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Explore Ruse

People have built settlements by rivers since ancient times and to this day, Ruse is one of the most popular and biggest cities on the Bulgarian side of the Danube River.  

The city started as a buzzing industrial metropolis for the country in the late 19th and early 20th century. Along with the trade of goods came the exchange of ideas and practices from Western Europe. 

To this day, Ruse showcases Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic, Rococo, Secession, and Neoclassicism that swept Western and Central Europe. This gives the city its beloved nickname “Little Vienna”.




By simply taking a stroll through the city center you’ll find many of the architectural gems that have survived through the centuries. Still, there are a couple of Ruse attractions and highlights that will round out your visit and bring you closer to the Ruse spirit.

Image displaying the front facade of the Ruse History Museum, as well as the fountain and small garden in front of the edifice.

Regional History Museum

Originally meant as a castle for Alexander of Battenberg, nowadays houses multiple expositions.

Sexaginta Prista Fortress, antique Roman remains of a Danube river-city fortress.

Sexaginta Prista

Remains of a Roman fortress on the Danube River, with the name meaning harbour of 60 ships.

Pantheon of National Revival Heroes in the Danube River city of Ruse.

Pantheon of National Revival Heroes

Commemoration site and ossuary for Bulgarians who fought for the liberation of the country.

Founded in 1949, the Ruse Opera and Philharmonic Society functions to this day with exquisite guests and programs from all over the world.

State Opera Ruse

A classical music gem in the city since 1949 performing diverse operas and symphonies to this day.

The image depicts people walking in front of the Liberty Square, with the statute of a tall woman holding a sword pointing to the direction that the liberators came from.

Freedom Square

Significant plaza with tall statue of a woman, pointing to the direction of the liberators of Bulgaria.

Lipnik Forest Park, a lush green pond with lilypads is shown on the photo.

Lipnik Park

A relaxing and lush forest park filled with linded trees on the outskirts of the city.

Useful TIPS

Each destination has activities that would make your trip easier and more comfortable. Helpful tips have been added here to help you improve your experience while you’re here.

Getting There 

  • Getting to Ruse is quite easy by bus or by train from Bulgaria’s bigger cities – Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, and Varna.
  • There is public transport in Ruse, so it’ll be quite easy for you to get around.
  • If you prefer to drive, the city is easy to navigate and there are plenty of parking spots.

Comfort & Leisure 

  • After all, Ruse is located next to the river, so beware of mosquitos. We recommend you bring bug spray and wear longer clothes during the evenings.
  • Embrace the slow pace of the city. Ruse is a relatively small town, so take comfort in the relaxed atmosphere.
  • Support the locals by choosing to shop small. 

What to Eat 

  • As you can imagine, Ruse’s local cuisine centers around its location on the Danube river and the wild-caught fish. 
  • Some of the highlights of Ruse cuisine are walnut-stuffed carp and the rich, umami fish soup. 
  • Many vegetarian and vegan Bulgarian staples are available at any restaurant. 

Have a look at our popular ARTICLES

If you want to enhance your travel to Ruse and fully delve into the city’s history, culture, events, local customs and cuisine, we’ve collected a series of articles to help you along the way. Read along and enrich your travel itinerary.

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