Veliko Turnovo Travel Guide

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Veliko Turnovo Highlights

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     Interesting History 

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     History In Bulgarian ;( 

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     if you're planning on Bulgaria, don't miss it 

Veliko Turnovo Things to Do

  • Entering the Patriachal Church of Holy...

    "The Great Patriarch´s Cathedral of the Holy Ascension"In my opinion, this church on top of the Castle Complex has not that extra ordinary architectural design like many old traditional religious artworks. A very simple-designed religious Temple of gray-colored natural stones.Although, exteriorly presenting a very simple and not artistically...

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  • Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy...

    This is a very extraordinary work of Modern Art inside the Patriarchal Cathedral displayed all over the walls and ceilings depicting a mixture of religious and the tragic historical events during the war. And the frescoes expressing also about the progress in political and cultural development after the war and during the Renaissance Bulgarian...

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  • Trace back the old times: the Cliff of...

    If you walk straight ahead at the left roadside of the fortress until you reached at the hill corner of a fortified walltower remains, there is a platform ruins on top of this cliff or rock. As stated in this Board sign in Bulgarian and German language that: this is the "Execution Site" of the Tsarevets Fortress. During the Medieval period people...

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Veliko Turnovo Hotels

Veliko Turnovo Restaurants

  • St George's Pub

    NOTE: this restaurant is closed. Maybe out of business.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------St George's is popular with Brits visiting and living in Bulgaria, as well as Bulgarians looking to see what Brits really eat, contrary to talk of packet food being the only thing Brits eat every day!There's...

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  • Cheap, Cheerful and Characterful!

    Unfortunately I didn't find this little oddball of a "snack bar" until my last night (on this visit) when it caught my eye on the way back to my hotel that evening. This place certainly ticks all my boxes and had I been staying any longer this would have become my regular haunt. Although designated as a "snack bar" the menu covers most of the...

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  • Maybe Best Avoided Out-of-Season!

    I was totally unimpressed with this little Mehana. Its location, perched on the hillside overlooking the river and the Art Gallery, was what attracted me. Even though just off the main ul Stefan Stambolov it's down a short flight of stairs and so is tucked away that little bit off the beaten path. Normally when I've searched out these sort of...

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Veliko Turnovo Nightlife

  • Best place to start the night

    This Irish style bar is the best place to start the night. It is expat friendly and has a mix of backpackers, expats and locals. There is free wifi as well. The pub is friendly so you should be able to meet other people and get travel tips for Bulgaria from the staff. Awesome! Anything

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  • Chill out, cool place

    Melody bar is just off the main street down a side street and is cool funky bar to chill out in, it has good funky chill house music with a tv screen and dim lightingit has cheap beer and has a cocktail menu and nice peanuts!!! - 25 lev for 3 drinks for 2 people and 2 lots of nuts (3.20lev for a bulgarian measure of drk rum)cool place and nice...

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  • A Proper Pub!

    The City Pub proclaims itself as an Irish bar, although the theming is quite subtle. The decor, with its musical instruments, route 66 memorabilia, gold and platinum discs by big-name rock bands, and the multi-national drinks signage, is more "Hard Rock Cafe" than anything I've ever come across in my Irish travels. Not only that but I didn't see...

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Veliko Turnovo Transportation

  • Buses that run thru Tsarevets Fortress

    There are regular buses that go through Tsarevets Fortress and around the city center that runs from 7a.m. to 9 p.m with the interval of 30 min. to 60 minutes. You can buy your ticket inside the bus from a conductor which is valid only for the actual ride. It costs 0.70 lev or 0.35 euro. The regular Buses No. 20, No. 40 and No.50 are the ones that...

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  • Veliko Turnovo to London by autobus...

    It is possible to travel all the way from London to Veliko Turnovo, without changing coaches, thanks to the professional service of BALKAN HORN. Monday @19:00 is the weekly day of departure from the capitol, & it's possible to use the service to reach Lille, Luxembourg, Plzen, Prague, or Brno, by Tuesday. Wednesday is the day of arrival in Veliko...

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  • Arriving by bus.

    If you arrive by bus just be aware that there are two bus stations, Avtogara Yug (Southern bus station) which serves the line Sofia - Black Sea, and Avtogara Zapad (Western bus station) where you will arrive if you come from the southern parts of Bulgaria. (Confusing in my opinion.) The best way to get into town in any case is to take a taxi - it...

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Veliko Turnovo Shopping

  • Tobacco Shops!

    One of things that I find difficult to find in Bulgaria is handrolling tobacco and papers. I suppose because ready-made cigarettes are so cheap there's not really much call for it.However here in Veliko Turnovo I found not one but two shops on the main street which stock the makings. As a bonus the No1 Non-Stop also sells cheap beer and so I bacame...

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  • Shopping in Veliko Turnovo

    There are a lot of small shops in the old part of Veliko Turnovo. There are even a few designer shops there. The prices are correct probably a bit cheaper but not very much than in other countries in the designer shops.There is also a small mall built within an old department store, just close to Trapezitsa restaurant.

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  • Samovodska Charshiya

    The Samovodska Charshiya Complex is a centered around a square and artisans practise their trade here. You find bookstores, boutiques, art. The shops have been renovated in the national revival style. crafts and local art

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Veliko Turnovo Local Customs

  • Are you in proper attire while in the...

    Although the Fortress is a public entity and open for all kinds of people but it is advisable to wear proper and respectable clothing not immoral style of attire, no beach wears if possible while walking within the Fortress. Of course it is not prohibited to wear shorts or sleeveless shirts but if possible respect while entering the churches and...

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  • Folkloric

    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

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  • Gypsy Antics

    The local "Roma" have a rich cultural "tradition" of harrassing any & all passerbys for:MONEYLEVAEURODOLLARTSIGARI (cigarettes)Don't ask, don't give...and most of all, don't believe ANY of their stories (ie: "father dead", "mother in hospital", "children sick/dying", or "hungry"). Most are better-off than the average Bulgarian. Notice their...

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Veliko Turnovo Warnings and Dangers

  • Keep away from the Ruins...they can be...

    Strolling within the Fortress complex is worthwhile and historically enriching to explore but safety measures are highly recommendable especially when someone is too curious and adventurous to climb on the walls or maybe some of the ruins of the towers. They are maybe repaired but it can happen that some parts are not well reconstructed or not very...

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  • Hilly with steep streets.

    Veliko Turnovo is a very hilly place and is in fact not an easy place for a person with impaired mobility. The street from the churches below the Tsaravets fortress is extremely steep and very tirening since it's quite long.

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  • Getting Off The Train At Trapezitsa!

    When I had my little day trip from Veliko Turnovo to Tryavna I caught the train from the city's cute little railway station which is located about 3 kilometres out of the centre - a short and cheap (3 leva) taxi ride. For my return journey I decided to stay on until Trapezitsa, the next station after V Turnovo, which, according to my map, looked...

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Veliko Turnovo Tourist Traps

  • Yikes! Prices!!

    Don't buy anything to eat or drink in the vicinity of the entrance to the Tsaravets Fortress, they charge 3X the usual rates for everything. Ask the price in advance and then decide if you *really* need to buy it... There is no shade on the hill and it can get quite warm.Bring water and snacks with - it can get quite warm and water is...

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  • organized tours

    you can do an organized tour to the nearby monasteries. contact the Balkantourist for that. But it is very expensive. 80 lv. You better hire a cab which charges a little to get you to several monasteries and buy the > Turnovo monasteries: A Guide for 5 lv at TIC

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  • Taxi

    I absolutely recommend when jumping in a taxi to try to communicate with the taxi driver. Having heard reports that all the taxi drivers are very fair (you can't say this in Eastern Europe) I tried it myself. Therefore:)One way from my hotel to Tsarevets fortress - 1.07 LEVAThe return - 5 LEVA (after trying to go for 5 EURO) Negotiate the fare...

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Veliko Turnovo What to Pack

  • Hiking boots/strong shoes

    as the old town is cobble stone and the fortress is muddy and has brick trail, wear hiking boots or at least strong shoes. Also for the surrounded area such as the Trapezitsa and Arbanasi it is recommendable

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  • Essential Packing List

    Packing lite or bring your items in a small bag, with wheels would be good but also that you can carry with you by hand since their are many dirt roads in the mountain areas Sneakers best for staying in Veliko Turnovo Digital Camera a must Water is a must, you can by water in Bulgaria very cheap and good quality A good hat for the sun.

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Veliko Turnovo Off The Beaten Path

  • Take A Walk Down The Riverside.

    When you get to the end of Gurko Street, heading towards Tsarevets, there's a sort of muddy footpath (well it was muddy when I was there) heading towards the river. As I discovered this isn't a tourist footpath but rather the path leading to the back doors of the Gurko Street houses and where it ends is somebody's front yard (where the chickens...

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  • Gurko Street

    Beautifull old town street with lots of old houses. Gurko was a Russian General who liberated Veliko Târnovo from the turks. You see many national revival architecture houses.

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  • Prison museum

    The Prison Museum dates back from 1862 and it was here where Vassil Levski, Filip Totyu, Stefan Karadzha, and Bacho Kiro, the fighters for national liberation, were prisoned. You see the area where the Turkish guards sat, drinking their tea and you see prison cells including the one where Levski was captured.

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Veliko Turnovo Sports & Outdoors

  • being in nature

    by ger4444 Updated Feb 21, 2008

    Go rock climbing at Trapezica. This organisation arranges climbing trips and trainings at nearby maffif.

    Equipment: you rent it at Trapezitsa

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Veliko Turnovo Favorites

  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Another Photo From My Hotel

    This is the Cathedral of the Birth of the Theotokos which was originally completed in 1844 by the acknowledged master Kolyu Ficheto after several years of construction. However no sooner had it opened than it was destroyed by the earthquake of July 14th the same year. It was finally reconstructed in 1913 by another master, Diado Grozyu.This pic was...

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  • Popular Photo Location

    The bridge across the river leading to the Assens Monument and Art Gallery seems to be one of the popular spots to have your picture taken. The backdrop is the Yantra river valley heading south out of the city - pic #3

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