About the reserve
In 2022, the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage celebrates its 50th anniversary.Read more >>
Annual plan for the use of mushrooms and berries that are not from medicinal plants 2022 has been announced.
The Annual Plan for the use of mushrooms and berries that are not medicinal plants 2022 has been announced by Order of the Director of Central Balkan National Park.Read more >>
The last tour dedicated to the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park as a World Heritage Site took place
The last for 2022 organized walking tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan – part of a serial site on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, make more than 20 enthusiasts smiling on September 10th.Read more >>
The penultimate for 2022 organized walking tour in the beech forests of the Central Balkan – part of a serial site on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, took place on September 3rd.Read more >>
The road town of Kalofer - Panitsite locality - Botev peak is closed for motor vehicle traffic for the purpose of tourism
By order of the Director of the Central Balkans National Park Directorate, a restricted access road, according to the Management Plan of the national park, Kalofer - Panitsike - Botev peak is closed to motor vehicle traffic for the purpose of tourisRead more >>
Tsarichina Reserve was set apart on July 18, 1949. With an area of 3,418.7 hectares, it is located within the village of Ribaritsa’s lands. Its territory reaches from watershed of the Beli Vit River with its main tributaries, the Stara Ribaritsa and the Zavodna. It encompasses forest and subalpine ecosystems at altitudes between 700 and 2,198 meters above sea level. This Reserve is also included in the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program.
The most common tree species within the Reserve are beech, spruce, fir, and hornbeam. Tsarichina is the northernmost location in the world to find the Macedonian pine (a Balkan endemic species). The reserve derives its name from a grassy plant, the scarlet avens, which the locals call tsariche. Other grassy plants include the Stara Planina violet, Panchichev’s angelica, and Kerner’s thistle.
Vertebrate fauna consist of 15 species of amphibians and reptiles, and over 30 species of mammals, including brown bear, wolf, roe, red deer, and otter, weasel. Most of the birds identified in Tsarichina actually nest within the Reserve’s environs (75 out of the 90 species). The Reserve is also a sanctuary to all seven species of owl common to the Bulgarian Mountains.