Once you enter Balchik, you will immediately feel all the ancient times that this small city has passed through it's millennial history. Balchik was first created by the thracians, but later became a Greek-Byzantine and Bulgarian fortress. Under the Ottoman Empire, the town came to be known with its present name. Another opinion is that it's actual name derived from that of a local noble - Balik.
But what makes Balchic famous today is the Balchik Palace was the favourite summer residence of Queen Marie of Romania and her family. Around 1913 Balchik became part of the Kingdom of Romania. In 1940, just before the outbreak of World War II in the region, Balchik was ceded by Romania to Bulgaria back.
The story of queen Marie is extremely interesting and brings thousands of tourists every year in her ex summer residence, which together with the wide and astonishing flower garden is a unique place to visit.
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Marie was born into the British royal family. Her father was Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (later Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha), and her mother Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. After refusing a proposal from her cousin, the future King George V, she was chosen as the future wife of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania in 1892. Marie was Crown Princess between 1893 and 1914, and she immediately gains the hearts of the Romanian people. The marriage wasn't the most happiest one, but during the years Marie and Ferdinand created a warm friendship. They had six children - 2 sons and four daughters.
Marie, trying to find a quite place for her "wrestling soul" comes to Balchik and builds a castle - the Castle of queen Marie. It becomes the nest for her before the time when she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The beautiful garden, arranged by herself, is one of the unique places to visit around Varna with it's long green forest, waterfalls and botanical garden. The castle is also open for visitors throughout the year.