Top things to do in Gonder

Top Choice Church in Gonder

Debre Berhan Selassie

Welcome to one of Ethiopia's most beautiful churches. Appealing as it is on the outside with its stone walls, arched doors and two-tiered thatch roof, it's the inner sanctuary of Debre Berhan Selassie, with its glor…
Top Choice European in Gonder

Four Sisters

Now here's something special. One of the best places in northern Ethiopia for both food and atmosphere, Four Sisters has brilliant traditional food (order 'national food' for an overview of what it's capable of), a …
Top Choice Coffee in Gonder

Senait Coffee Shop

Serving up Gonder's best coffee, Senait is brought to you by the same people who run Four Sisters and it shows. With a small but lovely, character-filled outdoor setting opposite the exit to the Royal Enclosure, it'…
Castle in Gonder

Royal Enclosure

The Gonder of yesteryear was a city of extreme brutality and immense wealth. Today the wealth and brutality are gone, but the memories linger in this amazing World Heritage site. The entire 70,000-sq-metre compound …
Religious in Gonder


This three-day celebration of the Epiphany (Christ's baptism), is marked with special fervour in Gonder. White-robed faithful throng the streets and churches in solemn processions, with a less solemn event at Fasila…
Religious in Gonder


Gonder is a fine place to be for this important national festival that marks the 'finding of the True Cross' by the Empress Helena in the 4th century. Expect bonfires, priests in full regalia and much pageantry.
Cafe in Gonder

Ethiopia Café

This classic, though subtle, art-deco Italian cafe in the heart of the piazza is a throwback to the days of yesteryear – it's easily the most atmospheric of Gonder's traditional coffeehouses.
Palace in Gonder

Empress Mentewab’s Kuskuam Complex

It mightn't be as well-preserved as the Royal Enclosure, or as sacred as Debre Berhan Selassie, but what this royal compound, known as Kuskuam, lacks in order and holiness it more than makes up for in melancholy. Th…
Historic Site in Gonder

Fasiladas' Bath

Around 2km northwest of the piazza lies Fasiladas’ Bath, which has been attributed to both Fasiladas and Iyasu I. The large rectangular pool is overlooked by a charming building, thought by some to be a vacation hom…
Museum in Gonder

Ras Gimb

Though its early history is murky (it was likely built in the 17th century, though some say the 18th), this attractive palace once served as a retreat for Haile Selassie, a residence for Italian generals and a tortu…