Published on 25.09.2014.
Welcome to Nis
, the city that will win you with charm and warmth of the South, the city where the first Christian emperor was born, the city built at the crossroads, known through centuries as a meeting point of Eastern and Western civilzations, the city of turbulent historical past and unique monuments, the city of hospitable hosts, excellent food, good music, the city of writers, actors and bohemians. In Nis everybody feels like home!1. The Fortress – Nis Fortress
, the symbol of the city, located downtown on the bank of the river Nisava, is one of the best preserved and most beautiful Turkish military fortifications in the Middle Balkans. Built by the Romans, Byzantines and Serbs, pulled down and renovated a number of times, the Fortress was given its final shape by the Turks in 1723. Nis is one of few cities in the world with a magnificent fortress in the location which has remained In the core of the city for 2,000 years.2. The Skull Tower
– A monument unique in the world – the tower made of human skulls After the battle of Cegar in 1809, the Turkish commander ordered that the heads of Sebian soldiers be skinned, and the skins be stuffed with cotton and sent to Constantinople. From the heads of the dead soldiers was built a tower to retaliate for the huge number of Osmanic soldiers who had been killed in the battle, but also to instill fear in the local Serbian population. A total of 952 skulls were built into the tower. Today, 59 skulls remain.3. Nis Concentration Camp from the Second World War
– The Concentration Camp is one of few preserved German Nazi camps in Europe. Even today it provides an authentic testimony of the perils of the Serbian, Romani, and Jewish populations during the German occupation of Nis (1941-1944). In the authentic camp complex one can see the accommodation premises, disturbing messages inscribed on the walls before the execution, as well as numerous objects, such as: documents,letters, weapons and photographs. The fact that differs the camp from other Nazi camps is that on February 12, 1942. the inmates organized the first mass escape of prisoners in occupied Europe – a total of 105 managed to flee from the camp that day.4. The Archeological Hall of Nis National Museum
- The archeological hall of Nis National Museum presents numerous exhibits telling a vivid story of Nis history and culture from Neolithic Age and Roman period to the Middle Ages. On exibition you'll find mass of artifacts such as coins, weapons, military charters, marble and porphyry statues, tombstones, jewelry, stone icons and crosses. The hall also contains unique work of art such as, Jupiter on the throne, the portrait of the emperor Constantine the Great and the portrait of Byzantine empress Euphemia.5. Breakfast!
– The greasier-the better! The history says that the first round burek in Nis was made by a Constantinople baker Mehmed Oglu in 1498. The quarter of burek with a ’’baker’s’’ yogurt is more than sufficient for the beginning of a beautiful day in Nis.
6. Kafana (tavern) - When the time for lunch comes , each Nis citizen not only will he recommend you his favourite tavern (kafana), but he’ll take you there. Keep in mind that you can’t get out of kafana that easily, and that’s why you should know a few things:
- The start is intense – the first step is drinking rakija. Even if you don’t drink alcohol, the persuasive hosts will surely make you taste it.
- Don’t exaggerate with cold starter (meze), because after it there comes warm starter, soup, main dish, dessert, coffee, an all these are followed by a lot of booze!
7. What to taste?
Cold starters: ’’urnebes’’ salad, peppers in heavy cream, pihtije (aspic), white cheese, beef prosciutto;
Warm starters: belmuz, proja (corn bread), homemade pie, battered pepper, battered brains, battered tripes, calf’s head stew, calf’s tails stew, baked beans, Nis kavurma, lamb sarma wraps, stuffed vine leaves;
Soups: veal, lamb, or tripes soup;
Grill specialities: cevapcici (similar to kebab), pljeskavica (burger), smoked chitterlings , ’’imperial’’ shish kebab, smoked pork, stuffed pork, chicken kebab in a bacon wrap, liver in the crust, meat balls with cheese and smoked bacon, ribs in cream;
Dessert: orasnice (with wallnuts), baklava, tulumba (pastry in sweet syrup), pancakes, ’’adžijin mezetluk’’ (ice cream with nuts and dry fruit).
8. ’’Wellness & spa center’’ in Niska Banja - Niska Banja (Nis Spa) is located 10 km away from Nis on the road to Sofia . In wellness & spa center Sense“ in Niska Banja you can enjoy the relaxing massage and bathing in the healing, thermal water and recapture the natural balance of body and spirit.
9. Paragliding tandem flight! Fall in love with the dizzy flight and the exciting sense of freedom that this sport gives you. For the inexperienced, we recommend the take off at Koritnik over Niska Banja, and for the less timid – Visegrad over Sicevo gorge. However, after this challenge your limit of fear will no longer be the same.
10. Night life - The night life in Nis is a unique experience of which you’re going to talk for years, so don’t miss it! It depends on you whether you’re going to decide on a tavern night, to dance in the rhythm of a trumpet , or a disco club to dance, or maybe you prefer live gigs and alternative music in a night club. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that you’ ll experience an exciting night, and that you’ll greet the morning with a smile in the company of hospitable hosts.
What do you think, is this list complete? Are there any more attractions tourists should not miss?