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Industry vs. Traditions Tour

Pernik Overview

Pernik is a town about 30 km from the capital of Sofia and despite it's gloomy heavy industry image, it has been inhabited for over 6 thousand years during the new stone age and the nearby Krakra fortress shows remains from this period and the later Hellenistic period (4th century).

Pernik opens the first coal mine in 1891 and it's high quality ores quickly develop the town, where the first light bulb and the first electric power generator in Bulgaria are installed. The coal is widely yielded from the mine with more than 100 km long galleries until 1986 when it becomes a unique museum of mining history.

Your Day in Pernik Area

A quick 40 min drive takes us to Pernik and the first thing we will make is a wonderful visit of the Mine Museum where you will learn about Bulgarian industrial development both before World War 2 and during Communism (1944 -1989). The museum has two sections and besides the mining galleries, you can also see some roman artifacts and also an extremely curious unknown fish dated from 5 million years ago which was discovered in 2010 during the building of the nearby highway. The Mine museum is an amazing place for people of all ages!

After the visit of Pernik museum we will drive another 30 min to our most important part of the day - Magdalena's house. Magdalena is an old lady that will show us old Bulgarian costumes, traditions, drinks and food. In Magdalena's old house you will be able to experience the famous Bulgarian hospitality, see and touch old hand made masterpieces and try organic food and drinks.

Our next quick stop is the recently refurbished Krakra fortress, where you can hear some of the ancient history of our lands.

Start: 9:00h / End: 18:00h

Recommended period: All year round, advance confirmation is required. SUNDAY: Museum is closed!

Driving time: 3h 00m approx.

Walking time: 3h approx

Handicap accessible: No

Special requirements: comfortable shoes


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 109 Eur / 214 BGN

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39 Eur per person 75 BGN

            The tour price includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, guide in English, parking fees, entrance fees. Meals and personal expenses not included. Small group tour. Private option +30%. Children (1-16yrs) 20% discount.

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