Tsarevgrad Turnov - Sound and Light Show

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Tsarevgrad Turnov - Sound and Light Show

Tsarevgrad Turnov - Sound and Light Show
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2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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The show is an emblematic attraction for Veliko Tarnovo. Dramatic music, multicolor lights, lasers and chiming bells are synchronized in an unique way to depict the tumultuous history of Bulgaria. Created in 1985 by a Czech-Bulgarian team, the show operates all year round, and can be watched for free on public holidays or may be booked for a fee, by request or according to pre-listed dates.
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S R
Los Angeles, CA56 contributions
Family
I had read that sometimes there is no sound if you just watch the show from the street so I went ahead and booked tickets ahead of time for our group. We arrived early and got in line so that we could sit towards the front. We had a great view and it was a nice way to see the show while seated (although the chairs are not very comfortable :-)

This is not a ‘must-do’ activity but if you are in Veliko Tărnovo on a night that they are doing the show, it’s probably worth it - especially if you have kids or older people in your group.
Written July 1, 2022
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,679 contributions
The "Sound and Light" Show is a must-see if you are in Tarnovo when it takes place, usually on major national holidays. Awesome light show and perfect synchro between light and sound with the Tsarevets Fortress as background. In general it is designed to be watched from a special panoramic terrace but when the show is free of charge, the sound is also audible in the small square at the entrance to the fortress and the adjacent streets. We watched it from the roof balcony of the Studio Hotel nearby. Really impressive!
Written January 20, 2020
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ntsonev
Ruse, Bulgaria138 contributions
I recommend to view the show from the Panoramic Terrace. Yes, it has admission fee but it is well worth it.
You always have sound and light from the terrace, as from the square or from a far very often you see only light and no sound.
Also the view is quite near, I compared it with the view from Yantra hotel which is also great but further than this terrace.
Another plus is that the people in the terrace are limited and seated and you do not get into big crowd trying to find a best view constantly.
I went 20 mins early so I can sit on the front row, so I suggest go there 15-20 mins before the show starts.
The only problem is with the back rows of seats, they are not on steps and you might not see well unless you are on the first 2 rows.

I highly recommend attending one of the shows.
Written May 10, 2021
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Thomas M
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Family
The communication about the necessity of purchasing tickets for the panoramic terrace by the "information center" located a few meters away from the entrance to Tsarovets should be greatly improved. We weren't informed that the show only lasts approximately 20 minutes! You have to wait in line outside the panoramic viewing area before the show and then are seated in rows so that some of the seats have limited visibility. For 50 leva I would have expected something longer and more spectacular. The 20 minute show is good....not at all great. Definitely don't waste your money on the special seating. You can enjoy the show for free right in front of the fortress! The "information" center seems to be more of a tourist trap than of any assistance!! Overrated attraction for sure.
Written August 4, 2021
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Jayne M
Wigan, UK13 contributions
Watched this twice for free during our stay at Hotel Studio where we had the BEST view possible from our room overlooking the castle. You can pay to see this and it is worth it if you are only here for the one night, but as it was repeated so we were lucky. It was awesome each time and I completely recommend you catch it if you go there.
Written January 7, 2020
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Peter H
Cambridge, UK20 contributions
The countryside around Veliko Turnovo is stunning and not to be missing if visiting Bulgaria. We spent 10 cdays travelling through Bulgaria from Sofia to Varna
Written October 9, 2019
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wanderlustpack
Dublin, Ireland125 contributions
Couples
There is no denying the light show is great, and being able to hear the sound when you pay to the show adds another element. However we ended up having a better view from our balcony than when we went to watch the show. I’ve read it in previous reviews and I’ll repeat that the seating at the show need to be changed. Unless you’re in the front row your view will be obstructed because the seating is not tiered. It’s such a pity, especially for smaller people and children. I sent the time craning my neck around people to try get a good view. A lot of people ended up standing along the side instead. Surely it’s a simple enough change that will result in much more positive experiences and reviews.
Written August 12, 2019
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,159 contributions
I was lucky enough to be in Bulgaria when a free light show would take place so I connected it with a visit to Veliko Tarnovo. I saw the city for about 3-4 hours and then went to the fortress square to watch the light show. It began at 19.10 and ended punctually at 19.30. I could easily go back to the bus station (a shot 5 minute taxi ride, walking it would be around 30 minutes) to catch my bus back to Sofia at 20.00. It is impressive and I find it lovely that such cool thing happens in a rather not so big city. I liked especially when rays were coming out of the fortress. The music is a bit creepy but it is cool. I liked the atmosphere, everyone was enjoying, many families with children despite the cold weather. Perhaps next time I get seats for the panoramic terrace. Would like to see some photos from there to see how different the view from the square is.
Written November 6, 2019
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Janet M
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Couples
What an amazing experience! We were by chance in town for the Feast of St George so were fortunate enough to see the show.
It depicts the history of the city, the former capital of Bulgaria using dramatic lighting and music around the fortress.
If you have the opportunity, don't miss it!
Written November 1, 2019
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Evelyn Zbinden
Fribourg, Switzerland7 contributions
On Easter, you will have a chance to see the unique spectacle “Sound and light” free over Tsarevets Fortress. The start of the show is on April 16 at 9 p.m. and can be seen from the square “Tsar Asen I”. This is not the only surprise that Veliko Turnovo Municipality has prepared to celebrate the holiday in the city.
Written September 17, 2019
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