Must-see attractions in Bulgaria

  • Pomorie Lake Visitor Centre

    Black Sea Coast

    This interactive visitor centre provides information on bird- and species-conservation efforts on Pomorie Lake undertaken by the NGO Green Balkans. From…

  • Ledenika Cave

    Bulgaria

    The 'ice' cave, as its Bulgarian name translates to, is 16km west of Vratsa, within the Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park. It's sheathed in ice for much of…

  • Lopushanski Monastery

    Bulgaria

    Some 21km west of Montana, near the village of Georgi Damyanovo, this small monastery, completed in 1853, enjoys a serene setting and holds icons painted…

  • Buhalov Han

    Bulgaria

    It's worth peeping inside this beautifully preserved white and navy building, a throwback to Bulgaria's Revival, now filled with handicrafts and locally…

  • Vasil Levski Museum

    Bulgaria

    This 18th-century house is the childhood home of Bulgaria's handsomest revolutionary hero, Vasil Levski. Rooms around a pleasant cobblestoned courtyard…

  • Sofia Synagogue

    Sofia

    Sofia’s Moorish-style synagogue was designed by Austrian architect Friedrich Gruenanger, and was consecrated in 1909. Built to accommodate up to 1170…

  • Asenevtsi Monument

    Veliko Târnovo

    In the shape of a sky-piercing sword and dominating Veliko Târnovo's river views, this 1985 monument celebrates medieval Bulgarian might. The horsemen…

  • Muzeiko

    Sofia

    Kid-friendly science and technology museum with plenty of interactive exhibits and gadgetry to delight children from 6 to 16 years of age. There are…

  • Church of Sveta Bogoroditsa

    Plovdiv

    Painted a fetching shade of butter-cream yellow, this three-nave church looks out proudly from a stone staircase at the base of the old town. Built in…

  • Baba Vida Fortress

    Bulgaria

    At the northern end of the park lining the Danube, the marvellously intact Baba Vida Fortress is a 17th-century Turkish upgrade of 10th-century Bulgarian…

  • Mausoleum

    Bulgaria

    This ornate neo-Byzantine mausoleum dominates Pleven's main pedestrian square and holds the remains of the Russian and Romanian soldiers who died…

  • Hindlian House

    Plovdiv

    Once owned by merchant Stepan Hindlian, this opulent house was built between 1835 and 1840. It’s full of exquisite period furniture and walls painted with…

  • Eski Mosque

    Bulgaria

    One of Bulgaria’s oldest Muslim shrines, the cavernous interior of 15th-century Eski Mosque has splendid rococo and floral designs. Now presented as a …

  • Ulitsa General Gurko

    Veliko Târnovo

    The oldest street in Veliko Târnovo, ul Gurko is a must-stroll with arresting views towards the Yantra River and Asen Monument. Its charmingly crumbling…

  • Sveta Marina Church

    Plovdiv

    A little-visited 16th-century gem, Sveta Marina Church has suberb Old Testament murals on its outer walls, depicting scenes from Adam, Eve and a…

  • Historical Museum

    Bulgaria

    This small museum, situated in the centre of Chiprovtsi above a small stream, tells the story of the village, focusing on its gold- and silver-mining…

  • Natural History Museum

    Varna

    The museum presents the flora and fauna of the Black Sea region, divided into sections representing the area's geology, botany, vertebrates and…

  • History Museum

    Black Sea Coast

    The History Museum is spread out over three traditional houses, around 50m south of the centre. The first building shows off numerous Thracian and Roman…

  • Stadium of Philippopolis

    Plovdiv

    While the once-huge 2nd-century Roman stadium is mostly hidden under a pedestrian mall, there are stairways from different sides allowing for exploration…

  • Chiprovtsi Monastery

    Bulgaria

    Founded in the 10th century, this working monastery, dedicated to Sveti Ivan Rilski (St John of Rila), was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the…

  • National Naval Museum

    Varna

    The National Naval Museum hosts several galleries of model ships and uniforms. Anchors, artillery and helicopters can be seen rusting quietly in the…

  • Konstantsalieva House

    Bulgaria

    Explore a venerable 17th-century house and learn how Arbanasi's well-heeled residents prospered during Bulgaria's Revival Period, sipping coffee from…

  • Maritime Park

    Burgas

    Stretching lazily along the Black Sea coast and filled with manicured flower beds, fountains, busts of Bulgarian worthies, abstract sculptures and cafes,…

  • Archaeological Museum

    Black Sea Coast

    Explore the rich history of Nesebâr – formerly Mesembria – at this fine museum. Greek and Roman pottery, statues and tombstones, as well as Thracian gold…

  • National Transport Museum

    Ruse

    The country's only National Transport Museum is housed in the building of Bulgaria's first railway station. It exhibits vintage locomotives from the late…

  • Sveti Stefan Church

    Black Sea Coast

    Built in the 11th century and reconstructed 500 years later, this is the best-preserved church in town. If you only visit one, this is the church to…

  • St Michael the Archangel Church

    Varna

    St Michael the Archangel Church was founded in 1865 and is historically significant as the first place where religious services were given in Bulgarian…

  • Regional History Museum

    Plovdiv

    Plovdiv's Historical Museum concentrates on the 1876 April Uprising and the massacre of Bulgarians at Batak, which directly led to the Russian declaration…

  • Hadzhi Dimitâr Museum

    Bulgaria

    This house-museum dedicated to the rebel-movement leader is set in a lovely wooden building arranged around a cobblestone courtyard. The building features…

  • Archaeological Museum

    Burgas

    This small museum houses a diverting collection of local finds including Neolithic flint tools, a wooden canoe from the 5th century BC, Greek statuary and…

  • Forty Martyrs Church

    Veliko Târnovo

    The Forty Martyrs Church, in the old Asenova quarter, was built in 1230 to celebrate Tsar Asen II’s victory over the Byzantines. It was used as a royal…

  • Church of Sveti Arhangeli Mihail

    Bulgaria

    Overlooking the square near the clock tower is slate-roofed St Archangel Michael, Tryavna’s oldest church. Local lore dates it to the 12th century. It was…

  • Ruse Regional Museum of History

    Ruse

    The 5th-century BC Borovo Treasure, consisting of silver cups and jugs adorned with Greek gods, is one of the highlights of Ruse's main history museum…

  • Sofia Zoo

    Sofia

    Lions, tigers, elephants and bears are among the animals at Sofia's small zoo, situated in a park about 2km south of the city centre. There are also play…

  • Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park

    Bulgaria

    Numerous species of birds, 700 types of trees and about 500 caves distinguish this nature park of 288 sq km, southwest of Vratsa. Although some of the…

  • Aleksander Nevski Crypt

    Sofia

    Originally built as a final resting place for Bulgarian kings, this crypt now houses Bulgaria's biggest and best collection of icons, stretching back to…

  • Art Gallery

    Black Sea Coast

    The permanent collection of this gallery holds about 1500 works of art from Bulgarian and foreign artists, though the main draws tend to be the highly…

  • Mirkovich House

    Bulgaria

    The temporary art exhibitions are a fine excuse to explore this creaky period house, where the crimson rugs and elaborate carved wooden ceilings give an…

  • City Gallery of Fine Arts

    Plovdiv

    Occupying an 1881 girls gymnasium, this gallery contains more than 7000 artistic works by 19th- and 20th-century masters, including Nikolai Pavlovich,…

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