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Top Choice Monument in Shumen

Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument

Visible within a 30km radius, this tremendous Soviet-era monument was opened in 1981 to commemorate the First Bulgarian Empire’s 1300th anniversary. Enormous futurist sculptures depict Bulgaria's medieval rulers, an…
Museum in Shumen

Regional Museum of History

This brick museum on the main road exhibits Thracian and Roman artefacts from Madara, Veliki Preslav and Pliska, along with ancient clay-pot burials and a re-creation of the Tomb of Smyadovo, a significant 4th-centu…
Fortress in Shumen

Shumen Fortress

Standing proudly over Shumen at a height of 455m, this 3000-year-old fortress dates back to the Iron Age. Thracian, Roman and Byzantine fortifications followed, and its strategic significance heightened during the S…
Bulgarian in Shumen

Minaliat Vek Restaurant

This local favourite, which is part of the Minaliat Vek Hotel, seeks to re-create the 'old time' tastes its name suggests. The long list of Bulgarian specialities ranges from triple pork fillet baked in chewy kashka…
International in Shumen

Gourmet Nirvana Restaurant

Refined European dining within this neoclassical hotel is worth the 10-minute drive south from central Shumen. Sophisticated fish dishes, Mediterranean-style grills and vegetarian-friendly Italian fare such as canne…
Bulgarian in Shumen

Mehana Popsheitanova Kashta

This wood-framed traditional restaurant has big outdoor benches and also big portions. Try the skewered chicken with cooked red peppers, onions, tomatoes and mushroom.
Mosque in Shumen

Tombul Mosque

Shumen’s Tombul Mosque was built in 1744 in a fusion of oriental and French baroque styles. At 1730 sq metres, it's the largest mosque still in use in Bulgaria. The 40m-high minaret has 99 stone steps and local beli…
Desserts in Shumen


This local takeaway institution, off a side entrance on the square, offers delicious palachinki (pancakes) that you can grab and go, or gobble on a couple of outdoor tables. A pancake with all-natural blueberry or s…
Club in Shumen

Nightclub Colosseum

Shumen's most popular club nights unfold inside this cavernous disco, which has more than a decade's worth of late nights under its belt. Check its Facebook page for events, from student nights to DJ parties and ret…
Park in Shumen

Kyoshkovete Park

This romantic park on Shumen’s western edge has walking trails in the shade of sycamore and maple trees. You’ll see and hear the humming of the city’s most famous product being made at the nearby Shumensko Brewery.