Being from Albania makes Albanian’s very proud because this country is rich in history, heritage, traditions, and culture. After Enver Hoxha’s death, and his communist ideas. Ramiz Alia took over and opened Albania to touristic groups. And many tourists rushed to Albania to explore and discover this country that was so many years under pressure. Tourists from Scandinavian countries were the first ones that were interested to learn about this isolated country!

Albania is a warm country with beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, and friendly people. The culture of this country attracted many people and the price to visit Albania was cheaper than any other country during that time!

This article is about raw photos from Albania in a way you have never seen before, seen from the eye of a Danish Traveler named Henrik N. Olsen summer 1987. Thank to him we have these beautiful pictures to show to everyone how Albania was after Ramiz Alia took over and loosened the borders.

Albania, like you've never seen it before

Tirana Albania like you’ve never seen it before

The capital of Albania has not always been colorful and modern as it looks nowadays! Tirana was a simple city with not many cars and beautiful views.

albania like you've never seen it before
The international hotel of Tirana 1987
albania like you've never seen it before
The Opera House 1987
albania like you've never seen it before
The Scanderbeg Square 1987 from Tirana International Hotel
Albania like you've never seen it before
In front of the International Hotel of Tirana, old Chinese trucks, radio or TV transmission.
albania like you've never seen it before
The National History Museum

Kruje Albania like you’ve never seen it before

Kruja the historical town of Albania has always had cultural and historical importance for Albania and the photos below will show you that!

albania like you've never seen it before
The castle of Kruja
Albania like you've never seen it before
The Old Bazaar of Kruja
Old Bazaar
The Old- Bazaar of Kruja from behind
Kruja
Kruja Town captured from the Castle of Scanderbeg

Durres Albania like you’ve never seen it before

Durresi, the coastal city located on the shore of Adriatic offers gorgeous views. Moreover, it has always been touristic destinations for Albanians and tourists.

albania like you've never seen it before
Durres beach 1978
Albania like you've never seen it before
The Amphitheatre of Durres
Albania like you've never seen it before
Envers pioneers, summer camp south of Durrës
Albania like you've never seen it before
Palm trees in Durres beach

Shkoder Albania like you’ve never seen it before

Shkoder the town of pedestrian walks, religious tolerance, mountains, rivers, lakes, castles, and culture. Shkodra has always been important for Albania historically and culturally!

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Mesi Bridge in Shkoder
Albania like you've never seen it before
Rozafa Castle 1987
Albania like you've never seen it before
The Cathedral of St. Stephen during communism was used as a palace of sports. This photo is taken in 1987 when it was the Palace of Sports of Shkodra.
albania like you've never seen it before
Hotel Rozafa in Shkoder 1987

Albania like you’ve never seen it before

Below we have a list of photos of Albania you’ve never seen before!

Bunkers of Albania, Two of 7-800,000 concrete bunkers in Albania
Political propaganda posting
Albania like you've never seen it before
Mother Albania Statue in 1987
albania like you've never seen it before
Danish Bus with tourists in Albania 1987
Albania like you've never seen it before
Exhibition of Albanian industrial products
albania like you've never seen it before
Albanian neighborhood in 1987
albania like you've never seen it before
Tirana horse transport
Albania like you've never seen it before
One of Envers pioneers, summer camp south of Durrës (the red scarf symbolized the pioneers)
Albania like you've never seen it before
Street 1987
Rozafa Castle entrance 1987
Albanian Women working in a field of corn
Shkoder 1987
Ox cart in a collective farm

Nowadays Albania is considered the land of wonders and spectacular views. However, we are here to tell you that it has always been like that. Albania is a beautiful place and until 1985 it was isolated, but now it’s thriving and we support that! Thank to Henrik Olsen, now we have an insight into summer 1987. Can we bring that summer back because everything looks so raw, real, retro and vintage! Who wouldn’t love it?