Shumen, Bulgaria

Every city in Bulgaria in addition to the smaller parks nestled here and there between the busy streets has at least one big and beautiful park a little to the side. Shumen is one of the few with a whole natural reserve just up above it. A steep stairway leads from the city center to the top of the Shumen Plateau, to the colossal brutalist monument on the edge above the city, to the spa­ci­ous park with its multiple panoramic view­points behind it, to the numerous trails through the woods and protected beech forest.

The plateau is densely wooded and filled with wild­life. I saw a fox and a couple of deer early in the morning less than a kilometer from the city limits.

The viewpoint
The viewpoint.
Shumen
The view from the Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument.
Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument
Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument.
Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument
Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument.
Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument
Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument.
Astronomical observatory
Astronomical observatory.
Shumen view
Shumen view
A closer view at the industrial district.
Shumensko lake
Shumensko lake.
Divdyadovo
Divdyadovo district.
A girl on the bluff
A girl on the bluff.
Khankrumski rock monastery
Khankrumski rock monastery.
A house in the woods
A house in the woods.
The view from the Khankrumovite porti
The view from the “Khankrumovite porti”.
Shumensko Pivo
“Shumensko Pivo” brewery.
A street in the center of Shumen
A street in the city center.
Military club
Military club.
Osvobozhdenie square
Osvobozhdenie (Liberation) square.
Osvobozhdenie square
Osvobozhdenie (Liberation) square.
Delapidated construction site in the city center
Abandoned construction site.