Bački Monoštor Rural Tourism
Bački Monostor is ancient village of Vojvodina in the Sombor Municipality, which has been first time mentioned in historical records in 1250. The tranquil village of Backi Monostor is entrenched in the heart of the Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve, embraced with the Danube and its branches and channels of the Dunav-Tisa-Dunav system and the Large Backa Channel. In 1802 the channel was dig to connect Bački Monoštor-Bačko Gradište, so that today one can reach the Backi Monostor along the channel Rhine-Main-Danube. On the western side of the Bački Monoštor village spreads the Monoštor marsh, which was created in 1902, when the course of the Danube River has been redirected.
Backi Monostor is also known as the »village on 7 Danubes« since it is an island which can be reached along bridges, surrounded with the Danube course and channels, marshy forests of the „Gornje Podunavlje” Special Nature Reserve and fruitful cultivated land, which proudly preserves its rich heritage. The most important advantage of the Backi Monostor village is its multinational and multicultural structure which includes members of Sokacs – Croats, Hungarians, Germans and Serbs. The term “šokac” means “guerilla” ili “refugee”, as the first inhabitants have escaped from Slavonia and Bosnia and Dalmatia hinterland to Monostor due to Turkish persecution. At the end of the 17th century some 5000 the Bunjevac people, who were called by the Austro-Hungarian court the “Rascians of the Catholic faith” settled this border area, and soon, in 1690 here settled the Serbs, led by Arsenije III Čarnojević. Backi Monostor adorns the authentic cultural heritage which is presented in number of innate customs, folklore, language, cheerful songs, feasts, traditional costumes, food and music, that have kept its original forms more than 200 years, while the natural wealth adds to the special experience of the village lifestyle. Monostor population since the ancient times maintain their old crafts based on natural materials found in the surroundings, colorful traditional costumes and habits, songs and dances, as well as love for the waters and forests. Here one meets the rogozar /reed mace craftsman/, camdzija /boat maker, the only registered one in Serbia/, klompar /clodhopper manufacturer/, kovac /blacksmith/, woodcarver, korpar /basket manufacturer/, souvenir manufacturers /from natural components/, handmade traditional costumes production… Numerous ethnologists and musicologists visit Backi Monostor during the festivals and throughout the year, as well as bird watchers who enjoy in diversity or rare birds of the Gornje Podunavlje Reserve, and rich hunters from all over the world, who hunt the wild game in hunting season. Josip Broz Tito used to hunt here in the forests of Backi Monstor as well as numerous foreign and national statesmen. Visitors to Backi Monostor have various activities at their disposal – visit to the Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve, boat ride, fishing, visit to the ethno houses, active participation in various workshops and old crafts manufactures, folklore and music courses, traditional preparation of bread, competition in preparation of original fish soup and paprikash or cakes, bicycle ride, ride by jeeps, carriage ride….
Backi Monostor makes the unique combination of cultures, traditions and nature, mysteries of the Medieval town of Bodrog and the surprises of the amazing Bodrog Fest, which evokes to every visitor a nostalgia and wish to come again.