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A former Royal hunting lodge perched in the Rila Mountains close to the modern-day ski resort of Borovets, Tsarska Bistritsa was completed in 1914 by architect Petar Koichev for King Ferdinand and combines Art Nouveau styling with simple Alpine influences such as carved wooden balconies. Its interior is ornamented with wood-paneled interiors executed by the craftsmen Petar and Luka Kunchev and brightened with patterned rugs, photos of the Royal Family covering the walls and display cabinets full of hunting trophies. Confiscated by the Communists in 1945, the palace was returned to Simeon Saxe Coburg Gotha, the grandson of Ferdinand, in 2006 but has again been subject of legal proceedings over rightful ownership.

Approached by a winding lane lined with pine trees, the palace is surrounded by a forested park with many rare and exotic trees planted by Ferdinand, through which the River Bistritsa runs and powers a hydroelectric station that was built in 1912 and still supplies the estate’s electricity. The lovely Orthodox mini-church of Saint John of Rila is also open to the public, crammed with glittering silver and gold icons; a small museum is located in the wooden former stable block adjacent to the palace, which houses memorabilia of the Royal Family including paintings from their private collections and hand-embroidered national costumes; two smaller hunting lodges can be found nearby, dating from 1904 and designed by Romanian architect Georgi Fingov.

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Tsarska Bistritsa, Borovets, Sofia Province, 2011
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Ski-doo Snow Safari in Borovets

Ski-doo Snow Safari in Borovets

Explore Bulgaria’s magnificent mountain wilderness in style on this 1-hour ski-doo snow safari in Borovets. Choose the departure time to suit your schedule, then hop onto your ski-doo. Pull on your helmet and, following a safety briefing, zoom along winding tracks with your guide. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views over the snowy mountainscape and enjoy high-octane thrills in the wilds of Bulgaria. At the half-way point, swap with your ski-doo partner and experience the adventure from the back seat.
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation


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Tsarska Bistritsa hours of operation: Tue–Sun 9am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.