Architectural-Ethnographic Complex ETAR, Gabrovo
(4.7/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the architecture and lifestyle of the region during the 18th and 19th centuries at Architectural-Ethnographic Complex ETAR. The museum features 50 sites, such as Bulgarian Revival houses, craft workshops, water installations, a clock tower, and other buildings. Explore the only Bulgarian collection of filling mills, water mills, grindstones, and other technical installations driven by water. You can observe craftspeople making bells, pottery, confections, furs, and copper vessels, and you can ask them for a lesson in traditional crafts. The complex includes a hotel and a restaurant with traditional dishes prepared according to old local recipes. Make Architectural-Ethnographic Complex ETAR a part of your Gabrovo vacation plans using our Gabrovo vacation route planner.
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  • Interesting place to visit, it's pretty much an open air museum. There are copies of water powered industrial tool which were used in Bulgaria. Also some craftman's shops where they work behind a wind...  more »
  • I am native of Gabrovo and was here as a young child. Nothing has changed over the years! I've always felt in this place to recharge (lies not only on the sugar treats). My Tip: to the Sokolsti monastery and the Museum down (the line in the forest is suitable for unathletic) hiking, then one has earned the delicacies from the workshops :-)
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  • Entering the village one has no idea how large it is and how the artisan working in each field has been selected for their gifts compared to other applicants. As a member of a Craft Guild myself I can...  more »
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  • Excellent food. Try the cafe in the ethnographic complex. My daughter kept teasing me with questions such as "So that's how you used to live when you were a child?" Met a nice man living in Brussels but with Kurdish origin who spoke both English and excellent Swedish to us. The description of how the water driven saw works is one of the funniest we've read.
  • Picturesque, charming and old-fashioned. A definite must see in that part of Bulgaria this place offers a peak into the country's history. Make sure to taste the freshly baked bread with mixed traditional spices.!
  • If you are passing this way, this place is a must. Fantastic local atmosphere, traditional craftsmanship, restaurants and much more. The scenery is also really amazing
  • The 'Etar' is a historical and national place where you can experience and see the old traditions, food and art of Bulgaria. I would recommend it as a must-see destination for the travel lovers. With its environment it takes you away to the old Bulgarian times. Entrance cost is cheap and kids get a discount. 😊✌🏻️
  • Awesome experiense, try some local delicates