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Berat Fortress

Overlooking the Osum River valley, Berat, Albania
+355 66 707 7667
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Hilltop fortress, great views, easy to walk around

While not as imposing as the fortress in Gjirokaster, Berat's hilltop castle is still great to walk... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AndyMK47
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Not well preserved

As I had recently visited the impressive castle in Gjirokaster, this one was an anticlimax... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Reslysten54
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Vienna, Virginia
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This 13th-century fort includes a number of preserved Byzantine churches, including the 13th-century Church of St. Mary of Vllaherna and the 14th-century Church of the Holy Trinity.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steep climb” (11 reviews)
“old town” (17 reviews)
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Overlooking the Osum River valley, Berat, Albania
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+355 66 707 7667
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"within the walls"
in 16 reviews
"steep climb"
in 11 reviews
"old town"
in 17 reviews
"castle grounds"
in 8 reviews
"great view"
in 14 reviews
"take your time"
in 7 reviews
"icon museum"
in 11 reviews
"river valley"
in 6 reviews
"water cistern"
in 6 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 6 reviews
"walk around"
in 6 reviews
"local guide"
in 8 reviews
"live here"
in 5 reviews
"souvenir shops"
in 5 reviews
"large castle"
in 4 reviews
"small cafe"
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"cobbled road"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While not as imposing as the fortress in Gjirokaster, Berat's hilltop castle is still great to walk around in. It's a moderate climb up from the city center, but worth it. Once at the top you can walk around and take in the architecture, stop...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As I had recently visited the impressive castle in Gjirokaster, this one was an anticlimax. Portions of the once mighty wall remain, but without a good guide who can breathe some life into these dilapidated structures, you are not likely to be impressed. However, there...More

Thank Reslysten54
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once in Berat, anyone have to visit the top-hill fortress. Sunrise or sunset are the best moments and even during the night. The greatest spots for taking pictures or just having a view are at SE and SW of the castle. The overall ambience is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see if visiting Albania. This castle is on the back of the 10 lek coin. Dates back to 200b.c. & was a key military point in defending against many historical Invaders (Byzantine, ottoman, Italian, Nazi Germany) as it is atop a peak. So...More

Thank Chad N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s worth the walk or you can drive up. The fortress has so many different views and gorgeous photo ops. I’ve been twice in spring and it’s so pleasant with wildflowers blooming and perfect weather.

Thank Sarah L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing View, very authentic. 40 churches inside the castle and 2 mosque which are very unique. Hospitality from people who still live there. Magnificent

Thank kamoalbi
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great views from the top of the hill. walled town filled with winding alleyway, great church museum, lovely bars, watch the sunset

Thank dawnGalicia
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

I am fascinated! An ancient place, a lot of history, hospitable people! Our guide Eltjon Tony Simsia told us interesting stories and legends, he was knowledgeable and friendly- I recommend him -he is the best! Berrat is a good option for relaxation and walking.

Thank Eli N
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

Take a guide, worth it! An amazing living castle. People still live here, beautiful houses, businesses, souvenir shops, ruins, mosques etc. Beautiful view of the city. highly recommend!

Thank Nadia O
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Reviewed March 1, 2018

I was stunned by how this fortress was build, the view from the above and everything. Its not just the fortress, its the whole city that makes you fall in love but also you never get enough admiring this city.

Thank JoanaLee7
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Kyla T
October 4, 2017|
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Response from culturevulture94 | Reviewed this property |
Albania is perfectly safe; perhaps one of the safest places in all of Europe. It has so many wonders--natural and ancient man-made marvels. You can travel by car between Macedonia and Albania. Be wary of driving in... More
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Antonel A
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156tony
March 10, 2015|
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Response from ChrisR565 | Reviewed this property |
Hi 156Tony, Pleased to visit your fine castle and to offer my congratulations and some possible recommendations for the future. It is certainly important to find the funds, government support and private helpers to both... More
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