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A royal fortress-city dating back to the 16th-17th centuries demonstrates Hindu, Arabic and baroque influences.
Gondar region, Gonder, Ethiopia
+251 91 815 6611
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice way to spend a few hours. Very relaxed and easy to walk around freely but worth getting a guide to get a bit more information. Additional bonus of lovely views out over the surrounding area.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A bizarre collection of castles built for rulers over several generations, all close together and within a walled compound.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent Half a day in Gondar for the castles and must say that I was extremely lucky to have Samuel as my guide. He is a very gentle and patient person who knows the place and its history inside out. He is an extremely...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jairamjd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This collection of a dozen buildings inside a walled enclosure are truly impressive. Make sure you hire a guide at the site, rather than getting one from the hotel. Also if you hire a tuktuk driver for the day, make sure they know that the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kwcollins1983
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Royal Enclosure is in the centre of town near the Piazza and is quite a compact group of ruins in various stages of decay. The best preserved is Fasiladas Palace, many other buildings still stand or have been extensively repaired with Unesco support. Well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Z8471PPdavide
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't even describe how cool this place is. We dipped in and out of Gondar while touring Ethiopia and during our second visit we had a tour company located in the hotel we stayed at organize a few trips for us and this one...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JazzyGoodLif3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you come to Gonder make sure you spend a morning and/or afternoon in this amazing site! The ticket is valid for the whole day, so if you have time it's worth going in different parts of the day (the sunlight makes all the difference)....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RebecaHeringer
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We visited this Castle Complex on our last day in Gonder as part of our guided tour, and hearing about the different Kings, and history let the imagination run wild!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank James H
Reviewed October 30, 2018

interesting insight into ethiopia's history with reasonably well preserved castles from a line of emperor's. You have to pay for a local guide & I think some of them are better than others. they tend to have a script & struggle if they have to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SammyKH
Reviewed October 25, 2018

If you will be there try to find Samuel, he is the vbest guide. We met Samuel at the entrance of Gondar Castle and he was one of our best guides in Ethiopia. I definitely recomand him those who want to know all the details...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from Mary T | Reviewed this property |
You’ll be totally safe, if not a bit harassed/scammed. Honestly.... Lali Bella is really great!! But Gondar is not worth the extra trip at all. Skip it. The castle isn’t more than 45 minute walk around/look and it’s not even... More
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Response from Yared W | Reviewed this property |
If you couldn't find the name of the company, just pick the name of the attraction and mention the name there and give your comment. For example when we visited Gondar, Lalibela and Axum this past July a company named... More