City Orientation Walk, Podgorica

Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro, although not a typical European eye candy, does contain a number of sights well deserving attention, particularly the modern-built Millennium Bridge over the Morača River and the old stone bridge over the Ribnica River, much as the Turkish-built, centuries-old Clock Tower rising over the old town. Take this orientation walk to see these and other popular attractions of Podgorica.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Montenegro » Podgorica (See other walking tours in Podgorica)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: DanaU
Clock Tower

1) Clock Tower

The Clock Tower of Podgorica is located at Bećir Beg Osmanagić square, in the Stara Varoš neighborhood. It's one of the very few Ottoman landmarks that survived the bombing of Podgorica in World War II. Sahat Kula was built in 1667, by Adži-paša Osmanagić, a prominent citizen of Podgorica. According to the legend, the clock was brought fromItaly. For a long time, it was the only public clock in the city. Around 1890, a metal cross was placed at the top of the tower. The cross was made by Stevan Radović, Lazar Radović's grandfather. Today, Sahat kula is an important cultural monument of Montenegro, protected by law. The clock was renovated in January 2012, when the old mechanism was replaced by a new digital one.
Natural History Museum

2) Natural History Museum

Located in the oldest part of the city, the Natural History Museum is worth visiting while in Podgorica. It displays specimens of Montenegrin flora and fauna including a collection of angiosperms and ferns, nonvertebrae, fish, reptiles, birds, mushrooms, and many more. Here you will also see a collection of entomological and palaeozoological items. This museum has no exhibition space of its own, despite many proposals and initiatives to build one.
Starodoganjska Mosque

3) Starodoganjska Mosque

As part of the Ottoman Empire until 1878, Podgorica has many examples of Turkish architecture. The oldest parts of the city, Stara Varoš (Old town) and Drač are typical of this, with two mosques, one of which is Starodoganjska Mosque. Built in the 15th century, it is the only active mosque in Podgorica.
Ribnica Bridge

4) Ribnica Bridge (must see)

Built in the 15th century by the Ottoman Turks, the Ribnica Bridge should not be missed when in Podgorica. It is an arched bridge over Ribnica river, hidden below the city center. The area surrounding the bridge is an important cultural and historic sight itself, and a great place to rest. The nearby Skaline terrace is a nice place to have a drink while admiring the stunning views.
King Nicola Monument

5) King Nicola Monument

Located in a park, opposite to the Parliament, King Nikola Petrovic Monument is an imposing four-meter high statue, the work of Risto Radmilović. It depicts the last king of Montenegro, King Nikola, on a horse. It was unveiled in 2005 and has since been an important landmark in Podgorica.
Monument To Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

6) Monument To Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

Located in the city center, the Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin Monument is a symbol of historic and cultural relations between Montenegro and Russia. The monument depicts Pushkin enthusiastically reading his poems to his wife, Natalia Goncharova. A few first words from his poem "Bonaparte and the Montenegrins" are carved into the composition. The poem reflects the essence of the Montenegrins: courage, pride, freedom.
Mali Park

7) Mali Park

Podgorica is particularly known for its extremely hot summers: temperatures over 40 °C are common in July and August. So, if you took a stroll around Podgorica's attractions during summer and the heat rendered you helpless, Mali Park is a perfect place to hide and have a rest. The word "Mali" translates "small", but rich in vegetation the park has a lot of places to sit in the shade.
Karađorđev Park

8) Karađorđev Park

Situated beside the Crna Gora hotel, Karadordev Park is the greenest area in Podgorica and a great place to relax after a hard day. The park was originally built in 1927 and in 1954 it was rebuilt after being seriously damaged during the war. Most of the park is pine trees and conifers, but there is a wide variety of flowering plants as well. The greenest corner of the city centre grid, beside the Crna Gora hotel, was laid out in 1927 and reconstructed after wartime damage in 1954. The most varied of the city's parks, it has a wide variety of flowering plants, pine trees and conifers.
City Museum of Podgorica

9) City Museum of Podgorica (must see)

Located at Marka Miljanova street, the City Museum of Podgorica is the main museum in town. It features an impressive collection of religious icons and books, archeological and other historic items. Of special interest is the collection of artifacts from the Copper age, as well as Illirian and Roman articles found in ancient Doclea. There is also a collection dedicated to Božidar Vučković, who was an important printer in the 16th century.
Sloboda street

10) Sloboda street

The street offer the newest collections of suits, shoes, wardrobe, and gallantry of famous fashion designers. Carine, Mex, Voli in one place offer everything that you need, so if you are more for this type of shopping they represent a real choice, and they also stand out with somewhat lower prices.
Independence Square

11) Independence Square

Independence Square, formerly Republic Square or Square of the Republic is the central town square of Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro. It is located in Nova Varoš, the administrative, as well as socio-cultural heart of the city. The square covers an area of 15.000 square metres. The city library "Radosav Ljumović" is located on the square, as well as the state gallery "Art".
The square is bordered by Freedom street to the east, and Njegoš's street to the west. Both Njegoševa and Slobode street are newly renovated pedestrian zones - with Ulica Slobode also being a popular shopping street. Bokeška and Vučedolska street create the square's northern and southern borders, respectively. A pedestrian passage connects the Republic Square to Podgorica's City Hall and the Montenegrin National Theatre building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Royal Palace of King Nikola

12) Royal Palace of King Nikola (must see)

King Nikola's Palace is located in Cetinje, Montenegro, and for more than 50 years served as the seat of the Montenegrin Royal family. In 1926 it became a museum, from 1980 it was one of the departments of National Museum of Montenegro. The small palace was built from 1863 to 1867 in a simple style typical of Cetinje houses with certain elements of neoclassicism. The interiors were designed in style of Historicism (art) and Art Nouveau. In the entrance hall are exposed the Montenegrin crown jewels, which are the most popular exhibition of the National museum. The Royal Garden was built in 1870 as a pine alley. Gardens were refurbished in 1971. There are many flower beds with crocuses, geraniums, tulips and rose and jasmine bushes. In the back of garden there is cedar grove with domimant villa with small summer-house, which served fas a guest house for foreign visitors.

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Podgorica for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Podgorica has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Podgorica, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.