Montenegro, Big City Park
One of the main attractions of Tivat is the Great City Park, which is also called Captain’s. This name indicates the original “patrons” of the park, that is, the captains of the Austro-Hungarian fleet, who brought here specimens of plants from different parts of the world. This has made it possible to turn the local Big City Park into a botanical garden that is protected by the state. The area of the park is 4 hectares. In this shady oasis, it is difficult to find uninhabited corners for relaxation, as it enjoys incredible popularity among the guests of Tivat and local residents.
The site for the city park was found right in the center of Tivat near Arsenal in 1892. The question of the organization of the city garden was raised by Admiral Maximilian von Sternek, to whom all the captains, who brought seedlings and seeds to the park in the future, submitted.
Walking around the Big City Park is interesting for botanists, amateurs-naturalists, and simple holidaymakers. Along the stone paths are planted various trees, among which one can note eucalyptus, fir, pine, palm, larch. Grow in the local park and several unique plants that are not found in any botanical garden in Europe. These are the two trees of Araucaria Bidville, brought from faraway Australia.
Over time, the territory of the botanical garden was landscaped: they created a pond here, set pavilions. By the middle of the 20th century, amidst lush greenery, monuments, busts and memorials began to appear. Probably, because of so many important cultural attractions in 1963, the park was included in the register of protected areas.