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Shumen (Bulgarian: Шумен) is a city in northeastern part of Bulgaria.

Get in[edit]

Shumen Railway Station is located east of the city centre.

Get around[edit]


  • 1,300 years Bulgaria. This big memorial was constructed for the 1,300th anniversary of Bulgaria's founding. Moments of Bulgarian history are shown and a lion head is depicted on its top. The memorial is placed on a plateau with the name Ilchov Bair. In its foot there is Sumen. The memorial can be seen easily from the rest of the city, and its view gives the city charm. At night the memorial is lighted up with the colors of the Bulgarian flag. The city and the memorial are connected with 1,300 stairs and a road.


One of the attractions in the city is the sport paragliding. You can see in the pictures in the following site what is paragliding in Sumen : [1]





You can sleep in Hotel Madara or Hotel Shumen.

If you don't like hotels there are many lodgings in the city.


Go next[edit]

The Madara Rider
  • Madara — Lying 15 km east of Shumen, Madara is home to the Madara Rider (or Madara Horseman, Bulgarian: Мадарски конник), a large rock relief depicting a horseman carved on a cliff, which likely dates back to 710 CE, and is in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Also nearby are Thracian tombs and the two of the ancient capitals of the Bulgarian Kingdoms, Pliska and Preslav.
  • Southwest of Shumen close to Kotel, there is a nice village, Medven, with old wooden houses, a nice little waterfall, and a good restaurant and hotel (30 leva for a double room).

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