Experience Subotica

About Subotica


The City of Subotica is located on the north of the Republic of Serbia, along the main European corridors and between two rivers: the Danube and Tisa rivers.

Rich cultural heritage assets, lavishly decorated buildings, multicultural spirit and European charm – these are the features that make this city distinctive.

Subotica is known for its relaxed atmosphere, good food and quality wines. Festivals, events, concerts and vibrant cultural life all year long are a reason more to visit our city. On top of that, Subotica offers a lot of interesting places for rest and leisure, for activities around the lakes, on horse-farms, farmsteads, forests and hunting areas.

Palić, the lake and the settlement with the same name is located 8km east from Subotica. Palić offers something new, unrepeatable and enriching at any season. Outstanding facilities from the beginning of the 20th century: the Water Tower, the Grand Terrace, the Women’s Lido and the Music Pavilion, Great park, the well-known lake, peace and quietness make Palić an ideal space for rest and relaxation.

Currently, Palić provides high category hotels, renovated luxury and comfortable villas built in the so called “Palić style”, several lodgings and private accommodation. Excellent restaurants and bars, sports and recreational fields, three beaches, Zoo, a variety of events, dynamic cultural life, entertainment and additional facilities make a comprehensive offer of the Palić tourist center.

  • Country: Serbia
  • Geographic location: 46°05'N 19°39'E
  • Number of citizens (2012): 140.538
  • Currency: Dinar 1 RSD
  • Country and Area Code: +381 (0) 24

History of Subotica


History: Subotica was, for the first time, mentioned in written documents in 1391 as Zabatka. Since then it has changed more than 200 names. The most characteristic names were: Szent-Maria, Maria Theresia Polis, Maria Theresienstadt, Szabadka and Subotica. It became a settlement of greater significance after the Tatar conquest at the beginning of the 13th century.

Then, those who had survived from the nearby villages were brought together at the strategically chosen place, at the elevated plateau which was then surrounded by water, on which the Franciscan church stands today. It was the ideal place for the people from the plain land to defend themselves against the conquerors.

For a long time, Subotica was situated at the border of two clashed powers, Hungarian and Turkish. Subotica began to develop as a town only after it had lost its military significance. In 1779 Subotica got status of the Free Royal City that brought greater autonomy and privileges to the town and also has attracted entrepreneurs: craftsmen and traders from the Middle Europe.

In the second half of the 19th century, after the railway came to the town (1869), the trade of agricultural and cattle goods was abruptly developed. The industrialization came into the town at the end of the 19th century. Subotica became a modern Middle European city.

After the WW I, Vojvodina province was united with the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians (Treaty of Trianon in 1920) and in 1929 Subotica was affiliated to the new state, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Since then Subotica has not changed its name but the country has – five times.

During the WWII, Subotica shared the ill-fate with the rest of Europe. Reconstruction of the country and economic growth followed till the turbulent times in the 90s.