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Oblast Veliko Tarnovo

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26 travelers at this place:

  • Day10

    From Thracian tombs to Communism

    May 26 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We had an earlier start today, so we went down for breakfast at 7.27am (for a 7.30 start), only to be ordered out of the restaurant by the waitress who angrily pointed to the door told us in surly Bulgarian that breakfast started at 7.30am! Three minutes later, all good to go...☺

    After leaving Plovdiv, our first stop was the Thracian Tombs of Kazanluk (if you don't count 2 caches on the way!). The Thracian people lived approx 5000 BC, and buried their king in a small dome tomb, similar to the Egyptian pyramids, but much smaller and simpler.

    An abandoned Communist flying saucer shaped building was next - Budludzha was built on top of a hill in 1986 to host Communist meetings, and closed in 1989. It was abandoned and left to rot, and now the Communist Party and the Bulgarian government are arguing over who owns it and who pays for repairs, so it is closed to the public and has 24 hour security to keep it secure.

    We drove through onto the Monument of Freedom, erected to celebrate victory in the Battle of Shipka Pass,, between the Russians/Bulgarians and the Ottomans.

    At the northern end of the Shipka Pass is the town of Gabrovo where we visited Nadya's grandparents to deliver some supplies. It was lovely to visit a real Bulgarian house and enjoy their hospitality over a cup of coffee.

    Onto Veliko Tarnavo, the former capital and home to Tsarevets Fortress, the walled fortress of the capital from1185 to 1323. The city of Veliko Tarnavo is built on 3 hills and has spectacular vistas in all directions.
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  • Day47

    Veliko Tarnovo is really 'veliko'

    October 15, 2017 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We didn't want to miss this cultural and historical jewel so we left the Danube and pedaled towards the mountainous center of Bulgaria. Veliko Tarnovo kept what it promises with its name - a truly great city!

    Located on three hills above the Yantra river, people only know three directions: Go up, go down, or take the stairs. As the former capital city of Bulgaria, moving history is within one's grasp and nowadays, the city attracts artists looking for inspiration in the picturesque city and landscape. Moreover it's famous for a sound and light show at the spectacular fortress (we couldn't see it this time as there was no public holiday and nobody ordered it, but checking out the videos on YouTube is worth it).

    We stayed in the beautiful house of Jaap from the Netherlands and had a fantastic, intense and informative time with him and he didn't even refuse us to stay one more night. We're very grateful Jaap and we admire your lifework and your strong commitment to the society by conveying Bulgarian traditions and fighting for the environment - and we believe that we've learned a lot about Bulgaria, even reading Cyrillic is getting a small and smaller issue for us.

    Simply put, Veliko Tarnovo is a must!
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  • Day81

    Old capital

    July 25, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Today, we got an awesome breakfast that was too much to be eaten. :) The roads were good, the temperature low (26°), only one hill to overcome. Had two nice coffe and food breaks along the way and we found ourselves already in in the early afternoon in Veliko Tarnovo, the old capitol of Bulgaria until the Ottoman empire came.

    Luckily, today the famous light show took place! It elluminates the whole fortress and a big part of the city by night!

    Before that, a thunderstorm found its way to Veliko Tarnovo which was accompanied by huge amounts of rain that we had to overcome in a cosy, delicious and crowded restaurant with a fair amount of wine.
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  • Day81

    Sight seeing

    July 25, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute ging es zur Free Walking Tour. Wir hatten einen super Guide, der uns 2 Std durch die Stadt, mit Regenschauern zwischendurch, führte.

    Für abends hatten wir ein Tisch im angeblich besten Restaurant der Stadt reserviert. Das Essen war sehr lecker und der Ausblick einzigartig.
    Morgen geht es weiter nach Ruse, wo wir wieder an die Donau stoßen und anschließend nach Rumänien einreisen wollen.

    Unnützes Wissen: Hangover
    Der Legende nach gab es, während Menschen gehängt wurden, dazu immer ein Fest mit viel Alkohol. Somit hatten die feiernden am Tag nach der Hängung einen "hangover".
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  • Day26

    Arbanasi

    July 5, 2016 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We toured out of town today and again visited 2 churches but they were different to the others as they had all the walls painted which represent stores and the pages of the bible.

    Arbanasi is a village in Veliko Tarnovo Province of central northern Bulgaria. It is known for the rich history and large number of historical monuments, such as 17th and 18th-century churches and examples of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, which have turned it into a popular tourist destination.

    The village's name comes from the word Arbanas. This is how Slavic people referred to the people living in what is present day Albania.However, the village did not have any Albanian's living there at the time.

    The second church did not have the character of the first but still interesting as it was built into the ground.
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  • Day26

    Traditional House

    July 5, 2016 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This traditional Turkish house was built by a local family to live in the 1600's and was really interesting. I also realised I did not really have anything to cover my head for later in the trip and the house had a gift store with dome beautiful head scarves so I am ready for when we get to Turkey.

  • Day26

    Bulgarian Rose Oil

    July 5, 2016 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    In this cute little town we also visited some tourist shops to try and purchase some rose products. Bulgaria supplies rose products to many places around the world and you can smell rose oil in the streets here and yes I did purchase some for myself, Melissa and Hilda but it is very expensive as it is 100% real rose oil and smells divine.Read more

  • Day26

    Veliko Taranovo

    July 5, 2016 in Bulgaria ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Veliko Taranova is a medieval town with fortified walls and cobbled lanes. One of Bulgaria’s oldest towns tucked into the dramatic bends of the Yantra River, clasped by an amphitheatre of forested hills.

    The modern town is bursting at its seams as today’s it has Bulgaria’s second-largest university and is home to a multicultural expat scene. Its location between Bucharest and Istanbul has made it a tourist favourite. We wandered the tiny streets up and down stairs and visited lots of market stalls.Read more

  • Day58

    warte warte warte :)

    November 3, 2018 in Bulgaria ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Mir sind am Zoll nach Bulgarie und warted 2h bis mer da uf d Fähre chönd...
    Us 2h warte sind 3 1/2h worde und mir sind ez am 16.20 endli z Bulgarie aachoo! jeeeh :)
    Bi de Aakunft het d Mili na e Desinfektionsmittelduschi bechoo und mer hend 8 Euro für das Spektakel zallt + namal 8 Euro abglade für d Vignette.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Oblast Veliko Tarnovo, Велико Тарново

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