Little Vienna of Bulgaria

Ruse is a region of Bulgaria bordering Romania in the north. Connecting Bulgaria and Romania, the Danube Bridge is the only bridge over the Danube River in the country.  


Ruse, the city, is the administrative center of the region and a major river port of national importance for trade. The city is also known as Little Vienna for its Neo-Baroque and Neo-Rococo architecture.


The city of Ruse is a large industrial center, focused on light industry, mainly textile and food. Because of its proximity to the border, the city has a duty free zone.


The region's most famous folk song refers to a bloody ethnic conflict, the Ruse blood wedding. The clash occurred in 1910, when a Bulgarian young man wanted to marry a Turkish girl. Her father and the local Muslim community objected, resulting in a conflict of the locals and the police. 24 people died and 70 others were injured.