IPA The project is co-funded by EU trough the Bulgaria–Serbia IPA Cross-border Programme
Leader Partner Municipality of Koprivshtitsa, Koprivshtitsa - Bulgaria; Partner Municipality of Medijana Nis, Serbia


Koprivshtitsa is a picturesque museum town, famous for its beautiful nature, remarkable architecture and history. Each year thousands of Bulgarians and foreigners come here attracted by the authentic look of this town from the Revival Period, in which each house is a monument, and you can see glimpses of history in each corner and cobblestone street.

Koprivshtitsa is located 100 km to the East of Sofia in the heart of Sredna Gora Mountain, in the valley of Topolnitsa river. The municipality is bordered by Plovdiv and Pazardzhik District, as well as by six municipalities - Pirdop, Anton, Karlovo, Hisarya, Strelcha and Panagyurishte. The area of the town of Koprivshtitsa is 139.165 square kilometers, which makes it the 17th largest municipality in the Republic of Bulgaria. The average altitude is 1,172 meters, and the town itself is at 1,060 meters above sea level.

During the last census residents of the town of Koprivshtitsa were 2446 people. The accommodation capacity is 1,060 beds. Categorized objects are 83 - guest houses, family hotels and rooms for guests. It is situated at an altitude of 1,050 meters above sea level. In the summer it is cool, full of freshness and the clean air is peaceful and quiet. In the winter it is cold, but in sunny days the town acquires a unique charm - the houses and trees are heavy with snow, chimneys are quietly smoking, and the numerous taverns and hotels offer arrangement and atmosphere typical of Koprivshtitsa, traditional local dishes combined with modern conveniences and comfort.

Koprivshtitsa is a center of education, literature and culture throughout the Bulgarian Revival. The teachers, doctors, priests and bookmen of Koprivshtitsa are among the first national leaders, not only in their birthplace, but also of all Bulgarians. Some of the greatest personalities of our cultural Revival are born here, such as Nayden Gerov, Yoakim Gruev, Liuben Karavelov, etc.

The town has a specific and unique architecture, which has been preserved through the centuries and it is maintained by today's generation.

Wealthy and influential people donated generously from their own funds for the development of education in the town of Koprivshtitsa, for building Christian churches and school buildings.

The history still remembers the names of donors such as the Old chorbadji Valko Chalakov and the Young chorbadji Valko Chalakov, Grandpa Todor Mirchev and the biggest donor of Koprivshtitsa Hadji Nencho Palaveev. With their generous help and with the flaming morale of the revival educators of Koprivshtitsa, the culture and education in the town have reached their real upsurge.

Wherever you look, the cultural legacy surrounds you. Schools with hundreds of years of history, almost every house is architectural masterpiece, white-stoned fountains and bridges, every little street named after a famous citizen of Koprivshtitsa, monuments of great people in front of which we can only bow our heads.

The sights in the town of Koprivshtitsa are a number of museum houses of prominent Bulgarians, who have contributed to the revival of Bulgaria and who have left a bright trace in our cultural heritage.

Koprivshtitsa offers a wide range of tourist routes of varying difficulty, which enable the guests of the municipality to add colour to their stay in the municipality with pleasant walks in the unique nature.

Besides its rich cultural and historical tradition, the town of Koprivshtitsa is developing woodworking industry, production of potatoes, dairy products and livestock farming.

Koprivshtitsa sings

Every 5 years in August a National folklore festival is held in the town of Koprivshtitsa. The fair is held for the first time in 1965 and since then it has already been held 10 times. The fair is held within three days in the area of "Voyvodenets", by bringing together folklore artists from all over Bulgaria.