We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
  
Ways to Experience Gjirokaster Castle
from $115.38
More Info
from $685.33
More Info
Reviews (647)
Filter reviews
647 results
Traveler rating
288
266
82
10
1
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
288
266
82
10
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews clock tower great view ali pasha shot down old town world war spy plane military museum worth the climb great place to visit air force steep walk entire valley ww ii folk festival impressive fortress german occupation
Filter
Updating list...
127 - 132 of 647 reviews
Reviewed May 3, 2017 via mobile

Must go in Gjirokaster for a view of the city and a visit to the second largest castle in the Balkans. A magnificent place.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank KrystleKhoo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 22, 2017

According to my guidebook the castle houses the National Albanian Armament Museum. That's true, but much more interesting is the Gjirokaster Museum, (same place, same entrance, same ticket), about the history of this town. Including WW II and the Hoxha era. Good information, and all information is also in English. A 'must'. I think the Armament Museum is only interesting for freaks (who should be able to read Albanian, in this museum not a single text is in English). But: try to find, in the Armament Museum, the door into to prison that was used until 1968, the Hoxha era. Nothing has been modifyed. Chilling, horrifying.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank 109walter
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 12, 2017

Cheap entrance but not very exciting inside. It should be described as Castle ruins. It's worth a visit but don't expect to much

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank orient20002000
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 11, 2017

The castel perches high above the city and gives you incredible views on the Drinos valley and the surroundings.
Excavations have indicated that the citadel may have been inhabited since 8th - 7th century BC, and has been enlarged/upgraded by Ali Pasha Tepelana in the early Ottoman period around 1811.
It was used up until the second world war as a garrison and prison, where up to 500 Albanians were hold prisoners by the Wehrmacht.

The entrance is about 200 lek and another 200 lek if you want to visit the museum of armaments and the former prison cells (where the writings of the prisoners are still readable on the walls). Which is worth seeing if you are a history buff.

History buff or not the castle is a must see as it is so well maintained and you´ll be able to have great views from the whole area.

The cobblestone road to get there can be quiet steep for the less mobile ones, but any taxi will gladly bring you to the entrance and there are many taxis waiitng to bring you back down.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank DjangoDjango
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

Loved this castle and the features it contains.
The remains of the US spy plane are cool as are the various weapons too

But the view is just amazing - well worth the climb up the hill

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank paulsM2819HN
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews