Gurko Str. 33, Veliko Turnovo, 5000, Bulgaria
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Veliko Tarnavo(Bulg) Brasov(Roman)
How to get from VT to Brasov in Romania.
I know there is a train untill Bucharest, and then does this continue or do need to change a train in Buch ?
Re: Veliko Tarnavo(Bulg) Brasov(Roman)
You need to change in Bucharest Nord. This isn't a problem as there are quite a few trains to Brasov.
Check times at www.bahn.de or www.infofer.ro (enter Bucuresti, not Bucharest).
It's complicated, but only because
THERE ARE NO TRAINS IN VELIKO TURNOVO!!!!
You have to travel by taxi or bus to a neaby town, "Gorno Oryakovitz" where trains can PHYSICALLY get to (VT is in a twisted gully area, as it's a natural fortress formed by a 7-complex curved spaghetti-bended river area!!!)
The big bus lines come and go here constantly though (about every 2 hours, night and day- though the early AM hours are sketchy sometimes- be EARLY!!!!)...
I went to Bucharest two weeks ago and it took 6 HOURS on the train- most of it stopped while some thug-like unmarked "police" person came and demanded my passport (what a good scam) and then disappeared for 45-55 minutes or so. It would only take about 3 hours but it takes over 6 on the train due to stops.
bus is better.
If you take a train from Gorno Oryakovitz, you'll need to swtich in Bucharesti, as the station there is so crazy and huge- and most trains return to their origin (it's a one-way dead-end station).
ALSO you can not buy a round trip ticket- you have to get it THERE.
Be prepared for an extra "fee" from the conductors for your "reservation/seat" even if you have a ticket. Sorry about this one, but I have heard them changing their prices and fees depending on who or what they think nthey can get out of you. Just GIVE them 5 Euros and walk ONTO the train. F#$(*@#$(* corrupt people... Welcome to Eastern Europe.
Oh... or wait and get on RIGHT as the train is leaving with all the crowd of Gypsies who only buy tickets and not "seats" (but everyone sits down once the trains start moving- GO FIGURE!!)
OH, there ARE trains (I was wrong) but they are VERY inconveneint, dirty and only come by like once or twice a day, and even the locals frown at the train conditions... take the bus if you can.
I've been here for some time and had no IDEA there was a train station here, the locals don't even MENTION it and almost NEVER use it. It is THAT bad according to them. LOL!!!
The busses leave all the time and are similarly priced and more conveneint and comfortable x100!!!!!
Travel Tips for Veliko Turnovo
The city center is formed by two streets: Stefan Stambolov street and Nezavisimost. At Hristo Botev street, near Stefan Stambolov you find the tourst office (TIC). They speak english. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Fees for museums are more expensive then in other towns, but students can get discounts upto 50 percent. At the tourist info a good townmap is available for free. (Domino). At Hristo Botev there is a bank (United Bulgarian Bank) with an ATM as well at the Stefan Stambolov street you find an ATM at the First East International Bank. At the Nezavisimost street (Las Vegas Club) you find internet acces and there is an internetcafe at Hristo Botev street (Internet Club).
Please remember that tipping is acceptable and expected in Bulgaria.
Restaurants: 10 - 15%
Taxis: Round up to the nearest whole number
Hotels: 5 - 10 % So many fond memories...
The willingness of Bulgarians to accept 'others'.
The kindness of the people.
The sense of humor.
There are two big folklore fetivals in town. From the end of June till the middlle of July it is the International Folklore Festival .Thsi festival has more than 300 acts from all over the Balkans. In may -- firts half -- there is a ten day festival, the Balkan Folk Festival. Info at TIC
Kilifarevo Monastery, or Monastery of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, is south of Veliko Turnovo near the town of Kilifarevo. Interesting churcch, outbuildings and vineyard. Orthodox nuns in residence.
Magnificent view from terrace.
Down a small alley way that you might hesitate to go down - Don't hesitate! .
Big sign on Nezavisimost street.
Marvelous panoramic view from the balcony day and night.
I watched the Sound & Light show on Tsaravets Hill from here - and I was not alone :->)
Coffee shop and Bar. Small meals, sandwiches, drinks, ice cream, pastries.
Can sit all day on a single cup of coffee or a beer. The coffee is delicious!
Good sandwiches and salad.
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Address: Gurko Str. 33, Veliko Turnovo, 5000, Bulgaria