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Tsarevets Castle/Fortress Veliko Tarnovo

Tsarevets Castle

Tsarevets Castle

Tsarevets fortress is probably one of the most widely visited historical sites in Bulgaria. The hill on which it was built is close to the centre of the modern town of Veliko Tarnovo.


There are several city buses that can take you to the Ivan Asen II square in front of the castle.The fortress is open for visits throughout the year:

  • 8 am – 7 pm from April till October
  • 9 am – 5 pm from November till March.

Entrance fee to Tsarevets is 6 leva but there is a free admission each last Thursday of the month.


The spectacular Sound and Light show recreates the tragic history of Tsarevets, Veliki Tarnov and the Second Bulgarian Kingdom through colourful light and laser effects, church bells and dramatic music.


Since this is an open site you should bear in mind the usual rules and precautions, such as: move only along the lanes, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, be prepared to encounter insects and reptiles, abide the signs, etc.

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