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Sremski Karlovci

On the eastern fringes of the Fruška Gora National Park, the enchanting small town of Sremski Karlovci (Сремски Карловци) is a great little trip out of Novi Sad. Its main square, Branka Radičevića, with the Orthodox and Catholic churches side by side and the Four Lions fountain, is highly picturesque, but Sremski Karlovci’s status as a national treasure comes courtesy of its speciality wine, Bermet, made exclusively here since 1770. Drunk with desserts or as an aperitif, Bermet was popular in the Austro-Hungarian court and served on board the Titanic’s maiden voyage. The tourist information office on the main square can point you to the delightful wine cellar owned by the Živanović family at Mitropolita Stratimirovića 86b, where you can buy your own supplies – swing open the side-gate to enter their orchard; there’s also a quaint beekeeping museum. Alternatively, relax with a glass or two on the civilized outdoor decking of the hotel of the same name on the main square.

Sremski Karlovci is a ten-minute taxi ride from Novi Sad (around 400din); catch a cab from the rank on Ilije Ognjanovića.