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Kruja Castle, Kruje

See why Kruja Castle, which survived three sieges from Ottoman invaders, earned a place on the Albanian 1,000 lekë banknote. Inside the fortress' ancient walls is the National Skanderbeg Museum, where you will find artifacts from the battles fought just outside its walls. Although there is a small fee for the museum, there is no entrance fee to enter the castle's walls and it does not take long to tour. A traditional bazaar near the attraction offers you a chance to treasure hunt among merchant's stalls and blankets. Consider touring the town below and snapping some pictures of the attraction on the hill from the beneath its stone tower. To find out how to plan a trip to Kruje, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The ruins of the old Castle in a vacant lot. A number of ethnographic museum and the Museum of Skanderbeg (national hero of Albania), restaurant. In general you can look with one eye. to view about the history of Albania expanded. Even Kruju views and surroundings with beautiful mountains. And that's all.
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  • Kruja Castle / Skanderberg is well worth a visit. Note tip for EATING at end review. With car theres parking at top of road and you can bypass tourist shops. Otherwise if coach you will do tourist str...  more »
  • not that there's much to visit ... but there is a splendid view and is an excellent opportunity to take a walk after visiting the Bazaar
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  • One of the best Castle in Albania. Beautiful castle/ruins, fascinating environment, view and landscape. Take a long walk, feel the fresh air, explore the area and enjoy the living history. The entry is free to the castle but there are more museem (with cost). Than down from the hill visit the bazaar and drink a good coffee. I love that place.
  • Of the many fortresses I've seen in my life, the Albanian Castle of Kruja stands out through the old walls remains and beautiful view over the town and hills, but mostly for the incredible part of history of the 15th century, well reflected in the history museum. The strong figure of the national hero Skanderbeg and his success in uniting all Albanian provinces and in winning 24 out of 26 fights against their conquerers....well, that's my idea of manhood! :) You should read more about him and his warriorr sister, Mamica Kastrioti, it's really impressive. Just like Romanian National hero Steven the Great and his mother, who also lived in the same century and defeated the Ottoman invasions.... I liked the Kruja guide's presentation, precise and concise. Be careful with the narrow street up to the fortress, it was a real skill test for our bus driver. When I visited, I couldn't see the Ethnology museum inside the fortress, but there's plenty of beautiful traditional costumes at the souvenir shops around the citadel. Cheap prices of objects and food, but unfortunately that's also because the average income of Albanians is around only 90 euro per month, as informed by our local guide.... Landscape in Albania is beautiful, with green hills, valleys and rivers. Another place that changed a lot to look nice for tourists is the capital city, Tirana.
  • Interesting. Can get to by local bus, no problem. Only $2 round trip.
  • Fantastic location, but the castle itself is not as good as Berat or Shkoder
  • Amazing view, one of the best museums in Albania: all about Skanderberg. National Museum "Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu"
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