Lying at the eastern end of the famous Rose Valley, Kazanlak is especially marvellous in May when rose fields blossom. The beautiful celebrations for the blossom of the roses take place in the first week of June. The whole week is filled with different attractions every day. On the last day of the celebrations, the most beautiful girl in the city is chosen. The Kazanluk Thracian Tomb dating back from the end of the 4th century BC is listed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Kazanluk's vicinities abound of historical sights such as the Shipka-Buzludzha National Park and Museum. The complex includes the Shipka monastery, the Memorial to Freedom on Mt. Shipka, the memorial outside the village of Sheinovo, the Monument to Victory, and historical sights at Mt. Buzludzha.
One of the oldest capital cities in Europe, the history of Sofia dates back to the 8th century BC, when Thracians established a settlement there. This is the administrative, cultural, economic, and educational centre of the country. Historic landmarks include the 10th century Boyana Church (one of the UNESCO World Heritage protected sites), the Alexander Nevski Cathedral (one of the world's largest Orthodox churches), and the early Byzantine Church of St Sophia. Sofia houses numerous museums, notably the National Historical Museum, the Bulgarian Natural History Museum, the Museum of Earth and Men. Sofia is one of the hippest cities in Bulgaria. It has a lively nightlife scene with many different night clubs, live venues, pubs, mehani (Bulgarian traditional taverns), and restaurants.
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