Veliko Turnovo Travel Guide
Church in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
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In a nutshell
if you're planning on Bulgaria, don't miss it
Sound and Light Show.
The Sound and Light Show is a unique attraction in Europe. Shows of this kind can only be seen in a few other places in the world.Through music and illumination, this programme recreates the history of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1393), the fall under the Turks and...
The Archaeological Museum was founded in 1892 and is Bulgaria's oldest museum. It is housed in the Buyuk Mosque, which is the oldest of the former Ottoman mosques in the city (built in the 15th century).In the museum you can see Thracian, Roman and Greek as well as Bulgarian...
Church of Sveti Dimitar.
This is/was the oldest church in Veliko Turnovo, built in 1185. The same year the brothers Assen and Petar announced the rebellion against the Byzantine empire in this church, and proclaimed Turnovo capital in their empire. This led to the famous Second Bulgarian Empire...
Church of Sv. Petar and Pavel.
The Church of Sv. Petar and Pavel is one of few churches which has been working since the medieval times. It was built in the 13th century. There are three layers of paintings inside the chuch, the oldest being from the time of building, the newest one being a Greek church...
Church of the 40 Martyrs.
The Church of the 40 Martyrs (Sveti Chetirdeset Machenici in Bulgarian) was erected to the order of Tsar Ivan Assen II in honour to his victory over the Byzantine troops at Klokotnitsa, on March 9, 1230. It was later considerably damaged during the Ottoman domination, when...
Tsarevets castle compound is a medieval stronghold located on the hill with the same name. It served as the Second Bulgarian Empire's primary fortress from 1185 to 1393, housing the royal and the patriarchal palaces. It is now the most popular tourist attraction in...
2 Reviews and 20 Opinions I had a double room with castle view and the view was great. For that I paid 42 Euro for two nights....
Yantra Grand Hotel
1 Review and 50 Opinions Yantra Hotel Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria 2 Opalchenska Str. Phone 35-9294-27152 Fax 35-9295-82843 This...
St George's Pub: 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...
Malkiya Inter (??): 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...
McNamara's Irish Pub Veliko Tarnovo: 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....
Melody bar: 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...
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,...
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...
You'll have to change trains.
Going by train in either Sofia- or Black Sea direction means you have to change trains in Gorna Oryahovitsa, a 19 minute journey from Veliko Tarnovo main station to the cost of 1,40 Lv (=0,70 Euro). Taking the train in the southern direction is no option since the journey...
Veliko Tarnovo - Istanbul
There is a bus departing from Veliko Tarnovo (South Bus station) to Istanbul (Turkey) everyday at 2100. the price is about 27Euro / one way. It's good idea to book your place 1-2 day before your departure date. The carrier is "OZ BATU".
No1 Non-Stop: 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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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