Today, Ruse is living, inspiring and young!
Numerous festivals and events turn the city into an all year round open stage for creating and sharing culture, creativity and entertainment.
There are diverse opportunities for leisure-time activities, but the accents in the cultural calendar of the city attract the attention of the residents and the guests of the city. The “March Music Days” International Festival has long-standing traditions in attracting artists from the European and world stage. Every summer, the Danube quay becomes a sand sculptures alley, and in the winter the city is enchanted by the art of ice sculpting. The most colourful event is undoubtedly the traditional Ruse Carnival, with its rhythm taking over the whole city for one day in the year. Youth Festival “Music and Colours”, 3D Street Art Festival, Vintage Vehicles Parade, Green Rock Fest and many other fascinating events offer excitement for the residents and guests of the Danube city.
In Ruse there are many museums that tell of the legacy of the long history of the city and the region: Regional Historical Museum – Ruse with open air exhibitions (Sexaginta Prista and Medieval town of Cherven), Pantheon of the National Revival Heroes, Museum of Urban Life, Baba Tonka House Museum and Zahari Stoyanov House Museum, Ecomuseum with aquarium and others.
On the territory of Ruse Municipality, there is a variety of attractive recreation areas. Forest Park “Lipnik” near the village of Nikolovo is popular among the citizens of Ruse as an area for relaxation and recreation during weekends. There is a lake and opportunities for fishing, boat trips, outdoor sports and picnics. “Hizha Prista” park zone and the two city parks – the Youth Park and the Park of the National Revival Heroes are also a favourite choice of locals. 20 km away from Ruse is one of the nature parks in Bulgaria - "Rusenski Lom".
Along the Danube coast runs one of the 15 cycle routes that connect cyclists in Europe - EuroVelo 6.