Sevlievo is known as the Pumpkin Town. Many even call it Tikvenburg (Pumpkinburg, from the Bulgarian word tikva – pumpkin). There you will find a Pumpkin Museum, pumpkin festivals, pumpkin contests and whatnot; mind you there is no connection to Halloween whatsoever. The unusual Pumpkin Feast brings joy and good mood to Sevlievo and attracts many people. These pumpkin celebrations were first held in 2006 and with each year they gather more and more interest.
The colourful festival is organized in October every year and lasts for a week. The square in front of the Culture Home usually hosts an exhibition with the most oddly shaped pumpkins and contests for the largest, smallest, longest and most beautifully carved pumpkin.
Of course there is a culinary competition, with the main ingredient – pumpkin. More than a 200 m long tikvenik (phyllo pumpkin pie) is prepared each year for everyone from near and far to taste and savour.
There will be plenty more attractions, including dancing and music programme.
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Every last Thursday of the month you can visit Tsarevets and Trapezitsa Fortresses in Veliko Tarnovo for free. If on such days visitors prefer to use the hillside tram to get to Trapezitsa they will have to pay just the price for the ride which is 10 leva (return ticket) or 5 leva for disabled people.
The inclined elevator departs from the base station at 9.00; 9.40; 10.20; 11.00; 11.40; 1.00; 1.40; 2.20; 3.00; 3.40; 4.10 and returns from the top at 9.20; 10.00; 10.40; 11.20; 12.00; 1.20; 2.00; 2.40; 3.20; 4.00; 4.30. The tram operates from Tuesday to Sunday at temperatures between 5 and 35 degrees Celsius. Preventive maintenance will be done every Mondays so the lift won’t be working then. On Mondays visitors will be able to reach Trapezitsa only on foot.
The Regional Historical Museum also offers guided tours but you need to place your request at least a day beforehand on 0885 105 282. Trapezitsa Fortress is open to from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Image: Veliko Tarnovo Municipality
The restored Trapezitsa Railway Station
Veliko Tarnovo officially opens its newest tourist attractions Trapezitsa Fortress on the eve of the celebrations of The Independence Day, September 22nd. It is expected that the event will be attended by the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the first lady of Azerbaijan and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation – Mehriban Alieva. The official opening will take place at 3 pm.
The Municipal Council of Veliko Tarnovo also approved the entrance fees to the Trapezitsa Fortress. It will cost you 6 leva if you visit the site via the pedestrian alley, which is located near the junction of the Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi Road in Asenov Neighbourhood. This type of tickets for students will be 2 leva and for Bulgarian citizens aged over 60 – 3 leva. Entrance fee for children up to 7 yo and people with disabilities is free.
If visitors use the recently installed hillside tram the combined fee for both the entrance and lift becomes 16 leva. Children under 7 yo go for free. Students’ combined ticket is worth 12 leva. People with disabilities will pay only 50% of the cost of transportation – 5 leva. Families with up to three children aged between 7 and 18 yo will pay 26 leva for entrance and ride in the inclined lift.
The hillside lift
Over the past few years over 7 million leva were invested into socialization, strengthening and partial restoration of the fortress. Two projects were implemented by the Ministry of Culture with expert assistance from the municipal administration.
The first project was Building a retaining wall, artistic lighting and tourism infrastructure for access to the historical reserve Trapezitsa in Veliko Tarnovo, worth 4.6 million leva. It included the installation of the inclined lift which departs from the historic railway station of Trapezitsa and reaches the south tower of the fortress. Also a Museum Centre was set up; it will host an exhibition with the archaeological findings from the medieval fortress. The second project was for socialization and partial restoration of the fortress (invested in the restoration of part of the northern wall, three medieval churches and the construction of the main tourist promenade); it was funded with a donation of 3 million leva by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation presided by Mehriban Alieva.
Bolyari Moto Club is organizing a national gathering for the ATV riders on 24th and 25th September. The host of the events is Balkana Holiday Complex (GPS coordinates: N43.045032, Е26.029336) in the village of Kalaydzhii, near Zlataritsa. The organizers are promising new courses combining enduro both for experts and beginners. Saturday and Sunday will see lots of competitive races and provide you with the opportunity to try the off-road routes just for fun. Prizes will be provided for the top riders. This year the ATV lovers gathering coincides with the official holiday of Kalaydzhii.
Balkana Holiday Complex: http://www.ambaritsa.com/index.php/seliste
On September, 30th, Veliko Tarnovo will offer its citizens and guests the experience of an open air cinema. The parking for repatriated vehicles at the foot of Tsarevets Hill will host the event. There will be three projections starting at 7 pm, 8.30 pm and 10 pm. The movies which you can see are Ice Age: Collision Course and the Bulgarian flicks Karatsi (Losers) and 11 A. Maybe your Bulgarian is not so good but you can savour the atmosphere and enjoy a niece movie under the starry skies. The parking only fits around 50-60 cars for each projection so make sure you get your tickets on time.