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Address: ul. Stefan Stambolov, Veliko Tarnovo 37100, Bulgaria
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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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This is why people come to Veliko Tarnovo

Wonderful fortress to visit, nice views and history. Definitely worth your time - a couple hours is enough to take it in and then you can wander around town a bit.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Boston, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful fortress to visit, nice views and history. Definitely worth your time - a couple hours is enough to take it in and then you can wander around town a bit.

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Portimao, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This fortress is huge - bring good walking shoes. Very well preserved. Check opening times before you go.

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Astonish ruins, a very good perspective over Veliko Tarnovo town. Ruins and the new cathedral on the top are easy to access in a visit of one hour. Nice to see also during the evening the sound and lights show around the ruins.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed walking around the fortress on the cobblestones. It was really majestic on the hill. Inside the fortress on the top was a chapel that instead of like most chapels/churches in Europe, the paintings on wall looked like pen and ink drawings. Very enjoyable!

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is quite an extensive site, not well suited to those who find uneven ascents and cobblestones difficult. For those who can cope, the views are really rewarding. There are very few English information panels, although most things are labelled in Bulgarian and German. Near the top of the ascent there is a shaded area with a commentary in English,... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The light show in the evening is pretty cool and it's worth a walk around during the day. Lots of history to learn about here.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the main attraction the city has to offer and is so worth seeing. We went all the way up the hill and it was really nice because the view is very pretty. Also, it is worth checking the sound and light show in the evenings.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We'd gone specifically to Veliko Tarnovo to see the fortress and while it was quite grand in size and neat to walk on stones that old... There are so many lights all over it and so little of it restored that we admittedly got quite bored. It's more of a park than a museum type place and debatable whether worth... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wouldn't travel to Tarnovo just to see the fortress. A very popular town for Bulgarians and it appears that the biggest draw card to the town is the laser light show that features during the peak tourist period.. personally we thought the town was seriously suffering economically, and many of the old town buildings were abandoned and crumbling. Much... More 

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Varna, Bulgaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its a beautiful place for a nice walk in good weather. The city is very cozy and I will recommend a weekend here

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