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Baba Vida Fortress, Vidin

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Largely preserved from the 10th century, Baba Vida Fortress was rebuilt numerous times and bears scars from Byzantine, Hungarian, and Ottoman attacks. According to legend, it was the home of Vida, the eldest daughter of King Vidin. Stories relate that she refused to get married, built this castle instead, and spent the rest of her lonely life inside. However, according to history books, this was a military structure. Take a look at some of the fort's main towers and find terraces with cannons. Step inside the former prison where you'll witness a recreated scene of an executioner with a prisoner and see numerous medieval torture devices. Occasionally this site hosts cultural events and serves as a backdrop for movie scenes. Make Baba Vida Fortress part of your personalized Vidin itinerary using our Vidin tour planner.
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  • Very easy to see as we approached on the Danube River. A short drive by way included as part of our bus tour of Viden. It dates back to the 10th century and survived as a defensive stronghold thru out...  more »
  • We went to Vidin because it more than enough time, and I took a good impression by the promenade along the Danube and this fortress. It is in perfect condition and has lots of "hidden" rooms. The 5 Levs are worth. After the visit nothing better better than go to one of the many cafés facing the city
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  • Baba Vida is definitely worth the visit and is a hidden little gem in Vidin. The fortress has some fantastic history and a nice photo display of Vidin in times gone by. It's worth climbing to the top ...  more »
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  • This medieval fortress stands like a guardian of the Danube River. Baba Vida is perfectly preserved and holds a great range of interesting sights within.
  • Apart from a great old fotress/castle, Baba Vida offers a small exhibition of photos of Vidin over roughly the last 100 years. Great to see how the city changed over time.
  • Gorgeous fortress! You should definitely visit the place, especially if you like historical buildings and castles. Baba Vida is a great monument of the glorious Bulgarian history!
  • One of the best preserved Fortresses in Bulgaria. It's not big, so you have time to see it all.
  • Great view