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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.
| Tsar Asen Square, Veliko Tarnovo 5000, Bulgaria
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All reviews sound and light show nice place to visit surrounding area worth the climb spectacular views middle ages yantra river nice walk bulgarian capital long walk entrance fee historical place worth a visit comfortable shoes old town tower hill
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Tsarevets Fortress is one of the most important historical monuments in Bulgaria and of the very few castles we Bulgarians have - in this sense, it is a crutial historical landmark and a must-see. I'd personally recommend to visit in spring due to all...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Tsarevets Fortress is definitely the most important landmark in Veliko Trnovo, however the view is not incredible (visited during winter). I’ve seen definitely better castles and fortresses and in my opinion the entrance is not really worth it. The view over Veliko can be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

This is an interesting place to visit in quite a dramatic setting. Unfortunately the elevator to the panoramic viewing tower was closed, as were the toilets. A visit here combined with a walk through the town fills in a couple of hours quite nicely.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

It was more than we expected!! The light show was very beautiful and also the lights wore dancing to the music played live

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

We did a self walking tour of the Tsarevets. We love history and did a bit of research before our trip, so we did have some knowledge before our visit. Plan to spend a couple of hours here. Our visit was on St George's weekend,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

Main attraction in Veliko Tarnovo, you cannot skip this place if you're nearby. The view from the top is breathtaking. There's also a nice church that you can visit inside this fortress.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank alexandrubogdans
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

For only six lev, we were given a large area to explore with no additional costs inside. Many of the towers had a beautiful overwatch on the whole city. I recommend to parents to supervise their children, as there are many heights without safety railings.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mihelcic_eu
Reviewed November 23, 2018

Upon entering the fortress you will see what a good defensive position it occupies, with cliffs on three sides and a narrow entrance on the fourth. The church which crowns the heights is worth a quick visit for its modern art representations. Otherwise walk the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Blabbott
Reviewed November 19, 2018

If you want a long and interactive walk you must visit this fortress. It is great for kids, with a lots of steps and tours, they breath the history of that place. We really enjoy the walk inside the fortress.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

Tsarevets Hill fort is huge with a great amount of uneven paths and stairs. The area offered a wide view of the city. Ever so often there were annoying announcements through loudspeakers announcing light shows at night. The previous evening we had seen part of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from PopisteanuG | Reviewed this property |
Dear Suzanne, do not worry, tfere are different pats with different slopes, you could choose that which you need; you need 30 min to follow the longer one actialy, it's better not to climb too quickly, to have time to touch... More
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I will be going to Bulgaria in June or July this year and wanted to see: - The seven Rila lakes - Belogradchik Rocks - Tsarevets fortress - The old town of Nesebar - Rose valley I'm not sure what the best way is to see all these places. Are there other places you recommend as well? Appreciate any recommendations for sequencing as well as other key points of interest. This will be my first time in Bulgaria. Thank you!
May 27, 2017|
Response fromLovelylilac|
That's great to know. Do you have any idea on what the ideal order is, and if I should do day trips or find a tour guide to take me to the different places? I will not have a car. Thank you!