Berat Castle
Berat Castle
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Werner B
    112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it, easy to navigate, beautiful views and nice history!
    We went with the family, you can walk up or drive up, we went driving because of our kids. Entrance was free, as was parking. They only charge for the museum, but it was under renovation. You can walk around freely or ask a guide ( payed), we just strolled around and everything was easy to find, we went with the middle road through the little castle village. Everywhere they were renovating but that seemed logical. It's was a bit dirty but that's whole Albania for you ( trash). The view points are wonderfull and remaining walls, buildings, red mosque 🕌 and water reservoir are nice to visit (you can hear the bats). We encountered some "local wildlife" 😉, I included some pictures!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom3,586 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views
    We walked up to the castle from our accommodation in Gorica although it is possible to drive up, there is parking just outside the main gate. Free to enter, the castle is still a working village so there are restaurants and shops in the vicinity. Would recommend taking a map from the tourist information centre to help navigate. There is limited information on the main building highlights and apart from the Onufri museum, none of the other churches were open. The main attraction is the spectacular views across the valley. We enjoyed a very nice lunch at Mbrica traditional restaurant. With lunch and a museum visit we spent about three hours up there.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • gniteIrene
    Toronto, Canada936 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A living castle
    We stayed one night in a guesthouse inside Berat Castle. It was very refreshing to see locals living there, going about their business and socializing. We took a taxi from the Berat bus station and were dropped off just inside the gate. We had difficulty finding our guesthouse and locals were quick to help us. It was a bit challenging pulling our carry on luggage over the uneven, cobblestone and up the hills, but that was a small price to pay for the privilege of staying inside the castle. Even if one doesn't stay in the castle, it is a wonder to walk around and explore , and the panoramic view from the lookout is unparalleled. There are a few restaurants and souvenir shops around the castle but the real joy comes from exploring and taking in the view of beautiful Berat down beow.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 4, 2024
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Olta
Tirana, Albania23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We visited the Berat Castle in October. The entrance fee was 300 All but comparing to the rest of attractions in Albania, It is not worth the money. Once you pay your ticket, you don't get any directions or anything isn't open inside the Castle. It gives you the idea of a local market where people try to sell you stuff, more than the impression of an historical place. It is supposed to have the museum and a couple of churches which all of them were closed. To go to toilet you need to sit in a bar and buy a drink than you can use their restroom. Not clear why you need to pay since its absolutely nothing opened or doesnt fulfill the minimum requirements to be called a city attraction. Disappointed by it.
Written October 3, 2020
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Michael W
Redding, CT1,739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We really enjoyed walking round the castle which, surprisingly, is free to enter. The panoramic view from the lookout spot is amazing with a vista covering the whole valley. The Onufri Museum also has some interesting icons, paintings, artifacts and frescoes, although there is a nominal entrance charge there. Finally, there are several cafés, restaurants etc to refresh in a hot day.

One tip - it is a pretty steep walk up to the castle entrance, but a cab from town is only 500 Lek (just over US $4, so if you’re not in tip top shape it’s an inexpensive alternative. Coming down the hill is obviously much easier.
Written September 19, 2022
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BaSz97
Budapest, Hungary141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We had a day off business so we visited this amazing place. We took the bus from the new Tirana Terminal, it cost 500 Lek/way. A taxi took us up for another 500 Lek. The castle is great, big, interesting, and the views are amazing. Be prepared for dangerous places, do not let kids run about alone. The castle is definitely worth a visit. It is free now, but it seems they charge tourists in summer. Cafés are also closed, you must walk down to the city to eat/drink.
Written November 24, 2022
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agni_alam
sibolga15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Located on a hill above the "Berat" City which is very popular in Albania. From the capital Tirana takes about 2 hours. The location is very wide, but there are many interesting photo spots. Inside the castle you can find souvenir sellers and food stalls. Don't forget to visit Berat if you are in Albania.
Written January 12, 2020
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Louisa V
Athens, Greece45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Climbing up was not easy! However, it was very rewarding. Beautiful old houses, churches, some well restored, others waiting for a “lifting”. Walking through an inhabited castle was magic. Instead of a sign to stop us from entering a dead end, a little girl standing at her window, waved NO, and we knew to turn around and look for a different path to observe the river and city views.
Written September 4, 2022
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,586 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We walked up to the castle from our accommodation in Gorica although it is possible to drive up, there is parking just outside the main gate.
Free to enter, the castle is still a working village so there are restaurants and shops in the vicinity. Would recommend taking a map from the tourist information centre to help navigate. There is limited information on the main building highlights and apart from the Onufri museum, none of the other churches were open. The main attraction is the spectacular views across the valley.
We enjoyed a very nice lunch at Mbrica traditional restaurant.
With lunch and a museum visit we spent about three hours up there.
Written September 30, 2023
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gniteIrene
Toronto, Canada936 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We stayed one night in a guesthouse inside Berat Castle. It was very refreshing to see locals living there, going about their business and socializing. We took a taxi from the Berat bus station and were dropped off just inside the gate. We had difficulty finding our guesthouse and locals were quick to help us. It was a bit challenging pulling our carry on luggage over the uneven, cobblestone and up the hills, but that was a small price to pay for the privilege of staying inside the castle. Even if one doesn't stay in the castle, it is a wonder to walk around and explore , and the panoramic view from the lookout is unparalleled. There are a few restaurants and souvenir shops around the castle but the real joy comes from exploring and taking in the view of beautiful Berat down beow.
Written June 4, 2024
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Tony Dolke
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Berat Castle looms above the city, filled with more than 2400 years of history, a museum, churches, mosques houses shops ect. The castle is a spectacular views of Berat. A very enjoyable way to spend a lot of hours also to take a lot of photos :)
Written January 6, 2022
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Mohamed Sami
Alexandria, Egypt1,709 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Originally a 13th century old byzantine castle built over the walls and other roman fortifications from the 5th century with many churches and other monuments inside as well as some ottoman monuments from later times as well as many little houses yhat still exist. You can enjoy the stroll in its tiny alleys as well as the views overlooking the beautiful city of Berat and the river Osum. There are also the ruins of an ottoman mosque and its minaret.
Written September 30, 2022
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jrapeter
Bude, UK897 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
At the time of writing the Castle is free to enter.

It’s a long hard walk up the steep hill on a hot day but worth it. Welcomed by massive Castle gateways you have plenty to walk around.

Like Carcassonne in France people live inside the castle and there are hotels, restaurants and tourist shops.

Lots of interesting buildings remain and some fantastic views.

Well worth a visit.
Written September 17, 2022
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