Fruska Gora - a perfect summer escape

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With its rich plant and bird life and well-marked hiking and walking paths, the Fruska Gora Mountain makes an ideal destination for a weekend break from the urban hustle and bustle.

What could one wish more, after a hard working week, than to take advantage of summer's daylight on hour-long hikes, kayaking, climbing the rock, or paddling a canoe through the flooded wetlands.

An hour drive from Belgrade, Fruska Gora has a large number of resorts and well-marked hiking and walking paths which make the mountain a perfect spot for active vacation.

A couple of years ago, the Norwegian embassy supported The National Park of Fruska Gora, Vojvodina Environmental Movement, Mountaineering-Skiing-society, the Municipality of Sremski Karlovci, as well as the University in Novi Sad in their efforts to make an ecotourism hot spot out of the area. Through this project, they got 20 bicycles and helmets, 10 canoes, 20 peddles and vests, and a climbing rock.

In the woodland area, the beech, hornbeam and linden trees prevail and represent the highest concentration of these species in Europe. Its greenery is enriched with abundant plant life and rich bird life.

In addition to this, it is also home to some fine wines ever since the Romans. It was the Roman Emperor Probus who in around 280 AD started introducing grapes and promoting the cultivation of the mountain’s slopes.

Fruska Gora is not lacking rich history, either. Over the centuries, Serbs living in the surroundings of Fruska Gora have made it a centre of literacy and the Orthodox religion. Sremski Karlovci was home to the first Serbian school, the “Slavjanska skola”, which opened in 1726. It later became “Karlovacka Gimnazija”. Some of the greatest Serbian scholars, statesmen and poets were educated there or in some of the 17 monasteries in the area. Most of these monasteries were built between the 15th and 17th centuries, after the Serbian Empire was conquered by the Ottomans.