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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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Tsarevets - Splendor of lights and history

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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NJ
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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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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

They keep building ruins for the tourists in Bulgaria... Lovely show to see at night when they light it all up

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Everybody, who visit Veliko Turnovo has to spend at least half a day on the Fortress, because it can tell a lot about bulgarian history and the view from there is absolutelly breath-taking

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Essex, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

WARNING TO ALL FOREIGN TOURIST....! We visited Veliko Tărnovo on the 14/02/2015 with our Bulgarian friends. Do not under any circumstances trust what any official says. We parked on restricted parking but were told by security that it did note apply at weekends, our Bulgarian friends also asked, as did other tourist (both Bulgarian and foreign), we were all assured... More 

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Tsarevets Fortress (Царевец in Bulgarian) was the center of power of the Second Bulgarian Empire from 1185 to 1393. Its strategic location on top of a steep hill made it nearly impregnable. The fortress was largely destroyed by the invading Ottoman empire and, unfortunately, was simply forgotten for the next 500 years. It is being rediscovered only now, and... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

veliko turnovo is a very nice city and the hotel is impressive. If I ever happen to visit again ill definitely stay at bolyarski

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Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Well worth the climb for the spectacular views! Read about it before visiting and use your imagination to get the feeling how magnificent it was in it's heyday! It was raining when we visited but we still got the best of it and we had the place for ourselves.

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