"Belogradchik: escaped out of a Dali painting?" Top 5 Page for this destination Belogradchik by ger4444

Belogradchik Travel Guide: 67 reviews and 265 photos

Belogradchik is a place that is not very well known by tourists who come to Bulgaria, and, in fact, that’s a shame, because this town can be considered as one of the most interesting towns of northern Bulgaria. Allthough the town itself is not really of particular interests, it contains two major sites of interests: the fortress and the rocket formations. The latter is to be find in the direct surroundings of belogradchik and are among the most impressive peaces of natural beauty Bulgaria has to offer. The rocket formations look surrealistic and give you a feeling that God must have a lot of imagination! Maybe foreign tourists don’t come to this town because its somewhere hidden in the north-west corner of Bulgaria and by public transport not very easily accessible, that is, it takes a long bus- or trainride. Yet, I think the place deserves definitely a place in the ‘top 10’ of places to see in Bulgaria. Apart from the rocket formations and fortress the town has a special atmosphere. It is a small town, so that you can do everything by foot, and being small the major place of action is concentrated around the small
townsquare. Here you find nearly all the bars and hotel and restaurants that the town has to offer. In the morning you can have your breakfast at one of the taverns along the main square (especially when the breakfast at the hotel is too expensive) and in the evening everyone is at the terraces of the small bars or at the terrace at the main square, that is run by some kind of kiosk selling drinks. During the day you can stroll along the trails that are in the area of the rocket formations or pay a visit to the citadel. Since the town is small and somehow remoted, nightlife is not spectacular here; but you will find some fun experiencing that the locals, since living remoted from the big cities such as Sofia, still have those custom cultivated such as nodding No with their heads while meaning to say Yes; or refusing to accept your tips at the restaurant. The people of Belogradchik seem to me to be very friendly folks: as I was asking a policeofficer where I could find an internet agency he gave me a ride in his policecar, just for the 50 meters where it was located; as I wanted to put on the safety belt he said, you don’t have to do that, I am a police officer!

The town of Belogradchik

Belogradchik is picturesquely spread over the western part of the Balkan Range, at 545 m above the sea level. The town's main street, lined with turn-of-the-century houses with spindly cast-iron balconies, winds up towards the summit, passing a small art gallery (which is open from tuesday-sunday from 8am-12 and 1.30-5pm) with modest exhibitions of local work, a museum (same times), strong on local folklore, and the almost derelict Huseyn Pasha mosque , its former glory recalled in the delicate green-and-purple abstract swirls adorning the main entrance. Apart from the rock formation and the fortress the main attractions of the town are
the Historical museum which is arranged in the Renaissance house of the family Panovi, which in itself is an architectural monument. It is in the centre of the town. You can also visit the Astronomical Observatory, which has one of the most powerful telescopes in Bulgaria.And you can see the exposition at the Natural-Science museum and, as said, the mosque “H. Hussein” from 1751, which is the only one survived from the old settlement. You can visit also the church “St. George Victorious” church which is built in 1868.

the fortress and the Skali

One of the most attractive historical monuments in the town of Belogradchik is the fortress “Kaleto”. (also known as the citadel) It is one of the best preserved fortresses in the country and is a monument of culture of national significance. The towering rocks nearest the town form this natural fortress whose defensive potential has been exploited since ancient times. Begun by the Romans, continued by the Bulgars during the eighth century, and completed by the Turks a millennium later, the castle at Belogradchik used to command the eastern approaches to the Belogradchik Pass. Although no longer in use, the pass was for centuries the main trade route linking the lower Danube with the settlements of Serbia's Morava Valley. In Ottoman times the citadel and its garrison served to intimidate and control the local populace, and hundreds of Bulgarian insurgents were held here after the failed uprising of 1850. One particularly unsavoury tale relates that many of the prisoners were slaughtered when the Ottomans forced them to pass through a low doorway, only to have their heads lopped off by swordsmen lurking on the other side. The other attracktion is the Skali:where you can find the famous rocket formations, is a place that you really have to see. Its an amazing experience. See my tips on this site in the separate sections below. As to give you an impression how this place has been perceived by others: the Bulgarian poet Anton Strashimirov ever said about this place: "Standing in front of the fantastic visions of the Belogradchik rocks, human imagination with all its whims is as if robbed." The area can be reached via the mains squaire (in the direction to the road to Sofia there is a path going down) or you can reach it via the citadel The area contains many tracks you can follow

  • Last visit to Belogradchik: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 15, 2004
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    What a fascinating place! Thanks for the overview.

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    What a very interesting page - I don't know much about Bulgaria, but this page really awakes a lot of interest. The landscapes looks so amazing! Thank you for your tips!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2008 at 6:49 AM

    very interesting page - i would love to go to Bulgaria some time

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:20 AM

    Ger, Great tips and information about the Belogradchik rocks. Looks like an amazing place. Best from NJ, Bill

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Weird rock formations! I have never heard of this place, but it looks and sounds like a fine place to go. Too bad you didn't have your notebook with to note down the details of your total solution for world peace, LOL.

  • Apr 20, 2007 at 6:18 AM

    He, you can climb here. Some german friends have ascendet about 200 summits here and provide a climbing guide. Contact me, if interested!

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2006 at 10:06 PM

    Great page!! Going there today, too bad one day won't be enough but hope to go again. Greetings from Sofia

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2005 at 6:23 PM

    It always surprises me to find amazing things like this I had never heard of before! But a pleasent surprise for sure and another place to add to the list.

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