...WHERE TOWERS REACH THE SKY
The silhouettes of the City Hall
(1908-1912) dominate the city centre, and its breath-taking beauty attracts attention. This fascinating building was built in Hungarian art nouveau style according to the designs of Marcell Komor and Dezső Jakab, the architects from Budapest. At present, it hosts the city administration, the City Museum, the Historical Archives and few shops and banks. Near to the City Hall is the Franciscan Church, a monumental neo-romantic building re-built in 1901.
Eastwards from the Franciscan Church is the Serbian Orthodox Church built in 1730, which had undergone many changes and reconstructions throughout its history but has kept its original, traditional baroque style. Turning westwards, we encounter the tower of the St. Teresa of Avila Cathedral built in 1779 in baroque style.
The rhythm of towers is made complete by the cupola of the Synagogue, one of the most beautiful ones in this part of Europe, built in 1903. The blue and the green fountains made from Zsolnay ceramic tiles, girdling around the City Hall are contrasts to the towers. The Public Library building decorated by telamons supporting the baroque balcony is also in the vicinity. In the square around the City Hall, there is a theatre building built in 1853, thus one of the first theatres on the territory of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, distinguished by its six classic Corinthian columns (its regeneration is underway).
Along the promenade there are mansions built in different styles in the 19th and 20th centuries. The facade of building no. 4, once a savings bank, attracts attention with its lavish decoration. One of the most beautiful art nouveau buildings in the city, the Raichle Mansion, is located only a hundred meters from the City Hall. In its unique way, this house marvellously intertwines architecture, expensive materials and the playfulness of crafts.
Not only that the pedestrian zone in downtown Subotica provides an opportunity to see all sights of the city, but it also offers shopping in elegant boutiques and refreshment in cafés tempting tourists with their spirit of the times gone by.
Diverse cultural and entertaining programmes are offered in all seasons in Subotica and Palic.
Mayday Wakening in Palic is an event with long tradition and many cultural and catering contents, which gathers a massive number of visitors each year.
The International Festival of Children’s Theatres is organised in May and its reputation ranks the event among the most important ones in the world. In the third week of July each year, the European Film Festival is organised on the Summer Stage in Palic under the shades of hundred-year old trees. This festival, with a rich variety of accompanying programmes, promotes the most recent European film production.
Dužijanca is a harvest festival of the local Bunjevac and Croat population rooted in after-harvest family festivities and thanksgiving, which has developed into one of the most colourful events in Subotica. The climax of the two-months long series of festive events is on the feast of Assumption, when a ceremonial procession, passing through the city centre, reaches the central square, where a consecrated, fresh wheat bread is ceremonially handed to the Mayor.
On the occasion of the City’s days, many cultural and entertaining programmes are organised at the beginning of September each year.
Vintage Days are held at the beginning of autumn, and people celebrate fruit harvest and many exhibitions of fruits and folk crafts are held. These days are also occasions to taste quality grapes, must and to celebrate wine.
In late autumn, many concerts, exhibitions, folklore programmes are organised until Christmas, when a glamorous New Year ’s Eve concert is held by the Subotica Philharmonic Orchestra in the Ceremonial Hall of the City Hall.
The nature in Palic fascinating in all seasons triggered the creation of the settlement and development of tourism. Palic, the 7 km long lake and the tourist centre under the same name, used to be a trendy resort and spa at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The local scenery has always been enhanced, updated and changing; however it avoided the challenges imposed by industrialising tourism.
There is a unique park in the lake area offering an exceptional ambient. Close to the Park is the ZOO recognized not only by its rich collection of plants and animals, but also by the human approach to accommodating animals and educative programmes.
Lake Ludas is about twenty kilometres northeast from Subotica renown as a place, where flocks of birds used to rest on their way from the Norwegian fjords to River Nile.
So far some 239 species of birds were recorded to rest and nest along Lake Ludas and 140 of them are birds rarities. This lake is one of the most significant wetland eco-systems in the world and an area protected by the Ramsar Convention. Aligned individual farms along the lake are an inseparable whole of the abundant natural values.
Half way from Subotica to the Horgos border cross is another special sanctuary, the Szelevenyi Puszta bordering with listed natural areas in Hungary. This area is a home for over 30 threatened plant species. The Subotica Sandy Region is north from Subotica, and besides its exceptional natural values it is also a hunting area rich in game.