Route details

Location: Bulgaria – Veliko Târnovo
Route type: Hiking
Difficulty: Advanced
Route length: 31.00km

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Strada Gurko

It is one of the most picturesque streets in the old town. It is named in memory of the Russian general Iosif Vladimirovich Romeyko-Gurko. During the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878) he liberated the town of Târnovo on 7 July 1877 (another street in the city is called 7 July). General Gurko is commemorated with a bust in Marno Pol Park in the city center. Annually, at that time, it is celebrated with an official cadet honor guard from the National Military University of the City, and the local branch of the Traditsiya Historical Society ("Tradition") makes a reconstruction of the event.

Charshia Samovodska Street

It has developed as a business center during the Bulgarian Renaissance. There are many handicrafts stores that have kept an old craftsmanship tradition.

Asen's Monument

Four bronzed horsemen who weigh 11 tons each.

Fort Tsarevets

It is a medieval fortress situated on a hill with the same name in Veliko Tarnovo. It served as the capital of the second Bulgarian empire and was the seat of many Bulgarian kings. At this time it's a popular tourist attraction. It has three entrances, the main entrance is located in the eastern part of the hill. The complex is located in the center, surrounded by an inner stone wall, two battle towers and two entrances - north and south. It consists of a throne room, a castle church and the king's room. The restoration of the Tsarevets fortress began in 1930 and was completed in 1981 in honor of the 1300 years since the founding of the Bulgarian state. At the top of the hill is a complex with an area of ​​approximately 3,000 square meters. The Patriarchal Cathedral of God's Ascension, built on the basis of an early Christian cathedral, was rebuilt in 1981 and painted in 1985. The interior frescoes painted in a modernist style, rather than traditional Orthodox frescoes, illustrate traditional themes as well as the glorious and tragic moments of the second Bulgarian empire.

Sound and Light is an evening scene attraction that uses three lasers, luminous lights, dramatic music and church bells to tell the fall of Tarnovo to the Ottomans as well as other key moments of Bulgarian history.

Stambolov Bridge

Stambolov Bridge in Veliko Tarnovo connects the central part of the town with Mount Athos. It offers stunning views of the old town of Veliko Tarnovo. The construction of the plant began in 1892, while its height is 37 meters.

Art Gallery Boris Denev



The Mother Bulgaria Monument

The monument is dedicated to the Bulgarians killed in the Russo-Turkish, the Serb-Bulgarian, the Balkan and the First World Wars. It represents a statue of a woman on a large pedestal. The woman is Mother Bulgaria and is kneeling in memory and appreciation of the dead Bulgarians. At different sides of the pedestal there are statues of Bulgarian soldiers from the different wars.

Renaissance Museum and Constituent Assembly




Arbanassi is a picturesque town of Veliko Tarnovo, situated on a plateau, 4 km from Veliko. It is known for its rich history and for a number of historical monuments, such as the churches of the 16th and 16th centuries, and examples of Bulgarian national architecture, which have transformed it into a popular tourist destination. In the eighteenth century Arbanasi was regularly donated by Phanariot rulers of Wallachia and a number of expelled Wallachian nobles settled temporarily in the village, Nicolae Brâncoveanu, Ioan (Ianache) Vacarecu, etc. In 1790, in Arbanasi there were 17 nobles from Wallachia with their families. Until now, some of the houses in Arbanasi are named after the former Wallachian owners (Brâncoveanu, Cantacuzino, Filipescu).

It is today a UNESCO heritage site and a special tourist attraction with places and other tourist structures, souvenir shops, etc.

Project "Green Tourism Products" (Green Tour Pro) ROBG291 is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V-A Romania – Bulgaria Programme.
Total eligible value of the project: 498 884.65 euro
Amount of EU contribution: 424 850.04 euro ERDF

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