Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Vietnam  /  Hanoi  /  Sightseeing  /  Hanoi Old Citadel - Northern Gate

Hanoi Old Citadel - Northern Gate, Hanoi

(3.2/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Climb to the top of Hanoi Old Citadel - Northern Gate to get a better look at buildings and gardens of the ancient imperial residence, today listed as a World Heritage Site. French colonial forces destroyed most of the ancient citadel, which dates back to the beginning of the 11th century, but you can still see plenty of memorable buildings today. Look for the “Viva la France” inscription carved on the bricks inside the gate, and keep an eye out for holes made by fire from French cannons. Visit the gate on your way to the citadel, since you won’t be able to access it once you’re inside. See Hanoi Old Citadel - Northern Gate and all Hanoi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Hanoi vacation planner.
Create a full Hanoi itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Hanoi

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Hanoi by other users

48 days in Asia & South America BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 40 days in Southeast Asia BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Hanoi BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 51 days in Asia BY A USER FROM FRANCE April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Vietnam SEE PLAN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Vietnam SEE PLAN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Vietnam & Cambodia BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, culture, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Vietnam & Cambodia BY A USER FROM INDIA May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Vietnam BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Some digging abandoned and half flooded. Only parts of the old South Gate (wall). Bella, on the contrary, the Museum area with pottery, architectural elements, etc., from various periods. Interesting the bunker used by North Vietnamese military leaders during the last American war in Viet Nam.
    View original
  • Not much to see as little is left of the old structures. I passed this on the way walking from the old quarter to the Presential palace. Takes about 15 minutes to view, worth the small climb up stairs...  more »
  • We found the whole citadel really interesting. Some of the buildings are lovely and the museum areas fascinating. The underground bunkers and bomb shelters were of particular interest to my grandsons.  more »