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About Veliko Tarnovo

Nicknamed the “City of the Tsars”, Veliko Tarnovo sprawls along the Yantra River in the central north of Bulgaria. It served as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and is renowned for its distinctive Tarnovo-style architecture which influenced construction across Southeastern and Central Europe.

Tarnovo lies across three hills, including Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora, with the medieval fortress of Tsarevets the city’s most celebrated landmark. It includes palaces belonging to former Bulgarian emperors, the house of the Patriarchate and the Patriarchal Cathedral, with residential dwellings clustered around. Of Veliko Tarnovo’s many Orthodox churches, Holy Forty Martyrs is one of its most iconic, built in honour of Tsar Ivan Asen II’s triumph over Theodore Komnenos Doukas, ruler of Epirus and Thessaly, during the early 13th century. Not only is the Tsar buried here, alongside members of the Bulgarian royal family and aristocracy, but it contains important epigraphic monuments such as the Omurtag Column. The Archaeological Museum showcases the history of Veliko Tarnovo through Neolithic pottery remains, Chalcolithic Age gold treasure and Bronze Age tools, while the Han Hadji Nikoli Museum Art Gallery exhibits both local and international artists within a beautifully restored building. It’s situated within the Samovodska Charshia ethnographic complex whose narrow cobblestone streets were once the town’s commercial hub. Renaissance-style buildings with high stone walls and small workshops line the streets, together with traditional Bulgarian restaurants and an arts and crafts market. The Emilyan Stanev House Museum is also located here, honouring this much-loved Bulgarian writer on the site where he was born.

Veliko Tarnovo is connected to destinations across Bulgaria by both bus and rail, with its Central Railway Station situated to the south of the city centre. Buses are the most convenient means of getting around the city, and many of its historic areas are easily explored on foot.

Evidence of human habitation has been found on Trapezista Hill dating to the 3rd millennium BC, but it was during the Middle Ages that its fortified settlement flourished into an important political, economic and cultural centre. In 1393, the Ottoman Empire captured the city and later conquered the entire Bulgarian Empire, and the city remained under Ottoman rule until the 19th century.

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Yantra Grand Hotel

Yantra Grand Hotel
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Very Good, 8.0
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Located in Veliko Tarnovo, Yantra Grand Hotel is a short drive from Vasil Levski National Military University and Lokomotiv Stadium. It has a day spa, as well as a sauna, an indoor pool and a Turkish steam bath.

Hotel Studio

Hotel Studio
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Superb, 9.0
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Hotel Studio is situated in Veliko Tarnovo and is close to the area's popular attractions. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Arena Tarnovo Hotel

Arena Tarnovo Hotel
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Good, 7.4
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Located in Veliko Tarnovo, Arena Tarnovo Hotel is a short drive from Tsarevets and Lokomotiv Stadium. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a safe.

Hotel Priyateli

Hotel Priyateli
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Exceptional, 10.0
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This comfortable hotel in Veliko Tarnovo offers complimentary wireless internet, as well as room service and an express check-in and check-out feature. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit local attractions.

Hotel Play

Hotel Play
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Very Good, 8.0
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Hotel Play is situated in Veliko Tarnovo and features complimentary Wi-Fi. The various facilities this modern hotel offers include laundry facilities, a swimming pool and a lift.

Boutique Hotel Tsarevets

Boutique Hotel Tsarevets
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Very Good, 8.0
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Boutique Hotel Tsarevets is set in Veliko Tarnovo and is close to local attractions, such as Samovodska Charshiya Complex, Tsarevets and Veliko Tarnovo University. It also offers a currency exchange, free Wi-Fi and massage services.

Hostel Mostel

Hostel Mostel
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Superb, 9.0
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Hostel Mostel is located in Veliko Tarnovo and provides guests with wireless internet. It also provides luggage storage, a free shuttle service and a terrace.

Business Hotel Premier

Business Hotel Premier
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Good, 7.1
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Business Hotel Premier is situated in Veliko Tarnovo and is close to the area's popular attractions. Some of the premium facilities at this modern 4-star hotel include a rooftop terrace, a Jacuzzi and a Turkish steam bath.

Hotel Concorde Veliko Tarnovo

Hotel Concorde Veliko Tarnovo
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Very Good, 8.0
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Hotel Concorde Veliko Tarnovo is situated in Veliko Tarnovo and is close to the area's popular attractions. The various amenities this luxury hotel has to offer include free Wi-Fi, a safe and a swimming pool.

Family Hotel Silvestar

Family Hotel Silvestar
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
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Located in Veliko Tarnovo, Family Hotel Silvestar is within a 25-minute drive of Gorna Oryahovitsa Airport and provides a swimming pool. It also offers an express check-in and check-out feature, laundry facilities and a sun deck.

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