This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tryavna. To help you make friends with Tryavna before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Tryavna is a beautiful, small town with many historical buildings in Central Bulgaria, and is very close to Gabrovo. It can offer its visitors great experiences, and prices are very low.
Tryavna was a trade center in the middle of the nineteenth century and there are many old houses remaining from that period that used to belong to rich individuals. Other houses belonged to national revolutionists like Angel Kunchev or authors like Petko and Pencho Slaveykov, the latter a Nobel Prize nominee (the only Bulgarian ever to be nominated), and other eminent Bulgarians from the nineteenth century. Before the Independence of Bulgaria, it was also an education and intellectual center.
Now, Tryavna has much smaller impact in everyday life in Bulgaria, but is a nice tourist destination. Your options for Tryavna hostels are located in the quarter Stoyanovci, which is not in the center or near the train station. As the town is quite small, that makes only twenty minutes on foot. Accommodations are not very cheap, but prices of food and drinks are low -- plus you will walk as everything is very close and you do not need public transportation. Streets are very chaotic, so ask your landlord for directions to your Tryavna hostel.
Train and bus connections are not very good, as Tryavna is located in the middle of Stara Planina. However, you can easily go to Veliko Turnovo (a city that does not need presentation -– the old capital of Bulgaria) or Gabrovo -- a city worth visiting.
Written by local enthusiast for Tryavna hostelsGeorge Traveller