The town of Ruse is situated on the highest right bank of the Danube River. It is one of the largest cities in the country – an important cultural, commercial and industrial centre.
Due to its beautiful architecture and the interior design of the buildings designed by Italian, Austrian, German and Bulgarian architects, Ruse is called “Small Vienna”. One of the symbols of the city is the Profitable Building – a beautiful public building in the centre of Ruse. It was built in 1901-1902 and impresses with its magnificent facade and the seven figures on the roof. They are a symbol of art, science, agriculture, crafts, trade, defence and free flight of spirit. At the top is the symbol of trade – Mercury.
Another place to visit is the Regional Museum of History. It contains more than 130 000 cultural monuments, among which the Borovian Thracian treasure – a service of five silver ritual vessels dating back to the 4th century BC.
An interesting landmark is the Museum of Urban Life, also called “The House of Kaliopa”. Its exposition recreates the interior of a rich Ruse home from the end of XIX and the beginning of the 20th century, and the beautiful frescoes on the second floor are made by the Austrian painter Charles Schlossberg.
One of the most interesting sights of Ruse is the remains of the fortress Sexaginta Prista. They are located in the northwestern part of the city, on a small hill to the bank of the Danube. Exposure in the open reveals the scale of the fortress, and some of the finds can be seen in the historical museum of Ruse where they are exhibited in a separate hall.
The only National Museum of Transport in Bulgaria, which is housed in the building of the first railway station in Bulgaria, is located in Ruse.
In the vicinity of Ruse, there are also interesting and beautiful sights. 20 km southwest of the city, on an area of 3408 hectares, is located the beautiful Natural Park “Rusenski Lom”. The park offers a variety of opportunities for eco and alternative tourism, and within its borders, there are several important historical and cultural monuments.
And today the Danube River is a major factor for the development not only of Ruse but also of the whole of Bulgaria. The “Danube Bridge” near Ruse is of strategic importance because the crossing of the river by road and rail transport in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula takes place only through it.