Located on both banks of the Beli Osam River, Troyan is stretching on 15 km to the foothills of Balkan Mountain (in Bulgarian: Stara Planina). The name of the town comes from a former Roman ruler who has been commanding the region. A preserved paved road winding through the mountain and remnants of a Roman settlement, both outside the city, are giving a hint where the great Roman Empire ever has spread to.
Troyan is not from the places that will impress you with architecture. The town itself is a typical post example of the post-communist architecture. There is an interesting, even funny, fact about Troyan – it is the only town in Bulgaria with only one active traffic light on its territory. Troyan has been an industrial city ever before, that was totally destroyed in so called “years of transition”, and this is what the remains of the old mastodons in the Industrial zone are talking about.
The reason why Troyan is a famous tourist region is nature. I would add to it the few, but really classy cultural and historical sites that everyone should visit. The Museum of Arts (recently selected as the best museum for 2019 in Bulgaria), the Art Gallery, the National Exhibition of Crafts and the Arts, the Monument of the Liberty Ark (more than 1500 meters above sea level), the Troyan Monastery (over 400 years old ), waterfalls in Vidima and Kaleytsa. In the summer, the region becomes a SPA destination with the unique hot and cold mineral springs located in the villages of Shipkovo and Chiflik.
If you are a fan of nightlife, there are two pubs in the central part of the town, as either is rock one where you may meet some of the regular artists.
In the several restaurants built in old-type style Bulgarian architecture (in Bulgarian: “mehana”), delicious dishes are offered, and the menus are often in English, as well, with prices stated. In some of the “mehanas”, you can find a traditional program with folk dances and songs.
If you need an interpreter in German, as well as in Romanian, Serbian, Albanian (actually, and I do not know how many language she speaks), look for one of the staff at the Museum. She will always respond and help you.
-Do buy souvenirs from the small workshops, because there you will be able to touch stuff made from the original Trojan masters.
Once you have visited the Museum and the Art Gallery, as well as had a short walk along the shopping street nearby, the interesting places for tourists are over.
The former tourist information center which is still present in most tourist guides issued in European countries is closed down. The battered plate continues to hang over the front door, but the padlock and lattice are locked forever…
The city has built a new one with unspecified functions, and if you are experience difficulties when moving, the chance to visit the center is null. Same applies, when it comes to an access to the Art Gallery. The Museum has recently was provided with a ramp, though absurd one, and the Museum itself has got a lift installed.