The only town in the gorge of Iskar River is Svoge. The town is 40 kilometres to the north of Sofia and 60 to the south-west of Mezdra. It is situated in the widest possible part of the gorge - it is where the Iskar River flows into its big left feeder, the Iskretska River.
Svoge is a resort with clean and fresh air, located among the most breath-taking of natural surroundings. It is a starting point for hiking tours to the picturesque areas in all directions but unfortunately there are no marked tracks.
- The past of the town of Svoge and the surrounding villages is reflected in the Archaeological Museum (Tsar Simeon Str., working hours 3 - 6 p.m.)
- The St. Paraskeva Church has preserved interesting frescoes from the 16th and 17th centuries.
- There is a monument in honour of the sacrifices in the war of 1912-1918.
- The town hosts the Kraft Jacob’s Suchard Co. – a chocolate producing company.
Iskarski Prolom Tourist Association
15, Tsar Simeon Str.
Tel.: (0726) 2593
Svoge is a railway station along the Sofia - Mezdra - Russe (extending to Varna) line. Bus lines connect it to all neighbouring settlements. The central bus-station (tel.: 0726 3194) and the railway station (tel.: 0726 2310 and 2223) are close by in the centre of the town.
Some 10 kilometres to the west, in the valley of the Iskretska River, one can visit the village of Iskrets, which hosts one of the biggest sanatoriums in the country for people suffering from lung diseases.