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peak Musala

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Musala (Bulgarian: Мусала) is the highest peak in Bulgaria and the entire Balkan Peninsula, standing at 2,925 m (9,596 ft). The summit of the Rila mountain in southwestern Bulgaria, Musala is the highest peak between the Alps and the Caucasus and the highest in Eastern Europe bar the Caucasus.

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A: peak Musala - the summit of Rila mountain

by Stefan Solakov, less than 10 meters away

Musala (Bulgarian: Мусала) is the highest peak in Bulgaria and the entire Balkan Peninsula, standing ...

peak Musala - the summit of Rila mountain

B: path to peak Musala in Rila mountain

by Stefan Solakov, 1.3 km away

This pano is shot on the way to the summit of Rila mountain - peak Musala. The lake that is to be see...

path to peak Musala in Rila mountain

C: Musala-Hut-and-Lake

by vladimir-n-nenkov, 1.9 km away

Panorama view from lake side near Musala hut on the road to peak Musala. Musala is situated in Rila m...

Musala-Hut-and-Lake

D: Rila mountain

by Stefan Solakov, 2.1 km away

This pano is shot in Rila mountain a few kilmeters north of peak Musala - the highest peak in Bulgari...

Rila mountain

E: Rila mountain

by Stefan Solakov, 3.8 km away

This pano is shot in Rila mountain a few kilmeters north of peak Musala - the highest peak in Bulgari...

Rila mountain

F: Yastrebets peak

by vladimir-n-nenkov, 5.3 km away

Panorama view from the top of rocks formation near the gondola lifts top station at Yastrebets peak. ...

Yastrebets peak

G: Ски пистите през лятото

by Красимир Петков, 9.6 km away

Beautiful mountain resort of Borovets in summer. Аt this time of year can not ski, but is ideal for w...

Ски пистите през лятото

H: Borovets ski runs from the botom

by vladimir-n-nenkov, 9.6 km away

Panorama was taken from the botom of ski runs in Borovets - one of the most famous Bulgarian ski reso...

Borovets ski runs from the botom

I: Borovets in summer

by Красимир Петков, 9.7 km away

Beautiful mountain resort of Borovets in summer. Аt this time of year can not ski, but is ideal for w...

Borovets in summer

J: Borovets / Боровец

by Красимир Петков, 10.1 km away

Beautiful mountain resort of Borovets in summer. Аt this time of year can not ski, but is ideal for w...

Borovets / Боровец

This panorama was taken in Bulgaria, Europe

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