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Baba Vida Fortress
Baba Vida fortress is probably the best preserved and reconstructed medieval castle in Bulgaria. It is located on the Danube river in Vidin, a beautiful town in the northwest of the country, 200 km from Sofia. For years Baba Vida fortress has been attracting many visitors of different ages who come to see the magnificent buildings and historical artifacts or just enjoy the remarkable views from the top of the fortress. Vidin's summer (open) theater is homed here too. The open theater is a popular venue for various events in the summer, from national and international music and theater festivals and performances to weddings and celebrations.
The castle is open for visits from 8:30 am till 5.30 pm in the summer (9 am - 5.30 pm on weekends and holidays) and from 9 am till 5 pm in winter (10 am - 5 pm on weekends and holidays). Entrance fee is 4 leva but there are discounts for students, pensioners and families with children. A guided tour is available at extra cost. There is a well-stocked gift shop just across the entrance. You can buy here various souvenirs as well as cards, guides and brochures.
There is a beach near the fortress and you can combine the sightseeing tour with some sun-bathing on the bank of the Danube. Vidin is a popular destination for groups traveling along and across the Danube and a regular host of various art and music events (especially during the summer). While in the area, you can also plan some time to visit the Belogradchik rocks and the Magura cave, remarkable nature wonders worth seeing, each about an hour drive from Vidin.