Samoil's Fortress, Ohrid

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Climb the hilltop to explore , which watches over the nearby lake and also serves as one of Ohrid's most recognizable symbols. Built upon the foundations of a fortress dating from the 4th century BCE, the structure has undergone a multitude of renovations and revitalizations since. Hike your way up to the top of the castle hill and admire the work of its imposing stone walls. Enter the fortress and explore the interior; though it's unrestored within, you can get a good sense of the layout. Be sure to climb atop the ramparts for a sweeping view of Lake Ohrid, the town, and the surrounding mountainous landscape. Samoil's Fortress is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Ohrid Edition.
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  • The place is nice but you’ll get extra charged if you are a foreigner because why not. The view is nice though there’s some church construction going on nearby that destroyed the roman ruins (criminal...  more »
  • Surprisingly well-preserved Castle in terms of both beautiful and pristine views of the city and do not include deserve with windy weather. Entry fee of 60 dinars.
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  • In February, have price for entrance 60 Denard. In the fortress of doing nothing, the only thing that climb stairs and go upstairs for ice and snow, because its not clean (!). And then still have to go down the stairs. In General, the pleasure is not pleasant. This type can be photographed and just below, without going to the wall.
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  • Nice city view. Ticket costs 1 euro. It is possible to walk on the walls but some part (half approx.) of the fortress is closed for visit. One place where you can drink coffee or eat icecream is very close to gates. It is small and not presented on the map. The view is also nice from there. (see first photo) Coffee was good but other choice was very weak: chips, hot-dog and pair of real dogs, which were laying in the shadow near by.☺
  • Great photo ops, but definitely try to visit outside of tourist season. Stairs and walkways are not easy to navigate with people going two ways.
  • It's a beautufull part of town and a important site to visit if you are interested in the Ottoman empire. Unfortunately not much more then the walls are remaining. But you also have a nice view on Ohrid.
  • The place is worth for the views. Tickets are not too expensive,but could be cheaper. If you are not keen on climbing the wall next to it is a nice caffe with perfect view,too. And coffee is excellent.
  • The fortress is situated quite high, so it is a bit of a climb from the city. Well worth it though, the views from the top are amazing, you can see the whole city. Very low entrance fee (around 1 euro).
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