ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: SEXAGINTA RUSE
A Danube fleet base of “60 ships” and major Roman army base contolling traffic between the Black Sea and the Iron Gate.
Ruse is the largest Bulgarian city on the Danube and the most significant transport, logistics, business and cultural centre of North Bulgaria. It is located 300 km from Sofia and 70 km from Bucharest.
Ruse welcomes its guests with an impressive architectural heritage inspired by the progressive European spirit of its citizens, who invited eminent European architects at the turn of the 20th century to build the architectural environment of the city. Today, dozens of heritage-listed buildings bear the European Heritage label. Ruse is a port on the Danube, where cultural traces from the West and the East, from the North and the South have landed and become rooted. The riverbank offers a variety of pleasant bars and areas to sit. Furthermore, there is the possibility to cycle along the river. Tourists can request a tour guide for the town and its surroundings and, in addition, for most of the distant sites in the municipality. These services are provided by the Regional History Museum in Ruse (http://www.museumruse.com/en/route_bg.html).
The Rock Churches near Ivanovo, which is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage list, is also very interesting to visit and the itinerary is suitable for different forms of religious tourism. Near the town of Svishtov, on the banks of the Danube, the ancient town of Nove, a Roman legionary camp, is another site that is certainly worth a visit.
Where to sleep and eat
Anna Palace Hotel****
Located five mintes walk away from the city center and close to the Danube walking area, the hotel has 30 boutique rooms, from which the three VIP suits are located in the part of the building that is 120 years old. The a la cart menu of the restaurant offers both European and international cuisine, while on the ground floor of the hotel you may enjoy the lobby bar. Anna Palace is a great place to stay whether you are coming to Ruse for business or as a tourist, individually or with your family.
Overviewing the city from the nearby hill, Leventa winery is a boutique winery with a production of 2000 bottles per year, from which most prominent are white wines pinot noir, cabarnet fran, mavrud and aromatic variety called Vračanski muskat.
Winery works closely with the nearby restaurant, where in the garden or large and stylishly decorated underground wine cellars you can taste wines, surrounded by the walls on which the various cultural, life style and historical motives of the Ruse city are depicted.
Seven Generations Winery
The winery Seven Generations offers unique gastronomic and wine experience. In order to make your experience even more unforgettable, during the season be sure to reserve a place on the terrace from where you will enjoy the view of 45 acres of vineyards, that provide grapes for production of 10.000 cases of wines. The restaurant offers international and local food, that you can easily match with glasses of home made Cabarnet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabarnet Franc, Pinot Noir and Muscat Ottonel.
The complex also has different quality rooms for overnight stay, several double and quadraple rooms, but also corner suite with terrace and a penthouse.
La Maison Guest House
La Maison Guest House is five minute walk away from the center of Ruse. Being close to all major city highlights, the guest house is a great place to stay no matter if you are travelling alone or with family. Besides different types of rooms, the complex offers common area on the ground floor, shared space for cooking, relaxation and free time. If you are traveling by bicycle, be sure that your two-wheel friend will always be safe in the backyard, or inside the complex.
HOW TO REACH RUSE
Trains connect Ruse with Sofia five times a day. Train station address: Alexander Stamboliyski Sq 1
The main transport hub to get to Ruse is Bucharest. Several bus and taxi operators offer on-demand services from the airport, the train station and the bus stations to Ruse, or from Sofia many bus companies provide a connection with the major city.
From Sofia to Ruse A2/E83/E85 (309 km), or from Vidin E83/E85 (350 km), also from Bucharest DJ503/DN5/E70/E85 (76 km)
Tel: +359 82 82 47 04
Address: 61 “Alexandrovska” St., Ruse 7000, Bulgaria