The mausoleum of Petar Petrovic Njegos built of limestone and granite can be found on top of Mount Lovćen. It was Njegos’s last wish, the greatest ruler of the Montenegrins who was a bishop and a poet at the same time to be buried there. The big statue in the mausoleum was sculpted by Mestrovic. The statue was getting dusty for a long time in a store-room but later it was carried up to the peak with the help of big haulers and winches.
The Mausoleum was dedicated by Duke Danilo in 1855 in a church built by Njegos himself. Each Montenegrin sees in this man the personification of all that he or she holds sacred. The road climbs 20 kilometer from Cetinje to the car park, from which 461 step lead to the Mausoleum and, in clear weather, a stunning 360 degrees view of mountains and coast. For an unworldly experience try it in a thunderstorm. On a clear day its even possible to see the Italian coast.
“I want to tell you something about Lovćen , about a beautiful Montenegrin hill. The first thing that emerges in front of you, that is it; the first spoken Montenegrin word is its name; the first step on the Montenegrin soil is the stone of the Lovćen mountain. Wherever you go, you can see it; it is a polar star for Montenegrins.”
There are no posted trails in the park but the way to the summit is easy to pick out. It takes about three hours to walk on foot from Cetinje to the Mausoleum by road, or with shortcuts, about two hours from Bajice at the edge of town. From Njegusi to mausoleum it takes about one and a half hours, with obvious shortcuts.
Touristical information about the Njegos Mausoleum
Entrance costs for visitors are 5 euro for adults and for children it is less. Inside the Njegos mausoleum there is also the opportunity to dress yourself in the traditional Montenegrin costume and take pictures with it.
Accomodation in the Lovćen park
According to the laws that apply to national parks in Montenegro to preserve the natural resources and cultural heritage of the parks, no new projects may be started. An exception to this is only for existing foundations on which a new project may be realized. For the Lovćen national park, this means that only two private hotels are located in the park, next to the state hotel which is not used for commercial purposes. The nearest city is Cetinje where several hotels are located. Kotor is also a possibility but is at a greater distance and also involves a much longer travel time. You can also rent one of the bungalows inside the park that are that operated by the tourist organisation. These cost €40 per night and you can book them by emailing the parks tourist organisation. For those willing to pitch a tent there is a small fee of €3 for a small tent and €5 for a large tent. Once again the the parks tourist organisation needs to be contacted for arranging. This accommodation is located in the Ivanova Korita part of the park of which one can observe the mausoleum but is still 7 kilometers from it. What it still makes a nice walk, but from the hotels and the tourist organization it is possible to rent a bicycle for a small fee.
Hotels in the park
- Hotel Monte Rosa – Located in the heart of the park in the Ivanova korita part. The 4-star hotel offers views of the Njegos mausoleum and the surrounding mountains. The Njegos mausoleum is a 10-minute drive away. The area around the hotel is very quiet. Several walking routes through the park are available here. Cetinje the former capital is 15 km away.
- Facilities : Restaurant / Café, Swimming pool, Hotel bar, Parking, Free Wi-Fi Internet Access Included, Car-Quad and Bicycle Rental, Luggage Storage, Airport Shuttle (surcharge), Terrace, Garden, Express Check-In / Check-Out, Ski Equipment Hire (on site), Fitness Center, Ironing Service (surcharge) ), Laundry (surcharge), Ski Storage, Bar, Mini Bar, Breakfast in the Room, Wake Up Service.
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- Hotel Ivanov Konak – Hotel Ivanov Konak is located in the Lovćen National Park, at 1,250 meters above sea level. It offers rooms with satellite TV, a restaurant and free Wi-Fi and parking. There is a ski slope in front of the hotel. All rooms feature a minibar, hardwood floors and a private bathroom with a shower. Guests can also relax on the terrace with barbecue facilities, in the bar or in the restaurant serving local specialties. The hotel has basketball and handball courts, tennis courts and a football pitch. There are many hiking and cycling trails around the hotel. Excursions around and in the Lovćen national park can also be arranged.
- Facilities : Free Wifi, Free parking, Picnic area, Terrace, Garden, Ski equipment hire (on site), Restaurant (à la carte), Bar, Mini-bar, Breakfast in the room, On-site coffee house, Bikes available (free), Tennis equipment (surcharge) Entertainment staff, 24-hour front desk, Tennis court (nearby), Ironing service (surcharge), Laundry (surcharge), Ski equipment hire (on site), Airport shuttle (surcharge).
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Tours to the Njegos Mausoleum