The City of Gondar

Take a walk in any part of the city and you will see remains of a rich past and a vibrant present. Gondar is a royal and ancient Ethiopian city. The walled city of Fasil in Gondar is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is part of the famous Ethiopia Historical Circuit. It was the home of various Ethiopian royalty who led the country from the 12th century to the last decade of the 19th century. Early Europeans wrote how they saw Full libraries platted in GOLD (Reference).

The region is the home of the highest mountain in Ethiopia, Ras Dashen, and the Simien Mountains National Park. The park can be accessed from the village of Debark located100 km north east of Gondar. Just two hours drive away you can find the Source of the Nile and many more wonders of Ethiopian history and Culture.

  • Night Life

    Night Life

  • On the outskirts of the city

    On the outskirts of the city

  • Must see in the city

    Must see in the city

  • Night Life

    Night Life

    Interested to in enjoying the night life in a traditional or modern surrounding. The city offers night clubs and Azmary houses just make sure you have a proper guide to show you around, you may ask on the front desk for advice on the places to check out.

  • On the outskirts of the city

    On the outskirts of the city

    Debre Birhan Selassie Church. A short way out of town, it seems more like a fortress than a church at first glance. This is because the local churches were once vulnerable to attacks by the Sudanese. There are twelve towers guarding this church, each representing one of the twelve apostles. A church was built at this location at the end of the 17th century and destroyed. The church you can see now, dates from the 1880s. It is worth a visit to see its amazing ceiling with intricately painted angels. There are also other religious images on the walls. Churches like this were once quite common in the area, but this is the only church to survive the Sudanese attacks, making it even more of a treasure. Entrance fee: 100 Birr (January 2018)

    Gorgora is a beautiful small town on the northern shore of Lake Tana about 70 km from Gondar. It has some interesting relics from its brief time as Ethiopia's capital, and the lack of tourists adds to its charm. It is also good for birdwatching and canoo with the local fishermen. There is an early morning bus from Gondar to Gorgora (20 Birr) and occasional minibuses.

    Monasteries. There are a number of monasteries on the northern part of Lake Tana about two hours drive from Gobdar. Can in advance to book for transportation is you are interested,

  • Must see in the city

    Must see in the city

    Fasilides Castle. Built in 1640 as the home of King Fasilides. 200birr

    Iyasu Palace. This was the home of Iyasu I, the son of Yohannes I. An earthquake and bombings by the British destroyed its once ornate and lavish interior, but the structure itself remains mostly intact and is the largest in the area.

    Mentewab's Palace (Kusquam). 3 km west from the center. 100 Birr entrance fee. To get there take a blue/white minibus to Gondar Hospital (2 Birr) and walk up the hill or take a bajaj. There are lots of them (2 Birr per person if shared)

    Fasilides Bath. Included in your entrance fee to the Fasilides Castle (you must buy your ticket at the castle before coming here). Separate from the castle, it once served as the bath for King Fasilides. Today it is used as a baptismal during Timket

    Church of Debre Sina. The inside of this 17th century, thatched-roof church is breathtaking, with every wall adorned with biblical paintings.