To this day, I haven’t visited a more versatile medieval fortress than the Petrovaradin in Novi Sad. An artistic getaway from the city craziness on weekends, a family park and designated walking area, and a place that fuels our imagination with its swirling labyrinths of underground passages, it surely has many personalities, and they don’t end there. When the irregular clock hands on the Clock Tower strike midnight, the Petrovaradin Fortress turns into a bustling nightlife hub. The sounds of cabs parking, the laughter of young people, and the techno beats from the surrounding clubs introduce us to a new side of Petrovaradin by night, where you can experience partying in the medieval fortress.
There are three well-known places that bring the place to life during the night. The Club Tunnel is one of those quirky places that gathers the electronic music fans and various international DJs for the Berlin-style parties. Another one, which leans more towards the electronic music, is the Muzej (eng. museum), but it also offers some thematic parties. Your third option would be the Djava, a place that exists for more than four decades, and offers everything from DJs to go-go dancers and the most popular Serbian “folk” music.
“Petrovaradin fortress is a huge medieval monolith where old mysteries still breathe. Deep inside the walls where knights, prisoners, and treasures were once settled, the modern age awakens a place full of medieval energy, accumulated with the passion for contemporary music.” Club Tunnel
An unwritten rule says that the best parties are when least expected - Thursdays and Sundays being especially popular in Novi Sad. The clubs usually open at 11 pm and close at 6 am. The Muzej is a carefully designed place that attracts the urban crowd who likes to hear a powerful sound, cocktails, and mainstream music. The Tunnel is more like an alternative to mainstream, offering an underground music movement, that significantly marks our generation - much like in the other urban European cities.
When the sun starts coloring the Novi Sad’s landscape in the bright orange colors on the other side of the Danube, you can see the last guests crowding in cabs and driving away towards the bridge, and their homes, eager to sleep and settle the impressions from the long night out. After having the best time of the week in one of the clubs in Petrovaradin fortress, by night, it’s time to enjoy the views towards the city while trying not to fall asleep after partying hard in the medieval fortress, a typical Serbia-weekend style.
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