Place to visit
At the very Jezerski vrh (Lake Peak), 1660m, as wished by Petar II Petrović Njegoš, the chapel was built during his lifetime. Prince Danilo fulfilled his behest to rest here, with the most distinguished Montenegrins carrying his remains to the summit, to the kingdom of lightnings. But his peace was not disturbed by lightnings alone. Jezerski vrh was first targeted by the Turks, and then Austrians, who brought the chapel to ground in 1916. A new one was built in 1924, but, more importantly the idea of construction of a more grandiose monument was born, designed by sculptor Ivan Meštrović.>>>
The most important works Petar II Petrović wrote, spiritual and secular ruler, a poet and a philosopher were given its birth here. Biljarda is former residence of Njegoš, built in 1838, designed by Jakov Ozereckovski. It was named after billiards (bilijar) Njegoš brought from Vienna – at the time it was the first and only billiards in Montenegro. >>>
Ivan Crnojević moved the ruler seat from Žabljak to Obod most likely already in 1475 (Riječki grad – River Town). There he ruled for some six years. Retreating from the Turkish conquest, he moved his seat from Obod to Cetinjsko Polje, and in the hidden valley in the foot of Lovćen first builds the palace (in 1482) and then the monastery, as he had vowed a year ago in front of the Icon of Our Lady in her temple in Loreto.>>>
A small town on the homonymous river is one of the most beautiful towns of Montenegro. Rijeka Crnojevića is easily accessible from the main road Podgorica-Cetinje. The beginning of its story relates to the ruler of Zeta, Ivan Crnojević (1465-1490), who built a fortress and monastery in order to avoid Turkish army whose church is dedicated to Saint Nikola. Here he moved his capital from the fortress Žabljak, and the monastery became the seat of Metropolitanate of Zeta. >>>
There are three major Christian relics at Cetinje. The Cetinje Monastery keeps the following relicts: the Hand of St. John the Baptist (the hand that baptized Jesus Christ) and particles of the Holy Cross (the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified); also, the icon of Our Lady of Philermos is kept in the Blue Chapel in the building of the Government House.
Medieval fortress – historic capital of Crnojević family
It was founded in X century by princes of Zeta to serve military causes. It is assumed that the army of despot Stefan Nemanjić dwelt there. As it rose to become the capital in XV century, battles around and for fortress Žabljak increased. At the time it was a “settlement” with 300 households, at the mouth of Morača River and Lake Skadar, with developed commerce, a vital economic and trade centre. >>>
The spirit of a warrior Montenegrin who had fought throughout centuries not only with harsh rocky terrain, bare soil, ground inaccessible to the enemy too and but for the defence of that same land from external forces alike, and this is best portrayed through chronology provided in the History Museum, in the Government building. >>>
Welcome to wild beauty!
Discover the story on Montenegrin history through the riches of historic edifices and museums in the “valley of gods”. Go straight through the labyrinth of roads the aristocrats of Europe showed off on. Hear the life in the castle of the King Nikola Petrović, where the princes forged maiden dreams about future.
Under the centennial lime trees, see how the moon “pours magical rays, stirring secret feelings” in the legacy of spiritual ruler, great thinker and poet Petar II Petrović Njegoš. Take a look at the first billiards in his Biljarda which was brought from Kotor by Montenegrin youths on their shoulders. This will just scratch the surface, as every wing treasures its own secrets. There are even three great relics in the town at the foot of Lovćen: the icon of Our Lady of Philermos, the hand of Saint John the Baptist and the particle from the Holy Cross. And in the streets – a living theatre.
Created by academy students, actors, painters, musicians, a new creative trail at the traditional foundations. A town with the hint of enchantment . Rumours of past encompassing everything. Warm households. Do not hesitate to taste cheese and prosciutto from the village of Njeguši. The best taste from Montenegro is the smoked meat dried at the crossroads of mountain and sea air.
How to reach us ?
The nearest airports are: Podgorica (TGD) and 43 km and
Tivat Airport (TIV) 59 km.
Airport Podgorica (Golubovci) TGD
Airport Tivat (TIV)
If you decide to come to the Old Royal Capital by public transport, type of buses, you can do that in two ways: from Podgorica and from Budva.
Port of Bar, where ferries runs from Bar-Bari and Bar-Ancona, the distance is 70 km
From the Bar to Cetinje, there are two roads: Bar-Cetinje 70 km by traffic road , Bar-Podgorica by railway transportation and also by traffic road 55km , Podgorica-Cetinje 33km
If you choose a car, there are two main roads that lead to Cetinje: the main road from Cetinje to Podgorica31km and Cetinje to Budva 29km.
The nearest railway station are in Podgorica 33 km and in Bar 70km
Official brochures of the Tourism Organisation of The Old Royal Capital Cetinje
In the mountainous rocky areas there are numerous interesting, scarcely populated villages. The most famous one is Njeguši, 4km from Kotor air distance. 32 serpentines lead the way from Kotor into a completely different world. Njeguši is not only famous as the birth place of Petar II Petrović Njegoš where his house still rests, open to all visitors, but for delicious prosciutto and homemade specialties which you can taste at the village; cheese and sausages are well worth mentioning. A visit to almost intact villages such as Ceklići, Resna, Čevo and Trešnjevo is highly recommended where you can experience nature, peace and serenity of the stone sea.
Beauty of the region
There are hiking trails around Cetinje. We recommend the most popular ones, intertwined through the National Park of Lovćen. The trail around Rijeka Crnojevića is equally attractive. Special experience provides transversal north-south, hiking trail which outlines the Adriatic coast, from which views toward open sea and coastal town take turns and leave observers breathless. You can get to know the region of Cetinje by riding bike on numerous side trails and roads and feel the breath of fascinating landscapes by visiting villages and vineyards.
There are numerous festivities throughout the year. To culture enthusiasts Royal Theatre Zetski dom offers year-round repertoire of plays, concerts and literal nights. “Cultural summer” which is held annually, unites diverse plays, concerts and other cultural programmes, and some of them are staged at Ljetnja pozornica (Summer Stage) under Orlov krš. Each Friday Cetinje vibrates with the crowd of the market at which wide variety of products from the region are being sold.