Kotor Fortress
Kotor Fortress
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  • gothgrl
    Rhodes, Greece382 contributions
    Beautiful views throughout the whole hike
    We started the hike really early (about 6am) as we went there in the summer and the temperatures had been reaching 35C then. Also, we are not too keen on crowds, so wanted to start the climb before all the cruise liners’ passengers. The hike starts at the beautiful Kotor Old Town and it took us about 1.5h (with lots of photo stops) to get to the fortress. The views from the top are out of this world - the azure Adriatic Sea, the charming historical buildings of Kotor and the mountains. This hike wouldn’t be suitable for people with knee problems as there are around 1350 steps to the top, also, I cannot imagine climbing it if the temperature was over 30C. But it’s definitely worth doing if you like stunning views and a bit of a physical exercise.
    Visited June 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 January 2023
  • larry f
    Galway, Ireland21 contributions
    Kotor fortress climb
    Excellent experience. Stunning views. We climbed on a dull day so temperatures were lower I wouldn't like to do it during the mid day sun. Wear good shoes if it rains it can be slippy in places. Nice and quiet when we did it as there was no large cruise ship around when everything gets very busy. I didn't see much litter there were several bins provided. No toilets just go before you climb! Took us 45 mins to go up much less coming down.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2023
  • vesnacoleman
    Vancouver, Canada39 contributions
    Within the walled fortress of Kotor
    Incredible medieval fortress built into a mountain. Stunning both day and night. Tons of venetian influence. Love the fresh fruit market outhouse the main gate. Entrance is free. Lots of varied shopping and eating options. Gelato, souvenirs, antiques, cocktails, churches and more. Lots to see, great photo opps and lively.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 June 2023
  • TrMarek
    991 contributions
    Early bird catches the views
    Epic views all the way up. For the best sunlight and to get the fjord reflection from the bay, go at sunrise. Note: entrance is now 8 Euro but if you make it down before 7am (when ticket office opens) it's free.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Tóth Magdolna
    6 contributions
    Advice for how to avoid the entrance fee
    It was a nice experience with a great view. The entrance fee is 8€ from 7 AM to 8 PM. If you want to enter for free you should start hiking up at around 5 AM in order to be down before the ticket office opens. For me the hiking took 1 hour up and approximately 1 hour down with a slow tempo as I was taking a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, I started hiking at 6 AM and I was down at the entrance at 8 AM, so I was charged. :(
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 July 2023
  • TheLush101
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,194 contributions
    Worth the effort!
    We were here as part of a group tour in September 2022. We only had about 3 hours in the city so a few of us grabbed a quick lunch so that we could head up here - others have commented about the fee and how you can avoid it by going early / late. We had to pay but it was slightly cheaper back then and compared to the cost in Dubrovnik, much better value! You'll need decent shoes to climb the steps up. There's the church part of the way up and for some people, that's enough of a view (worth it just going there). If you keep going, you'll reach the fortress itself for a fantastic view over the bay. We rushed up and down in around 2 hours, with 10 mins or so at the top for photos, but it was definitely worth it. As others have said, it's a shame people drop their litter in places - guess all we can do is set a good example and take our rubbish home.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 August 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,120 contributions
    A Kotor highlight
    I'm not clear on the differences between this "Kotor Fortress" and the similar entry "Castle of San Giovanni" - possibly they are the same thing, or perhaps different locations along the same walk up the walls from Kotor. Either way, it's a highly recommended walk. We took about an hour to go up, stayed at the fortress about half an hour exploring and taking photos, and then took about 45 minutes to return down to the Old City. The fortress itself is old and not hugely well maintained but felt safe enough to wander and explore. It was fairly crowded on the morning we were there with a mix of people from cruise ships and those staying in town, but it's large enough that we were able to explore and take photos as we wished. This was probably our favorite activity in/around Kotor itself.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
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Greg C
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Incredible views but for some reason they’ve doubled the price during the off season to 15 euros! The best thing about it being November is that it is cool…couldn’t imagine doing it in the summer!
Written 13 November 2023
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,120 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
I'm not clear on the differences between this "Kotor Fortress" and the similar entry "Castle of San Giovanni" - possibly they are the same thing, or perhaps different locations along the same walk up the walls from Kotor. Either way, it's a highly recommended walk. We took about an hour to go up, stayed at the fortress about half an hour exploring and taking photos, and then took about 45 minutes to return down to the Old City. The fortress itself is old and not hugely well maintained but felt safe enough to wander and explore. It was fairly crowded on the morning we were there with a mix of people from cruise ships and those staying in town, but it's large enough that we were able to explore and take photos as we wished. This was probably our favorite activity in/around Kotor itself.
Written 20 September 2023
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TheLush101
Cardiff, UK2,194 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
We were here as part of a group tour in September 2022. We only had about 3 hours in the city so a few of us grabbed a quick lunch so that we could head up here - others have commented about the fee and how you can avoid it by going early / late. We had to pay but it was slightly cheaper back then and compared to the cost in Dubrovnik, much better value!

You'll need decent shoes to climb the steps up. There's the church part of the way up and for some people, that's enough of a view (worth it just going there). If you keep going, you'll reach the fortress itself for a fantastic view over the bay.

We rushed up and down in around 2 hours, with 10 mins or so at the top for photos, but it was definitely worth it. As others have said, it's a shame people drop their litter in places - guess all we can do is set a good example and take our rubbish home.
Written 27 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tóth Magdolna
6 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
It was a nice experience with a great view. The entrance fee is 8€ from 7 AM to 8 PM. If you want to enter for free you should start hiking up at around 5 AM in order to be down before the ticket office opens. For me the hiking took 1 hour up and approximately 1 hour down with a slow tempo as I was taking a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, I started hiking at 6 AM and I was down at the entrance at 8 AM, so I was charged. :(
Written 31 July 2023
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Sarah H
11 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was an intense hike up. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are a must.Views from the climb and the fortress elements are well worth the 8€.
Written 28 July 2023
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TrMarek
991 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Epic views all the way up. For the best sunlight and to get the fjord reflection from the bay, go at sunrise. Note: entrance is now 8 Euro but if you make it down before 7am (when ticket office opens) it's free.
Written 24 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

vesnacoleman
Vancouver, Canada39 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
Incredible medieval fortress built into a mountain. Stunning both day and night. Tons of venetian influence. Love the fresh fruit market outhouse the main gate. Entrance is free. Lots of varied shopping and eating options. Gelato, souvenirs, antiques, cocktails, churches and more. Lots to see, great photo opps and lively.
Written 23 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

larry f
Galway, Ireland21 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Excellent experience. Stunning views. We climbed on a dull day so temperatures were lower I wouldn't like to do it during the mid day sun. Wear good shoes if it rains it can be slippy in places. Nice and quiet when we did it as there was no large cruise ship around when everything gets very busy. I didn't see much litter there were several bins provided. No toilets just go before you climb! Took us 45 mins to go up much less coming down.
Written 10 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

gothgrl
Rhodes, Greece382 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We started the hike really early (about 6am) as we went there in the summer and the temperatures had been reaching 35C then. Also, we are not too keen on crowds, so wanted to start the climb before all the cruise liners’ passengers. The hike starts at the beautiful Kotor Old Town and it took us about 1.5h (with lots of photo stops) to get to the fortress. The views from the top are out of this world - the azure Adriatic Sea, the charming historical buildings of Kotor and the mountains. This hike wouldn’t be suitable for people with knee problems as there are around 1350 steps to the top, also, I cannot imagine climbing it if the temperature was over 30C. But it’s definitely worth doing if you like stunning views and a bit of a physical exercise.
Written 26 January 2023
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Annette P
55 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We are a couple in our 60s with average fitness for our age. We enjoy hiking/walking. We absolutely loved this walk up to the Fortress. The walk is not challenging but it does take a while to walk up (40minutes), and proper footwear is a must. Of course, the views up are spectacular and the Fortress itself, while mainly ruins, is interesting to visit. We took the Ladder of Kotor down which is equally amazing. To get there from the Fortress just walk 5 minutes down from the drawbridge and look for the window with a wooden ladder on the other side. Climb through the window to go to the abandoned village, the place of oldest human habitation in Kotor. Visit this spot and then take the Ladder of Kotor down. It is an easier walk but quite a lot longer.
We spent 4 hours doing this walk including exploring the Fortress and village and surrounding trails. A great half day. If we had gone up and down only, would have been 1.5 hours.
Written 28 November 2022
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