10 Things to Do in Vidin That You Shouldn't Miss

Vidin (Bulgarian: Видин, pronounced [ˈvidin]) is a port town on the southern bank of the Danube in north-western Bulgaria. It is close to the borders with Romania and Serbia, and is also the administrative centre of Vidin Province, as well as of the Metropolitan of Vidin (since 870).

1. Baba Vida Fortress

Vidin, Bulgaria Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
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4 based on 141 reviews

Baba Vida Fortress

Reviewed By sanjohn - Edmonton, CanadaEdmonton, Canada

Medieval fortress

Truly a beautiful and historic medieval fortress which has been well maintained. Our guide provided an excellent commentary on its history which added to the experience. For those with mobility issues, touring within the walls of the fortress may not be f

2. Memorial of Victims in Serbo-Bulgarian War

Pl. Saedinenie, Vidin 3700, Bulgaria Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
Excellent
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4 based on 16 reviews

Memorial of Victims in Serbo-Bulgarian War

The most famous Bulgarian sculptor Andrey Nikolov created a unique monument. It is dedicated to the victims in the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885. An English journalist who visited Vidin, wrote in this connection: "Bulgaria has a monument of victory like no other in Europe. The dying grenadier, despite being a winner, is plunged into grief. Bulgarians are only capable of such attitude.”

Reviewed By Sharon M - Abingdon, MarylandAbingdon, Maryland

Unusual war memorial

This statue is in the small town of Vidin. It is different from many war memorials. It appears to be a crying or injured soldier, reminding us of all the sadness and loss that wars bring.

3. St. Dimitar Cathedral

Vidin, Bulgaria Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
41%
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51%
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

St. Dimitar Cathedral

Vidin is an important religious centre. The proof for that statement is St. Dimitar - the second biggest church in Bulgaria after St. Alexander Nevski in Sofia. The dome is 33 meteres high. Absolute beauty and must-see.

Reviewed By Kevin F - Lincoln, United KingdomLincoln, United Kingdom

Run Down Outside But Worth A Visit

From first glance this Cathedral is run down with badly maintained grounds and stonework. However it is worth a visit just to see what the interior looks like. Inside it is totally different and although quite dark, has lots of interesting murals and arch

4. Vidin Synagogue

Vidin 3703, Bulgaria Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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3.5 based on 54 reviews

Vidin Synagogue

Reviewed By Fletch1946 - Fair Haven, New JerseyFair Haven, New Jersey

Soulful Ruins

The Synagogue is now in a state of ruin, but still very beautiful in a tragic way. You can only view the ruins from the exterior, but it is worth a look. It is close to the local Orthodox Church and Mosque.

5. St. Panteleimon Church

Baba Vida St. 15, Vidin 3700, Bulgaria Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
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5 based on 8 reviews

St. Panteleimon Church

Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, TexasBellaire, Texas

One of the oldest churches in town with well-preserved iconostasis

St. Panaeleimon church is really a small chapel located in the garden of the Bishop's palace. Built of stone and bricks, it was completed around 1634, but its decorations have been added in later years. The rectangular nave abuts to a circular apse. The c

6. Stambol Kapia

Vidin, Bulgaria Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4 based on 6 reviews

Stambol Kapia

Reviewed By IgorMarkovic - Smederevo, SerbiaSmederevo, Serbia

Leftover of a magnificent fortress

The Stambol Gate was one of the several gates that used to belong to the great Vidin fortress, which hasn't outlived the turbulent historical era of this region. It shows how important and beautiful the walls of the fortress actually were, and how strong

7. Town Park

Vidin, Bulgaria Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
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3.5 based on 22 reviews

Town Park

The town park is approximately 2 km across Danube river. Almost all the major sights are in or around it. Must-see in order to feel the atmosphere of Vidin.

Reviewed By Carol P

Neglected and Delapidated -- a desolate spot

This part is a little over 2 km along the Danube. The few structures and monuments are badly neglected and the walkways are dangerously delapidated. It's easy to trip and fall. Humans leave trash and dogs leave their waste on the paths and the brown grass

8. Konaka Museum

Tsar Simeon Velikiy 1, Vidin 3700, Bulgaria Museums, History Museums
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Konaka Museum

Reviewed By Boyan A - Sofia, BulgariaSofia, Bulgaria

The historical museum

Konaka is the historical museum. You can admire of the Roman heritage. Mosaics and the marble head of the goddess-patroness of Vidin are the highlights of the collection.The ticket for the museum can be combined with Baba Vida fortress.

9. St. Nikolai Church

Ul. Tsar Ivan Stratsimir 8, Vidin 3700, Bulgaria Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

St. Nikolai Church

St. Nikolai church was erected in the place of an old bell-tower and an extension to the St. Panteleimon Church.Today St. Nikolai Church is part of the complex including: the St. Panteleimon Church/1634/, the residential building of the Metropolitan of Vidin /1924 /, the mausoleum of Antim I /1934 / and the eparchial school /1926 /.

Reviewed By Robert L - Amherst, MassachusettsAmherst, Massachusetts

Nice!

This is a particularly good Orthodox church. The murals, altar, artifacts were all authentic in style. We stumbled into an empty church while the men's a Capella choir was practicing. Priceless.

10. Vidin Drama Theatre

Vidin, Bulgaria Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Vidin Drama Theatre

Vidin Drama Theatre is the first separate building in Bulgaria that was constructed for functioning as a thater. Built in 1891.

Reviewed By IgorMarkovic - Smederevo, SerbiaSmederevo, Serbia

Quite an interesting architectural style

Vidin't drama theatre is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Bulgaria dedicated to the theater performances. Thus, it has a symbolic importance for the cultural life of today's Vidin. It is situated in the Town Park, so you can't miss it.

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