Ruse is one of Bulgaria’s most enchanting cities. Set on the banks of the Danube river, it’s been inhabited since the 1st century AD when it was called Seksaginta Pristis, the Port of the Sixty Boats. The comparatively modern city visitors see today was shaped by Italian, German and Austrian architects, the latter giving it the nickname “the little Vienna” – albeit a moniker it shares with other Central European cities. The architecture is as impressive as this title implies, with some beautiful Belle Epoque buildings to discover. Landmarks of note include the Courthouse and Opera House, while the Ruse Regional Museum of History and Roman Fortress of Sexaginta Prista are of most interest for those looking to learn more about the city’s history.