Although it has been inhabited since 3000 BC it was in the 9th century that a Bulgar settlement was founded there.  Construction of the fortress began in the 12th century, and Tsarevets became the capital of the Bulgarian Kingdom.  Much of the original remains but in places it has been reconstructed to show exactly what it would have looked like originally.  After walking up the long sloping approach there is a clear plan of the site:


You can see the palace, noblemen's houses, the church and workshops as well as the walls surrounding the entire hill and the rock of execution where people were thrown to the river below.  There is a Sound and Light Show although I haven't seen it for myself.  Apparently the shows are free on 22nd and 23rd September as this is the anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria

Opening hours:
08.00 - 19.00 April - October
09.00 - 17.00 November - March

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