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.
The Gallery café-bar and fans of good music will celebrate the birthday of Freddie Mercury – 5th September. Everyone who likes his music can join the event on Monday, from 8 pm at the gallery café-bar located near the Asenevtsi/Horsemen Monument. Throughout the evening his greatest hits will be played and a video wall will show his music videos. Do not miss an exciting night in which we will mark the immortality of this genius music!
A grill-flavoured fest with lots of music and beer will be held near the Peter and Paul Monastery, not far from Veliko Tarnovo. The event will take place from September, 2nd till September 6th.
This is a special celebration dedicated to the quality and tradition of Bulgarian taste accompanied by nice music and the aroma of tasty temptations sizzling on the BBQ. Each day concerts start at 7 pm except on the 6th when the music programme starts at noon.
The special guest star this year is the renowned Serbian singer Ceca Veličković; she will perform on September, 3rd. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventim.bg and cost 15 and 50 leva. The concerts itself starts at 8 pm.
Access to the other concerts of the event is free.
Veliko Tarnovo Municipality is to build a Wall of Love, which can become a real attraction and increase the number of tourist sites in the town. People in love will incorporate their love into it rather than locking padlocks to state their feelings. As you know people worldwide ‘lock’ their love with padlocks and put them on bridges, including Stambolov’s Bridge in Veliko Tarnovo. The project is already deposited with the authorities for approval. The wall will probably be located at Boruna Park, near Asenevtsi Monument, and will even bring good income to the local treasury. It will be built from stone and bricks and will also provide a stage/balcony where lovers can take photos. Anyone who loves someone may write their name on a brick and lay it in the wall. It is expected that one brick will cost around 3 leva.
The village of Mindya annually holds a rock fest. The event is organized by the notable political commentator Evgeni Daynov who owns a house in the village. He came up with the idea in 2009. Mindya Rock Fest 2016 will be a three-day event taking place at the end of August – 26th, 27th and 29th.
Some of the names to perform this year are Chaplin’s Dream, Delta Roosters, Kamen Katsata (Kamen the Barrel) and the Supernaturals, Blues Traffic, Cotton Pickers, Restart, Double Bit, Tortilla Flat and Vasko Krapkata (Vasko the Patch) with Poduene Blues Band.
The entrance for all concerts is free.