Belogradchik Fortress

Belogradchik (Bulgarian: Белоградчик) is a city in North Bulgaria. Located in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, the town is famous throughout Bulgaria for its unique rock formations.

Get in

By bus

From the Central Bus Station in Sofia, direct buses run to Belogradchik about once a day. (Trip time: 4 hours) The town is most easily reached by bus from Vidin, 50 km to the north. Regular buses run between Belogradchik and Vidin throughout the day. (Trip time: 1 hour) The bus station in Belogradchik is conveniently located just below the main street.

By train

Trains on the Sofia-Vidin line (leaving from the Sofia Central Railway Station) stop at the village Oreshets, which is about 10 km to the east of Belogradchik. On the way to Mezdra, the train crosses a mountain range and travels through the Iskar Gorge, and is described by some as one the most scenic trains in the Balkans. People may tell you there is a bus service connecting the train station to Belogradchik. If you find one, great, but count taking a taxi, many of which wait at the station for every train. A fair price is 6 Leva (3 Euro) or 3 Leva if at least 3 person in the taxi. To return, get the taxi number from the Tourist Office and call them long in advance (sometimes you may receive a negative answer and miss your train back to Sofia), or ask in the bus station.

By car

Belogradchik lies just off the main road between Montana and Vidin. From Sofia, the trip time by car is about 3 hours.

Get around

Belogradchik is a small town and is easily and most enjoyably experienced on foot. Limited taxi service is also available.




In the center, there is a small souvenir shop which offers the typically selection of trinkets, pottery, embroidery and knickknacks. For a more unique purchase, try the wine shop next door which features wines and spirits from the surrounding region.



There are numerous small cafes and bars located along the main street of town. Most of these only serve drinks or occasionally a light snack. In the summer, a small outdoor cafe just off the main square provides the perfect spot to relax in the shade and offers one of the best views of the Belogradchik Rocks.

For a taste of the local drinks, try a bottle of Magura wine made in the neighboring village of Rabisha. Or for something stronger, try a shot of domashno rakia, homemade brandy, the national drink of Bulgaria and always a source of local pride.


While several larger hotels are currently under construction, at the moment the only available accommodations are smaller family-run businesses.

Visitors can also find accommodations in a number of private "guest homes" which typically offer 2 or 3 rooms for tourists. For a complete list of these guest homes with contact information see the 'Travel and Lodgings' section on the town's official website,

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Some of the drawings in Magura
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