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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 91 809 9039
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank SammyKH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank VladimirB799
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked 1.2 km south and downhill passing the main Mesket Square (statue of Emperor Fasilides) to the entry of this 17th C Royal Enclosure. After paying 200 ETb each (includes the Royal Baths), then declining the guide service (preferring detailed Wikipedia), we were left...More

Thank Gene J
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Located in down town Gondar, it's a must visit if in the region. The castle is full of history, and being an old capital of Ethiopia it is definitely worth getting a guide. The castle itself is well preserved and offers brilliant views of the...More

Thank edwardc27
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Great visiting the castles of Gondar, Great Lunch at Four Sisters restaurant. Beletre Tery (beletetery@gmail.com) Gave a great tour of he city including the royal enclosure(Fasil Ghibbi in Amharic),the swimming pool.and the beautiful painted churches. We were able to do this in 1 day. From...More

Thank dlarochemd
Reviewed September 6, 2018

This is a truly fascinating historical castle. I recommend reading up on some of the history of the Ethiopian civilization before going, to have an idea of how many significant dynasties and events called this castle home. As the historical capital of the Amhara civilization,...More

Thank Don G
Reviewed September 6, 2018

My mother and I visited Ethiopia for the first time in August 2018. While Addis Ababa was our main destination we still wanted to see a little bit more and thus contacted a local tour company to help us organise a short trip to Northern...More

Thank Jenny R
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Our 3rd day in Ethiopia found us in Gonder, and after an amazing lunch at The Four Sisters, our driver took us to Fasil Ghebbi to tour the Camelot of Africa. We lucked out and were given an amazing guide by the name of Bekele,...More

Thank Laila B
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Fasil Ghebbi is an incredible location with numerous ancient structure. Once inside it's easy to forget about the hustle and bustle of the city around. Having lived in Gonder, I've visited the castle 11 times, and it honestly gets better each time. Guides help explain...More

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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