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Tsarevets fortress is probably one of the most widely visited historical sites in Bulgaria. The hill on which it was built is the closest to the center of the modern city of Veliko Turnovo. There are several city buses that can take you to the square at the bottom of Tsarevets. Alternatively, for a minimal price you can take the special tourist train which makes a 30 min round tour of the city and get off at Tsarevets square. The fortress is open for visits all the year round with working hours 8 am - 7 pm from April till October and 9 am - 5 pm from November till March. Entrance fee to Tsarevets is 6 leva but there is a free admission each last Thursday of the month.
The spectacular Sound and Light show recreates the tragic history of Tsarevets, Veliki Tarnov and the 2nd Bulgarian Kingdom through colourful light and laser effects, church bells and dramatic music. The show is a must see and is pre-ordered by groups and VIPs. On national and city's holidays, however, Sound and Light can be seen for free therefore check with the local Tourist Information Center or your Travel Agent the chances for the dates of your visit.
Since this is an open site you should bear in mind the usual rules and precautions, such as: move only along the lanes, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, be prepared to encounter insects and reptiles, abide the signs, etc. For more information, assistance and queries you can turn to the staff at the Veliko Tarnovo Regional Museum.
As a popular tourist destination, Veliko Tarnovo offers an abundance of accommodation and dining facilities and the University students and younger guests and residents ensure busy club and nightlife.
Tsarevets Fortress, Veliko-TarnovoView Larger Map
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- Families With Teenagers
Best For What
- A View To Die For
- Cultural Experience
- The Local Experience