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Assenova krepost (Asen's Fortress)

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Address: Asenovgrad, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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A stronghold, guarding the pass

Asen's Fortress is easy to find once you get to Asenovgrad or if you come from Chepelare by car. It can be reached by car or on foot and I'd suggest you took the stroll. Nature... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Varna, Bulgaria
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Varna, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Asen's Fortress is easy to find once you get to Asenovgrad or if you come from Chepelare by car. It can be reached by car or on foot and I'd suggest you took the stroll. Nature there is beautiful as everywhere in the Rodopi Mountain. The fortress is very well located for the purpose of guarding the mountain pass. The... More 

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Just passing by on our way down to Plovdiv we noticed this charming (?) fortress to visit. So we did and found a breathtaking view and understood why the fortress had been situated just in the lock between the valley down from the Rodopi mountains. Worth a stay and a cone!

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Mainz, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

In a dramatic location Asen's Fortress is reached by a 3km or so walk uphill from Asenovgrad (town is easily reached by bus from Plovdiv). Navigation through town is not obvious but as long as from the bus / train station you head uphill and don't cross the river you shouldn't go too wrong. The walk is fine but nothing... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

After you climb the stairs to this hill side fort/church, you can see that it controls a pass and that it allowed for good views of the valley below. The church itself has some good wall paintings that have been restored, but not added to. Most are partial images and some are hard to see or figure out. The different... More 

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I really like this fortress. The view surrounding it is breathtaking. It is very well preserved and is totally worth visiting!

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

After we read reviews and saw the pictures we assumed this visit would be a mountain trekk, lasting most of the day. It's not anything like that. I guess from the previous reviews they were from the elderly or infirm. It is a breeze to find, absolutely no need for a taxi if you want an easy stroll on a... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Supposed to be difficult to find but we had no problem as we hired a driver in Sofia and this was part of a day trip to Plovdiv. Amazing views - don't miss out on this unless you don't like heights!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I am an outdoors person and I had a fantastic time here! Beautiful view from all around especially at the top of the fortress! Remember to take a coin with you there seems to be a place where everyone is dropping coins to make a wish in the fortress!

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

the first time i saw asen's fortress was in 2010. back then it needed much love and refurbishment but the views and history of the place is second to none. in 2013, there's been a lot of improvement to the fortress with proper walkways leading to the fortress to trebuchet replicas. all in all, its still one of my favourite... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

You will get there after only half an hour of driving from Plovdiv. While the fortress itself is not so impressive, the church on the top adds to a really magnificent view over the river valley. Don't miss it.

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