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Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster

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Discover the relics of Albania's history and culture through the centuries at . Overlooking an important traveling route along the river, the fortress has taken a prominent position in the city's history since the 12th century. The buildings inside date from different time periods and have various functions, such as churches and storage spaces. Take your time walking around, noting the clock tower, cistern, towers, houses, Gjirokastër Museum, and an open courtyard that hosts an annual folk culture festival. Ask for an audio guide to lead you through the castle and give you insight into its past. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Gjirokaster and many more Gjirokaster attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Gjirokaster tour planner.
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  • accompanied by locals, I quickly visited this property intrigued by tale of the Princess and the child gettatisi the walls to avoid capture, is quite well preserved and it is easy, with a little imagination, imagine the splendours of yesteryear
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  • Loved this castle and the features it contains. The remains of the US spy plane are cool as are the various weapons too But the view is just amazing - well worth the climb up the hill  more »
  • The entrance fee to the castle is 200 lek and it includes all of the museums except for the weapon's museum which is another 200 lek! The American airplane is very interesting as well as the many tank...  more »
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  • The castle overlooks the entire city. It offers very good view of the old bazaar. The castle is large, the majority is preserved. There are several museums. Under the castle itself is a bunker of Enver Hoxha, designed to hide the whole government in the event of war.
  • It is missing a restauration, however it still an amazing place with a nice panorama.
  • You'd love it here. A great view of the city form the castle and of the valley beneath. The castle is well preserved and has a lot to show. I'm not telling you more, because you have to visit and enjoy for yourself.
  • Gjirokastra Castle is one of the biggest fortresses in Balkans, there is an evidence of a 7th century BC Iron Age Settlement and a series of 5th - 6th century AD walls suggesting reoccupation after the decline of Roman Empire... Just a great place to visit at any time.
  • Worth the climb up to the mountain as well as the cheap 200 lek entrance fee. I would recommend a free walk in the complex... But guides are available for tours too. Also the arms museum is another cheap 200 lek entrance fee worth: experience the prison as it was until 1968... Also: a new wing of the museum has a very well documented exposition about Albanian history