Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Balchik

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#1 of 78 in Museums in Bulgaria
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King Ferdinand of Romania commissioned Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik for his wife, Queen Marie, in 1926. Its architecture is a blend of Balkan and Asian styles. The main building's minaret tops a Christian chapel. The park's collection of large cactus species was the second of its kind in Europe and features flowers brought from various parts of the world. Other attractions include residential villas, a smoking hall, wine cellar, monastery, holy spring, water mill, and chapel. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola spent 11 days at the palace shooting scenes of “Youth Without Youth.” Work out when and for how long to visit Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik and other Balchik attractions using our handy Balchik trip itinerary builder.
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  • Only go on a clouded day, because there are many stairs. Remember water. It is not suited for kidstrollers, high heels or poorly walkers! But surefooted kids will love it. It is a nice park with beaut...  more »
  • The Botanical Garden is worth a visit. Especially for plant lovers is a place of compulsory. A large collection of cacti, Roses as well as a place for walks beautifully delineated among the thousands of plants and trees, alleys. A minus is location on the slope of Mount-you have to good climbing at times and paths lead up and down.
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  • One rainy day in Albena so we came here by taxi (about GBP£25) for an explore in our raincoats! Beautiful saturated colours, expansive greenhouse of cacti and loads of signs in many languages so you k...  more »

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