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Tsar Samuel's Fortress

Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
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Ranked #10 of 17 Attractions in Ohrid
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Geelong, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

A decent climb, but well worth it. Breathtaking views and a real opportunity to stop, breath the exceptional air and take in the beauty of this under-discussed gem of a city. Loved it!

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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

When you climb up from the old part of city Ohrid you will see the beautiful view on the Ohrid, lake and beaches around. In the fortress there isn't much to see, just walk on the walls and take a picture. Don't go with the car, it's much better to walk true old Town.

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Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
79 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Like a lot of other fortresses in the Balkans this one has a lot of ruins and is partially run down but has some impressive walls and ramparts. The fortress sits on top of a hill overlooking the Lake and the views of the surrounding area make it a worth while visit

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A place that everyone must see in Ohrid. The fortress seems like is waving and inviting every time when you are watching it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The views from the fortress to the lake are good. Overall it is a nice site to visit. There is a small entrance fee 30 denars.

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Germantown, Maryland
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

the fortress looks more impressive from war. Once you get inside the walls, there is very little there and I would be surprised if you spent too much time inside. However, it is something that you must do when in Ohrid, just don't expect any more than what you see from afar.

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Toronto, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

As previous reviewers have commented, this fortress does not offer placards with information nor guide books which is really unfortunate because it does have an interesting and important history. Www.macedinia-timeless.com offers some information on the Fort's origins and role in Macedonian history as do a few other websites, but you'll have to investigate a few to get more information. We... More

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Moscow, Russia
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528 reviews 528 reviews
296 attraction reviews
382 helpful votes 382 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I was a bit disappointed by this one. There are only the ramparts and that's all, no museum inside, no displays, no texts, nothing. The view is good though and the entrance fee is cheap, so why not go? Steep and narrow stairs on the way up and down, so think about the shoes you wear, but that goes for... More

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Gentofte, Denmark
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39 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It simply does not make sense to stay in Ohrid and seeing the fortress without going...so we did. And yes it is a hot walk to get up there but the view is magnificent. The fortress walls are to some degree restored and you can walk along the edge of the fortress from one corner to the other and enjoy... More

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Roseville, Minnesota
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79 reviews 79 reviews
53 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This isn't a world-class castle--I've been to plenty of those. The lack of interpretive guidance and the relatively unimpressive internal structures (traces of foundations, mostly) account for that. But my family ended up spending over an hour here. The walls can be climbed for over half of the circuit of the fortress, and within that there are places to explore... More

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