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There are a huge number of tourist sites in and around Varna that every person visiting the city should take a look at. Some of the monuments that are popular among tourists are the Varna Cathedral, the Varna City Park, the Roman thermae and the Varna City aquarium, which is especially popular among children. The Culture centers in Varna include the Festival & Congress Centre and the Palace of Varna. All of these monuments have a rich historical heritage behind them and hold a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike.
The beaches of Varna and the resorts dotting the shore line are another major attraction for tourists. During July and August which are the peak holiday season, the sunshine allows 10-11 hours of sunbathing. The temperature is pleasant and stable. The sea is also very calm and perfectly free of dangerous tides.
The Seaside Park which is situated by the beach is the biggest park in Varna. Within the boundary of the park area, one can find the Seaside Baths, the Naval Museum, the Natural Science Museum, the Aquarium, the Astronomical Observatory & Planetarium and the Dolphinarium.
The planetarium at Varna is a popular attraction for students and families visiting the city. The National Astronomic Observatory as it is called has shows which are 45 minutes long and are in Bulgarian, Russian and English. Show timings are 9 am 10.30 am, 12 am, 2 pm, and 3.30 pm for groups of at least 20 by prior arrangement. The planetarium is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Address: Sea Garden
The Aquarium at Varna is open to visitors all year round and attracts large numbers of crowds. The display includes representatives of all groups that inhabit in the Black Sea. About 140 kinds of Black Sea fauna can be found in Varna Aquarium – an interesting place for tourists and natural scientists. The Aquarium is closed on Mondays during the winter.
Address: Sea Garden
Varna Naval Museum
The naval museum has a number of marine vessels on display and documents the naval history of the country in vivid detail. The museum is closed on Saturdays & Sundays.
Natural Science Museum
The Natural Science Museum, which is located in the same place as the Naval Museum, has a large number of exhibits covering a wide range of topics. During summer it is closed on Mondays; and during winter it is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Address: Sea Garden
The Varna Archaeology Museum has been organizing a series of national exhibitions titled the “Treasures of Bulgaria”. The religious outlook and the aspiration to immortality held by the Thracians, Hellenics and Romans is a major theme in these events. Various artifacts are displayed like the Thracian burial masks of solid gold and the “King Teres’s Mask”. The exhibition is also complemented by a multimedia presentation. The Museum is closed on Mondays
Address: 41 Maria Luiza Blvd.
The Stone Forest
“The Stone forest” is a natural phenomenon which perhaps has no parallel in the world today. The Stone Forest itself represents central group of ‘stones’ apart from another 15 smaller groups that exist in an area of about 50 sq. km around it. The central group is the biggest and is 800 m long. It is identified as an international tourist site. No one is certain about their origin, although geologists from all over the world have come here and tried to put forward various hypotheses about their formation. In fact there are about 15 official hypotheses related to their origin. It is generally assumed that the Stone Forest is an extremely powerful source of energy. The flora and fauna in the area which are extremely rare comprise of about 240 sorts of plants, 21 species of birds and 7 types of mammals. The Stone forest is closed on Saturdays and Sundays during the winter.
Address: 18 km to the west of Varna, on the old road Varna - Sofia
Telephone: 052 618 011, 601 8910
Winter Opening Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Summer Opening Time: 9 am – 7 pm (every day)
Adults: 3.00 BGN
The Stone Forest homepage is available in Bulgarian language only: