A quiet place with a lot of breathtaking views and steep slopes to climb on your day off – at just one hour ride away from the capital Sofia, Bulgaria.
Lakatnik is a village in the heart of the Balkan Mountains. It’s easy to reach, not crowded at all, providing breathtaking views of the Iskar Gorge, steep slopes to exercise your climbing skills or just a place to go to for a day when you’ve had enough of the big city buzz.
The Iskar River passes through the mountain, and over the course of millions of years, it has carved the area a spectacular appearance.
It is easy to get here both by train and car. We went there on a sunny Sunday with the train. The station handles all the traffic from North Bulgaria, but not all trains stop there. Make sure you ask the staff, since the stations are not announced, and you can miss it.
The moment you get off the train, you can start snapping – and make sure you bring a lot of film, because this is where there’s lots to see and shoot.
The train will drop you off in a settlement called Station Lakatnik, which came about after the station was built, to provide easier access. The village itself is high up in the mountain, maybe 6 or 7 kilometers away, and the hike is steep, but highly rewarding. You can ask for directions or just take the steepest slope to the east.
Once you’re in the village, you can enjoy this moment of time travel wherein It feels like time has stood still. Although not completely sure when exactly.
When you’re up there, give your poor feet a little rest.
It’s a place with a lot of character.
Enjoy your stay and check the weather forecast before you go. Bad weather in the mountain can become very unpleasant.