"The most colourful town in Serbia" Top 5 Page for this destination Subotica by McCoq

Subotica Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 159 photos

Subotica is the second most popular centre in Vojvodina after Novi Sad, and is located in the north part of Serbia, in the frontier border with Hungary. But that border doesn't seem to count for much here (except from policemen and militaries) and if you come from the north (hungary and specially Szeged) it seems more a continuaton of what you have seen few kilometres northern, colourful architecture.
For the visitor that come form the south of Serbia it can come as a pleasurable jolt that Serbia suddenly seems a long way distant, that Turkish nflueneces are nowhere to be seen, and that the hegemony of the Orthodox Church has suddenly fadded away.
Either way, the gaudy elegance of middle European secessionist architecture is a dominant feature of the townscape. LOVE IT or HATE IT , it is the ARCHITECTURE of the town that is Subotica's greatest draw

That similtude with Hungary have a good reason: like the rest of Vojvodina region, Subotica has spent far longer under Hungarians control than it has as part of Serbia, but unlike most of other large towns in the region, it has always had a majority Hungarian population as well. And who is not hungarian is croatian or Serbian. So here the ehtnic variation is more obviuos than nowhere near. So, is Serbia's most Hungarian town by a long chalk. Signs on the street are dual-language, and also some newspapers, local radios as local tv use magyar rather than serbian. That Hungarian influence even extends to the food, with the goulash and the paprika featuring heavily on many menus.

Map of the center of Subotica
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The town was first recorded as a settlement in the 16th century but the majority of the town's buildings date from arounf the turn of the 20th century when the taste for architecture in the bold, secessionist style (secessionist movement was born in Vienna) was at its peak. The resort of Palic, on the shores of the nearby lake, was developed around the same time, closely followed by the inauguration of a tram servce ferry citizens to and from new resort.

  • Last visit to Subotica: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Like the buildings in this city. Thanks for sharing.

  • nada.c's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2006 at 2:24 PM

    I like your page about Subotica. It is my opinion too, that it is something spacial there...

  • goga4444's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2006 at 11:46 AM

    Great page on what seems to be the most baeutifultown in Serbia :)


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