The small country in the Balkans has it all: high mountains, deep gorges, clear lakes and the beaches of the Adriatic. There are beautiful old towns, delicious wine and really good food.

The small country in the Balkans has it all: high mountains, deep gorges, clear lakes and the beaches of the Adriatic. There are beautiful old towns, delicious wine and really good food.

In a small space enormous diversity

With an area of ​​around 14,000 square kilometers, the southeastern European Montenegro is just as big as the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. In a small space it offers an enormous variety of landscapes. That's another reason why tourist numbers are rising rapidly. The best time to discover Montenegro before everyone else does it is: now.
Bay of Kotor on the Adriatic in Montenegro (DW / C. Deicke)

The Bay of Kotor

Most tourists prefer the Adriatic in the south of the country. The main attraction here is the Bay of Kotor. For about 30 kilometers, it winds its way into the country and once offered its inhabitants protection against pirates and other conquerors. Today it is under the protection of UNESCO and is controlled by cruise ships. The steep mountains reach down to the shore - an impressive backdrop.
Church Island Mary of the Rock in Montenegro (DW / C. Deicke)

Churches and monasteries

From the baroque town of Perast in the bay ferries to the artificially designed church island of Maria from the rock from. It was piled up by repeatedly throwing stones around a small rock into the sea. The catholic maritime church is splendidly decorated on the inside and even today many a cruise captain has a gift here - so that the wind may always be favorable for him.
Beach in Budva (DW / C Deicke)

The seaside resort Budva

The "Ibiza of the Balkans" is called the city of Budva. Behind the old town an extensive party mile runs along the beach. But Budva, one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic, also has quieter corners - as here in front of the city wall. The old town becomes a stage in summer: the annual theater festival stages its streets and squares, and the performances are multilingual.
Hotel Island Sveti Stefan on the Adriatic in Montenegro (DW / C. Deicke)

The luxury island Sveti Stefan

Who has, who can: namely on the 5-star hotel island Sveti Stefan check in. This is what celebrities and politicians are all about: Sylvester Stallone, Claudia Schiffer and Willy Brandt have already stayed here. Since the 1950s, the entire island is a hotel complex. Operator is the luxury hotel brand Aman Resorts. If you do not have the small change, you only have the view from afar. Also nice.
Durmitor Mountains in Montenegro (DW / C. Deicke)

The Durmitor Mountains in the north

Montenegro is small - this is convenient for exploring. From the Adriatic Sea in the south it is only about three hours drive to the north. Here lies the wild mountain landscape of the Durmitor Mountains: with deep spruce forests, fragrant mountain meadows, barren plateaus and karstic peaks over 2000 meters. The Durmitor massif is located in a national park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Taraschlucht in the Durmitor National Park (DW / C Deicke)

The Tara gorge

The river Tara flows through the Durmitor National Park. It meanders through a deep ravine, which is considered to be the deepest in Europe with a maximum of 1300 meters. Worldwide, only the Grand Canyon in the US should be deeper. The gorge is a popular photo opportunity. In the Tara River you can go rafting and rafting, across the gorge are several Ziplines tense.
Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro (DW / C. Deicke)

The National Park Biogradska Gora

No matter where you are in Montenegro: The nearest national park is not far. There are five in all. The Biogradska Gora National Park in the east is home to one of the last primeval forests in Europe. In the heart of the forest lies the glacial lake Biogradsko Jezero. Hundreds of years old trees stand on its shore. Adventure Factor: A jetty leads visitors in stages through wild wetland.
Skadar lake in Montenegro (picture-alliance / prisma (E. Stefano)

The Skadar Lake

Like a primeval landscape at the time of the dinosaurs the Skadar lake looks from above. It is the largest lake in the Balkans and lies south of the Montenegrin capital Podgorica. Large sections are dull and inaccessible - a paradise for birds, of which more than 270 species live here. Tourists like to explore old fishing villages, hike and cycle and kayak.
Table with wine in Montenegro (DW / C. Deicke)

Good wine

Close to the Skadar Lake is also the largest wine region of Montenegro. The climate here is both subcontinental and Mediterranean and therefore ideal for viticulture. In summer temperatures up to 40 degrees, a cool white wine is just the thing. Montenegro's wines are world famous, but most of them are drunk directly in the country. 
Typical food in Montenegro (DW / C. Deicke)

Delicious food

As diverse as the landscape and the cultural influences in the country, so rich is Montenegro's cuisine. Sheep and goat cheese comes from the mountains, fish from the sea and lakes are eaten in every part of the country. Hearty meat and sausage dishes are served with fresh salads and some cakes and desserts are reminiscent of oriental sweets.
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