Rousse Flights:

Flights to Rousse

image of RousseLocated in the north east of Bulgaria, the city of Rousse is the fifth largest city in the country and it’s right on the River Danube. Rousse has some lovely 19th and 20th century architecture, giving it the very grand appearance the city is famous for.

The airport in Rousse is currently closed, so the next nearest airport for international flights to Rousse is the Henri Coanda International Airport (airport code: OTP) which is about 80 kilometres away, in Bucharest. With that in mind, you can get a one-stop flight to Rousse, arriving in Bucharest, with South African Airways that connects in Zurich or with Lufthansa for a stop-over in Munich. British Airways also goes to Bucharest from Johannesburg, stopping once in London.

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The Tourist Attractions of Rousse:

You may know the city as Rousse, but it is also commonly called Ruse or Russe, so don’t get confused if either of these names are used. In Bulgarian it is actually Pyce!

Rousse is an ancient city but it’s best known for more recent history when it grew quickly in the 19th and 20th centuries. It’s the splendid architecture from this period that’s the main draw for many tourists visiting Rousse today. There are around 260 “monuments” and they are mostly located within the centre of Rousse, making them easy to access. Among these are the following:

Aleksandrovska Street

Right in the heart of Rousse is the city’s main street, Aleksandrovska Street. This is a good place to start a visit as it is lined with many fine buildings, representing a selection of different architectural styles. Many of them though are Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo.

The Old City Centre of Ruse

Focused around a public square, and right near the beginning of Aleksandrovska Street is the old city centre of Rousse. The square is lined with more great architecture and includes the Rousse Regional Historical Museum where there are over 140,000 items including seven permanent exhibitions that house finds going back to prehistoric times.

The building in which the Rousse Regional History Museum is housed is an attraction in itself. It is called Battenberg Palace and was built between 1879 and 1882.

National Transport Museum

The National Transport Museum is another museum worth visiting in Rousse especially if you’re interested in trains. It’s situated within the country’s first train station which was built in 1866, and has ten steam engines with exhibits both inside and out.

Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo

While you’re visiting Rousse make sure you head out of the city 20 kilometres to the Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo. This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers a group of churches, monasteries and chapels that were carved out of the rock.

When Should You Visit?:

Rousse has a surprisingly low amount of rainfall each year so you don’t have to worry too much about wet weather. Other than this make sure you visit in the summer months for warm to hot weather, averaging in the mid 20’s C. Winters are quite cool in comparison, dropping to an average of just zero in January.

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