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National museum steamship Radetzky

            The Austrian steamship Radetzki was built in Hungary in 1851. On May 29, 1876, the Bulgarian revolutionaries from Hristo Botev’s detachment overpowered the ship and forced it to change its course to the Bulgarian port of Kozloduy. From there, the detachment reached the mountains near Vratza in an attempt to fight for the liberation of Bulgaria.

In 1966, the legendary steamship was reconstructed based on the original design and technical data. The money was collected in a fundraising initiative of 1,200,000 Bulgarian students.

The ship is a National Museum since 1982. It is a subsidiary of the National Museum of History in Sofia from April 16, 2004.

The Steamship Radetzky Museum will be forever linked to the life and freedom ideals of Hristo Botev, a prominent Bulgarian poet and revolutionary, and the perils they faced. Now the ship is a Bulgarian National relic.

The museum ship presents an exibition with valuable relics –the flag of Botev’s detachment, uniforms of the rebels, the last letters written by Hristo Botev on board the ship, etc.


The Steamship Radetzki is the only traveling museum ship in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula. It makes organized tourist group trips from April to the end of October.

Working hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 –18:00

Important information for visitors to "Steamship Radetzky":. Due to compliance of the anti-epidemic safety measures in the periods 12:00-13:00 and 15:00-15:30 the disinfection of the ship is carried out and visitors are not allowed.

Admission tickets for the "Steamship Radetzky" and the Kozloduy art gallery:

  • adults – 7.00 lv.
  • students and seniors – 3.00 lv.

Guided tours
 – 5.00 lv.


Free entrance:

  • For all visitors - every last Monday of the month.
  • For people with special needs and their attendant.
  • 18th of May - International Day of the Museums

Preferential fees:

  • 1st of November – Day of National Leaders, entrance is free for students, to other visitors - 1.00 lv.

Taking pictures or filming: by agreement


Renting spaces for events (business meetings, conferences, celebrations, cocktails and more.) – by agreement


For contacts and reservations: 0879 456 183 и 0879 456 612


Director of the branch: 0879 456 966