Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: The third Saturday of September every year they arrange the Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv. The museums then often stay open until midnight or 01.00 and are free to visit without any entrance fees. There are also many kinds of performances arranged all over the town, outdoors as well as indoors, all of them for free.
You can buy a map of Plovdiv from some newspaper kiosks,bookstores, gas stations, stores etc. Probably you can find it for free in some of the hotels.
I'm sharing a website called where you can find locations in Plovdiv,the other bigger cities and also routes in Bulgaria.
The three hills of the former Roman city of Trimontium are Taxim, Jambaz and Nebet. Nebet Tepe is the central of the three and is the one whose summit you'll reach when ascending the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town.
Because of its commanding location this was the site of the city's defensive fortress throughout its history and remains of Thracian, Roman and Byzantine structures have been uncovered layered upon each other - an Archaeologist's dream!
From here you get great views over the city and the distant hills of the New Town: Sahat, Jendem and Bunardjik.
Well worth the climb and there's an informative marker giving a short history of the hill.
I wasn't quite sure what to do with this pic and so here it is.
Anyway, just in case someone reports this as an "inappropriate" use of General Tips here's a little reasonig as to why it's here:
If you travel around Bulgaria you'll note that many places have stray dogs just doing their thing. Here in Plovdiv it seems to be more cats than dogs and most dogs tend to have owners who look after them. Pic #2 features cats - HISS!
For everything you need to know about Plovdiv, including accommodation assistance, the Tourist Information Centre is located on the main square just next door to the main Post Office. Here you can get advice on public transport, local events and things to do and they have the usual freebie leaflets as well as guidebooks etc for sale.
If you are REALLY lost then the handy signpost outside tells you where you are in relation to the rest of the world LOL.
The official website is under construction at the time of writing but should eventually be found Here Address is pl Tsentralen 1 and the phone number is 032 65 67 94.
Favorite thing: Somtimes railway station cafes can be real dives but this little one at Plovdiv is friendly, clean and cheap - a decent cup of coffee a mere 80 stotinki. The WiFi connection is fast and reliable (you'll need the code from the server or you can access a couple of "roaming services") and the place does good simple eats too. Not only that but, unusual for Bulgaria, there is a separate non-smoking section to the left of the counter (that's the area where no-one else is sitting!).
If you need someplace to leave your luggage for the day (up to 24 hrs) you'll find lockers in the main hall of the railway station. These are well-signposted, look safe and sturdy and are simple to use. Put your luggage in, close the door, put the correct money in the slot (2 lv, small; 4 lv large - Jan 2010), turn the key and take it with you.
These are one-time use only and so if you need to access your luggage before taking it away you have to pay again.
As is every touristic city there is a tourist information office in Plovdiv also. You can check there for guides,accomodation,transport and all the quiestions you have:)
It is situated on the main street,just next to the Post Office.
Please remember that tipping is acceptable and expected in Bulgaria.
Restaurants: 10 - 15%
Taxis: Round up to the nearest whole number
Hotels: 5 - 10 %
Fondest memory: So many fond memories...
The willingness of Bulgarians to accept 'others'.
The kindness of the people.
The sense of humor.
Favorite thing: At saborna street 14a you find an art gallery worth visiting. Its is housed in an old 1846 house and exhibits Bulgarian painters from the last 300 years. Its well signposted and explained in Englsih and you can get a guided tour in English for 10 lv per group. The admission is 2 lv and is free on Tuesdays. At ul K. Aleksander you find another gallery, which is on modern art. Its not that big, only two rooms on mainly abstract painting. Admission is 3 lv.
Favorite thing: Plovdid has no tourist office. The only place that may be helpful for tourist information is the Council of tourism at Tsar Ivaylo street 2. (open from 9-18 on weekdays). There are banks near ploshtad Dzhumaya, of which the United Bulgarian Bank has an ATM. Inside the main psrt office at the Tsentralen square you find a telephone center and its open from 11-23. Allong the main street you can find internet cafés and Net Burger internetcafe is at the north of the Public Garden. There is also one (Rnet) at Danov street. For newspapers, maps and magazines check the bookstalls at ploshtas Tsentralen. For cases of theft etc, the police office is located near the ploshtad Tsentralen at Ivan Vazov street.
Favorite thing: As Krastev already said, the town of Plovdiv gives inspiration. So there has to be a creative power coming from the city. Nowadays you can experience this by the many musicians, writers and other artists and performing groups. The city has numerous of cultural events. The Chambre Music International Festival in the Old Town goes on for 30 years now, the Golden Chest International TV Film Festival is been organized by the Bulgarian National Television for 20 years, the Golden Rithon International Festival of Documentary Films is organized by the National Film Center since the eighties. There is a Verdi festival in the Amfitheater, and also the International Folklore Festivalat the end of the summer an event known in Bulgaria and abroad. In 1999 Plovdiv organized the European Month of Culture Program. On the normal stages in the city and on ad hoc culture spaces this was the biggest cultural event in Bulgaria at the turn of the century. Metallica, Appocalyptica, Grand Funk, Richie Blackmore and many others took part in it. The Drama Theatre has the first professional theatre group in Bulgaria founded in 1881. Founded in 1953, the Plovdiv Opera has had professional acknowledgements not only in Bulgaria, but also abroad.. Another icon of Plovdiv culture is the Philarmonic, founded in 1945. They play classic and modern. The orchestra toured in almost all of the European countries. The "Trakia" Folklore Ensemble, which was founded in 1974, has a history of thousands of concerts in the country and abroad in 40 countries around the globe and they had a nomination for the Grammy Awards. The Plovdiv musical culture has a wide range of genres. Religious choirs, classic choirs and jazz (White, Green, Red). Art: the town has held the first art exhibition of the country in the 19 th century. Names such as Zograf and Boyadjiev are connected to Plovdiv.There are about 300 artists living in Plovdiv and the streets of old Plovdiv are the ideal place for expositions. More than 20 galleries can be found in town. Literature center, it is understandable that Plovdiv has the countries oldest library, the Ivan Vazov. It still has rare Bulgarian and European publications
Favorite thing: How did Plovdid developed after the old town was finished in the National Revival period? From 1878 untill 1890 it were foreign engineers and architects doing the planning and building, after this period also Bulgarians took responsibity. On the right bank the District Assembly and the Male High School arise. In 1892 the International Agricultural Exhibition was held and it was organised on the former grounds of a Turkish cemetery. This ground was transferred into a Park and was given to the people after the Exibition as the Simeon park. New Plovdiv came into being thanks to moden architect Joseph Schnitter, who enabled the connection of the railway station with the centre of the town. Making the hills green and preserving ancient constructions. Plovdiv evolved from mediaval Ottoman settlement to modern city. From 1900 till the 1930’s the town was influenced by Secession, decorations and abundance. See the buildings in the main street and Vazov street. After worldwar one the urban planning got frustrated by the fact that new inhabitants, refugees, build their new homes outside the plan. And in 1928 there was also an earth quake. This chaos stayed until the Communist rule. The Stalinist architecture of the fifties took Plovdiv traditions not into consideration. In the sixties the city as industrial centre needed new city planning which resulted in extensive suburbs with multi storey blocks of flats. This new General Urban Plan of 1968 didn’t take the Maritsa River as a part of the city center. This can still be felt. After the souleless architecture of the communists, the nineties gave urban planning back to the Bulgarians and a rise in the creation of individual residential building can be noticed since then.
Favorite thing: The housemuseums are located inside the 19 th cenury ‘baroque’ or Renaissance or National Revival houses. These houses are characterized by overhanging second storeys, an entrance with columns and brightly coloured fronts. There is a huge amount of these houses in old town. If you are into details of national revival architecture or a furniture lover you may like to visit all the houses, but to get a satisfying impression you can visit two or three. Then visit the most important ones such as the Etnografical museum and the Danov house. The entrance fees are about 2 lev for each museum so it can get expensive if you visit them all. Displays are only in Bulgarian.
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