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The Tunnel

 Old railway route

di vanjakom     Serbia

N 42° 27.222' E 018° 34.131' (WGS84)

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 Nascosta il: 26. agosto 2019
 Pubblicata il: 30. agosto 2019
 Ultimo aggiornamento: 30. agosto 2019
 Listing: https://opencaching.it/OC15A89

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This part of the Yugoslav railway network, built by the Austrians, ended up in Zelenika.pened in 1901 and closed down in 1968.In July 1901, a locomotive whistle announced a new era in the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska). The locomotive was from the batch BHStB IIIa5 followed by a ceremonial train equipped with the latest fashion in railway travel (comfortable railway coaches and lounge cars) carried top Austrian Railway officials.

That first whistle, miracle of technology and transport meant progress, travel and most important tourism. The route Sarajevo – Zelenika was 156 kilometers long. The tracks in the Bay were 11 kilometers long with stations in Sutorina, Igalo, Herceg Novi and Zelenika.  The launch of Montenegro tourism happened in 1902 in Zelenika! First hotel on this part of the Mediterranean “On the Green Beach” (“Na zelenoj plaži”) hosted the rich and famous. All until 1968 Zelenika was the last stop for the narrow gauge railway line from Sarajevo.

Zelenika got its name by a green bush Phulera latifolia that decorated the village all the way to the beach. Located only 4 kilometers from Herceg Novi on the road to Kotor, but because of the hill Lalovina it was always detached from the nucleus Igalo-Herceg Novi-Meljine. Unfortunately, Zelenika does not have its official souvenir but it has the official story about the history of tourism. 
More interesting is the fact that the first hotel open for tourists was not in Herceg Novi (largest town on the west of the Bay of Kotor, Boka Kotorska) but in Zelenika small village over the hill. The building “Room and Board on the Green Beach” (“Pansion na zelenoj plaži”), today in terrible shape, was the first hotel in Montenegro!

In 1896 Antal Mađar, the founder of Montenegro tourism came from Budapest to Zelenika. Six years later in 1902 Antal opened “Room and Board” hotel on the green beach capacity: 50 beads, 5 apartments and 3 dependencies. This was the fist capital investment on the South Adriatic coastline. When in 1905, hotel in Hvar, Croatia opened for business the hotel in Zelenika was well known as the “winter residence and sea swimming-beach”. 

Just a year earlier in 1901, the narrow gouge railway from Sarajevo was finished and the last station was Zelenika. Old photographs from the beginning of the 20th century show swimmers dressed in bathing suits enjoying the beach just a few meters from the railroad. 
Man with a vision Antal Mađar made an effort not only to promote his hotel but the whole area. Looking up to other tourist centers at that time and parks in Italy, Germany, Austria and Swaziland, Antal started to plan his own exotic park with imported plants. He brought to the Montenegro coast the popular palm tree Phoenix chanariensis. Care over the hotel continues his son Antal, who at this time has representatives and tourist offices in Prague and Budapest. The hotel staff came from the best schools in Marseille, Paris and New York and spoke 5 to 6 languages. He also expanded the tourist “sun and beach” offer by introducing different excursions like sailing and hiking to the mountains Orijen and Subra. 
During the First and Second World War, the hotel was commandeered, and for that, changed owners and managers. Unfortunately, all the owners after the first lacked the will to care about the hotel and the brand “On the Green Beach”.

Among many that visited and stayed at this hotel, here are some names that no doubt would give good reference to any hotel even today, Montenegro king Nikola I Petrović, Serbian king Petar I Karađorđević, Bulgarian king Ferdinand I Koburg and Albanian king Ahmet Zogu.
Though, local tourist workers give effort to present Zelenika as a good tourist location it will never live up to the glory it had when the hotel “On the Green Beach” was run by the Mađar family. 

Today Zelenika is mostly a customs harbor town with almost no reminder of its recent past except a small railway metal bridge with wooden sleeps used in 1968 for the last time.

source: montenegro.com

The cache:

Cache is camouflaged on left side of the path when you enter Zelenika from the railway tunnel.

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