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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  • Have been there several times. In a relatively large territory collected authentic workshops with traditional Bulgarian crafts: weaving, manufacture of knives, carving, etc. All workshops, workers can see how what you offer to buy. There are several places with food and a very good restaurant on the complex territory with a selection of national dishes (but not restaurant). Visit duration not more than 1.5-2 hours. There is parking near the entrance. The best time to visit is summer.
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  • Interesting and pleasant to walk on Jetere, go to different shops, buildings, consider adaptations for different handicraft items, look at the accommodation. Cool walking tour there, quite a lot of information you can find there. Even school there is old, you can look at what class the children studied. It is a place that is really worth a visit.
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  • The about 8 kilometers from the city of Gabrovo is the open-air museum Etara, an ethnographic and architectural complex, whose construction was begun in 1963, in the existing area Karadzheyka, which dates from 1780 and whose purpose is to show the architecture and lifestyle of Gabrovo and region in the second half of the 18th century and early 19th century. The site has about 50 attractions, such as the houses with workshops, water facilities, water wheel d ´ and houses a unique collection of Bulgaria of technical tools that work with water, as, for example, monjolos. Visitors can observe the work of artisans preparing forged fire bells, pottery, making wood carvings, making confectionery, copper pots and other. And you can still purchase the product that has just been finalized before our eyes. In one of the streets, we can see nearly 20 houses, exact replicas of ancient buildings and sites, too, houses with two floors, Bay Windows, a clock tower. Restaurants, where you can enjoy Bulgarian cuisine, and cafes, as well as souvenir shops. The site is visited throughout the year by tourists from all over the world. For me, it was a little tiring go all the complex, even though a comfortable shoes and being a very pleasant day.
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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