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Boat trip on the lake

You can relax with the whole family or with a loved one by renting a boat for a pleasant lake cruise.

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ARCHERY

The bow and arrow emerged as a weapon in the dawn of human history and civilization. Rock paintings of Prehistoric people armed with bows were found in Bulgaria in the cave of Magura (estimated to be older than 7 000 years).

Our ancient predecessors, the Thracians, and their descendants, the Proto-Bulgarians were incredible archers who owed a large part of their victories due to their skillful use of this weapon. Archery is also highly respected in various Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea, etc.). In many of their legends, the most glorified heroes are often exceptional archers. The widespread popularity of archery is found in many stories and ballads of folklore. In Homer’s “Odyssey”, Odysseus is depicted as a hero possessing unmatched talent in archery. The tales of the English archer and defender of the weak Robin Hood have also become world-famous.

One of the Japanese military martial arts, also known as Kyudo, combines a sophisticated etiquette with refined archery techniques. Today, this activity is practiced as a way of physical, moral and spiritual growth.

The art of the bow introduces the archer to discipline, self-improvement, and tenacity. Excellent results are only achieved by constant practice and self-improvement. In doing so, by striving to control the emotions raging within himself in order to achieve a successful shot, one becomes a harmonious balance with the surrounding world. The higher the complexity of a shot, the more skills we acquire to cope with daily trials and difficulties, by increasing and strengthening our will.

At the Historical Park, we offer visitors traditional archery on target under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

For those who want to compete in this noble science and art, we offer to organize a small tournament (for groups of over 5 people) without any extra charge. The winner will receive the best shooter award (a small souvenir included in the price of the attraction).

The attraction is suitable for visitors over 7 years and costs 10 leva.


PICTURES IN AUTHENTIC HISTORICAL CLOTHES

Everyone has always wanted to try being « in the shoes » of his favourite heroes from the Antiquity and / or the Middle Ages, to wear the typical outfit and weapons of that era, and to feel, even for a moment, like being part of the great events that shook time, as described by the chroniclers and ancient historians.

At the Historical Park, visitors and history lovers could experience their moment of history and fulfill their hearts with greatness, pride, and valor. With the help of natural sceneries and among realistic buildings relate to the Prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages, refined with the finest details, everyone will be able to create memorable pictures. The unique outfits offered by us include full sets of clothes and accessories. They were created with natural fabrics and materials, according to the technology used by the Ancient inhabitants of the Bulgarian lands.

Turn your dream into reality. Experience your epic historical adventure now.


The attraction is suitable for visitors over 8 years of age and requires time to be ready. The price is 20 leva for dressing one set of clothes (from one era).


PICTURES WITH THE BIRDS OF PREY

Birds of prey are the indisputable masters of the skies. Their accuracy, speed, and power have filled humans with wonder since the dawn of mankind. Many heroes and rulers, aristocratic clans and dynasties have taken raptors as their personal symbol.

The use of predatory birds for hunting is an ancient art dating back over 12,000 years. It was the first attempt to tame and use a wild animal as an auxiliary.

The training of birds of prey requires a lot of patience, skill and time. Predatory birds need a very specific kind of care, which create a unique bond between them and humans. In the Middle Ages, falconry hunting was prised among noblemen, and well-trained birds were highly valued and given as a sign of respect by one ruler to another.

At the Historical Park, every visitor can feel the excitement of the proximity with those all-powerful lords of the air. Tourists and visitor will be able to enjoy an open demonstration of the skills and mastery of raptors (7 of them). During a special guided tour, our handlers will tell you more about them.

Those wishing to do so can take an individual photo with a bird of prey (hawk or falcon)

The attraction is suitable for visitors over 12 years and costs 10 leva.


HORSEBACK RIDING

The Bulgarian people possess a close relationship with the horse. This noble animal is a characteristic and important symbol, a testimony of our origin and heritage. Depiction of riders are found on a variety of archaeological artifacts – ornaments, clothing, amulets, but also on coins, images or even engraved in stone.

Equestrian science on the Bulgarian lands has been well developed since the times of the Thracians. Homer has repeatedly described horses in Thrace, calling our ancestors "enthralled with horses". This is a characteristic of the Thracians that remained during the centuries of Antiquity.

Among the Proto-Bulgarians, the horse was revered as a sacred animal. Honor and respect towards the horse was even part of the existing law system. Anyone who dared to ride his war horse in peacetime would be punished by death. The warrior who did not care well for his horse had to suffer the same fate. Battle horses behaved differently from the others.

Except for war and transport, horses were used intensively by the ancient Bulgarians for entertainment purposes. They regularly participated in celebrations, contests, races, and military games, as depicted on the Pliska graphite drawings.

The relationship between the rider and the horse is not only physical but also psychological. The contact that is built between man and beast, the care for one another and working together creates prerequisites for achieving spiritual balance. Horse riding enables direct contact with living nature, to extract oneself from the urbanized world in which we live today and return to our roots.

At the Historical Park, enthusiasts and visitors of the site will be able to experience the ancient culture of our ancestors by discovering the connection between themselves and the noblest animal - horse, bearer of the indomitable and freedom-loving Bulgarian soul.

Horse riding takes place on an outdoor circular arena under the guidance of an experienced instructor who leads the horse. 


The attraction lasts 10 minutes, costs 20 leva and is suitable for visitors over 7 years of age.


MEDIEVAL DUEL

Rare are those who did not see movies in which courageous heroes fight against evil forces dressed in heavy armor and armed with glistening swords. Many of you may have also attended historical re-enactments in which passionate reconstructors presented right in front of your eyes the brilliance of medieval weapons and techniques to handle them. Not doubt that many of you have been keen to discover more, at least for a moment, about the film heroes or reconstructors, to experience their adventures and to feel the spirit and courage with which the ancient warriors have won their own battles.

At the Historical Park, we offer a unique opportunity for spectators to become valiant warriors and participants in great events. Challenge your opponent, raise your sword and fight for honor, glory and valiant deeds.

Our experienced reenactors of medieval martial arts and weaponry will help you become the warriors you dream of. Daily demonstrations of fighting techniques and weapons are accompanied by an explanatory talk.

Tourists wishing to handle the weapons and try out various demonstrated techniques can do so under the supervision of an experienced instructor, subject to all safety rules (fencing is taught with safe training weapons and additional requisites, which are included in the price)

Become warriors, break the routine of everyday life. Test your might, agility, and valor in sword fighting while having fun.

The attraction is suitable for visitors over 12 years and costs 10 leva.


RITUAL WINE DRINKING

The ancient Thracians remained in history as renowned winemakers. In Antiquity, Dionysus, the god of wine, was believed to have come from Thrace. In his poem the "Odyssey", Homer praises the Thracian wine. He described it as a very thick drink of divine aroma.

Due to the great popularity of Thracian wine in the ancient world, it preserved its local name: Zelia, Zila, Zelas. This word suggests a direct relationship with green, but also with the Bulgarian for a potion, a spell, or even a poisonous herb.

For Thracians, wine is not only a staple in their diet but also a sacred drink. No important event in the life of the Ancient man occurred without a feast - from his birth to his death, he was accompanied by the ritual spill of wine. In the wedding scene of the Kazanlak tomb, a ruler is depicted with a phiale in his hand, as a wine pourer gets closer.

The wine is poured both on the feasts and during various rituals. In the Rhodopian sanctuary of Dionysus, there was a libation that showed the birth of the new king. The wine was poured on a burning altar, and if a huge flame burned over the roof of the sanctuary, it meant that the ordered ritual would call for great deeds.

The Historical Park offers its guests a ritual tasting of a special variety of honey wine (150 ml), made in the Thracian tradition. The wine is poured into accurate replicas of rhytons, phiales and other vessels of famous Thracian treasures. Thus, the participants in the tasting have the unique opportunity to enjoy the divine drink to the fullest extent and experience the glory of mighty Thracian heroes.

The attraction is suitable for visitors over 18 years and costs 20 leva.


FUN ARCHAEOLOGY

Indiana Jones and Lara Croft may be the most famous archaeologists known to the public. Although fictional characters, a significant number of films, series, comics, and computer games were created about their adventures. Their travels around the world in search of ancient artifacts and traces of extinct civilizations created a spark in the imagination of young and old.

Investigating how people lived before us, discovering objects they left behind or touching the knowledge they possessed - it has always caused excitement. Today, large-scale excavations are being carried out by experienced archaeologists throughout the world. Thanks to their unrelenting efforts, we know a lot about the ancient peoples inhabiting the land, the monumental buildings they erected - temples, palaces or fortresses, which do not stop marveling us with their grace and splendor.


Fun archaeology is a leisure-focused and educational activity where archaeological excavations under the guidance and instruction of an experienced instructor are carried out in a simulated environment. The unearthed finds are dated according to established methodology and will be kept as a keepsake by the tourist-archaeologist.

In this way, anyone who fascinated by the magic of the past, and who wants to reveal a part of it, to feel like the great discoverers and archaeologists - real or fictional - can experience the thrill of discovery in a unique way.

The attraction is suitable for visitors over 7 years of age.


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COIN MINTING

Coinage in Antiquity was far from being a commonplace activity aimed at creating the universal means of exchange - currency. The right and the production of coins belonged to the official authority of a country. The money carried on itself the face of the rightful the ruler or the sign of the city where it was made. During the time of the mighty Thracian kings, the rulers of the Odrysian kingdom, the minted coins served as a royal insignia (sign) with which they demonstrated their superiority and power.

The existence of a monetary mint in a city was a matter of honor and prosperity for that same ruler. Mints were organized in a specific order, in selected places, and their access was restricted under strict rules.

Among the towns of present-day Bulgaria, coins with emblems minted in Antiquity refer to Apollonia on the Black Sea – the anchor, for Kabile - Artemis with torches in hand and a multitude of others. During the Roman period, preserved testimonies confirm that at least 13 cities on the Bulgarian lands were minting their own coins.

At the Historical Park, we offer visitors to dive into the coinage in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. After a detailed explanatory talk from our tour guides, each guest will be given the opportunity to hammer his own personal coin as a souvenir. In this way, you will not only get close to the ancient practices and traditions of this unique craft but also get the unique chance to feel like the proud and invincible rulers who ruled through time over our lands.

Hammer your coin, and keep forever the memory of your majesty and dignity.

The attraction is suitable for visitors over 12 years and costs 20 leva.