If you have chosen Kazanlak for your vacation, you appeared in a place with a very unique history. Feel the spirit of ancient Thracian kings, battels for freedom from Ottoman’s domination, and rise and fall of communism. Take a tour around!
Well, once in Kazanlak you really must see Buzludzha. No matter the connection to the hated communist regime it is an astonishing building. I know you wanna go in. I am sorry to say it’s really not possible. What you can see is how big actually is a spaceship, how weather and vandals can destroy it in only a few years, a beautiful view, wild horses and if you are lucky even birds of prey. The weather is very tricky there and significantly colder than in Kazanlak, be prepared for everything.
The tour continues to the Monument of Freedom so-called Shipka tower that celebrates the victory over Ottoman domination. It’s quite a long story. 500 years of occupation, wars, and rebellion left a lot of monuments, museums, and other reminders. Here on the peak Bulgarians with the help of the Russian army beat up a much bigger number of Turkish soldiers between 1877-78. You can learn more about the war from the exposition inside the tower (the entrance is 3 BGN) or/and on the website of the Shipka Museum.
Read more about Shipka and Buzludzha in the article Valley of Roses – Bulgaria and Its Breathtaking Landscapes – Local Guide.
The Russian church in Shipka is another “leftover” of the same war. It’s a beautiful piece of art and its golden roof is visible far far away. There are only 2 such churches in Bulgaria. In Sofia and …… in a little village hidden in the forest. Why? Right because of the battles that took place here. Locals collected money and built it up in honor of the Russian soldiers sacrificing their lives for the freedom of Bulgaria.
Let’s get back in time to the ancient age about 300 BC. On the tour, we will visit some of the tombs of Thracian kings. Golyama Kosmatka – the tomb of Thracian king Seuthes III, the one that founded the capital Seuthopolis that lies at the bottom of the Koprinka dam. If you haven’t heard about it yet, visit the Historical museum and gallery in Kazanlak. Or I’ll tell you. Other tombs open every day 9-17 h are Shushmanets, Griffins, Helvetia, or Ostrusha. The entrance to each tomb is 6 BGN.
Order the tour from Kazanlak to Buzludzha
My name is Ivona and I’ll gladly take you for a tour around the most impressive sights in this region, and tell you their exciting story. All you have to do to go for a tour is to call me and we will discuss the details so you will see all that you are interested in. It’s not mandatory to follow the tour as I describe it. You can also see other tours from Kazanlak.
I’ll pick you up from your hotel at the agreed time. The tour to Buzludzha, Shipka, and Thracian tombs is for the whole day. If you don’t want to eat in a restaurant, take your lunch because there are no shops on the way. The weather up there on Buzludzha is tricky. Especially in the spring and autumn, it can be anything – windy, snowy, rainy, foggy – get proper clothes and shoes. Moreover, the road up to Buzludzha peak has many turns. If you are sensitive to car sickness, don’t eat a big breakfast and get some pills (in Bulgaria for example Degan).
The tour is for up to 8 ppl and it’s free of charge. It’s entirely up to you if you decide at the end that I deserve some money or not. No scam. I promise that I won’t try to sell you anything neither to convince you to change your religion.
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