Bulgaria's National Aviation Museum
Bulgaria's only Aviation Museum is located out by Plovdiv Airport near the village of Krumovo. For those interested in aviation this makes for an excellent day out and the exhibits cover the Bulgarian history of flight from balloons to the Soyuz 33 spacecraft.
This is mainly a Military Museum with most of the aircraft and other displays associated with the Bulgarian Air Force and charts not only the technical development but also the people involved.
The museum comprises an indoor chronologically-arranged exhibition and the outdoors array of restored planes. Winter opening times are 9 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, with an admission charge of 2 leva. Whilst there is a 10 leva charge for a guided tour I personally got my own little mini one from the friendly curator included in my 2 leva :)
Although the museum is addressed as being at Krumovo the train stop is actually Mavrudovo which is just outside the museum entrance (as I found out the hard way having gotten off at Krumovo to find myself with a two mile walk!). At the time of writing trains run hourly during the day (the Asenovgrad line) leaving Plovdiv at 30 minutes past the hour and returning at 7 minutes past. It's about 15 minutes journey with an e/w fare of 1.20 leva and you should allow at least 2 hours to appreciate the visit.
First website is the unofficial, but excellent, "All Bulgaria Virtual Guide". The second is the official Military Museums site and a dedicated Aviation Museum site is currently under construction.Related to:
- Museum Visits
Sahat tepe is one of the six left hills in Plovdiv. It means from Turkish the Clock hill because of the clock tower.The tower is one of the oldest in the Eastern Europe,for the first time it is mentioned from a French writer in the begining of 17-th centure. Three centuries later the clock is not working anymore but the mechanism is changed with new one from Vienna and since then the Clock tower has this look. The old mechanism is kept in the Ethnographic museum.
In the foot of the eastern side of the hill is the main street of Plovdiv.
A radio-TV station is built in the middle of the last century on the same hill.
The place is very suitable for walks,rests,watching the sunset and simply have a beer - typical Plovdiv "ayliak"Related to:
- National/State Park
- Arts and Culture
Take A Trip To Levski's Birthplace - Karlovo
For those interested in Bulgarian history the mountain town of Karlovo is well worth a visit.
This is the birthplace of Bulgaria's most celebrated revolutionary hero, Vasil Levski (more about whom you'll find by following the above link) and is also the centre of the Bulgarian rose oil industry.
I've only done the Levski bit but by all accounts the annual Rose Festival (usually mid July) is attended by tens of thousands of local-ish visitors and features traditional "Kolkeri" perfomances.
Buses run hourly from Plovdiv's South (Yug) station with a journey time of about 1 hour twenty minutes.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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Monument of the Reunion
Monument celebrating 1885, as Bulgaria was Reunited. After the liberation of the Turks at the Berlin treaty Bulgaria was divided into 2 parts, whith Plovdiv as the main city of the eastern part. In 1885 the country was one again.
Knyaz Aleksander street
The main street, Aleksandrovska Street, links the Trimontium Princess Hotel to the Roman stadium. It is a is traffic-free street is and paved in full length. The square of Stambolov is a little cozy place that breaks the street. There are a lot of pavement terraces in the street at the pubs, where you can have a refreshment. Also, the oldest, first Mac Donnalds is in this street, very funny how extreme clean this place is compared to the pubs in the street. The mainstreet comes out at pl. Tsentralen, the central square where bookstalls and pubs are.
The Sports Center
The sport center for water sports is almost 4 miles long and has hosted many international competitions in rowing and kayak. It is near the Plovdiv Zoo and it is a great place for biking, fishing and relaxing.
That greenish stretch on the photo is the Maritsa river that also flows through Plovdiv. It's Bulgaria biggest river but this particular summer (1994) it was very dry so you can see what happened. When we first saw we didn't reaize it was the river... Well, at least the bulls enjoyed haveing some a bath ( or a mud math?). Last summer (2005) we had the opposite, a lot of rain, and devastating flows...
The photo was taken in the town of Pazardjik, a stop in our hitch-hiking tour Burgas - Velingrad - Burgas with a travel buddy of mine. I guess nothing else impressed us in Pazarjik it taht was the only picture we took...Related to:
- Road Trip
The rowing canal is was built to host the World Championships some time ago, these days it's very popular for fishing. Besides that it's also makes up for a good walk. A shame you can't hire boats there.
In the park next to it is the Plovdiv Zoo, not a lot to see there but admission is free anyway.Related to:
- Family Travel
Phillipo of Macedon Monument
A wonderful statue for the father of Aleaxnder the Great, who in the 5 th century before Christ, conquered the city.
The Cultural Center Thrakart has extensive Roman floor mosaics and numerous artefacts from Roman times. Sometimes concerts are taking place at the small stage.
A popular place for recreation of the citizens is the City Garden which is designed by the court gardener of Napoleon III. Next to it you find the Luki cinema and the Cinemax.
this hotel is a part of famous Turkish hotel chain "Dedeman" They have many hotels in Bulgaria...more
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