Ruse Travel Guide

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Ruse Things to Do

  • Enjoy A Walk In The Park

    Bulgarians certainly like their public parks and here in Ruse is no exception. The city's main park is the Mladezhki (youngster's) and even in the snow this makes for a pleasant stroll. The park is located just off the city centre, following the pedestrian blvd Aleksandrova past the hospital, and follows the river for about 2 kilometres.As expected...

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  • The Monument of Liberty

    The Monument of Liberty is sculptured by arch. Arnoldo Zochi in 1907. It is devoted to the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1878. It has been one of the symbols of Ruse since then. Now it is a part of the Coat of Arms of Ruse.

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  • The Liberty Square

    The Liberty Square was built in the early 30s. The local mayor wanted to construct an economic, cultural and political area that would be the centre of the town. The most important places had already been there, actually: The Theatre, The Monument of Liberty, The Garden. The Palace of Justice (in a neoclassical style) and the City Hall...

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  • "Alexandrovska" street

    Ruse was an important commercial centre at the turn of 20th century. The rich people built splendid houses all the way by the central street- "Alexandrovska street". It was named after Alexander I Batenberg, the first ruler of Bulgaria after the Liberation in 1878. It starts from the Library, then goes to the east, crosses the Liberty square, goes...

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  • The TV tower

    The tallest building in Bulgaria (opened in the early 1980s)! Since 2007 the bar has been closed but you can enjoy the view from the hill! Take binocullars with you!

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  • The Danube river

    The Danube takes its source from Germany, then flows through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. Ruse is one of the most important ports in its way. In 19th century Ruse was the point of connection between Bulgaria and Austria. In 20th century Ruse became a significant commercial centre, located near...

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  • The Theatre

    The Theater building is a unique "bijou" exactly in the centre. It was built around 1902. Interestingly enough, the local people collected the money for the construction. It was reconstructed in 90s and now it looks splendid.

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  • The Main Square

    The Square is a good place to wander and watch people. Locals sit on benches and visit, and children play. Things are a bit run down, but it is improving: The Liberty Monument was surrounded by scaffolding because it is being repaired.

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  • Sveta Troitsa

    The Sveta Troitsa (Holy Trinity) Church was built in 1632. To get around the Turkish height restrictions on churches, they dug down. You have to go downstairs to enter, but it has nice high ceilings once you are inside. The altar is really beautiful in this church.

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  • Don't Forget To Look Up!

    Ruse's modern development really took off towards the end of the 19th century as it became Bulgaria's main Danube port. A Municipal ordinance actually enshrined in law that the new buildings must be constructed with ornamentation on their frontages. Some of these are stunningly ornate and wouldn't look out of place in, say, Prague or Vienna.Here's...

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  • The Pantheon Of National Revival Heroes

    This seems to be another of Bulgaria's Communist-era monuments which locals have mixed feelings about (as you might note by the grafitti). It was constructed in 1978, the 100th anniversary of Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule by the Russians, to commemorate the 453 local heroes who died during the struggle for freedom. It is also a mausoleum...

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  • Cafe Club Cacao

    For a pleasant place to stop off for a beer or coffee the trendy Cacao, next door to the Cultural Centre, is as good a place as any. This is a pleasant, friendly, little cafe-bar with arty decor, good service and reasonable prices (I think my Zagorka was about 1.80 leva). During the summer I can imagine this being a popular terrace with its...

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Ruse Hotels

  • Riga

    Riga Hotel is the biggest hotel complex in Ruse with over 120 rooms, restaurant, cafe. It shows how...

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Ruse Restaurants

  • The "Irlandska Zakuska"

    Under most circumstances I avoid "Irish Pubs" when travelling, except of course when I'm in Ireland. This one in Ruse tho', on the banks of the Danube, attracted me because of its location rather than its "Irish" theme.The theme fortunately is confined to having green furniture, selling Guinness and a few "Irish" dishes on the otherwise typically...

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  • The Best Located "Happy" In Bulgaria

    "Happy" is Bulgaria's most successful chain of restaurants with ever-growing numbers of branches spreading all over the Country. One of the newest is here in Ruse, located in the magnificently titled "Profit Yielding Building" overlooking the Svoboda Square."Happy" is a sort of fast-food chain but only in as much as the food gets served fast. What...

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  • Another Cheap Pizza!

    This is a scruffy little non-stop place which seems to do most of its business in the early hours with late drinkers as well as eaters. It was only about 20 metres from my hotel and I ended up eating here twice in four days as it saved me having to trudge around in the snow looking for anywhere else.The menu is fairly simple, based around its...

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  • Great Risotto, Naff Sea Bass!

    With its starched linen and gleaming glassware this is a smartly-presented restaurant. The designer-decor is elegant and at the same time subtle and welcoming. Service, by bow-tied waiters, is formal and professional but not stuffy. The menu, in Bulgarian and English, is upscale Italian combining classic dishes with Meditterranean-inspired...

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  • The Cheapest Pizza In Bulgaria?

    At one lev per slice, and two for one-fifty, this was the cheapest takeaway pizza I found in my Bulgarian travels to date. Not only was it cheap but also tasty, generouslyl-topped and the service swift and friendly. The area it is located is close to a couple of High Schools, a Technical College and the University Centre and so it's obviously aimed...

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  • eating in the sky!!

    the restaurant/bar is located on the top of the tallest building in bulgaria,the locals call it kulata but in guides its called just ruse tv tower.the drinks are excellent.the plates are great!you can ofcourse take great pictures overlooking the city of ruse,the danube river and romania. besides the excellent decorated drinks we just ordered...

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Ruse Transportation

  • Ruse- Bucharest

    Hello explorers,I have recently (February 2014) traveled from Ruse to Bucharest and documented how one can do that. I explain different type of transport, prices, times, and photos to help you navigate easily.Check my wiki page here:http://airport-guide.wikispaces.com/Ruse+-+Bucharest+Otopeni+%28Henri+Coand%83+International+Airport%29If you have...

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  • A Very Walkable City (Even In The Snow!)

    Never having been here in summer I can't comment on the city's fair weather walkability. I can comment on winter tho'. Even with a daily couple of centimetres of snow, it is an immenselely walkable place. The streets, the pedestrianised areas and the the walkways in the parks are cleared early morning - how early I don't know but certainly before I...

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  • Believe It Or Not My Train Was On Time!

    On the day before I was due to leave Ruse for Sofia it had been snowing continuously for almost thirty hours. The city was under a pristine white blanket, six inches deep. I phoned downstairs to my hotel receptionist and asked whether she knew whether the trains were running. She put me on hold whilst she made a quick call to the station. "Yes sir,...

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Ruse Local Customs

  • Enjoying The Snow

    The hill around the Pantheon seems to be the place for a bit of family fun in the snow with sledding the main activity. This is located to the east of the main square following the ul Petko D Petkov.

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  • The Three Door Problem!

    In classical mechanics the applied mathematics involved have trouble dealing with a system containing three moving bodies which interact through gravitational forces. Even using computers the best that can be achieved to predict the motion of three such bodies is a close-approximate fit.Here in Ruse it's three stationary bodies that cause the...

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  • Temple of the Dogs?

    As with every other Bulgarian town or city Ruse has its population of stray dogs. Although stray they seem to be well fed and looked after and are certainly not a problem.I noticed this pack outside one of the mausoleums in the Vazrozhdenski park, where the Pantheon is. It was almost as if this was their temple but thinking about it I suppose the...

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Ruse Warnings and Dangers

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    by filkov Updated Jun 6, 2004

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    The romanian factory at the other site of the Danube river (the river is the borderline between Bulgaria and Romania) jettisons asphyxiating chlorine up in the air every week! It is a serious health problem for the citizens of Ruse.

    at the skyline is romanian chlorine factory
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Ruse Tourist Traps

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    by filkov Written Jun 4, 2004

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    Located on almost a cosmic landscape - rock massifs, enveloping the picturesque river valley 22 kilometres south-west of the city of Rousse. As if striving to be closer to God, hermit monks settled here during the 11th - 14th century, digging cells, churches and chapels into the rocks. Talented artists painted them with realistic frescos, exquisite in colour and composition, and turned them into a treasure trove of Bulgarian mediaeval painting.

    The Trap to Holi Virgin's Rock Church
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Ruse Sports & Outdoors

  • Nord Swimming Complex

    If swimming is your thing and you're here in the summer then the Nord Swimming Complex is an open-air centre with a couple of pools. One seems to be for the serious swimmers, another for diving and a third fun one with a water chute.This is located in the Mladezhki Park, to the east of the city, and can be accessed from the riverside walk. I...

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  • I Might Just Be Tempted To Take Up...

    Ruse Tennis Club is located in the Mladezhki Park, heading east from the city centre. This seems to be sponsored by the Zagorka brewery - need I say anything further?

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  • Angel Kunchev

    This statue on (I think) ul Kiril Startsev commemorates the Tryavna-born Nationalist hero Angel Kunchev.As a teenager Angel Kanchev was an ardent believer in the Bulgarian revolutionary cause and became a member of the Second Bulgarian Legion, based in Serbia, in the late 1860's. Following the Legion's disbandment he moved to Romania where he was...

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  • The Profit Yielding Building

    This magnificently-titled neo-Baroque building is one of Ruse's finest examples of its turn of the century architecture. It is so-called because the rentals from the commercial lets were used to help fund the local schools.The original building was started in 1898, following an architecture competition won by the Viennese Paul Brank, and completed...

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  • Ruse Tourist Information Centre

    This little office, with its multi-lingual staff, is located on the pedestrianised blvd Aleksandrovska, heading east from the Svoboda Square. Here you can get advice and assistance with all the usual tourist queries, including accommodation, public transport, things to do and etc. They have freebie maps and leaflets as well as guidebooks for sale...

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