The old royal capital of Cetinje
If the history of a country could only be summed up by the history of a single city, then this is it! Open the Montenegrin historical postcard and read the chronicles of Montenegro’s past that have been written here for five long centuries!
The old royal capital of Cetinje
Old Royal Capital - New Destination
A peaceful town resembling an English university-city will enchant you with its tranquility, simplicity, beautiful nature, and its wealth of cultural and historical offerings.
Take a trip back in time
What Piedmont is for Italy, Cetinje is for Montenegro - a symbol of eternal resistance to various invaders. How did a small country like Montenegro become - and survive as - an independent and free state? The answer can be found in the residences of the rulers of the Petrović dynasty, which ruled Montenegro for 222 years. Visit at least two of them here in this very city!
At the Biljarda Palace, meet the iconic character of Petar II Petrović Njegoš, the mysterious ruler of Montenegro: a bishop who refused to marry but wrote the most beautiful love poem, a philosopher who created literary masterpieces, and a national hero after whom many streets in this country are named.
In King Nikola's palace, hear an interesting story about the king with twelve children, who was nicknamed the "Father-in-Law of Europe," and who glorified Montenegro and her warrior spirit. After that, you'll see Montenegro through entirely different eyes!
Come to know Christian shrines
In the Cetinje monastery, there are two major shrines: the hand of St. John the Baptist and a piece believed to be from the Lord's Holy Cross on which Jesus was crucified. Wondering how these shrines made it here? We will only say that they have come a long way to find their place in the heart of Montenegrin libertarian and spiritual aspirations - the Cetinje Monastery. The greatest honor for any believer is to see them and bow to them.
Isn't this reason enough to make a visit to the city shadowed by Lovćen?
Don't bypass museums!
Do you enjoy art? Then the Cetinje Art Museum for you! If you enjoy culture and tradition, go to the Ethnographic Museum! If you're interested in history, you've come to the right place: this city also boasts a History Museum.
If you're curious about the terrain of Montenegro, take a look at the massive terrain map formed from cement, at a size of 20 meters wide by 20 meters long, an applied piece of art made with a jeweler’s precision. If you're interested in money (and who isn't?) then go to the Museum of Money!
Enjoy the charms of Skadar Lake
Small fishing villages in the fairytale landscape of the Crnojevića River and Skadar Lake will relieve your soul of worry. Pavlova Strana is the most picturesque spot on Skadar Lake, with a view of the river that embraces the hills and quietly wanders towards the lake. Take a boat ride through a sea of water lilies, listen to the chirping of numerous birds, and see fishing boats confidently sailing towards their destination.
Enter the magical underworld
Witness the underground corridors and halls of the "Underground King," who used naturally-occuring grandiose stalactite and stalagmite formations to decorate his castle! The unique Lipska Cave, only 5 kilometers from Cetinje, will provide you with 400 meters of exciting journey into the bowels of the earth, where you can experience the untouched wonder of the cave and hear stories about the cave's inhabitants. Treat yourself to this unforgettable experience!
Climb up Lovćen
"He who did not climb Lovćen was not in Montenegro" is a saying you will hear frequently from the locals. Don’t risk criticism by missing out! Lovćen offers a view of a landscape that is hard to take your eyes off of! The view encompasses two-thirds of Montenegro's territory and sometimes, early in the morning after a vigorous rain, you might glimpse the opposite Italian coast. Petar II Petrović Njegoš, one of the greatest South Slavic minds, was buried here at his own request, and it is the world's highest recorded mausoleum for a ruler. To earn the right to see the mausoleum, push your physical limits and climb the 461 steps to the zenith of the mountain!
Indulge your senses with regional delicacies
Blissfully indulge in pršut made according to traditional recipes, cow's milk cheese dried for two months in the fresh air before consumption, delicious forest honey, wine, and brandy. This is a simple, but home-cooked and delicious menu prepared by locals. Finish your visit to this magical town with a unique culinary experience when you visit a local household, where you will witness the traditional Montenegrin style of cooking, from start to finish.
The first books were printed in Cetinje as early as 1494!
It is most beautiful to swim under the palm trees of Budva and sleep under the linden trees of Cetinje!
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