Haskovo is located at an equal distance from Sofia and Burgas, where planes regularly fly from Moscow.
Bus No. 15 runs from the Burgas airport to the city. Buses departing from the Central Bus Station in Haskovo every day at 13:00 and 16:30 for 3 hours.
Arriving at the Sofia airport, you need to catch buses No. 84 or 284 and get off at the Central Bus Station in the capital. From there, at 13:30 and 20:30, 2 comfortable buses of the Arda Tur carrier leave for Haskovo (official site in Bulgaria).
There are not many hotels in Haskovo. But each of them looks very worthy, and they offer accommodation at very nice prices. So, a double room in a two-star hotel costs 40-86 BGN, in a three-star hotel - 45-200 BGN per day. A night in a 4 * hotel will cost 100-171 BGN. All options - with breakfast. There are no hostels in the city, and apartments for a day cost 61-111 BGN, but very few rent them. Prices on the page are for October 2018.
Cuisine and restaurants
Haskovo is still far from the title of tourist Mecca, so catering establishments are oriented primarily to local residents. The city is dominated by taverns and simple cafes. Typical dishes: “katmi” - pancakes with honey and nuts, “sarmi” - cabbage rolls from grape leaves, spinach soup. You can have a good dinner for 15-20 BGN per person without alcohol. There are a couple of relatively expensive restaurants with prices 1.5 times higher.
The city has a large Turkish community, so it’s hard to imagine local fast food without a “duner” - shawarma with chicken or lamb for 5-6 BGN.
The city is rich in interesting architectural objects, and most of them were built relatively recently. Since Haskovo has the unofficial title of the city of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is logical that there is a monument dedicated to the Virgin. And listed in the Guinness Book of Records. An impressive statue with a height of 31 m can be seen from everywhere, even at night. There is a small chapel in the pedestal.
Next to the statue of the Virgin Mary is the bell tower. The 30-meter tower was built in 2010 exclusively with donations from local residents. At its top - 8 bells with a total weight of more than a ton and an observation deck.
Another notable high-rise monument is the Clock Tower. It was built in the early 19th century as a symbol of the economic recovery of the city. But in 1913, local authorities decided to demolish the tower, and in 2012 - to restore. The building made of hewn Uzundzh stone rises 23 m. 3 dials are installed on the top, and the watch bell is cast in the legendary foundry of the British Whitechapel workshop - it once made the Big Ben bell and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Like the bell tower, the clock tower in Haskovo was restored with donations from citizens.
The Haskovo Historical Museum houses more than 120 thousand monuments of the cultural heritage of primitive, ancient and medieval times (off site). Among the most interesting exhibits are two glasses of the Trojan type of the 1st century BC. e. An exceptionally valuable collection of antique and medieval coins is also presented. In the ethnographic department you can see copper vessels, national costumes, fabrics, jewelry, agricultural and craft tools, and folk art objects.
25 km from Haskovo, near the village of Alexandrovo, there is an ancient monument of Thracian culture - the Alexander Tomb, one of the largest in Bulgaria (of. Site). The perfectly preserved wall painting gives an idea of the Thracian religious rites, weapons, clothing. In 2009, a museum of Thracian art in the Eastern Rhodopes was opened next to the tomb. Among its most important exhibits - 98 gold applications discovered 6000 years ago discovered in the northern part of Sakar Mountain - this is one of the oldest examples of gold processing in Bulgaria. An exact copy of the Alexander tomb was erected right in the museum.
Attractions Haskovo - These are various cultural and historical monuments.
First of all, we recommend that tourists visit such a curious attraction of Haskovo as the Historical Museum. When visiting this wonderful place, tourists can learn a lot about the traditions of the Bulgarian people and local curious customs.
Other attractive sights of Haskovo are the House of General Gurkov, who liberated Haskovo from enemy occupation in 1878, the Haskovo Literary Museum, and the Art Gallery of the resort.
Religious sites of Haskovo are wonderful churches of the Holy Archangel Michael and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Interestingly, the oldest mosque in all of Bulgaria is located in Haskovo.
Tourists who love cultural rest are recommended to visit the Haskovo - Drama and Puppet theaters.
The natural attractions of Haskovo include a natural park - Kenana, where tourists can relax and play sports.
Photo and description
The Haskovo History Museum was founded in 1927 at the initiative of a group of teachers. Today it is a recognized scientific and cultural institution.
Since the 30s, thanks to the active work of the first head of the Historical Museum I. Karagiaurov, the institution gradually began to gain popularity. A significant role in the replenishment of the museum fund was played by the help of the local population - residents of nearby villages and towns sent antiquities to Haskovo: tools, national costumes, jewelry, etc.
In 1935, the museum became the property of the city Archaeological Society, which in 1952 initiated work on the creation of the State Museum of History.
Currently, the complex stores materials reflecting the historical development of the Haskovo region from antiquity to the present. The employees of the Historical Museum studied more than 30 archaeological sites of the prehistoric period, the period of antiquity and the Middle Ages, Hisar fortress, necropolis in the village of Lyubenovo and others. As a result of excavations, scientific expeditions, and also thanks to donations made by local residents, today the museum funds more than 120 thousand exhibits. Here you can see the numismatic collection, consisting of almost 22 thousand coins, and one of the best in Bulgaria ethnographic exposition, numbering more than 15 thousand items.