos who were also the architects of the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts. This palace was the first art nouveau styled house in Subotica, setting the trend for the colourful city early on. It is divided into two flats, one on the ground floor and another on the upper floor with separate salons for the men and women. Although the building is protected, there are still parts which are ruined so it may not be possible to see inside. Admire the creative architecture from the outside while imagining life in the house in the early 19th Century.

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Country :
Serbia
Locality :
Subotica
Administrative area 1 :
Vojvodina
Administrative area 2 :
North Bačka District
Country code :
RS
Latitude :
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Longitude :
19.6650593

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Getting around Subotica

Fly into Belgrade or Budapest and hire a car at the airport or catch public transport if you are willing to spend a little longer and enjoy the scenery. Subotica is quite close to the Hungarian border so it’s easy to get to via bus or train to and from Hungary. The small one-carriage train from Szeged in Hungary takes about 2 hours at a slow pace, giving you time to enjoy the landscape. If you are travelling from further afield you can catch international trains from Kiev, Budapest, Prague or Moscow. From Serbia’s capital Belgrade there are both busses and trains running regularly which take between 3 and 3.5 hours.  The main bus station in Subotica is located on Senćanski put 3. Subotica is quite small and most of its historic buildings are within walking distance of each other. Many of the buildings are worth an up close look so Subotica is perfect to explore on foot or by bicycle. There are also pedestrian only squares and cycle paths around the town. Nearby Lake Palic is also a fantastic place to explore on foot or by bicycle. There are car hire facilities in Subotica if you are thinking of exploring the surrounding wine-growing regions, lakes and horse-studs.

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