The road to Cetinje starts from your hotel and leads further on to the countries capital – Podgorica. After a short trip we will make a photo stop above the Budva Rivjera. There is a spectacular view of it from the Lovcen mountain.

Enjoy the ride in the modern, comfortable air-conditioned car and within only 45 minutes we will reach the city of Cetinje. It is the historical capital of Montenegro, which is located 32 km away from Budva.

The city is situated at the foot of Lovcen mountain at the altitude of 670 m above sea level and is the well-known city-museum due to the numerous historical buildings, relics, monasteries, churches and museums.Cetinje is a real visit card of Montenegro thanks to its authentic architecture, numerous monuments and magical side-streets.

Cetinje Palace, Montenegro, foto: Vberger, Wikipedia

Amien: “This is an incredible place for all nature and history admirers”

In the past Cetinje was a battlefield, a shelter for Montenegrian people and also the central place where the most important royal dynasty of Petrovic-Negus lived and ruled. The period of their reign is a matter of real pride among the Montenegrian people.

Petar II Petrovic – Njegos foto: Đorđe D. Božović, Wikipedia

Peter Petrovic-Negus II was the 5th member of the dynasty and certainly deserves a special place in the countries history and culture.We recommend you to visit the most important place connected with the dynasty – Biljarda – it was the formal residence of Peter Petrovic-Negus II, Montenegrian prince, ruler, great writer and philosopher. The residence got its name after the billiard table the prince bought in Beche. This is the place where the prince gave life to his thoughts on paper and wrote his masterpiece “The mountain wreath”. The air here is filled with memories of that time and you will have the chance to feel the entourage of the period when the greatest books of the 19th century were written.

Right near the Biljarda (1917)in a glass hall you can find a very interesting relief model of Montenegro. The model will show you the beauties of this small but proud country. It will help you understand why not one invader managed to conquer it!

After visiting the Bilarda you can take a slow walk through the town streets or drink cofee in one of the numerous cafes. We recommend you to visit the Cetinje monastery, with the right hand of St John the Baptist – with which he baptized Jesus Christ and also the church on Chupura where you will find the tombstones of the royal dynasty of Petrovic-Negus.

Cetinje Manastery, Montenegro, foto: Koroner, Wikimedia

Negus chose this incredible place for eternal peace as though he wished to overlook his land and people even after his death. The legend says that he chose peak Jezerski which is the second high on Lovcen mountain, because he believed that the highest peak should be left for future generations and rulers. Today on the highest peak – Shtirovnik – there is a television tower, so we can say that the great ruler made the right choice! =)

Darel: “A very steep road but unbelievably beautiful! An incredible view of Kotor, Boka bay, mountain peaks and the Negus mausoleum – all deserves the highest mark! ”

The Negus grave is turned into a mausoleum. It was built by the Croatian architect Ivan Mestrovic on a place where a former church was ruined ( the church was built in 1854 in the name of St Peter of Cetinje). The church was bombed during World War II and was completely destoyed in 1974, and afterwards the mausoleum was built here.

Njegos Mausoleum, Lovcen, Montenegro, foto: Michael TylerWikipedia

A 20 km long asfalt road leads from Cetinje to the mausoleum. You cant get straight to the mausoleum by car, you will have to take the long staircase up the tunnel. There are 461 stairs and when you reach the very top you will find yourself at the altitude of 1660 m above sea level. Take a deep breath and open your eyes widely. Turn around slowly. You will be fascinated with the incredible views of the Boka bay, Skadar lake, high mountain peaks and also part of Albania. The legend says that you can even see the Italian coast on very bright sunny days.

Njegoš mausoleum on Lovcen – sculpture of Njegoš in the chapel, Photo: Milica Buha, Wikipedia

In the mausoleum you will see two stone figures – of mother and daughter and also the figure of Negus himself. His tombstone is located in the heart of the mausoleum. Here we finish the story of the famous ruler and writer, the important part of Montenegrian history. You will get the complete impression of the Balkan people from the nature beauties, culture and history of this region.

Milana: ” The National park of Lovcen offers many opportunities for active vacation. Along with hiking and visiting the mausoleum with its spactacular view of the surroundings, you can visit the adventure park. You can find everything you need here, it was an unforgettable day!”

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