100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria

100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria

"100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria" is a Bulgarian national union established in 1966 to promote tourism among Bulgaria's most significant cultural, historic, and natural landmarks.

As part of this program, each chosen landmark has its own individual seal, which is used to stamp passport-like booklets issued by the Bulgarian Tourist Union (BTU). These booklets can be purchased at any tourist union center or at any of the one hundred selected tourism sites.

Depending on how many stamps they collect, tourists receive bronze, silver or gold badges. For example, tourists who visit twenty-five of the one hundred sites receive a bronze badge. Those who visit fifty earn a silver badge. And those who visit all one hundred sites are awarded a gold badge. Then, each August, the National Organizational Committee holds a lottery for the previous year's badge earners. Prizes include domestic or overseas trips, bicycles, tents, sleeping bags, and other travel-related items.

Some landmarks in the original program highlighted Bulgaria's Communist government, which collapsed on November 10, 1989. In 2003 the BTU removed many of these sites from the official list. (Both the original and current lists appear below.)

A variety of organizations and institutions participated in developing and promoting the 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria. These include the the Bulgarian Tourist Union, the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian State Agency for Youth and Sports, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria, The Union of Bulgarian Motorists, the Bulgarian Red Cross, the Bulgarian National Radio and the Bulgarian National Television.

The 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria

# BanskoVelyanov House, Neofit Rilski Museum, Nikola Vaptsarov Museum, Art School of Bansko Icon Museum, Holy Trinity Church of Bansko.
# PirinVihren Peak.
# Dobarsko village — Theodore Tyro and Theodore Stratilates Church.
# MelnikHistorical Museum of Melnik, Kordopulov House, Rozhen Monastery.
# Petrichthe Rupite Area, St. Petka Church, Samuil’s Fortress.
# Malko Tarnovo — Petrova Niva Site, Museum of History.
# Nesebar — Architectural Reserve, Archaeological Museum.
# Sozopol — Archaeological Museum.
# Varna — Museum of History and the Maritime Museum.
# Devnya — Museum of Mosaics.
# [http://veliko-tarnovo.co.cc Veliko Tarnovo] — Tsarevets architectural reserve, Museum of History, Arbanasi architectural reserve.
# SvishtovAleko Konstantinov’s House.
# VidinBaba Vida Fortress
# Magura Cave.
# Rocks and Fortress of Belogradchik.
# VratsaLedenika Cave, local Museum of History.
# Okolchitsa — the place of Hristo Botev’s death.
# KozloduyRadetzky ship-museum, Monument of Hristo Botev.
# GabrovoEtar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex.
# Bozhentsi village — Architectural Reserve.
# Tryavna — Museum of the wood-carving and ethnographical arts.
# DryanovoDryanovo Monastery, Kolyu Ficheto Museum, Bacho Kiro Cave.
# Dobrich — House of Yordan Yovkov.
# Balchik — The Castle architecture park; KavarnaKaliakra Headland, Kaliakra Archaeological reserve.
# Kardzhali — ancient town of Perperikon, local Museum of History.
# KyustendilVladimir Dimitrov - Maistora Art Gallery, House of Dimitar Peshev.
# Ruen Peak in Osogovo Mountain.
# Rila Monastery.
# Skakavitsa Hut and the Seven Rila Lakes.
# Lovech — Museum of Ethnography, Kakrina Inn, Vasil Levski Museum.
# Cherni Osam village — Natural Science Museum, Troyan Monastery.
# Teteven — Museum of History.
# Saeva Dupka Cave.
# BerkovitsaKom Peak, Museum of Ethnography.
# Pazardzhik — Holy Mother Church, House of Stanislav Dospevski, regional history museum.
# Panagyurishte — Oborishte Area, House of Rayna Knyaginya.
# PeshteraSnezhanka Cave
# Batak — Museum of History.
# Tran — the Gorge on the Jerma River.
# PlevenSt George the Conqueror Chapel Mausoleum, Pleven Panorama, Regional History Museum.
# Plovdiv — Roman Amphitheatre, Old Plovdiv architecture reserve, Ethnography Museum, Museum of History, St. Konstantin and Elena Church.
# Perushtitsa — Museum of History.
# Sopot — the Nunnery, House of Ivan Vazov.
# KarlovoVasil Levski National Museum.
# KaloferHristo Botev National Museum.
# The Botev Peak.
# The Bachkovo Monastery.
# RazgradAbrittus Archaeological reserve.
# Isperih — Museum of History, Sboryanovo museum of history and archaeology, Thracian Tomb, the Thracian town of Chelis, Demir Baba TekkeSveshtari village.
# Rousse — House of Zahari Stoyanov, Pantheon of National Revival Heroes.
# Silistra — Museum of History, Medcidi Tabi Fortress.
# Srebarna Nature Reserve.
# Tutrakan — Military Tomb Memorial Complex, Museum of Danube Fishing and Boat-Making.
# Sliven — House of Hadzhi Dimitar, National Textile Museum.
# Sinite Kamani Natural park, Karandila Hut.
# KotelGeorgi Sava Rakovski’s Panteon and the Museum of Famous People of the Bulgarian Revival Age, Natural Sciences Museum.
# Zheravna village — Architecture and Ethnography Reserve, The House of Yordan Yovkov.
# Sofia — The National Museum of History
# Sofia Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
# SofiaNational Church Museum of History and Archaeology of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
# SofiaNational Palace of Culture.
# Sofia — National Art Gallery.
# Sofia — Institute of Ethnography and Museum maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
# Sofia — Earth and Men Museum.
# Sofia — National Museum of Natural Science maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
# Sofia — Sport History Museum located in the Vasil Levski National Stadium.
# Starosel village — Thracian Temple.
# Sofia — Institute of Archaeology and Museum maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
# Sofia — the Zoo.
# Sofia — National Boyana Church Museum.
# Sofia — St. Sophia Temple.
# Sofia — the Sinagogue and its history museum.
# Dimitrovgrad — History Museum, the House of Penyo Penev.
# VitoshaCherni Vruh.
# Koprivshtitsa — Archaeology and History Reserve.
# Sredna GoraBogdan Peak.
# Klisura — Museum of History.
# Osenvlag village — Seven Altars Monastery.
# Samokov — Museum of History, the Nunnery.
# RilaMusala Peak.
# Botevgrad – the Clocktower.
# Skravena village, St. Nikolai Monastery, Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ossuary of the members of Hristo Botev's depatchment.
# Uhlovitsa Cave.
# PamporovoSnezhanka Cave.
# Golyam Perelik Peak, The Wonderful Bridges.
# Zlatograd — Ethnography Complex.
# Shiroka Laka village.
# Trigrad Gorge, the Devil’s Throat Cave.
# The Yagodina Cave, Buynovo Gorge.
# Stara Zagora – the Neolithic Houses, the Roman Forum of Augusta Traiana, the Stara Zagora Defenders memorial complex, Museum of History.
# KazanlakChudomir Art and Literature Museum, Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak.
# Shipka village - Shipka Memorial Church.
# Shipka Peak — Shipka Park-Museum, Shipka Memorial.
# ShumenShumen Fortress Reserve of Architecture and History, Founders of Bulgaria Monument, the local Museum of History.
# ShumenTombul Mosque.
# Pliska — Archaeological Reserve.
# Madara — Archaeological Reserve.
# Veliki Preslav – National Reserve of History and Architecture.
# Yambol – the Ancient town of Kabile, Museum of History.
# Elhovo — Museum of Ethnography.


List of the 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria from 1966 to November 10 1989:

# Bansko — the Nikola Vaptsarov Museum
# Pirin — the Vihren Peak.
# Melnik — the local Museum of History.
# Burgas — the Petrochemical Plant.
# NesebarSunny Beach Holiday Resort.
# Sozopol — the local Museum of History.
# Varna — the Aladzha Monastery.
# Varna — the Naval Museum and the Museum of Friendship among Nations.
# Pobiti Kamani.
# Kamchiya River’s debauchment – The Divers Monument.
# Vidin — the Baba Vida Fortress.
# Rabisha village – The Magura Cave.
# Belogradchik — TheBelogradchik Fortress and rocks] .
# Vratsa — regional historical museum.
# The Ledenika Cave.
# Kozloduy — the monument of Hristo Botev.
# Okolchitsa — the place of Hristo Botev’s death.
# Veliko Tarnovo — Museum of History, Tsarevets, Preobrazhenski Monastery.
# SvishtovAleko Konstantinov’s House, the place where the Russian army crossed the Danube river.
# GabrovoMitko Palauzov’s House.
# GabrovoEtar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex.
# Dryanovo Monastery and Bacho Kiro Cave.
# Tryavna — Museum of wood-carving.
# The Balkan Mountains — Partisan Hut.
# Kyustendil — regional museum of history, the Vladimir Dimitrov - Maistora Art Gallery.
# The Rila Monastery.
# Rilathe Seven Rila Lakes.
# Kardzhali — The Lead & Zinc plant, the Kardzhali Dam.
# Lovech — The Museum and Monument of Vasil Levski.
# Troyan Monastery.
# Teteven —Museum of History.
# Kostina Area - Monument of Georgi Benkovski.
# Golyam Izvor (Lovech Province) – The First Regional Revolutionary Committee in Bulgaria Museum.
# Brestnitsa village – Saeva Dupka Cave.
# KakrinaKakrina Inn Museum.
# Berkovitsa — the House of Ivan Vazov.
# Petrohan – Cascade and Monument of Georgi Dimitrov and Vasil Kolarov.
# PazardzhikStanislav Dospevski Art Gallery.
# Mihaylovgrad – Museum of the September 1923 Uprising.
# Batak — Museum of History.
# Batak – Teheran Partisans’ Camp.
# Velingrad — the House of Vela Peeva.
# Bratsigovo — Museum of History.
# Peshtera — Peshtera water power-station.
# Panagyurishte — Museum of History.
# Panagyurishte — the Oborishte Area.
# Pernik — Regional Museum of History.
# Kovachevtsi, Pernik Province – the House of Georgi Dimitrov.
# Slishovtsi village – Partisans' ossuary.
# Pleven — Military Museum, Kaylaka Park.
# Plovdiv — Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography.
# Perushtitsa — Local Museum of History.
# Kalofer — the House of Hristo Botev.
# Karlovo — the House of Vasil Levski.
# Sopot — the House of Ivan Vazov.
# Klisura — Museum of History.
# The Balkan MountainsBotev Peak.
# Hisarya – Local Museum of History.
# Bachkovo village — Bachkovo Monastery, Asen’s Fortress.
# Sredna Gora — Buntovna Commemorative Tourist Complex.
# RazgradAbrittus Archaeological reserve.
# RousseTonka Obretenova’s House, Giurgiu-Rousse Friendship Bridge.
# Silistra — Regional Museum of History.
# Sliven — the House of Hadzhi Dimitar, the Art Gallery.
# Kotel — History Museum.
# Zheravna village — Architecture and Ethnography Reserve.
# Karlovo — Karanovo Hill.
# Sofia — Museum of the Revolutionary Movement.
# SofiaDimitar Blagoev’s House.
# SofiaGeorgi Dimitrov Museum.
# Sofia — Museum of Ethnography, Museum of Archaeology.
# Sofia — Museum of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship.
# Sofia — National Art Gallery, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Crypt.
# VitoshaCherni Vrah.
# Kremikovtzi – the Metallurgic Plant.
# Samokov — History Museum.
# RilaMusala Peak.
# Koprivshtitsa — The Houses of Lyuben Karavelov, Todor Kableshkov, Georgi Benkovski, Yako Dorosiev, Dimcho Debelyanov, the Oslekov House.
# Sredna GoraBogdan Peak.
# Zherkovo Area - Museum and Monument of Chavdartsi.
# The Balkan Mountains — Chavdar Hut.
# Smolyan — Regional historical museum, the Smolyan Lakes.
# the Rhodope MountainsPamporovo Holiday Resort.
# the Rhodope MountainsPersenk Peak, the Wonderful Bridges.
# Stara Zagora — Regional Museum of History, Lenin Park.
# Kazanlak — Museum of History, Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak.
# Shipka PeakShipka Memorial.
# The Balkan MountainsBuzludzha Park-Museum.
# The Balkan MountainsStoletov Peak, Monument of Liberty.
# Maritsa-Iztok Energy Complex, Komsomolska Steam-Power Plant.
# Balchik — The Castle, Albena Holiday resort.
# KavarnaKaliakra headland.
# Yastrebino village — Monument of the 18 Partisans and their supporters.
# Dimitrovgrad — Museum of the socialistic construction, Nitric Fertilizers Plant.
# Shumen — Regional Museum of History, House of Vasil Kolarov.
# Madara — Museum of Archaeology and Madara Rider.
# Pliska — Museum of Archaeology.
# Preslav — Museum of Archaeology, Patleyna.
# Yambol — Regional Museum of History.
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