Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Balchik

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King Ferdinand of Romania commissioned Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik for his wife, Queen Marie, in 1926. Its architecture is a blend of Balkan and Asian styles. The main building's minaret tops a Christian chapel. The park's collection of large cactus species was the second of its kind in Europe and features flowers brought from various parts of the world. Other attractions include residential villas, a smoking hall, wine cellar, monastery, holy spring, water mill, and chapel. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola spent 11 days at the palace shooting scenes of “Youth Without Youth.” Arrange your visit to Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik and discover more family-friendly attractions in Balchik using our Balchik journey planning website.
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  • We visited the Botanical Garden without visiting the Palace. This means that you can only use the entrance at the top of the hill, quite a steep walk from the town centre. It is ridiculous that you... 
    We visited the Botanical Garden without visiting the Palace. This means that you can only use the entrance at the top of the hill, quite a steep walk from the town centre. It is ridiculous that you...  more »
  • Be careful about ticket system! You can buy Palace ticket but cannot enter the Palace without buying botanical garden ticket. The sales person does NOT explain this. Completely dissapointing. 
    Be careful about ticket system! You can buy Palace ticket but cannot enter the Palace without buying botanical garden ticket. The sales person does NOT explain this. Completely dissapointing.  more »
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  • Beautiful place, well taken care of place, which includes Queen Maria's garden and castle. The whole garden has a royal feeling to it, and there are exquisite landscapes to be seen. The tickets for the garden have to be bought separately from Queen Maria's castle, with no discounts whatsoever for either of them. The control for the tickets and their purchase can be a little confusing, which is why the experience is not a perfect one. However, overall it is a worthy experience, relaxing and enjoyable.
  • A must see Balchik attraction. Very well maintained botanical gardens with excellent variety of plants(cactus collection was v interesting) and trees. Located next to Queen Mary seaside residence.

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