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Tzar Simeon’s Garden

In the southwest corner of the main street is located Tzar Simeon’s Garden. Designed and completed under a project of the Swiss Lucien Chevalas,known as court gardener of the Turkish Sultan Abdul Azis in the late nineteenth century. It has been declared as a monument of gardening art. Since its creation, the classic fountain of the goddess of fertility Demeter has been preserved, marbled by the Italian sculptor Arnoldo Zocchi. The fountain is the only relic, reminiscent of the First Bulgarian Exhibition held at the place where the park is located today. There are many monuments of Bulgarian spiritual leaders, modern sculptures and items of plastic art. Inside the park is the lake with the singing fountains, which in summer time attracts thousands Plovdiv residents and visitors. The garden is an attractive center for recreation during all seasons.

Rowing channel

National and international sporting events and competitions are held here. Built according to international standards, the channel is 2200 m. long, 120 m. wide and 3 m. deep. Next to it are located Recreation and Culture Park and Plovdiv Stadium. Plovdiv residents call the area “the lungs” of the city.

For young and adults’ leisure time the Children’s Railroad, located at the Youth Hill, operates from April to September.

Children’s Railroad Working Hours:

Winter working hours:
From October, 16 to March, 31 incl.
From Wednesday to Sunday – 8:45 to 17:15
Lunch time: 13:00 to 13:45
Closed: Monday and Tuesday

Summer working hours – April, 01 to October, 15 incl.
From Wednesday to Sunday – 09:30 to 18:15
Lunch time: 13:15 to 14:00
Closed: Monday and Tuesday

Timetables for trains departing from “Pioneer“ Station :
Winter working hours:  From October , 16 to March, 31 incl.
10:30, 11:30, 12:15, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30

Summer working hours:  from April,1 to October, 15 incl.
10:30, 11:30, 12:15, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30

Working days: Wednesday to Sunday incl.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Duration of a trip – 25 minutes
Price for all ages – 1.00 lev
Children under 10 years must travel with a companion.
Reservations by phone: 0878924420

Sports and Recreational Centers:

MladostSwimming Pool – 1, 6th Septemvri Blvd. – swimming, 032/643 953.
Fencing Hall–133, Peshtersko Shose Blvd.,0884/289 724
Vertical Climbing Wall– MallGalleria /see page/
LautaCarting– Sankt Peterburg Blvd. /next to Lokomotiv Stadium/, 032/631 852 and0899 907 981
Aqualand Complex -Aqua park, Trakiya, next to block 36, on the south side of park Lauta, 6 swimming pools and 15 slides; 032/994 222
Excalibur Bowling -Sankt Peterburg Blvd. /next to Lokomotiv Stadium/, 032/631 852, deltakart@mail.bg
NeptuneSwimming Pool–1, Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd., 50 meter open swimming pool, 25 meter swimming pool, open pool for children.
Plovdiv’s Novotel Complex – 2, Zlatyu Boyadzhiev Str., novotel_spa@abv.bg, covered swimming pools for adults and children, fitness centre, bowling hall, SPA complex with relaxation and recreational programs, steam bath and sauna, 032/934 343.
Aqua Park– Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg – 97, Bulgaria Blvd., water park with summer garden, five swimming pools- 032/951 830.
Sports Centre with hotel Dedeman Trimontium Princess – swimming pool, fitness, sauna, yoga; 032/605 068.
Sports Complex Plovdiv– hallChayka/Rhythmic Gymnastics/ 032 625 872 and0888 510 747, Athletics and Tennis– 032 642 605, Judo, Soccer.
Hristo Botev Sports Complex –Table Tennis– 0899 669 027, Karate– 032 622 286, Rhythmic Gymnastics– 032 440 526 and0886 848 348, Taekwondo– 0888 706 008, Shooting Sports- 0888 835 533, Boxing– 032 622 518.
OlimpiadaHall – Table Tennis– 0884/670 811, Judo– 0888/528 135, Vertical Climbing Wall.
Rusalka Swimming Pool /open/ – RusalkaHotel Complex– 194A, Dunav Blvd., 032/969 630,hotelrusalka.bg@abv.bg.
Djiya Beach Swimming Pool /open/ – Djiya Beach Hotel Complex – Park Recreation and Culture, Rowing base, 0887/141 654.
OstrovaSwimming Pool /open/ – Rowing Channel, 0887/742 011, www.restorantostrova.com

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