The City of Pleven

General Information

Pleven lies to the north of Bulgaria, two hours away from the capital Sofia. With 110,000 inhabitants, it is the seventh biggest city of the country. Thanks to its geographical location, Pleven is an important economic, political, and logistic center.

The tradition in the field of medicine has made Pleven an important spot for public health services. The different hospitals, laboratories, and social and health care centers offer high-level health care. The most important medical facilities in Pleven include the university clinic, the Hospital for Active Treatment of the Military Medical Academy, the local blood transfusion center and the University Telecommunication Endoscopic Centre for Robotic Surgery.

Its rich history, its traditions and its fascinating, natural landscape make Pleven a unique place. The city offers many possibilities for tourists in the fields of environment, culture and wellness, as well as a wide offer in sports, cultural and leisure time activities. Pleven’s nightlife is very lively thanks to its many cafés, pubs and clubs. You can spend your leisure time in Pleven in the most diversified places: Theaters, art galleries, cinemas, concert halls, club and much more. The city has everything you might need in order to make the best of your time at university.

Although Pleven is growing steadily, efforts are made to maintain the beauty, the charm and the relaxed atmosphere in the city. The inhabitants of Pleven are very friendly and contribute to make the city a wonderful place to live in.


Pleven is located approx. 165 yards above sea level in the heart of the Danube lowlands, 110 miles north-east of Sofia and 90 miles south-west of Rousse. Pleven is one of the regional administrative centers in the north of Bulgaria. This beautiful historical and cultural city is famous for its architecture and monuments.


A special symbol of the city of Pleven is, without a doubt, the Regional History Museum. The museum has 24 rooms, which exhibit more than 5,000 precious objects from five fields – archaeology, Ottoman occupation, Bulgarian revival, ethnography, recent and contemporary history and nature. Other places of interest are, among others, the Museum of the Liberation of Pleven, the Skobelev Park, the Museum of the Hunting and Fishing Society, the art gallery and the Monument of Victory, on the hill behind the river Vit. Important churches are the Church of Saint Nicholas and the Church of the Holy Trinity.

Pleven is surrounded by wonderful nature. In close proximity to the town, in the valley of the river Tuchenitsa, there is the Kailuka-Park. Only 7 miles from the city, you will find the nature reserve Chernelka. The reserve is located in the heart of the Danube lowlands and stretches itself more than 4 miles. The vertical rocks, higher than 65 feet, the lush vegetation and the eccentric Peshtera (cave) restaurant make this nature reserve one of the favorite places of the inhabitants and visitors of Pleven.  Visitors will also be fascinated by the natural rock column “Mechoka”, the late antique and medieval castle “Gradishte”, the “Tzarevata” cave, and the Roman road.