The Old Elm in Sliven is the European Tree of the Year 2014

The Old Elm, a thousands years old symbol of the East Bulgarian city of Sliven, became the European tree of the year 2014. The Old Elm was announced the winner at a ceremony held in the European Parliament on Wednesday 19th March. Ten national trees participated in the contest and competed for the title in on-line voting.

The Old Elm in Sliven won 77 526 votes. The winner is determined from the results of the on-line voting, in which a large number of Bulgarians and friends of Bulgaria participated.

The Old elm tree is in the centre of Sliven. It is a natural phenomenon, about 1 100 years old and 10 metres high.The trunk diameter at the roots is over 5 metres and 65 centimetres.

The Old Elm was declared a protected tree. Once it was part of an ancient forest, that spread from the Rhodopi Mountains to the Black Sea and according to legends the city of Sliven was built in the place of this old forest.

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photo: Kostas Anastassiu



The train „Balkan Express 2013“ arrives in Bulgaria with fans of retro travel around the world

On October 6, 2013 the luxury train „Balkan Express 2013“ will arrive in Bulgaria with about 200 tourists from all over the world, lovers of retro trips with steam locomotives. The train departing from Germany on October 3rd is going to pass briefly through Austria, Hungary and Serbia and then will during the following 6 days is going to make stops for visits of various sites in Bulgaria. The journey is organized entirely with all available museum steam locomotives owned by the Bulgarian State Railways BDZ, which have been restored and are on the move.

The timetable of the train’s passage through the country is, as follows: Има още