The city of Niš, with its rich history, exuberant verdure, with its spa and wellness center located Niška Banja, offers great possibilities for spa, medical, business and congress tourism.
This city, with 35 elementary and 22 secondary schools, represents a great centre of education and is also known as one of significant university centers in Serbia with its 13 faculties.
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Another option is lodging in one of 3 student dorms in the city.
Every year a couple of students going to exchange apply to host someone, therefore you can be placed in a host family as well. This usually happens during non summer months.
Getting to Nis is quite easy since it's well connected to both Belgrade and Sofia, Bulgaria that have major airports. More info about busses to Nis, you can get at http://www.nis-ekspres.rs/index_en.php. Nis is also very easy to get to by plane, and more info about the flights to Nis you can get at https://nis-airport.com/en/.
Trains are also an option, but note that in Serbia, they are much slower than busses (http://www.zeleznicesrbije.com/active/en/home.html).
Local bus lines arround the city depart frequently and have a lot of stops. Most of them have directions clearly written. More information about the lines and bus stops will be provided to students by the local committee upon arrival. Another popular transportation method is taxi as it's not so expensive. If 3-4 people take a taxi it will mostly be cheaper than a bus, and most certainly more convenient if you're looking for a specific location.
Most places in Nis are close by so you can travel on foot as well.
Mediana (4th cent.)- Birthplace of Emperor Constantine the Great. This ancient historical site on the road Niš - Niška Banja (Spa) is a testimony of the wealth and glory of the imperial Naissus . The remains of imperial palace, together with peristyle (range of surrounding columns) have been discovered.
Skull Tower (19th cent.). Skull Tower (Cele kula) was built by the Turks from the skulls of the Serbs killed in the battle of Cegar, near Nis, in May 1809. It is of rectangular shape, about 3 m high and was built from quicklime, sand and the skinned skulls, upon the order of Khurshid Pasha who had first sent the skulls filled with cotton to the Sultan in Istanbul.
Niš Fortress (18th cent.). On the Nišava riverbank, over the remains of a Roman military camp, then Roman town called Naissus, and finally the remains of a destroyed Byzantine fortification, the Turks built a strong fortress at the beginning of 18th century. The construction of this fortress lasted from 1719 to 1723.It was built with the help of local laborers, Istanbul stonecutters and bricklayers. Beside those well saved walls and gates, numerous facilities remain from various periods, such as the armory, Turkish steam bath, Turkish post station, Bali-mosque, powderroom and prisoon.
Rusalia Church (11th cent.). Church of Holy Trinity of Rusalia is located above the village of Gornji Matejevac. Rusalia is the most attractive ancient structure in Niš. The church was built after the order of a local Byzantine dignitary in the first half of 11th century.
Kazandzijsko sokace (Tinkers alley-18th cent.). This is an old urban quarter in what is today Kopitareva Street. It was built in the first half of 18th century. It was a street full of tinkers and other craftsmen, together with their houses coming from Turkish period. Unfortunately, only some of those are preserved today and protected by the state. The street has recently become packed with cafes, a favorite site for the visitors.
Mausoleum of Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky - lover of Anna Karenina (19th cent.). The Holy Trinity Church in Gornji Adrovac (municipality of Aleksinac) near Nis was built in commemoration of the death of Nikolai Rayevsky. Rayevsky was celebrated as Count Vronsky in Tolstoy's famous novel Anna Karenina.
Niška Banja or "Niš Spa" is located a couple of kilometers to the southeast. There is a large park and some restaurants to accompany the nice view out over the valley. The spa is famous for its mildly radioactive hot water springs which help treat rheumatic disorders. Heart conditions are also successfully treated in the vicinity.
Red Cross Concentration Camp. The first Nazi concentration camp in the former Yugoslavia, constructed in 1941. One of the few fully preserved concentration camps in Europe, almost intact since 1944, 'Lager Nis' was the venue of the dramatic escape in February 1942 when about 100 prisoners managed to flee . It is located in the city center, close to the central bus station.
Holocaust memorial on Bubanj hill. On the hill of Bubanj, south of the city center, a monumental sculpture representing three enormous fists was erected in honor of 10,000 people, mostly Serbs and Romanies, but also about 1,100 Jews, executed in this place during World War Two. The monument is the work of sculptor Ivan Sabolic and was erected in 1963.