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Review of Kruja Castle

Kruja Castle
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

It is not so much the castle which makes a visit here worthwhile but the whole Kruje experience. Kruje castle stands on a Crag overlooking the plain below with wide views. Within the walls there are 2 museums and the approach there is a cobbled street leading through a bazar.
The castle is pretty much in ruins but the views and the museums make up for it.

Thank 20Natalie20
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Not much left, just a closed tower and part of the walls, bit very close to the museum where we were and excellent views of Kruje and its surroundings.

Thank ggold113
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

The castle itself is a ruin, but the view is fabulous. You can see all the way to the Adriatic. No wonder Skanderbeg picked this spot.

Thank OKayHouston
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

While I understand the importance of this place to Albanian history, there are much more impressive sites even in Albania. The castle looks impressive from outside, but once inside you realize there isn't much here. Throw in the fact that there's a mood killing modern cafe inside and the impressiveness wears off. I would pass if it were me unless you have ample time to visit. The fort at Berat was much better.

Thank AaronS0421
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

My visit to this place was a great experience. it is well maintained with a stone road and shops on both sides that sells hand crafted and other merchandise. You pass the shops on your way to the castle so try and pop in, take a look and buy when you come back maybe.

The shops has a variety of hand crafted products with everything from wood crafted boards to marble glasses. Some of the items really impressed me and is very unique only to be found there. Some women wove the most amazingly beautiful table cloths and other material items. They are also negotiable in price if you buy more that one item. Be aware of the fact that not all items are hand made or locally made. Check well before you buy. There are many gift items to take with for family and friends. Its a good place to stop.

Some of the hand made items were truly special to me, its worth it to spend some time visiting the shops.

There are very few shops that accepts cards, so try and take cash. Euros and Albanian leke is what is traded with. An ATM cash machine is close, but you will of course withdraw at quite an expense to bank charges. Make sure you do put on good shoes as there is lots of walking involved. The stone road makes it also challenging for shoes with heals as my fiance found out lol.

Heat plays a major role in summer, the sun is really strong. Try and take a hat with. There are also many stairs to climb. Apart from the physical exercise you might have, the place is pleasant with wonderful nature surrounding it. it is a great place to take pictures and to relax at a restaurant. The castle itself is very nice and has a lift inside for visitors that might need to use it.

If you like me, love history, you will enjoy this place. It has a variety of items on display that derives from the battles and that era. However, the writings are very few in English and without a guide or Albanian person translating with you, you will find it difficult to follow the scripts.

On top of the roof of the castle you can look out on the mountains and it is truly a pleasant experience.There are also other buildings outside that one can visit and right on the top there, one have a beautiful view of the entire area. Be sure to try it if you look at taking memorable photos.

Overall this is a very nice place to visit, but plan well. This is a whole day event if you want to see everything. Make sure to visit the museum also.

Thank KirstenPTA
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