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Kruje, also Kruja in English, is a city in Albania just north of Tirana.

Get in[edit]

There are many buses to Kruje from Tirana. They depart next to a market behind the train station (best to ask directions from the train station). The trip lasts about one hour.

Get around[edit]

Kruje is small enough to get around on foot very easily. It is built on a mountainside, with the one-street bazaar the central attraction, and the renovated castle just above and to the south.

See[edit][add listing]

Kruje Castle, once headquarter of Skanderbeg, Albania's national hero
  • Old Bazaar where many souvenir, antique shops, traditional costume knittings and carpet workshops are located.
  • Skanderbeg Museum inside Kruja Castle. Beautiful mural paintings and sculptures from renown Albanian artists among other artifacts
  • Kruja Ethnographic Museum located next to the castle in an old ottoman house full of furniture and artifacts.
  • Dollma Bektashi Tekke

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Enjoy the panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea from the castle.
  • Leave your impressions at the Skanderbeg Museum Guestbook
  • Go for a walk along the newly opened pedestrian street and take a peak at the many restaurant and souvenir shops alongside
  • Visit the Sarisalltik Bektashi Temple at the top of Skanderbeg Mountain
  • Take a deep breath of fresh air in the Shtam Pass (Qafe Shtame) National Park, where Queen Geraldine is said to have taken water from the source with the same name

Buy[edit][add listing]

Some beautiful carpets, hand-made felt items such as slippers, antiques including traditional costumes of all sorts, and lots of more or less kitsch "Albania" red paraphernalia with the eagle on it.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bar Restaurant Panorama located near the castle features typical local dishes such as Pule me Qull (village chicken), and Kabuni. Taste local Raki made from cornelian cherry and blackberries!

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Restaurant Kalaja. Sit on the second floor and enjoy a beautiful panoramic setting while tasting a wide range of Albanian wines.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Panorama.[1] Located near the Old Bazaar, this hotel features rooms starting from 25 EUR and Wifi in every room.


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