Architectural-Ethnographic Complex ETAR, Gabrovo

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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  • The open air exhibit brings you back a couple of 100 years when everything was pretty much all done by hand. The quality of the craftsman ship is quite amazing. From silversmith to saddlery to pottery...  read more »
  • At 8 km from Gabrovo here is the open air ethnographic museum Etar, one of the sites most visited Bulgaria, built in 1964. Here you rebuild a village atmosphere of another era, of 1800, we find the artisanal activity once. The old water mill with around bakers, blacksmiths, weavers, ... the structure of the village is made of wood and there are craft shops, bars, coffee shops--all packed in a beautiful green setting full of tall trees. And from here you can go hiking in the Woods. We stayed at the characteristic self service restaurant with firewood furnace situated immediately upon entry into the village, eating pizza, sausages, meatballs, potatoes, all washed down with local beer. And then we tasted a very good Turkish coffee to the sand into a little place called on the first floor of one of these cabins. And on the ground floor there was a charming candy store with local delicacies, with a long queue of visitors ... Many written in Bulgarian on stone slabs extol the traditions and the significance of the village: "the people who don't have traditions is not a people". "The people who don't respect their traditions does not respect himself." You pay an entrance fee.
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  • The open-air museum definitely worth a visit, although quite a lot of people (visit outside the tourist season). Primarily due to operating on a regular basis workshops presenting the work of craftsmen as in the old days. You can buy sweets, try God (of wheat). In September, is open to 19 but workshops close at 18 so you might want to go a lot earlier.
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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.
  • Awesome experiense, try some local delicates
  • 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. 😊✌🏻️
  • 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
  • I enjoyed the old water-wheel-driven machinery. Quite unique
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