The city of Podgorica is well known for its history and natural beauty. And while it is one of the smallest European capitals, Podgorica still has plenty of great attractions to draw in many visitors every year.
Podgorica is a cultural hub within Montenegro and carries a rich back story. When former Montenegro was part of Yugoslavia ( between 1946 and 1992), Podgorica was known as “Titograd.” This was in honor of Josip Broz Tito, a communist revolutionary.
Today, the city we know as Podgorica carries a hidden meaning that many visitors do not know. The name Podgorica means “area below the little hill”, which refers to the hill in Gorica Park that overlooks the city.
Here are the top 10 attractions in the beautiful city of Podgorica, Montenegro:
1. The Millenium Bridge
The Millenium Bridge is one of the most picturesque parts of Podgorica. Spanning both sides of the Morača River, Millenium bridge offers beautiful views of the water and surrounding mountains. In the spring and summer time, beautiful flowers can be found all around the bridge.
The bridge was designed by the Slovenian company Ponting and Mladen Ulićević, opening for the first time in 2005. After that, Millenium Bridge quickly became one of the most popular tourist attractions in Podgorica. The suspension cables that span the bridge make the bridge look like modern art.
2. The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ
The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ is hands down one of the most beautiful churches that we have ever seen. The outside of the church features beautiful stonework and sculptures, with intricate designs carved into the sides of the building. On top of the church, numerous golden crosses embellish the church.
As beautiful as the outside of the church is, the inside is even more breathtaking. Every inch of the walls and ceilings are covered in colorful religious paintings. There was even a religious ceremony going on when we visited. It was beautiful to experience another religion up close and personal.
3. King’s Cross Park
King’s Cross Park is a beautiful peaceful park located just blocks from Podgorica’s city center. The Ribnica River runs right through it, and there are beautiful walking paths and bridges for pedestrians to enjoy.
On the western side of the park, there are beautiful old stone terraces where you can sit and enjoy the water. Toward the center of the park, there is a beautiful monument to King Nikola. Overall, this park is a beautiful way to spend a sunny afternoon!
4. Republic Square
Republic Square is located in the heart of Podgorica’s city center. A pedestrian-only walking zone in the middle of the square has a fountain and sometimes features live music performances. Cafes, shops and restaurants surround the square on all sides.
5. The Moscow Bridge
The Moscow Bridge definitely isn’t as impressive as the Millenium Bridge, but it’s still a cool way to get a good vantage point of the river and the city. It’s also a great place to get a better view of the Millenium Bridge, which is located just down the river.
Unlike the Millenium Bridge, the Moscow Bridge is pedestrian only. It also has a bunch of benches on it, so you could take a break and relax and listen to the river rushing by. It’s definitely worth checking out!
6. Karadordev Park
Located partially underneath a bridge, the Karadordev Park is a great place to keep cool on a hot summer day. It’s located right along the Ribnica River, and has some really cool street art to admire. There’s also a more grassy area located in the sun if you care for a picnic.
7. The Mall of Montenegro
The Mall of Montenegro is one of the most diverse malls we’ve been in. There’s a fresh produce market place, clothing stores, cafes, restaurants, and there’s even a hotel! We spent an afternoon wandering around the mall and people watching and had a great time.
8. Lake Skadar National Park
Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkans, and it’s the perfect setting for a relaxing day trip. Surrounded by beautiful green mountains, this summer destination has plenty of boat tour companies so you can take to the water. If you’re lucky, you might even seen one of the endangered pelicans, whose wing span reaches 3 meters! Admission is only 4 euros per person.
9. Street Art
Street art might not be an attraction to some, but it is to us. Checking out the various murals of walls of cities gives great insight into the everyday lives of residents, political issues, and more. Podgorica is home to some beautiful, colorful street art, and it’s worth checking it out.
10. Gorica Park
Gorica Park provides some of the best panoramic views of Podgorica. Situated on a hill, you can climb one of the many well-paved paths around sunset to catch breathtaking views. The trails are all very well lit, and there were tons of people out walking on the Tuesday night when we visited.
11. Moraca River
The Moraca River is a stunning green river the flows through the middle of downtown Montenegro. It is this very same river that flows under both the Millenium and Moscow bridges. Both bridges provide stunning views of the river flowing by.
There are multiple sets of stairs leading down to the river, but the best way to get down is via King’s Cross Park. Hang out and dip your feet in the river to cool off on a hot summer’s day. But beware: the water is pretty cold!
Podgorica is definitely no Paris or London, but this European capital is worth a visit! Its lack of tourists should be reason enough to visit, since it led us to have a very authentic experience in this beautiful city. There were no massive crowds anywhere we went, and the prices can’t be beat!
We hope you enjoy your time in Montenegro. If you are planning a trip to the Balkans, don’t forget to check out a few of the other posts we’ve done on nearby Balkan countries! Happy traveling 🙂
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