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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

Gjirikaster is the old castle on the top of the hill. It have had important strategic sense at the time of the war. That is why it's quite hard to get there on feet. The hill is high and the road in very slippery, so...More

2  Thank KatrinH97
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 April 2015

It's an interesting vantage point for the city, little else. Everything is crying for some attention and maintenance. The set of buildings next to the clock tower are interesting. Forget the rest, artillery, warplane...junk.

1  Thank JOSE G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little museum inside with loads of information panels in English. You can learn so much about the city, region, and country in about 40 minutes. The castle too is worth a visit. While much of it it yet to be ‘revealed’, the areas you...More

Thank boucledor5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is more or less a must visit in Albania. A well preserved castle and fort. One of the biggest in the Balkans and is definitely worth the steep walk up from the Old Town. t is situated at a hight of 336 meters.It dominates...More

1  Thank springbank
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely views of the town below & some interesting artefacts , WWII plane, former prison, plus the Folk Festival stage

Thank larissadrive
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the nicest thing about gjirokaster is not the architecture, go to Berat for that. The dramatic mountains and hills surrounding the town and descent into the town alongside a strange colored pale turquoise river is the reason to visit this town. It is not particularly...More

2  Thank tengotodoelmundo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent an hour or so visiting with our guide. Not sure we would have done so well self guiding. This was a prison until 1968. The recreation strip for the prisoners is situated underground with grills over the top for ventilation. This area must be...More

Thank lakelover908
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Very interesting site in downtown Gjirocaster. You can either walk the steep approach, or take a cab up. Once there, the view is magnificent. There is a military museum and prison that you can explore. A must see if you are visiting.

Thank Experience816864
Reviewed 30 September 2018

The museum at the castle is brilliant. I think I read every bit of information about the city. The actual castle itself is a must to visit.

Thank Jill K
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

This is a very impressive fortress. A magnificent spot high upon the hill above the town. We were surprised by the large size of it, partly due to missing floors. It is worth visiting it without any doubt. Forget the museums however.... as usual in...More

Thank Eef61
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

This castle is absolutely incredible set on top of the hill of Gjirokaster village. They offer tour guide I believe for free you just have to ask for them they don't offer it to you. We didn't know that this was available until we were...More

Thank VACATIONLOVERNewYork
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

If you visit the south town of Gjirokastra you must absolutely visit the castle. Is an historic place where you can know a lot more about the history of the town. Also you can visit the museum inside the castle. The view of the town...More

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