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Baba Vida Fortress

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Address: Vidin, Bulgaria
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Souvenir sellers everywhere, even inside

Saved by the group playing a surprise performance once through and out in the inner open. Four string playing ladies giving us examples from different epochs in bright sunshine... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Oslo, Norway
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked from our ship up the waterway leading directly to this structure. Structure is still in good shape with good views. There isn't much to look at inside but it was only $1 to get in. Nice craft venders selling homemade art works

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Thank Patricia D
Varna, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although it has been converted to prison from the Turks, this small castle is the only one survived the Ottoman era in a relatively good shape. The view from it is nice, so is the local beach nearby. There is a small chapel, inquisition room, the towers are nice and some of the prison cells have interesting architecture.

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Thank KGKanev
Smederevo, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This well preserved fortress is probably the main and most famous attraction in the town of Vidin. It's walls and inner space are qute interesting and definitely worth a visit if you're around. Moreover, the view of the Danube from the fortress itself is pretty amazing, so it's recommended to visit the inner part of Baba Vida. There is an... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saved by the group playing a surprise performance once through and out in the inner open. Four string playing ladies giving us examples from different epochs in bright sunshine. The little chapel was a gem.

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Thank 1Norwegian
San Jose, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well preserved, and definitely worth the price of admission (free), this is a must see while in Vidin. Don't expect too much, as there is little in the way of relics from when the encampment was built. Vidin itself is a very sad sight, as the city and economy is in a state of disrepair. Although years since the Communists... More 

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Thank CasualHockeyFan
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Very good castle on the river. You must visit in Vidin. Little gem of Vidin. I would come back here.

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Cary, North Carolina
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Very easy to see as we approached on the Danube River. A short drive by way included as part of our bus tour of Viden. It dates back to the 10th century and survived as a defensive stronghold thru out the Middle Ages. It is now a museum but we didn't have time to go inside.

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1 Thank Levon M
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Baba Vida is definitely worth the visit and is a hidden little gem in Vidin. The fortress has some fantastic history and a nice photo display of Vidin in times gone by. It's worth climbing to the top as the view across the river is excellent. Try not to go on a wet day as the cobblestone would be very... More 

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Summerfield, North Carolina
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Fascinating historical site in Vidin with lots of exhibits and information. Be sure to climb to the top of the fortress!

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