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“Wonderful views”

Tsar Samuel's Fortress
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$162.71*
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Full-Day Private Best of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid Tour
Ranked #5 of 49 things to do in Ohrid
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 14, 2013

It had snowed that morning, so the views over the town and lake were beautiful. But the snow made it challenging to get around. There is not much to see of the fortress itself, I think the views would be the draw. The helpful young man in the ticket booth got out the snow shovel when he saw we were determined to mount the walls for the views, nice people here.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

In Impressive fortification with great views of a really friendly town. On the High point of the perninsula you can see where the town walls and even a harbour wall on the lake stood. As Big as Conwy in Wales.
Bit tricky to drive and park , better to walk up the Hill. The "Fee" is a couple of Euro for a Family.
If it was in Western Europe it would be overrun with Tourists but here in Macedonia it's fairly quiet. On the way up / down take a look at the Roman Ampithetere. And the Orthodox Church with a reconstruction of the original church next to it made of wood.

Thank Paul D
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Completely restaurated in 2000,nice views from the top but nothing other special to see from inside,only walls

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

I'm giving this five stars for the attraction itself, leaving aside the fact that the man who takes your admission fee seemed to find all the tourists a nuisance, which was not very welcoming.

The gate and the walls of the fortress are impressively tall and well maintained and if you ever wanted to visit a place that looks exactly like a castle should, then this is the place for you.

The fortress on the hill above Ohrid has been in use for many centuries by many different rulers, destroyed and rebuilt several times in between, so what you are seeing is largely reconstructed. The position itself and the use of it as a fortification is an ancient tradition, however. The largest part of the fortress was built during the reign of Tsar Samuil from 976-1014 when Ohrid was the capital of the empire. Most recently, Dzeladin Bey, an Ottoman outlaw who rules Ohrid as a feudal lord, used the fortress for defence and built his palace there in 1808. The walls of the current incarnation of the fortress are about 3km long and the ramparts are at different heights, from 3-16 metres.

The climb up to the top of the walls and the towers was on quite steep and narrow steps, although the steps and railings are very sturdily built if you have vertigo you might want to admire the structure from below. The view at the top is, however, incredible. You can see a great swathe of the lake and city and it makes a perfect scene.

Underneath one of the towers, accessible from a doorway in the stone along the stairs, are two dark little rooms with low ceilings and slits in the stone walls for firing out arrows or cowering from your enemies. Great place to stop for a minute and use your imagination.

Thank Angelika N
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Well preserved castle walls offering fantastic views of the lake and town. Without any of the over commercialisation many similar places have in other parts of Europe. Costs €0.50 for foreigners to enter. Closed on Monday's though.

Thank oofuss
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