Tourist info


     Pernik is a town situated in Central Western Bulgaria. Lying mere 30 kilometers away from the city of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, it is easily accessible by car, bus, or train.
If you are in Pernik, getting to Sofia Airport, Sofia Grand Central Railway Station, or Sofia Central Bus Station is a snap. From here you can get to Sofia in 20 – 30 minutes by car, 30 – 40 minutes by Bus, and 40 – 60 minutes by train.
Several highways of major importance for Europe and the Balkan Peninsula pass through Pernik. These are the Ĺ-79 International Highway from Vidin via Sofia and Kulata to Thessalonica, the Ĺ-871 International Highway from Bourgas via Sofia and Gyueshevo to Skopje, and the ˛˛-63 Road from Pernik via Breznik to the Serbian border. Pernik is a railway hub along the Sofia-to-Kulata International Railway Line and the Sofia-to-Gyueshevo Domestic Line.
Pernik is 842 km away from Athens, 412 km from Belgrade, 457 km from Bucharest, and 588 km From Istanbul.
The town is not far away from the ski slopes of some of Bulgaria’s finest winter resorts in Vitosha and Rila mountains (Borovets) and in Pirin (Bansko). Pernik lies at an elevation of 720 meters above sea level. The climate here is moderate with daily average temperatures of + 0.2° Ń in January.
The Three-star Struma Hotel in downtown Pernik offers good accommodation conditions in its 21 single and 12 double rooms and 9 apartments. The two-star Zora Hotel offers 36 double rooms, 12 bedrooms, and 12 apartments. The Rudartsi Hotel in the near-by resort of Rudartsi can provide accommodation for up to 48 people. Also in Rudartsi there is an indoor mineral-water swimming pool. The Vitoshko Hunting Lodge offers excellent opportunities for recreation through sporting and hunting tourism. It is only 15 km away from Pernik and can accommodate 25 people.
There are numerous fine dining establishments in Pernik. Food buffs will be pleasantly surprised by the traditional meals of the region adding to the well-known international dishes offered here. Most of the restaurants here have live Bulgarian folklore music.
The Regional Museum of History and the Krakra Fortress will be open for visitors during the XXV Jubilee International Festival of the Masquerade Games of Surva to be held in Pernik. Krakra Fortress near downtown Pernik is a major attraction and testament to Pernik’s medieval glory. Buried underneath it are historical layers spanning the time between the 4th century BC and the 14th century AD. The fortress is accessible all year round. The medieval Krakra Fortress is one the eastern side of Pernik. Its preserved ruins form a majestic fortress with an area of 45 decares. Byzantine chronologists recorded two unsuccessful sieges of Pernik by the armies of Emperor Basil II, in 1004 and 1016. The fortress helped the town maintain its strong strategic position of an administrative centre during the Second Bulgarian Empire. Nowadays, visitors can buy small-scaled models of the fortress in most bookstores in Pernik. Pernik is also a centre for coal production. The Underground Mine Museum is housed in an authentic, 630m-long mine gallery in the first developed pit in Pernik (1891) – Starite Rudnitsi (“The Old Pits”)
The collections of the Regional Museum of History give visitors a taste of Pernik’s rich history. The museum is opened for business between 8.00 AM and 5.00 PM. Private tours are organized by request.
The villages around Pernik where the custom of Surva is still alive are not far away. There you can experience Pernik’s masquerade games in their natural environment.