Montenegro

Montenegro

Niksic

Whether we visit the winter wonderland of Durmitor or the idyllic beaches of Bar or Lustica, or the heady waters of the Bay of Kotor, all roads seem to pass through Montenegro’s capital of Beer and Steel – Niksic!

Niksic is Montenegro’s second largest city with 90,000 people, and whenever you pass the city’s old town walls, you can’t help but think about Niksic for two reasons: first, it’s chalk-full of beautiful parks and other interesting places, and secondly the city has a university atmosphere and hosts like King Nikola’s palace, the Zupa monastery or the monastery of Ostrog.  Other hidden corners around this worthwhile city include Lake Krupak which hosts an enormous beach for sunbathing and taking a dip.  Finally there is also a famous winter-sports center Vucije where faithful winter travelers can enjoy themselves.

Niksic is Montenegro’s second largest city with 90,000 people, and whenever you pass the city’s old town walls, you can’t help but think about Niksic for two reasons: first, it’s chalk-full of beautiful parks and other interesting places, and secondly the city has a university atmosphere and hosts like King Nikola’s palace, the Zupa monastery or the monastery of Ostrog.  Other hidden corners around this worthwhile city include Lake Krupak which hosts an enormous beach for sunbathing and taking a dip.  Finally there is also a famous winter-sports center Vucije where faithful winter travelers can enjoy themselves.

In more recent times, the brave Montenegrin army liberated the city from the Turks in 1877 and this marks the beginning of a period of rapid development for Niksic. As an important modern town, Niksic is now many times larger than it was during much of its 1600 year history. The old St. Peter church is a testament to that long past, with a graveyard that holds the tombs of the heretical Bogomil sect that died out in the Middle Ages.

As well as becoming the main industrial center for Montenegro, Niksic has grown into an important university centre and has produced a large number of important Montenegrins who have left their mark on the country.

An ancient roman stone bridge crosses the Zeta river at Niksic and the city’s emphasis on parks and other green spaces makes it a very pleasant place to stay, especially during the summertime.  Local industries include a steel mill and a brewery, and the University of Montenegro, sure to make an interesting combination!

Like many places in Montenegro, Niksic shares a long and turbulent history. However, the city has learned from it’s long past and placed an emphasis on charming parks and pleasant open spaces along the Zeta River, sure to entice any traveler to spend time in this wonderful city of Steel and Beer!