Top 12 Things to See and Do in Plovdiv

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Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria and a favourite with visitors. Its rich cultural life, beautiful ancient setting, and laid back atmosphere attract many foreigners but it’s a popular weekend destination for Bulgarians as well. Check out some of the main attractions that Plovdiv has to offer.

1. Ancient Amphitheater


2. The Roman Stadium


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The Old Town

The Old Town of Plovdiv is situated on top of three of the city’s hills. Bring comfortable shoes as you will have to walk up cobblestoned streets. Many of the Revival-period houses in the Old Town are now museums. If you have to choose among them, Balabanov’s House, the Ethnographic Museum and the History Museum are among the most spectacular.

Plovdiv’s Old Town

3. Kapana Art District

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4. The Singing Fountains


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5. Dzhumaya Mosque

Mosque, Stadium

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6. The Rowing Canal


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7. The Natural History Museum and the Planetarium


8. The Archaeological Museum


Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv
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Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe, its history dating back to 4000 BC. Knowing this, you can’t skip a visit to its Archaeological Museum. Next door is the museum dedicated to the unification of Bulgaria and across from it you’ll see a big monument symbolizing unified Bulgaria.

Sunset at one of the hills

Climb any of the hills of Plovdiv for a beautiful sunset. The three hills on which the Old Town is located are the most usual choice because they are close to the center. Another good option is the hill with the Alyosha soldier monument on top.

View of Plovdiv

9. The Children’s Railway

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10. Aqualand Water Park


Plovdiv has its own water park
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You don’t really need to go to the seaside in summer because Plovdiv has its own aqua park packed with fun activities. You can experience slides of various levels or just enjoy the sun.

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