About the reserve
Due to a mountain running and cycling competition "Balkan Run" thet will take place in the park section Kalofer of Central Balkan National Park, the Park Directorate will not agree movement of a motor vehicles on the roads Kalofer - Panitsite - peak Botev and Tabite - Pirovi livadi - Botev peak on the day of the competition.Read more >>
By order of the Director of Central Balkan National Park up to 25 tents are allowed for camping in the area of Ray chalet, on the territory of the Central Balkan National Park.Read more >>
Biodiversity Day 2021 is being celebrated under the slogan: "We're part of the solution for nature".Read more >>
The full text of the Draft Annual Plan for the Use of Medicinal Plants for 2021 in Bulgarian can be found here. All interested persons and organizations may submit written proposals and objections to the draft Plan by 14.06.2021, incl.Read more >>
The Central Balkan National Park Directorate announces a schedule for conducting a procedure for random distribution of vacant pasture areas on the territory of the National ParkRead more >>
The marking represents two horizontal stripes - white and red. It is placed to be visible when entering the protected area.Read more >>
Rehabilitation activities are carried out within the Contract under the project "Restoration and protection of natural habitats and species in Central Balkan National Park", funded by the Operational Program "Environment 2014 - 2020".Read 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.