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Address: ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
Description: Dating to the 12th century, this strategic fortress is one of two highly...
Dating to the 12th century, this strategic fortress is one of two highly fortified hills (Trapezitza being the other) that protected Bulgarian rulers living on the site in the tsar’s palace.
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Nice fortress with a great view of the city

We were here in early April and got to see the fortress lit up in wonderful sunlight. I would absolutely recommend anyone passing by to visit the fortress. It is also possible to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We were here in early April and got to see the fortress lit up in wonderful sunlight. I would absolutely recommend anyone passing by to visit the fortress. It is also possible to take the elevator (2 lev fee) to the top of the church for an even greater view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

It is a wonderful place steeped in the history of the Tsars of Bulgaria when this was the capital of the country. It is well worth spending half a day walking round the fortress and seeing the remains of all the ancient buildings and fortifications. At night the light show is spectacular but do ask as it is not every... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It's a stronghold which served as the Second Bulgarian Empire's primary fortress. This fortress shows Bulgaria's greatness from from 1185 to 1393. The most attracting thing is the Audiovisual show, which you should not miss.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It a beautiful place, suitable for nice walks, beautiful panorama, delicious food at a very good price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Really impressive paintings and hill. It would be good to have a guided tour. A very nice and extremely friendly cat was waiting for us up at the fortress.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A well reconstructed fortress, where one can spend a good 1 1/2 hours, getting the real sense of history, especially when prepared or suported by a guide. Be ready for a good physical excersize, and in summer months for some heat. May be the place will benefit from some modern interactive ideas, but generally it is one of the best... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

As the city celebration was happening on Sunday, March 22nd, we decided to go to Veliko Tarnovo with a group of friends. The road from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours the most. While Romania has unforgettable roads from other reasons, Bulgaria leaves the impression that people don't own that many cars or simply their routes avoid villages. Therefore... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Tsarevets is one of those places that makes me feel proud because of my nation history, but the complex is really undeveloped compared to other similar sites worldwide. At the entrance we were greated by an admission man, who immediately warned us about the slippery road (it was raining), and that we should at all times keep children in our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is a great half day adventure. A steep walk to the top but worth it. So much of the fortress is still in tact that's it's easy to imagine it at its prime. Great views from the top. Not recommended for persons with any mobility disabilities.

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Popovo, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A very steep walk with limited handrails so not suitable for disabled or elderly, but amazing views!! Worth a visit.

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