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Tsarevets Fortress

ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities
Traveler Description: Veliko Turnovo Castle or Tsarevets Fortress features a sound and light show most evenings during the summer. Albeit that the exact details of when it... more »
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Cayman
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103 reviews 103 reviews
33 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Once up there, it feels like a nice walk within the fotress's walls but there is not much to see. The church inside has been painted in a very disputable and allegedly modern way. You have to go just to get an idea of the people had several centuries there. Inside, there are several nice cafes, at least 2.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I had fun climbing to the top of the fortress as part of a Viking River Cruise (Passage to Eastern Europe). This is not an excursion for people with fear of heights or mobility issues. In true Bulgarian fashion, there are no safety rails and the stairs are basic metal. Also, wet weather can make the path a bit dangerous.... More

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London
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Nice to have a walk and we enjoyed the views. The historical part of the visit was ok, but it would have been nice if there were more information boards (preferably in English)

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Bucharest, Romania
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Although the program showed that the last entry is at 18:15 and closing time is 19, at 6:05 p.m. I was not allowed to enter. It was already closing,. The staff (who does not speak or understand English) tried to explain that one needs 2 hours to visit the entire site and advised me to come the next morning. Needless... More

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australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The fortress by day is amazing however if you have the opportunity to see the laser show make the effort as it is stunning.

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The fortress is beautiful, the view from the church tower is amazing, but if you're feeling thirsty, you're going to have a bad time - there isn't a single shop with drinks in the fortress, and going back to the town takes a long time.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We spent here almost 4 hours wondering through the old streets and walls... It was a beautiful day not to hot, great for taking pictures... a lot.. The views of the city from the fortress are really breathtaking... especially from the church at the top. It really worth the visit.

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Derby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Spent a brilliant 3 hours at the Fortress with 2 children, aged 13 and 9y. Very hot, it was an easy walk, although the fortress requires something a little more substantial than flip flops! The church at the top was incredible, with great acoustics, tested out by singing from one of the guides ( and my husband!) Wonderful modern frescoes... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The light and sound show is very good at night at the fort when it is on. The cafes and bars are good, but like most places in Bulgaria you are ion for a long wait for your food, you will not get all what you ordered at the same time. While you are still having your starter, they may... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Fortress of Tsarevets is not far from the old capital city of Veliko Tarnovo and it's worth a visit. The Student Ticket is only 2 BGN (2 Leva), while the normal one is 6 BGN (6 Leva) per person. In case you paid for a ticket and you want to temporarily exit the place for some reason, let the... More

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