The World Heritage Site of Erbil Citadel showcases a historic fortress perched upon a large 'tell', a mound formed by the site being constantly occupied since the ancient times. Excavations show evidence of the citadel’s inhabitation in the 5th millennium BC, and possibly even earlier, in the Neolithic Period. Exploring the maze-like alleys and antique buildings within the citadel’s stone walls, you will discover thousands of years of Erbil’s rich history and cultural heritage, from prehistoric times to the Neo-Assyrian and Ottoman eras. Use our Erbil trip planner to arrange your visit to Erbil Citadel and other attractions in Erbil.
Erbil Citadel Reviews
It was at Ramadan last year and late at night, but I was there again this year, the Citadel of Hawler was bustling with people and the markets were crowded. The Citadel is beautiful and ancient. I..... more »
It was a nice sunny day to visit and explore the citadelle. The citadelle looked interesting. The renovation and preservation work in progress, prevented us from visiting the whole citadelle. But it..... more »
The Citadel is a beautiful place to visit. You get an amazing view of the city. Things to know if you are not from this Area. Driving is different and very congested. Parking is hard to find. There are A Lot of Taxis so that might be a good option to get you there. It can get very crowded. It is similar to any crowded city, people are trying to sell you stuff and make money. American people....there are no bathrooms here, like there are in America. Keep that in mind. I'm posting a picture of the one bathroom we could find. There is also no tissue in bathrooms you go in. Bring cash because no one has card machines. Enjoy!
Ancient place but not really beautiful and no easy car parking, it is a market more than a historic place.
Places to stay near Erbil Citadel
Plan your trip to Erbil
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all ›
Hidden gems in Erbil
Nearby attractions in Erbil
Parks in Erbil
Plans to Erbil Citadel by other users
10 days in Iraq & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Iraq BY A USER FROM INDIA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Iraq BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN February, extra fast, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Extra fast 22 days in United States & Iraq BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 56 days in Erbil BY A USER FROM LEBANON January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Europe & Asia BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium