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Half of the Albanian territory is of mountainous terrain with altitudes of over 600 m above sea level. A small proportion of these are high-mountain regions. From Skadar Lake in the north to the south in Vlora a few kilometers wide alluvial soils partly extend along the coast, which expand to large Myzeqe level in central Albania. There are numerous lagoons and wetlands on the coast.

At about 1000 BC the Illyrians settled in the Western Balkans. Residential cities were Scodra  and Rhizon. After the Illyrian wars in late 3rd century BC, the Western Balkans came under Roman influence and the Romanization of the Illyrians began. With the division of the Roman Empire 395th BC, today Albania came under Byzantine rule. In 591 the Slavs from the north penetrated into the area, followed by looting allover the Balkans.

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Skadar Lake - geologically considered a young lake

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Skadar Lake - geologically considered a young lake in Albania

Unlike the tectonic scale and geologically ancient Lake Ohrid, Lake Skadar in Albania, at least is geologically very young. Its present form as a flat but geographically large lake, has set more or less in the last 18,000 years.

Meeting in Lin (Albania) at Ohrid Lake

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Meeting in Lin (Albania) at Ohrid Lake

The conclusion to do a trip around Lake Ohrid should include the peninsula and the locality of Lin (in Albanian Lini) . We could have reached Lin from the campsite in Kalishta easily as well by canoe, if it would not have prevent by the country's border with Albania in between.

Durrës on the Via Egnatia - city tour and Roman history

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Durrës on the Via Egnatia - city tour and Roman history

As one of the two starting points of Via Egnatia on the Balkans and as a possible arrival point by ferry from Italy, the city of Durrës was always in the focus of our interest.

Albania's bunker history - the Bunk'Art Museum Tirana

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Albania's bunker history - the Bunk'Art Museum Tirana

Whenever the name of Albania falls in talks, two theses emerge, which we can not share without contradiction, because of our experiences during the travels through the country: "mafia structures in politics and economy" and "everywhere bunkers".

Ascent to Petrela - Coffee break in the castle´s garden

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Ascent to Petrela Castle - Coffee break in the castle´s garden

After the really interesting cave exploration in a side valley next to the road from Tirana to Elbasan, we finally wanted to visit the Petrela castle on the hilltop south of the river Erzen, about 500 meters above sea level.

Tirana - Capital in Change to Modernity

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Tirana - Capital in Change to Modernity

Tirana, the capital of Albania, lies on the west side of Mount Dajti on the transition from the coastal plain to a hilly landscape in central Albania. To the coast of the Adriatic Sea at the port town of Durrës it is only about 30 km of air line.

From Elbasan to Camper Stop Hotel Baron Tirana

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From Elbasan to Camper Stop Hotel Baron Tirana

Already at the beginning of our search for a secure and easy going camper route to the south, which is intended to show all-seasons camping sites or camper stops along Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Greece along the coast, we had found Hotel Baron in Tirana as a way to explore the capital Albania during a short stay before the traveler continues the way to the South (even for long term stay).

Skanderbeg - Albanian myth and desire for freedom

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Skanderbeg - Albanian myth and desire for freedom

During our visit to the Skanderbeg Museum, the desire for more information about this fighter for independence and freedom as a ruler of the past had grown, surely affected by all the mythologies that still surrounds his personality.

Kruja - center in the struggle for freedom against Ottoman

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Kruja - center in the struggle for freedom against Ottoman

After our visit to Durres we were driven to mountain town Kruja by passing Tirana where today a living museum reminds Albanian freedom fighter Skanderbeg and which increasingly ensures tourist interest from abroad.

Albania is the partner country of CMT Stuttgart this year

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Albania is the partner country of CMT Stuttgart this year

Almost as before, the preparations for many camping and vehicle exhibitors, travel agencies and other participants have already been completed, as the start of the trade fair will start soon (14 - 22 January 2017) in Stuttgart.

The memory against forgetting - never again dictatorship

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The memory against forgetting - never again dictatorship

"The place of testimony and remembrance," as the Museum of Communist Crimes in Albania is described, crime committed and held by the dictator Enver Hoxha, which is in Shkoder too because of so many victims of the communistic regime from here.

A Wedding in Albania - Traditional wedding customs

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A Wedding in Albania - Traditional wedding customs

When two people celebrate wedding, this is always a special event, not only for the two main participants. Family and friends usually enjoy it at least too, it is celebrated, danced and laughed.

Tour through the Kelmend into the Cem Gorge

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Tour through the Kelmend into the Cem Gorge

Kelmend, the northernmost part of the Albanian Alps, is mainly formed by two valleys: the deeply cut valley of Cem and the valley of Vermosh in the northernmost tip of Albania.

Peaks of the Balkans - Long - distance trail passing Valbona

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Peaks of the Balkans - Long-distance trail passing Valbona

The "Peaks of the Balkans" hiking trail is a 192 kilometer long hiking trail in the Prokletije mountains, also known as the Albanian Alps. For practiced long-distance travelers, this trail leads of about ten day stages through Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.

Valbona - mountain settlement in the valley of the same name

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Valbona - mountain settlement in the valley of the same name

Indicated already during the first 100 meters of the ascent into the Valbona valley, in spite of the foggy weather in the late autumn now, what a splendor of autumn colors would still await us in the further course of the valley.

Koman Reservoir - an adventurous ferry trip

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Koman Reservoir - an adventurous ferry trip

The ferry trip over the Koman Lake (Albanian: Liqeni i Komanit) usually takes about two and a half hours and is increasingly popular among tourists because of the passages between the high rock faces and the narrow gorges of the Albanian Alps.

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