Shumen Travel Guide

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Shumen Things to Do

  • Creators of the Bulgarian State Monument

    You can see this gigantic monument already from far away. It was inaugurated in 1981 to commemorate the foundation of the First Bulgarian Empire in 681. It's situated on a hill-top and can be reached via a staircase which starts behind the History Museum. Honestly, I was too lazy to climb up the 3km.... But well, a reason to come back.

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  • Enjoy The Local Product!

    If, like myself, you find yourself in Shumen with the weather effectively preventing you from doing anything else you might as well support the local economy (and that of the Danish too).The Shumensko brewery was established in 1882 by the Czech brewer Franz-Frantisek Milde, roughly contemperaneously with the founding of the Plovdiv brewery and...

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  • The 1300 Years Of Bulgaria Monument

    I noticed this on top of the hill as I left the railway station. With five inches of fresh snow though it was a bit too far to walk on this visit. Despite it having the appearance of being just another Communist-Brutalist piece of self-glorification it does look worth the wander - the link below is to a promo video which will give you an idea of...

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  • Pliska

    Pliska is a National Archaeological Reserve.It as the first capital of Bulgaria between 681 and 893 AD. It was founded by Han Asparuh. It was surrounded by a moat and earthwork ramparts. The walls of the inner fortress were 2.6 meters thick and about 12 meters high.Pliska was sacked by the Byzantine army in 811, but the invaders were soon driven...

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  • The Madara Rider

    The Madara Rider is an archeology monument ,a large rock relief carved in a cliff near Madara village.It is a horseman 23 m above ground level . The rider, facing right, is thrusting a spear into a lion lying at his horse's feet. An eagle is flying in front of the horseman and a dog is running after him. The scene symbolically depicts a military...

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  • Тhe Tombul Mosque

    The Sherif Halil Pasha Mosque, known as the Tombul Mosque is the largest mosque in Bulgaria and among the largest on the Balkans. It was built in 1744.It name comes from the shape of its dome.

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  • Shumen Fortress

    The Shumen Fortress,also known as the Old City,was settled more than 3000 years ago.At the end of ХІІ century,starts the period of the Second Bulgarian Empire when Shumen becomes one of the most improving cities in Bulgaria. At the end of XIV century,the Ottomans came and placed here.The end of the fortress came in 1444 ,when King...

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  • Veliki Preslav

    Preslav was the second capital of the First Bulgarian Kingdom from 893 to 972 . The ruins of the city are situated in modern northeastern Bulgaria,around 20 kilometres southwest of Shumen, and are currently a national archaeological reserve.

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  • Veliki Preslav

    Veliki Preslav was the second capital of the 1st Bulgarian Empire. It was founded in the early 9th century by the Bulgar king Khan Omurtag and became the inofficial capital in 921 after the old one, Pliska was destroyed by the Byzantines in 911. In 893 Preslav was also offically declared capital by Tsar Boris. But the glory of Preslav didn't last...

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  • Madara

    The little village of Madara is know for it's famous rock carving of a horseman (Madarski Konnik). The bas-relief is 23m above the ground and was created in the early 8th century and it is believed that the horseman is Khan Tervel, one of the emperors of the 1st Bulgarian Empire. It's a Unesco Heritage site.Not far from the horseman are the ruins...

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  • Museum Complex of Pancho Vladigerov

    The museum commemorates Bulgaria's most renowned composer and pianist. It's housed in Vladigerov's house which was built in the National Revival style. The complex consists of other buildings from the same period which are built around a nice courtyard.The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm, admission is 3 BGN (including guide).

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  • History Museum

    The quite large history museum houses some great Thracian and Roman artefacts, aswell as many finds from Madara, Preslav and Pliska. You can also see old icons from the area.Apparently there weren't many visitors when I went there so I got my own guided tour.The museum is open from 9am-6pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sunday....

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Shumen Transportation

  • Shumen to London by autobus...

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

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  • Arriving By Bus

    As a major city Shumen is well-connected to the rest of the Country by local and long-distance bus services as well as some International routes.As with the trains the main route is between Sofia and Varna with buses running at least hourly. The fastest journey from Sofia is the Etap service which takes about 6 hours.The bus station is in the city...

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  • Arriving By Train

    Shumen is on the main railway line between Varna and Sofia. From Varna there are 11 trains daily with the fast train being the express to Sofia with a journey time of about 1 hr 20 minutes. The slower local train shuttles between the two with a journey time of about 2 hours.From Sofia there are 6 services, one of which involves a change at Gorna...

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