Rijeka Crnojevića

Lake Skadar National Park

The northwestern end of Lake Skadar thins into the serpentine loops of the Rijeka Crnojevića (Ријека Црнојевића; Crnojević River) and terminates near the pretty village of the same name. It’s a charming, tucked-away kind of place set around an arched limestone bridge, built in 1853 by Prince Danilo.

When Montenegro was ruled from Cetinje, this is where the royals came to escape the Black Mountain’s winter. The relatively modest house of Vladika Petar I Petrović (St Peter of Cetinje) still stands; you'll recognise it by its ground-floor arches and upper rooms jutting out over the road.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lake Skadar National Park attractions

1. Lipa Cave

3.64 MILES

Cetinje may indeed be littered with old-time reminders of its days as Montenegro's capital city, but just 4km away lies an attraction that makes the town…

2. Blue Palace

5.36 MILES

Built in 1895 for Crown Prince Danilo, this elegant building has since been commandeered by the Montenegrin President – hence the manicured gardens. It's…

3. British Embassy


The former British embassy, built in the Georgian style in 1912, now houses a music academy.

4. Ethnographic Museum


The former Serbian embassy houses a well-presented collection of costumes and tools explained by English notations.

5. King Nikola Museum

5.51 MILES

Entry to this maroon-and-white palace (1871), home to the last sovereign of Montenegro, is by guided tour (you may need to wait for a group to form)…

6. Court Church

5.52 MILES

Built in 1886 on the ruins of the original Cetinje Monastery, this little church has a lovely gilded iconostasis, but its main claim to fame is as the…

7. Ulica Njegoševa

5.53 MILES

Cetinje’s main street is pretty Njegoševa, a partly pedestrianised thoroughfare lined with interesting buildings, cafes and shops.

8. Njegoš Museum Biljarda

5.56 MILES

This castlelike palace was the residence of Montenegro’s favourite son, prince-bishop and poet Petar II Petrović Njegoš. It was built and financed by the…