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Tsarevets Fortress

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Address: ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
Phone Number: 35962638841
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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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$109*
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Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest
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$102*
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Small-Group Day Trip to North Bulgaria

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Worth wandering around

Small entrance fee; a great site that you can spend a few hours wandering around. The church is interesting and has some quite interesting and perhaps confronting art work. On a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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159 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Small entrance fee; a great site that you can spend a few hours wandering around. The church is interesting and has some quite interesting and perhaps confronting art work. On a clear day you get some wonderful views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

An extensive site that is interesting to look around. Allow one to two hours for this. There's limited information on display in English so may wish to buy a guidebook. The terrain is quite rough in places and would be problematic for anyone with walking difficulties. Close supervision of children would also be recommended.

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Tsarevets Fortress is worth the visit. This is a symbol of Veliko Tarnovo. The attractive show "Sound and Light" is organised in front of the fortress. Not much English-language information is provided

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Bucharest, Romania
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Tsarevets Fortress is amazing! History is all over the place, like you go back in time.... The view over the city is great also!

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Thank Cristina2014CI
Mississauga, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

It's absolutely breathtaking and worth the visit. We ended up exploring on our own instead of getting a tour guide and still ended up learning something in the process and not to mention stopping to admire the magnificent views of the city and the Yantra River, where they used to throw people off the tower for committing treason. Must see... More 

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Thank Zoey D
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The Tsarevets fortress has a real medieval feel. The location and surrounding area are really interesting, they hint what it was like living here centuries ago...nice place to visit, definitely

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Tsarevets is quite beautiful indeed but there is something that I don't like about it. Is is that the fortress has been so much renovated that most of what you see now is fake. Most of the actual ancient remains were partially buried and what you see now are upgrades created in the 90s. But even though it has been... More 

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Thank Yova M
Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The tour is to be done when it's sunny, not to windy. The fortress is big and has a nice view on a part of the city

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Europe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We went to the fort early morning,nobody else was their.Its an easy walk around the whole area and very cheap to enter.3 euro each is a bargain compared with India or Sri Lanka where a similar attraction will cost 30 dollars minimum.Good restoration work has been done and is on going.Really worth a visit

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Shumen, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

It is the most popular place in Tarnovo, it is its trademark. It is not my favourite place, but it is quite interesting, especially if you like history. On special occasions and holidays the fortress is part of the show Sound and Light. This one you shouldn't miss! One advice - don't go when it's too hot, because you can... More 

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