See why Kruja Castle, which survived three sieges from Ottoman invaders, earned a place on the Albanian 1,000 lekë banknote. Inside the fortress' ancient walls is the National Skanderbeg Museum, where you will find artifacts from the battles fought just outside its walls. Although there is a small fee for the museum, there is no entrance fee to enter the castle's walls and it does not take long to tour. A traditional bazaar near the attraction offers you a chance to treasure hunt among merchant's stalls and blankets. Consider touring the town below and snapping some pictures of the attraction on the hill from the beneath its stone tower. To find out how to plan a trip to Kruje, use our trip itinerary maker.
Kruja Castle reviews
A good overview of the life of Skanderbeg and his fight against ottoman rule. Not a huge museum, but a must if you visit Kruje as it highlights the story Skanderbeg and the surrounding castle and... more »
Albania has many such castles, perched on hilltops above towns which we visited during our 2 week tour. Kruja castle is not the best one (imo it's Gjirokaster and Berat), but well worth the visit... more »
Castle of Kruja is a center of tourism in Albania, and a source of inspiration to Albanians. After Scanderbeg took the castle in 1443 the castle withstood three massive sieges from the Ottomans respectively in 1450, 1466 and 1467. Only after 10 years of the death of Scanderbeg the castle felt in Ottomans hands.
This place is beautiful and it has some nice views. We were just looking around, we didn't go to any museums or restaurants but it was still worth the trip. I think we could easily spend here 5-6 hours to see all and then eat.
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