LOCAL INFO (OR HOW TO GET HERE)

Intro

Dear partners and colleagues,

We are happy to welcome you to Novi Sad for our Training Course!
TC will be held in Sremski Karlovci, a historic suburb of Novi Sad, 11 km from the city center, easily reachable by public transport (city buses). Here is the all info you will need to know, once you are in Novi Sad.

Sremski Karlovci

Sremski Karlovci is famous for its historical value and academic tradition, and its located at the outskirts of the Nature park of Fruska Gora. The picturesque town of Sremski Karlovci has a rich past and represents the centre of Serbian culture and spirituality, a town of culture in any sense of the word: in the centre the Serbian orthodox church and the first Serbian lyceum, but also the place where the Treaty of Karlowitz modifying the frontiers of the region had been signed. Sremski Karlovci is also a town of reputation regarding the vineyards since Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The inhabitants have been taken specialists for the white wine sorts. These wines have been sold as far as Vienna, Poland and Belgium and the Wine Fest this workcamp is going to be involved with, is one of the most important events of the town. Beside a beautiful landscape there are 16 Orthodox monasteries scattered around this park.

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Numerous WINE CELLARS in Sremski Karlovci where you can have degustation of various kinds of vines.

DANUBE RIVER where you can relax on the river coast.

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MUSEUMS and HISTORICAL BUILDINGS waiting for you to visit them.

VIEWPOINT where you can have great view of the whole town and area beyond.

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STRAZILOVO FOREST and DVORSKA BASTA part of the National Park perfect for outdoor activities and relaxing in the nature.

ACCOMMODATION

Participants will be sleeping in the newly built part of “Ecological centre Radulovacki” (www.ekoloskicentar.org), a modern hostel type building with:

“NEW WING” – 6 rooms  (4 beds in each room), bathroom with shower in each room, “OLD WING” – 4 rooms (from 3 to 7 beds in each), with common bathrooms, large conference room, beautiful garden and free internet access.

The building is situated in the town centre. All the meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be served in a nearby restaurant. Coffee breaks will be provided in the working room twice a day.

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VENUE OF THE PARTICIPANTS

We expect you to ARRIVE on November 9 during the day, until the evening, as the next day, November 10, in the morning we will start with the activities. On ARRIVAL day, you have covered dinner and on the DEPARTURE day you have covered breakfast. You are expected to DEPART not earlier than November 17 in the morning after the program and not later than 8pm during the day.

The address of the hostel “Ekološki centar Radulovacki“ / „Ecological centre Radulovacki“ is:

Mitropolita Stratimirovica 5
21205 Sremski Karlovci

Worry not about blankets and sheets, just bring you personal hygiene necessities, or buy them here. Check out the weather forecast before you set off, but autumn clothes are optimal. See you soon!

Here is a little map on how to arrive from the train / bus stations when you are in Sremski Karlovci:

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* click on map for larger version

HOW TO ARRIVE

You can get to Sremski Karlovci by bus or by train from Belgrade or Novi Sad.

BELGRADE

(For finding your way in Belgrade, you can consult this map:http://www.planplus.rs)

Arriving to Belgrade by plane:

From the Belgrade airport “Nikola Tesla” you can take the bus of the JAT Airways – Serbian National Carrier, from 5 – 21 h every hour, bus fare is approximately 200 dinars or bus number 72 which is cheaper. If you catch JAT, you take off at the station called “Glavna zeleznicka stanica” in Belgrade (which means Main Railway Station). From there you will see the yellow building of the Main railway station.
If you take bus number 72 (not so much comfortable, but quite cheap), you get off at the last stop called “Zeleni venac”. It takes 15-20 minutes by foot from “Zeleni venac” to the Main Bus Station like this. Bus tickets for the bus number 72 costs 80 dinars each if you buy it in the bus, from the driver. You must validate a new ticket with every change of the bus (or tram and trolley bus).

Coming to Sremski Karlovci from Belgrade:

By bus: Buses are faster, more frequent, more comfortable and more expensive than trains.
From Belgrade there is a bus every 30 – 45 minutes to Sremski Karlovci or every 15 – 30 minutes to Novi Sad. The ride lasts one hour and 15 minutes. One way ticket is from 500 to 700 dinars, depending on the bus schedule.
Web page with the bus Time table: http://www.bas.rs/basweb_eng/RedVoznje.aspx?lng=en
Belgrade Main Bus Station (Zeleznicka street 4; tel. +381 11 2636 299 from 05.30 to 22.00)
By train: There are trains to Sremski Karlovci every  few hours and the one way ticket costs around 290 dinars. It can happen that the train is late.
Web page with the train Time table: http://w3.srbrail.rs/zsredvoznje/?lang=en
Belgrade Main Railway Station (Savski square 2; tel. +381 11 36 02 899 opened 00-24)

NOVI SAD

Novi Sad Bus Station telephone:  +381 21 444 022
Web page for Inter-cities Time table: http://www.gspns.rs/red-voznje-medjumesni.php
Novi Sad Train Station telephone: +381 21 443 200

Coming to Sremski Karlovci from Novi Sad:

If you arrive to Novi Sad, the easiest way to reach Sremski Karlovci is by regular public bus.

From Novi Sad one way ticket is 135 dinars and you are buying tickets inside bus. The buses numbers are 61 and 62. When the bus enters (turns right from the main road) into Sremski Karlovci, you immediately get off the bus at the station opposite the small Gas station. From there you need 5 minutes to Eco Centre Radulovacki, and the map from above will help you to find it.

Those buses 61 and 62 you can wait in front of Train station in Novi Sad or other city bus stops in Novi Sad.

Practical Info

1 EUR ~ 114 dinars

MONEY
As for the money when coming to Serbia, the best solution is to have Euros (try bringing smaller bank notes) with you because you can change them easily in every exchange office, bank or post office. You might have problems with exchanging other currencies, though.

Hints:

  • Don’t take a taxi from airport, railway station or bus station, because taxi drivers there can try to charge you much more then normal price. So, if you need or want to take a taxi, then try to avoid the ones there and walk a bit from that area so that you can stop one on the street.
  • Street names in Serbia are mostly written in Cyrillic, so that can be a possible problem, but you can always find people on the street who you can ask what you are searching for and they will be glad to help you.
  • You can buy sim card for your mobile phone that costs 200 dinars (findable on almost every kiosk, good for national calls, expensive for international calls).
  • You were wondering what is the Intercultural evening? That will be the evening where participants for involved countries will present their culture, modern and traditional, their history or current situations, customs and typical behavior or things characteristical for them as the part of some culture/nation. It is important that it should be interesting and fun, no power point, just creativity, i am sure you can do it. We recommend you to bring some simple food and drinks.
  • Take care and bring some positive energy to share with us. :)