Pernik Mine Museum And Krakra Fortress Full-Day Tour From Sofia

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Pernik is a town about 30 km from the capital of Sofia and despite it's gloomy heavy industry image, it has been inhabited for over 6 thousand years during the new stone age and the nearby Krakra fortress shows remains from this period and the laterHellenisticperiod (4th century).
Pernik opensthe first coal mine in 1891 and it's high quality ores quickly develop the town, where the first light bulb and the first electric power generator in Bulgaria are installed. The coal is widelyyieldedfrom the mine with more than 100 km long galleries until 1986 when it becomes a unique museum of mining history.


  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Stop At: Krakra Fortress, Pernik, Pernik Province

The medieval Krakra Fortress is situated on a relatively small rocky plateau at the southwestern part of the town of Pernik. The fortress offers a view of Karvavoto Area. According to the legend in 1016 Krakra resisted an 88-day siege, during which many Byzantines found their deaths. Their blood painted the land in the area red, thus giving its name.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Underground Mining Museum, Pernik, Pernik Province

he town of Pernik is also known as the Town of Black Gold. The development of Pernik is closely related to mining. In1891 the Mining Law was adopted and the first mine of the Pernik State Mine in the locality of Kulata was established. The first mine buildings were constructed around it. Gradually the center of the locality was moved from the residential section of Varosha around the new mining settlement. In 1986 in Pernik was established the Museum of Mining. The idea of its establishing occured after miners from Pernik visited the Museum of rock-salt extraction in the town of Velichka, Poland, and the St. Petersburg Museum of Mining.

Duration: 2 hours


All taxes, fees and handling charges

Driver/guide in English

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Krakra Fortress

Entry/Admission - Underground Mining Museum


Food and drinks, unless specified


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Not wheelchair accessible

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 04-Apr-2017

    Although this tour may not appeal to everyone, we found it to be informative and very interesting. We firstly visited the Krakra fortress remains and our guide, who was very interested in archaeology, was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of the same. We then visited a very authentic coal mining museum in Pernik, which gave us an idea of the underground working conditions of the miners....once again, our guide was excellent on this subject. Finally, we had an authentic Bulgarian lunch in a remote village, at a house belonging to Magdalena. She was very hospitable and provided large amounts of delicious food. All in all, we found this trip to be good value for is ideal for travellers who are interested in the culture/history of a country.