The village of Ečka is best known for its Kaštel (Castle), which is now a hotel, and its Art Colony. But just a short walk away from the Kaštel—one of the best preserved and most popular castles in Serbia, famous for the composer Franz Liszt playing piano there as a nine-year-old boy—are the ruins of an old water tower that looks like a part of a film set.
The inside is graffitied, plants are colonizing the roof, and the walls are deteriorating. The building has been similarly neglected in terms of scholarly documentation, so little is known about its origins. But it is believed to have been built in the late 1800s—in German, Neo-Romanesque style—as a water tower and guard tower for the castle. Today, its spooky appearance and aesthetic decay draws visitors.
Know Before You Go
The tower is located off Novosadska Street in Ečka. It is also known as stari vodotoranj (old water tower).