Belogradchik, Bulgaria - The Belogradchik Rocks and the Belogradchik Fortress

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Belogradchik Fortress Looms Over the Town of Belogradchik, Bulgaria

Belogradchik Fortress Looms Over the Town of Belogradchik, Bulgaria
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison

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.

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Belogradshick, Bulgaria

Belogradshick, Bulgaria
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison

The small town of Belogradshick has a beautiful setting, surrounded by rocks and hills.

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The Rocks of Belogradshick in Bulgaria

The Rocks of Belogradshick
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison
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Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison
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Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison
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Belogradchik Fortress and the Belogradchik Rocks

Belogradchik Fortress and the Belogradchik Rocks
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison
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Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison
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Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison

Visitors to the Belogradchik Rocks must walk up several levels of steps and ladders to reach the top, but the view is worth it.

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Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rocks in Bulgaria
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison
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View from the Top of the Belogradchik Rocks

View from the Top of the Belogradchik Rocks
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison
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View of the Town of Belogradchik from the Top of the Belogradchik Rocks

View of the Town of Belogradchik, Bulgaria from the Top of the Belogradchik Rocks
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison
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Stork on Nest near Belogradchik, Bulgaria

Stork on Nest near Belogradchik, Bulgaria
Belogradshick (Belogradchik) (c) Linda Garrison

We were in Bulgaria in June and saw many storks on the nests along the road side. This one was between Vidin and Belogradchik.

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