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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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Where to stay in Gjirokaster

As a World Heritage Site, Gjirokaster attracts a fair number of tourists. However, there are a limited number of hotels, and even fewer hostels. The town is divided into two sections: the atmospheric old town is up on a hill, and the newer part is down below in the valley. Most of the historical attractions lie in the old town; staying here puts you within easy reach and saves you a daily walk or taxi ride up and down the hill.
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  • Worth the hike up the hill. Nice museum on war history. If you ate in Gjirokaster this is the #1 attraction.  more »
  • Impressive castle. Gjirokaster is definitely worth a detour and this castle is the highlight of the town.  more »
  • fantastic views of the surrounding area, it was worth the steep climb to get to the castle. Had a museum and lots of cannons on display  more »
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  • The castle of Gjirokaster is a place every heritage lover should visit. Not only it is well preserved, but also it has a very well organized museum. And the view... it's amazing!
  • Just great. Hard to get up nur a must seen
  • Interesting museun inside and great views outside!
  • Rude employees,i was with my baby and the lady at the ticket station was screaming to me. No respect at all. If i am the customer and i am telling to you that you don't need to scream it's unforgivable from your side to scream like that. Somebody have to control that nasty lady.
  • 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.