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. Work out when and for how long to visit Baba Vida Fortress and other Vidin attractions using our handy Vidin trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Located at the site of an old Roman castle, the original fortress was built by Bulgarians. Over the past millennia, it went through multiple ownerships: Bulgarian, Byzantine, Hungarian, Ottoman, it wa...  more »
  • It was not open to visit, so we only walked around and looked at the site from different angles. The fortress looks good and the view is good.  more »
  • We stopped here on a riverboat tour. I was expecting a dilapidated pile of stone. In fact, the fortress is in very good shape. It is an easy walk from the docking area. There is a fairly steep walk in...  more »
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  • Pretty well preserved fortress. Could use some more decoration but nothing to complain about. Pro tip for​ visitors: last Thursday of each month - no entry fee.
  • It looks better on photos, but definitely worth visiting. Could have been supported better
  • An amazing and significant fortress
  • Great view at Donau river, Castle is also nice, even you can't go inside.
  • A great historic place. Must see in the region

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