The town of Gabrovo is situated in Northern Bulgaria, along the River
Yantra, in the north Sredna Stara Planina mountain spur, 392 m above
sea-level. Gabrovo is 220 km north-east from the city of Sofia. In the
immediate vicinity of Gabrovo is the geographical centre of Bulgaria.
Because of its locality the town is a busy road junction. There are a
lot of roads leading from Gabrovo to the other towns and municipalities
in Northern and Southern Bulgaria.
The nearest airport is in the town of Gorna Oryahovitsa (60 km).
The nearest river port is in the town of Rousse (160 km).
The nearest sea port is in the town of Bourgas (230 km).
During the Middle Ages some tradesmen and craftsmen set up their business there. Some people were occupied with wood, metal, wool, and leather-working and the tradition was handed down until nowadays. At the end of the last century a lot of factories were built and stock-joint companies of European kind were set up there. At present the town of Gabrovo is an important industrial centre. There are a lot of leading machine-building, electronic, and tool-making plants. Textile industry, furniture manufacturing, plastics manufacturing, food, wine and tobacco industries are also of great importance.
A few state and municipal companies and a lot of private wholesale and
retail trade companies are in the trade and public services of the town.
The private companies have more than 60% of the business in Gabrovo. A lot
of world-famous companies from other countries have representative offices in Gabrovo.
Due to its clean mountain air, historical and ethnographical complexes Gabrovo
has become an attractive tourist centre. Municipality and the surrounding area is
considered to be one of the most ecologically clean regions in Bulgaria.
The rich flora and fauna come to prove that. Some of the
best hunting trophies such as bear, red deer and mouflon can be found in the game
There are some places of interest, which are of national and international importance.
The most picturesque place in Gabrovo is the architectural and ethnographical complex Etur - a unique open-air museum. The Bulgarian Renaissance atmosphere is reserved there in the old workshops of traditional Bulgarian arts and crafts. The visitors can watch the craftsmen doing everything by their own hands and by water-driven machinery. There are some hotels, restaurants, and taverns available. The visitors like them for the Bulgarian traditions in cooking are still reserved there.
Near Gabrovo is the 600-year-old village Bozhentsi - an architectural and historical reserve. Bozhentsi is located in a pretty valley, and all its authentic houses date back to The Renaissance period. Bozhentsi is an excellent place for individual and family tourism.
Ouzana is a mountain locality near Gabrovo. The geographical centre of Bulgaria is found here. Ouzana is a suitable place for your winter and summer holiday. Here you can do some skiing, horse-riding, mountain-climbing, etc.
The distance from Lyulyatsite Resort (The Lilac Shrubs) to Gabrovo is 15 km. The resort is famous for its favourable effects on some cases of allergy, hypertonia and chronic diseases of respiratory system.
A lot of theatrical, musical and folklore professional groups, puppet-show, pantomime theatre, Gabrovo Chamber Orchestra, "Gabrovo" - Swing Dixie Band and a lot of others contribute to the cultural life in Gabrovo.
The visitors can see the unique expositions of the History Museum, Art Gallery and National Museum of Education. National Museum of Education is located in the building of Aprilov Grammar School - the first non-clerical secondary school in Bulgaria.