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Baba Vida Fortress

Vidin, Bulgaria
+359 94 601 705
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A well-preserved medieval fortress with lots of history

Located at the site of an old Roman castle, the original fortress was built by Bulgarians. Over the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gabriel H
Bellaire, Texas, United States
Good vantage point

It was not open to visit, so we only walked around and looked at the site from different angles... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
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Vidin, Bulgaria
+359 94 601 705
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located at the site of an old Roman castle, the original fortress was built by Bulgarians. Over the past millennia, it went through multiple ownerships: Bulgarian, Byzantine, Hungarian, Ottoman, it was an impressive fortification that also resisted several long sieges. Well preserved in its majority,...More

Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

It was not open to visit, so we only walked around and looked at the site from different angles. The fortress looks good and the view is good.

Thank Anfrist
Reviewed 21 November 2017

We stopped here on a riverboat tour. I was expecting a dilapidated pile of stone. In fact, the fortress is in very good shape. It is an easy walk from the docking area. There is a fairly steep walk inside the fortress but can be...More

Thank tnreb
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Well maintained, structure and grounds. Good views where ever you look. Tour guide was very informative.

Thank lgpanther
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Baba Vida means "Granny Vida". Legend has that the king divided his land between his 3 daughters. 2 married drunkards who spent the daughters money while the 3rd, Vida remained unmarried and built the fortress with her money instead. Beautiful building and well preserved

Thank BD_in_TO63
Reviewed 3 November 2017

There is a lot of the fortress still standing today which provides a sense of history and wonderful views down the Danube

Thank KatielouAustralia
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Well, I am a a connoisseur of history, I value my country's history and always pay respects to each place that holds any historical significance. We've read stories about Baba Vida and studied about it in school. However, being there - I can't lie, I...More

1  Thank petyaatanasovaa
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This ancient fortress is well-preserved and almost entirely original, unlike many other similar sites. We recommend hiring a guide who will explain the different historical periods of the fortress.

Thank GDahl9
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Very interesting location and impressive history. Although I was surprise by the concrete works that have been done in site. I am just curious if that is wright!

Thank Marcel T
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Not much to see on the inside, but viewing the outside reveals a grand medieval fortress. We kept exploring the interior, hoping to find something remarkable, but we couldn't. Just cruise by or walk around.

1  Thank Robert L
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Jane W
17 September 2016|
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Response from DianaIK | Reviewed this property |
You can easily reach the fortress. From the cruise ship - it is located not more than 100 m. right along the Danube promenade.
26 August 2016|
Response from svetlyo_sv | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is within walking distance. The entrance is 4 leva (about 2 euro) for adult.
26 August 2016|
Response from DianaIK | Reviewed this property |
The fortress is on a walking distance. Entrance fee is 4 leva ( approximately 2 euro) . Be aware that only cash is accepted ! Enjoy you stay!