Cetinje is located 54 km / 33 miles inland away from Kotor city center. It is known as the historic and secondary capital of Montenegro which became the capital in 1878 when Montenegro was an independent country. It’s worth seeing it for its architecture dating back to 15th century. It’s not a touristic town but it’s a town where you can witness the culture and history of Montenegro.
What to see in Cetinje: Cetinje Monastery, Biljarda Museum, Lipa Cave, Montenegrin Art Museum, Miodrag Dado Duric Gallery, Ulica Njegoseva, History Museum, King Nikola Museum, Vlach Church, Lovcen National Park, Njegos Mausoleum, Djukanovic House, The Monastery of Saint Peter, National Musuem, Ethnographic Museum.
How to get to Cetinje from Kotor?
There are buses between Cetinje and Kotor town. The earliest bust is at 5am and the last bus is at 10pm. It takes about an hour and a half to go to Cetinje from Kotor Montenegro.
If you rent a car you can follow the Kotor road map to Cetinje below:
There’s another way to go to Cetinje from Kotor around Lovcen National Park. Although the distance around Lovcen National Park is 10 km / 6 miles shorter, the roads are narrower and more twisted.
Cetinje Monastery: The Cipur Church and Cetinje Monastery are located opposite of the main car park in the town centre of Cetinje. Covering shoulders and knees are required. The monastery usually accepts group visits. It is a Serbian Orthodox Church. It was built in 1701 by Prince Danilo. The right hand of St John the Baptist is kept in the monastery but not displayed.
Biljarda Museum: It was built in 1838 and it used to be the house of prince bishop and poet Petar II Petrovic Njegos. The name of the building Biljarda comes from the billiard table which was brought from Italy by Njegos. The billiard table was carried by 50 men from Kotor to Cetinje.
Lipa Cave: It is located in Dobrska which is just 5.5 km / 3.5 miles to Cetinje and 33 km / 20 miles to Budva. The cave is open to visit with 2,5 km of passages to walk in it. Visitors must have guided tours which are available 5 times a day. It takes about an hour to complete the tour in the cave. The temperature in the cave is around 10 degrees Celsius. Entrance fee per adult is 10.90 Euros, per children between 5 and 15 it is 6.90 Euros.
Montenegrin Art Museum: It’s one of the 5 museums of National Museum in Cetinje that can be visited by a joint ticket for 10 Euros. It is called Miodrag Dado Djuric Gallery. It’s a 5 story building with 1600 metre square exhibition rooms.
Ulica Njegoseva: This is the main street in Cetinje. Walking along the road under the linden trees, looking around the houses which are totally different to the coastal architecture will give you an idea about the culture and history of Cetinje. Djukanovic’s House and the Blue Palace are located on this street. The Blue Palace on this street is used by the Montenegro president.
History Museum: It is the former government building. This museum is one of the 5 other museums of the National Museum in Cetinje which all can be seen with 10 Euros. If you just want to visit History museum the admission fee is 3 Euros per person.
King Nikola Museum: The red building of the museum was the house of the King Nikola. It was built between 1863 and 1867. It was started to be used as a museum in 1926. It used to be the house of Montenegrin Royal family. It is one of the 5 museums of the National Museum. It can be visited with a joint ticket of 10 Euros.
Vlach Church: Also known as Vlaska Church. It dates back to the 15th century which makes it the oldest religious building in Cetinje. The significance of this church is its fence around the courtyard which was made of the rifles captured after the war between Montenegro and the Ottomans between 1858 and 1878.
Lovcen National Park: The distance between Cetinje and Lovcen National Park is 19 km / 12 miles. The park covers 6.22 ha area. The village Njegusi inside the national park is the village where the Dynasty Petrovic of Montenegro was born. To go up to Nijegusi village you need to drive up along 27 narrow bends.
Njegos Mausoleum: It is located in Lovcen National Park on Lovcen Mountain. There are 461 stairs to the Mausoleum. The Mausoleum was dedicated to Petar II Petrovic Njegos. It was opened in 1974.
National Musuem: The National Museum in Cetinje consists of 5 museums which can be visited with 10 Euros joint admission fee for all of them. King Nikola’s museum, Biljarda, Art Museum and Court Church of Cipur are the museums that can be visited.