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Veliko Tarnovo is the most hospitable region in Bulgaria

hostelThe town won 83 out of a total of 100 points

The international search engine trivago.com specializing in hotel comparison and based in Germany nominated Veliko Tarnovo as the most hospitable town you can stay in Bulgaria.

This high appraisal is based on votes both by native and foreign tourists who visited Veliko Tarnovo. The town scored the most points compared to all the other places that participated in the survey. Hostel Mostel scored 91 points thus taking the very first place. At the beginning of the year the hostel was pronounced the best in Bulgaria by another internet site also. Users had to rate personnel friendliness, price ranges, services included, etc. Continue Reading

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The most prominent hotel in Veliko Tarnovo is to be restored

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The hotel is in terrible state

The oldest and most prominent hotel in Veliko Tarnovo, Tsar Boris Treti (Tsar Boris the Third), is going to be restored. The plans for its complete restoration and renovation are with the Bulgarian National Institute for Immovable Cultural Heritage now and are awaiting approval. The project is elaborated by the same architect who restored Hadji Nikoli Inn and turned into a real gem which even won the Building of the Year 2010 contest.

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This is how it looked in its heyday

The owner of the masterpiece created by the Bulgarian master builder Kolyo Ficheto is owned by the Texan millionaire Edmund Beck. He bought the former hotel, which is located on Opalchenska Street, from a bailiff.

hotelThis imposing for its time building was constructed by a master builder who built another 89 houses for some of the richest citizens of Veliko Tarnovo at the end of the 19th century. In the last year of its existence it served as a youth centre and a place for evening entertainments.

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10 non-working days for Christmas and New Year Celebrations

calendarThe government is expected to announce today that 2nd January is also going to be a non-working day, meaning that we’re going to have 5 consecutive non-working days for Christmas and another 5 for the New Year celebrations. So everyone will have enough time to go and visit their friends and family and also plenty of time for eating and drinking as the tradition enjoys.

2nd January 2015 is not an official public holiday but it will be included in this festive time span for a more efficient use of the festive days by merging 31st December (which was already announced a day of rest earlier this year), the official public holiday 1st January 2015 and the following weekend and also so that the work process is not interrupted. 31th December is going to be worked off on 13th December and 2nd January – on 24th January.

24th, 25th and 26th December are official public holidays and this years they are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which obviously means that the weekend is coming right after them so the only working days available for anything urgent that might come up to be done (and is related to any government institution) are going to be 29th and 30th December. Private businesses are independent and decide on their own if they are going to operate or not.

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New museum in Veliko Tarnovo

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Trapezitsa Hill

It will feature exhibits found during recent excavations. The new museum will be set up behind the South Tower at Trapezitsa Fortress

A Medieval Museum will be opened in Veliko Tarnovo. It will be located on Trapezitsa Hill; the edifice that will accommodate it is already built. It will feature items and exhibits that were discovered in archaeological excavations during recent years. The museum is part of the local authorities’ efforts to restore this hill which has significant place in Bulgarian history and also to popularize it among tourists. The project will cost Veliko Tarnovo Municipality around 750,000 euros.

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British couple to build a nomad camping site near Veliko Tarnovo

yurtThe eco-camping will comprise of 12 yurts and 10 smaller tents

Two Britons are willing to set up a nomad camp near Veliko Tarnovo. It will be located near the village of Hotnitsa, some 20 km away from the town. The types of dwellings it will feature are yurts and smaller tents. Yurts are circular domed tents consisting of a framework of poles covered with felt or skins. They are traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia and were also used by proto-Bulgarians in ancient times.

The investment project is already submitted to the Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water. There will also be 4 portable ablution containers. The camp site will span at 460 sqm and will accommodate up to 44 people.

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A modern yurt

The camp will be built near a mineral water spring and under the investment plan the water will be bottled reaching maximum volume of 2200 litres per day. An on-site sewage treatment plant will also be installed.

The project is currently under consideration and is awaiting the approval of the local authorities.