The city of Kyustendil is situated in the South-Western part of Bulgaria, about 100 km from Sofia. It became a settlement earlier than the 5th century before Christ, when Thracians inhabited the current Bulgarian territories leaving their tombs as evidence.
The initial name of the city was Pautalia. The city is situated at the foot of the Osogovo mountain (its highest peak Ruen is 2251 meters high).
Kyustendil is an important economical, transport, cultural and administrative centre with increasing significance. The combination of fresh mountain air, favorable natural conditions and healing mineral waters makes the city a very attractive place for tourism.
Kyustendil is on a distance of 85 kilometers from Sofia.
The Bistritsa river crosses the city. Kyustendil is the birthplace of the famous Bulgarian artist Vladimir Dimitrov – The Master. Every year the local festival Miss Kyustendil Spring takes place in the city.
Places to visit in Kyustendil:
1. Art Gallery “Vladimir Dimitrov – The Master”
2. History Museum
3. Hisarlaka Park
4. Kadin Bridge in the city of Nevestino
5. Ruen Peak in the Osogovo Mountain