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A largely untouched nature and a mild climate are the greatest treasures of the Balkan state of Albania. For a long period of time, the country allowed itself a communist isolation under the reign of the former partisan Enver Hoxha. In the nineties of the last century, the country turned towards the West and opened up to tourism. In the capital Tirana there is a much visited Archaeological-Ethnographic Museum. The ruined city of Butrint in Epirus was looted in 1997, but the marble statue of the famous goddess of Buthroton was brought to safety.

Albania at a glance

Area28748 km2
CurrencyLek (ALL)
Neighboring countriesNorth Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia und Kosovo

Guide to Albania

Albania is said to be a slumbering beauty. Mountainous is this region in the northwest of the Balkan Peninsula. Tourism is still in its infancy here, which is undoubtedly an advantage for nature lovers. The landscape is almost untouched, especially beyond the coastal regions, and the Mediterranean climate delights visitors and locals alike with warm and dry summer months. Tirana has been the capital of Albania since 1920.

Those who expect a lively metropolis will be disappointed, because Tirana has preserved its oriental character not only in the old town, which is well worth seeing. Italian architects designed the Ethembeg Mosque with its numerous frescoes in the late 18th century. Almost nothing of the former bazaar survived the Stalinist dictatorship. It had to give way to a palace of culture in 1961.

Besides the ruined city of Butrint, the historic Gjirokaster, a city complex in the form of a terrace, is of importance, because here you will find an interesting ensemble of Ottoman and Venetian buildings. If you travel to Albania and are good on your feet, you will soon find yourself on the beautiful hiking trails. Among them are the paths along the ancient Roman road Via Egnatia, which begins in the pretty port city of Durres with its amphitheater and a castle, and finally ends in Istanbul. Tourism in the country has so far been concentrated on the Albanian Riviera in the south.