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Dating to the 12th century, this strategic fortress is one of two highly fortified hills (Trapezitza being the other) that protected Bulgarian rulers living on the site in the tsar’s palace.
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  • Ariel
    Lyon, France17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to spend a few hours, lovely views
    It was fun exploring the grounds and taking in the views. It was really hot when we went and luckily you can get refreshments inside, I remember an ice cream stand and I imagine they sold water. There's also a decently-sized souvenir section and place where you can take a photo as some kind of monarch Anyway, definitely worth taking a look! Apparently there's a light show as well which would have been fun to see.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Ricardo
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely fortress and a fun day out
    Lovely site to explore. Weather was quite hot when we went however really enjoyed exploring the site for a few hours. I would recommend taking plenty water / juice with you if you are going to visit although there is a vending machine near the top of the Fortress with some shelter if you have coins with you. The views you get from around the fortress are spectacular however you definitely need to watch your step. There are a few areas where there are broken planks and rotted boards.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • octii1923
    Bucharest, Romania7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must go for history lovers
    Must visit for history lovers. Unfortunately, too many museum pieces left outside to rot, like the ottoman tombs and other ruins. Definetely needs investments, but this is more of a complaint to the officials. They do 50% for students so keep that in mind.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 November 2023
  • KiwiKerry53
    Wellington, New Zealand4,653 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the climb to visit the Church
    It was very hot when we visited Tsaravets Fortress/Hill, crowned by the remains of the Castle once occupied by Bulgarian Kings and the church at the very top At times I questioned climbing to the top in the searing heat! The uneven cobblestones underfoot made the trek to the top o much harder. but the views made it seem all worthwhile, so the motivation to get to the top kept coming! The Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascentian of God is built on the site of a historic church and is not actually a consecrated. The building and the frescoes were completed in 1985. I would describe them as "different" - it was very strange, but good to research it after the visit and learn more about it. A lot still happening on the site.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 February 2024
  • grofdalmatinski
    Rijeka, Croatia789 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pride of Veliko Tarnovo
    The great pride of Veliko Tarnovo and the whole of Bulgaria is Tsarevets. Rich history and national pride. Located on the hill of the same name in Veliki Trnovo. On this occasion, we would like to thank the tourist guide Nikol Ivanova, who explained everything to us with a lot of knowledge and guided us around the fortress.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 13 March 2024
  • John A Carter
    Lower Sackville, Canada3,756 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fortress on top of the hill
    What a nice fort is obviously a partial reproduction of one that was on the location, they’ve been slowly rebuilding it from what it was before it was destroyed I the 1300s. At the top of the hill is there church just below? That is the remains of what was a palace. There was also a church there, but not much is left and there’s large amounts of defensive balls all over the top of the mountain. It’s beautiful and a wonderful place to have a picnic , the cost is 10 lira
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2024
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Deshka Mandikova
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing place. I live there and I like it very much. Historical and soulful place. There is no food there. It is good for children.
Written 20 April 2024
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David B
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The main attraction in town. Unmissable. They could really do a lot more with it though for example, turning it into a visitor experience. Great views.
Written 8 April 2024
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John A Carter
Lower Sackville, Canada3,756 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
What a nice fort is obviously a partial reproduction of one that was on the location, they’ve been slowly rebuilding it from what it was before it was destroyed I the 1300s. At the top of the hill is there church just below? That is the remains of what was a palace. There was also a church there, but not much is left and there’s large amounts of defensive balls all over the top of the mountain. It’s beautiful and a wonderful place to have a picnic , the cost is 10 lira
Written 26 March 2024
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grofdalmatinski
Rijeka, Croatia789 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
The great pride of Veliko Tarnovo and the whole of Bulgaria is Tsarevets. Rich history and national pride. Located on the hill of the same name in Veliki Trnovo. On this occasion, we would like to thank the tourist guide Nikol Ivanova, who explained everything to us with a lot of knowledge and guided us around the fortress.
Written 13 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It was very hot when we visited Tsaravets Fortress/Hill, crowned by the remains of the Castle once occupied by Bulgarian Kings and the church at the very top At times I questioned climbing to the top in the searing heat! The uneven cobblestones underfoot made the trek to the top o much harder. but the views made it seem all worthwhile, so the motivation to get to the top kept coming!
The Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascentian of God is built on the site of a historic church and is not actually a consecrated. The building and the frescoes were completed in 1985. I would describe them as "different" - it was very strange, but good to research it after the visit and learn more about it.
A lot still happening on the site.
Written 14 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

octii1923
Bucharest, Romania7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Must visit for history lovers. Unfortunately, too many museum pieces left outside to rot, like the ottoman tombs and other ruins. Definetely needs investments, but this is more of a complaint to the officials. They do 50% for students so keep that in mind.
Written 19 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ricardo
Aberdeen, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Lovely site to explore. Weather was quite hot when we went however really enjoyed exploring the site for a few hours. I would recommend taking plenty water / juice with you if you are going to visit although there is a vending machine near the top of the Fortress with some shelter if you have coins with you. The views you get from around the fortress are spectacular however you definitely need to watch your step. There are a few areas where there are broken planks and rotted boards.
Written 21 September 2023
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Ariel
Lyon, France17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
It was fun exploring the grounds and taking in the views. It was really hot when we went and luckily you can get refreshments inside, I remember an ice cream stand and I imagine they sold water. There's also a decently-sized souvenir section and place where you can take a photo as some kind of monarch
Anyway, definitely worth taking a look! Apparently there's a light show as well which would have been fun to see.
Written 4 September 2023
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JonDoe04134
Umeå, Sweden4,208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Interesting history and beautiful view. Much more could be done though to make it more visitor friendly, such as information in English which was lacking.
Written 11 July 2023
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Mauricio C
Bogota, Colombia141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Very beautiful fortress in the center part of the city is the best of this town don’t miss the light and sound show at night is only saturdays and Sunday must book in advance.
Written 3 July 2023
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