Belogradchik Fortress Looms Over the Town of Belogradchik, Bulgaria
Danube River Cruise Shore Excursion from the Viking Neptune
The Belogradchik Rocks (also spelled Belogradshick or Belogradschik) are one of the natural wonders of Bulgaria. These huge reddish limestone and sandstone rocks tower over the small town of Belogradchik and form part of the walls of the Belogradchik Fortress, which was first built by the Romans about 100 AD.
Danube River cruises in eastern Europe often include a half-day at Belogradchik from Vidin so that passengers can stroll the streets of the town and climb the numerous steps and ladders to the top of the Belogradchik Rock formations. The view from the top is spectacular, and knowing that many of the old steps date back to Roman times makes the walk even more interesting. Those who have mobility problems can still enjoy the Belogradchik rocks and fortress from very near where the coach parks at the entrance to the Belogradchik Fortress.
At first glance, one might think these photos were from the Southwestern part of the USA, until the Roman walls and Bulgarian signage are sighted!
When strolling the small town of Belogradchik, all you have to do is look up to see the Belogradchik Fortress.
The small town of Belogradshick has a beautiful setting, surrounded by rocks and hills.
Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria
Visitors to the Belogradchik Rocks must walk up several levels of steps and ladders to reach the top, but the view is worth it.
Stork on Nest near Belogradchik, Bulgaria
We were in Bulgaria in June and saw many storks on the nests along the road side. This one was between Vidin and Belogradchik.