Varna Sea Garden Walking Tour, Varna (Self Guided)

Sitting at the bay of the Black Sea, the Sea Garden is Varna's most famous attraction. Many tourists flock here to visit the local zoo and planetarium, or simply to walk along the beach and take wonderful photos.
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Varna Sea Garden Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Varna Sea Garden Walking Tour
Guide Location: Bulgaria » Varna (See other walking tours in Varna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: Maia
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Varna Beach

1) Varna Beach (must see)

Varna's beach is very clean and beautiful. Surrounding the beach itself you'll find lots of bars, disco-clubs, restaurants and many other places for a good time out. The most fun activity of all, however, is to simply walk along the beach enjoying the beautiful turquoise waters and taking some great photos.
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National Maritime Museum

2) National Maritime Museum (must see)

Established in 1885, the Naval museum is located in the Sea Garden not far from the railway station. This large museum has more than 350 square meters of exhibition space, featuring fortifications on the Black Sea and the Danube coast dating back to medieval period, the Russian-Turkish wars of the 17th-19th centuries, and the Emancipation War of 1877/78. Outside the museum you can find a Drazki ship, the most renowned vessel of the national navy.
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The Aquarium and the Black Sea Museum

3) The Aquarium and the Black Sea Museum (must see)

Open since 1912, the Aquarium and the Black Sea Museum have a facade that combines bas-relief images of some of the most common species found in the Black Sea. The Aquarium has a fascinating collection of fresh-water and sea creatures; some of the flora and fauna exhibits are truly unique.
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Planetarium

4) Planetarium

The Planetarium of Varna bears the name of famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Founded in 1963, it's the largest planetarium in Bulgaria. Lots of visitors come here to observe the Sun, Moon and stars with the facility's special projectors.
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Astronomical Observatory

5) Astronomical Observatory

The national astronomical observatory and planetarium of Varna are the biggest and the most modern complex on the Balkans and so one of the most famous attractions in the city. Located just beside the entry of the Sea Garden the planetarium is providing it's visitors with spectacular show by the ZKP(Zeiss Kleinplanetarium)projector showing 5500 stars on a 10.5 meter hemispherical dome. Part of the compelx is also the tower with Foucault pendulum with high of the suspension of 14.40 meters.
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The Natural History and Science Museum

6) The Natural History and Science Museum

The Natural History and Science Museum is divided into three sections: Geology, Animal Kingdom and Vegetation. In each section you'll find lots of fascinating information about the history and present day reality of flora and fauna in the Black Sea region.
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Varna Zoo

7) Varna Zoo

Situated within the Sea Garden, Varna Zoo is a large-scale zoo that has been a firm favorite with children ever since it opened in 1961. The facility got started with the donation by sailors from a torpedo boat of a bear named Maxim, all the way back in 1956.
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Terrarium

8) Terrarium

Varna Terrarium is one of the most exciting and exotic places in the city. Here you'll find a wide range of animal species, including many endangered ones. Not stuck behind glass, these animals have a more natural living environment that allows them to thrive and the visitors to see what their lives are really like in the wild.
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Dolphinarium

9) Dolphinarium (must see)

Open since 1984, the Dolphinarium has been one of Varna's top attractions. The aluminum and glass building, which itself has an unique outfit, is home for the lovely dolphins of a Carribean sea breed. The unique dolphin show includes acrobatics,dolphin dances, music and balance. The Dolphinarium has a capacity of 1200 seats, a main pool for performances with diameter of 6 meters and 3 meters deep and an additional smaller pool. After the show the visitors can watch the dolphins playing through the panoramic coffee bar.

Walking Tours in Varna, Bulgaria

Create Your Own Walk in Varna

Create Your Own Walk in Varna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Varna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Varna Shopping Tour

Varna Shopping Tour

There are plenty of great shopping places in Varna, from shopping streets to souvenir stores, boutiques and more. Take our Varna Shopping Tour to explore the best shopping venues in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The biggest holiday city in Bulgaria, Varna is packed with cafes, bars, art galleries and many other interesting places. This Black Sea port has clean beaches with turquoise waters, and boasts a truly picturesque landscape. Check out this Orientation Walk to have your trip to Varna off to a good start.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Museum Walking Tour in Varna

Museum Walking Tour in Varna

As well as being the largest seaside holiday spot in Northern Bulgaria, Varna is a home to many museums. There you can learn about the nature, wildlife, art and history of Bulgaria. Take our tour to see the collections that Varna museums proudly display.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Varna Daily Life Tour

Varna Daily Life Tour

One of the experiences from a trip to Varna is seeing the Bulgarians go about their daily lives. Take our Varna Daily Life Tour to see where the locals go, from shopping to recreation and everything in between.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Varna Religious Sights Tour

Varna Religious Sights Tour

Varna is a city with many great places of worship that bring the history of faith in Bulgaria into a sharp focus. In a mostly Orthodox Christian country, the majority of Varna's churches are part of this confession. However there are also some mosques that reflect the once powerful influence of the Ottoman Empire. Take our tour to see the key places of worship in Varna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Varna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Varna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Varna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.