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The 7 best things to do in Sofia

Sofia offers an exposé of attractions that span the centuries, with an eclectic mix
of architecture ranging from Byzantine churches to communist era relics.
If you want a dash of nature after enjoying the vibrant city - Mt. Vitosha is within easy
reach.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

This Orthodox Church, with its golden dome, is one of the largest in the world. The
crypt houses a great collection of religious art that dates from as early as the 9th
century.

Saint Sofia Church

Saint Sofia Church

Constructed in the 6th century, the church stands on the site of earlier churches
and a necropolis, with mosaics that archaeologists have unearthed during
excavations.

National History Museum
Photo: Ann Wuyts@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

National History Museum

Bulgaria's largest museum contains a great exhibition on its history, extending
from the Paleolithic era to today. Pieces include jewelry, weapons, and historical
documents.

National Museum of Military History

28,000 items on permanent display, including weapons and uniforms, provide
insight into Bulgaria's history of armed forces from antiquity to the modern era.

National Art Gallery

National Art Gallery

Bulgaria's former royal residence contains the country's most important collection
of artwork by prominent Bulgarian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.

National Palace of Culture

National Palace of Culture

Built in 1981 to celebrate Bulgaria's 1300th anniversary, the huge congress
hall boasts greenery with fountains and modern artwork. An underground arcade
also provides shops and eateries.

Mount Vitosha

Once you arrive to the top by ski lift, you'll find great hiking trails and views of the
city. A visit to Dragalevtsi Monastery provides stunning murals and
frescoes.

Planning Your Sofia Visit

How many days to spend in Sofia?

You can spend three days exploring the city's top attractions and jump into local
culture. Add another day for a trip to Mt. Vitosha.

Getting around

Exploring the center by foot is the best way to tour the city. However, it has public
transportation to get you where you need to go. If you plan to visit Mt. Vitosha,
it's about 20 minutes away from the city. Take a taxi to Dragalevtsi chairlift,
which is also close to the monastery. The lift stops at the tree line, and you'll find
hiking trails around this area, or ski slopes if you happen to arrive in winter.

Where to stay in Sofia

Base yourself in the heart of the city, so that you have the sightseeing activities at
your doorstep. You'll find bars, cafés and restaurants on and around Vitosha
Blvd.

Good to know

  • Language
    Bulgarian
  • Currency
    Bulgarian Lev (лв)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +359
  • Best time to visit
    The winter sport enthusiasts should visit in December and January when snow is thick on Mt Vitosha. Summer (July and August) is peak time for heat and tourists, and is a perfect time to visit the beautiful parks. If your a jazz fan - then visit in November during the International Jazz Festival!

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What people are saying about Sofia

Great experince - customized for us two persons with short notice.

I booked the trip very late. Just around 17.00 a´clock the day before departure — but it worked !! The Guide, Nicola did a great job. He was very generous with his personal enthusiasm and energy giving us a great experience. He did know a lot, but had also many interesting, (maybe not totally proven) theories and speculations. Bot he did know all the exact trip facts. He also gave/put the facts into a greater view of Bulgarian History. (He was clear what "facts" was not totally "academic" proven) + small "extraordinary facts (or speculations) making the guidance very lively — He "read us" very well — we also like to see the history the same way =perfect for us Summarizing Booked with very short notice we got at very good customized trip.

Loved it. Martin our guide was very informative and helpful.

The weather was fantastic. Bus was comfortable and even had wifi! We set off with Martin explaining very clearly what we would be doing, sharing his knowledge of the rich history Bulgaria offers. Fascinating. The Boyana Church - quaintly significant and certainly worth a look as the frescoes are over a thousand years old but 2 hours later nothing prepares you for the wonders and splendours of Rila Monastery. Fabulous. Highly recommended and by the way...Martin was kind enough to buy as all “Maritsa” - Bulgarian pastry (fried dough with a sprinkle of icing sugar) - delicious and I’ve been looking everywhere for it since! Thank you.

Spectacular hike with professional, insightful guide

This hike was a highlight of my trip to Bulgaria. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Trails were in good shape - pretty crowded up top. Our guide Petar was knowledgable, fun and professional. One thing to note is that there was an opportunity to fill water bottles on the trail - I would have brought fewer bottles if I had known. Overall a great excursion!

The Seven Rila Lakes: Full-Day Tour from Sofia Reviewed by Linda, 09/08/2019

Excellent day trip. Beautiful landscape and experience

Excellent service. Very punctual. The trekking is intense in some parts. In our case we managed to do all the trails. But just on time. Follow all the indications from the company because it is very accurate. You need to have allá that is suggested.

Nickoli is knowlegable, well prepared, excellent tour

Everyone agreed that they had learned alot. Nickoli is an excellent guide, good with people, knows his history, gives a well balanced account, uses humor and reponds generaously to questions. I highly reommend this tour.

Sofia: Communist Walking Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/19/2019