Pernik Tourism

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Pernik (Bulgarian: Перник) is a city in western Bulgaria (about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south-west of Sofia) with a population of 80,191 as of 2011. Pernik is the most populated city in western Bulgaria after Sofia. It is the main city of Pernik Province and lies on both banks of the Struma River in the Pernik Valley between the Golo Bardo Mountain, Vitosha Mountain, Lyulin and Viskyar mountains.Pernik is the main city of Pernik Province - province in western Bulgaria, neighbouring Serbia. Originally the site of a Thracian fortress founded in the 4th century BC, and later a Roman settlement, Pernik became part of the Bulgarian Empire in the early 9th century as an important fortress. The medieval town was a key Bulgarian stronghold during Bulgarian tsar Samuil's wars against the Byzantine Empire in the 11th century, when it was governed by the local noble Krakra of Pernik, withstanding Byzantine sieges a number of times. From 1396 until 1878 the city was under Ottoman rule. In the 20th century Pernik developed rapidly as a centre for coal mining and heavy industry. During the Communist rule of Bulgaria it was called Dimitrovo between 1949 and 1962 after Bulgarian Communist leader Georgi Dimitrov. The Surva International Festival of the Masquerade Games is held in the city every January. Surva is International Kukeri Festival in Pernik, Bulgaria. One of the biggest masquerade festival on the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Conducted in the last three days of January.Economically Pernik is industrial town. Industry is of vital importance for the economy of the province. Pernik is the major manufacturing centre, one of the largest in the country with the Stomana steel complex; heavy machinery (mining and industrial equipment); brown coals, building materials and textiles being the most important. Near Pernik there is an enormous plant for heavy machinery in smaller town Radomir which produces excavators and industrial equipment, but is currently not working at full capacity.Pernik has two football teams, PFC Minyor Pernik and FC Metalurg Pernik.


This warm abode of Pernik is a delightful place to visit in Bulgaria. After your splendid visit to Pernik, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Plovdiv. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Plovdiv for its bountiful attractions like Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, Boyana Church, Vitosha Boulevard on your trip to Pernik. To reach Pernik, hop on a flight to airport which is the nearest major Plovdiv Airport. Popular vacation packages of Pernik are of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Pernik*

  • Pollution Statistics in Pernik

    Know the pollution level of Pernik before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 65.84 (High)
    • Water Pollution 40.98 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.3 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.42 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25.77 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 59.18 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50.25 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.59 (Low)
  • Pernik: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Pernik for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Pernik.

    • Burglary and Theft 47.99 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 36.17 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.06 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 86.64 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 52.38 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 37.42 (Low)
    • Drug offense 43.67 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50.99 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.15 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.5 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.5 (Moderate)
  • Living in Pernik - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Pernik is 118.24 (High)

    • Safety Index 54.89 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 74.65 (High)
    • Pollution Index 61.89 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.24 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 41.69 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.52 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 50.55 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Pernik

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Pernik

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.17 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.27 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.88 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 81.32 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.8 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.