Your 8 Questions about Gondar Ethiopia Answered

Debre Birhan Selassie Church in Gondar City

10 Feb Your 8 Questions about Gondar Ethiopia Answered

Travel connoisseurs are beginning to discover the ancient, unspoiled historical treasures in ancient Abyssinia. With epic landscapes, impressive architecture, and a trove of history,  Gondar, Ethiopia is the perfect luxury travel destination of 2020. 

We collected the most asked questions on the internet about Gondar, Ethiopia to give you front-row insight into this Middle Ages town. 

1. Where is Gondar, Ethiopia?

Gondar is a city in the northwest part of Ethiopia. It’s located in the Amhara regional government which is Ethiopia’s version of a state or province.

Location of The city of Gondar from Addis Ababa

The city of Gondar from Addis Ababa

2. What is Gondar known for?

The city of Gondar is known for its ancient churches, walled fortresses, and palace compound is known as Fasil Ghebbi. Most of these fortresses and castles were built in the 17th century by the Ethiopian emperor Fasilides. The buildings in Gondar city are influenced by an elaborate architectural style of  Portugal, India, and Ethiopia.

Gondar city is also known for its history as the capital of ancient Ethiopian civilization.

3. How far away is Gondar, Ethiopia from Addis Ababa?

Gondar is 748 kilometers away from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. To drive, it takes close to close to 12 hours. However, most travelers prefer to fly which is just a one hour flight from the capital via Ethiopian Airlines.

4. What does the city of Gondar look like?

Gonder is an ancient city, with picturesque churches and palaces. You’ll feel like you’re in the middle ages as you walk around, with the castles behind you, and horse-drawn carriages on cobblestone streets. 

However, the central part of the city (downtown) is a modern area with shops and public buildings. The city is truly a mixture of the old and the new and it feels like traveling in time when crossing from downtown to the fortress area.

Geographically the city has a high elevation of 2133 meters above sea level. Its surrounded by beautiful mountains. That’s why the Dashen Brewery, founded in Gondar honors nearby Ras Dashen Mountain which is the highest mountain in Ethiopia and the 10th highest in Africa. 

5. What are the main sightseeing spots and things to do in Gondar?

The main places to see include:

  1. Fasil Ghebbi
  2. Debre Berhan Selassie Church
  3. Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre
  4. Falasha Village
  5. Castle. Royal Enclosure.
  6. Palace. Empress Mentewab’s Kuskuam Complex.
Gondar Castles in Ethiopia

Castles of Gondar. Photo Credit: Dave Court

6. How much time to spend in Gondar, Ethiopia for a luxury traveler?

To get the chance of visiting all the locations above, you at least need to stay for two nights. 

7. When is the best time to go?

Enjoy Gondar year-round. However, Gondar is known for beautiful celebrations during Timkat (3rd week in January) and Meskel (last week in September). 

8. What else is near Gondar?

The best way to see Gondar is to combine it with a journey to the Simien Mountains. Afterward, visit the other highlights of the north– Bahidar and Lalibela. 

Plan an unforgettable trip to this endlessly fascinating dream destination today! Contact us for more information on your luxury travel trip.

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