Throughout my travels, I never say no to a chance to see the offbeat, the weird, and the abandoned. Sometimes I’d even go way out of the way (cue Jack’s eye roll). I find it more interesting than the new and shiny.
So when some people from the hostel told us that there’s a hiking trail that starts next to the police station in Kotor that goes pass an abandoned fort in the forest, I was like “whaaa?”
Abandoned fort? In a forest? Sold.
Fort Vrmac is a leftover fortification from the Austria-Hungary empire. It is one of the best preserved fort from the era. And it was much bigger, and much better preserved, and so much more awesome than I even expected.
Exterior of Fort Vrmac
We were hoping to catch a ride back from the fort, but we didn’t realise how isolated the place is. The only way back is to hike the same trail we took up. Oh well, the view helped.
The town of Kotor is beautiful and the hike up the old Town Wall of Kotor is highly recommended. But if you’re looking for something more beyond the usual things to do in Kotor, check out Fort Vrmac. The forest itself is worth a visit.
Tip: A little beyond the fort is a mysterious complex of ruined old houses with broken windows and bedsheets as curtains. We weren’t sure if it was completely abandoned. The creep factor was high enough that I didn’t dare taking pictures.