Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Tirana

Bunk'Art

This fantastic conversion – from a massive cold war bunker on the outskirts of Tirana into a history and contemporary art museum – is Albania's most exciting new sight and easily a Tirana highlight. With almost 3000…
Top Choice Gallery in Tirana

National Gallery of Arts

Tracing the relatively brief history of Albanian painting from the early 19th century to the present day, this beautiful space also has temporary exhibitions. Downstairs there's a small but interesting collection of…
Top Choice Museum in Tirana

National History Museum

The largest museum in Albania holds many of the country's archaeological treasures and a replica of Skanderbeg's massive sword (how he held it, rode his horse and fought at the same time is a mystery). The excellent…
National Park in Tirana

Mt Dajti National Park

Just 25km east of Tirana is Mt Dajti National Park (1611m). It is the most accessible mountain in the country, and many Tiranans go there to escape the city rush and have a spit-roast lamb lunch. A sky-high, Austria…
Mosque in Tirana

Et'hem Bey Mosque

To one side of Sheshi Skënderbej, the 1789–1823 Et'hem Bey Mosque was spared destruction during the atheism campaign of the late 1960s because of its status as a cultural monument. Small and elegant, it's one of the…
Notable Building in Tirana

Pyramid

Designed by Enver Hoxha's daughter and son-in-law and completed in 1988, this monstrously unattractive building was formerly the Enver Hoxha Museum and more recently a convention centre and nightclub. Today, covered…
Square in Tirana

Sheshi Skënderbej

Sheshi Skënderbej is the best place to start witnessing Tirana's daily goings-on. Until it was pulled down by an angry mob in 1991, a 10m-high bronze statue of Enver Hoxha stood here, watching over a mainly car-free…
Historic Building in Tirana

Former Residence of Enver Hoxha

This simple three-storey villa was the home of Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha for decades, and his wife continued to live here for years after his death in 1985. While the Albanian communist leaders clearly lived a m…
Museum in Tirana

National Archaeological Museum

The collection here is comprehensive and impressive in parts, but there's no labelling in any language, nor are tours in English offered, so you may find yourself a little at a loss unless this is your field. A tota…
Tower in Tirana

Clock Tower

Tirana's 35m-tall clock tower was completed by Ottoman architects in 1822, and it was for years the tallest building in the capital, sounding a bell every hour on the hour. You can climb it for impressive views of S…