The Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex is an open-air museum in northern Bulgaria. It presents the Bulgarian customs, culture and craftsmanship. It spans over an area of 7 ha and contains a total of 50 objects, including water installations and houses with crafts-men’s workshops. Using original instruments and following the old traditions, locals represent around 20 characteristics of the regional crafts such as wood-carving, pottery, coppersmith crafts, furriery, cutlery making, needlework and others. There are shops for souvenirs, tourists can enjoy the local three star hotel with a bar and a restaurant. As a whole, the complex’s goal is to illustrate the architecture, way of life and economy of Gabrovo and the region during the Bulgarian National Revival.
It’s a great place to visit, especially during the holidays. If you are lucky to go there, try the homemade Bulgarian cuisine in the complex’s restaurant and the sweets in the sugar shop. They are to die for!