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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
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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 Pieces include jewelry, weapons, and historical
documents.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

Definitely recommend this as a day-trip, the churches are a must-see!

This tour was very well organised from the start. We started off at the Boyana Church which is really interesting - you only stay inside for 10 mins at a time as per the church rules, so it was a whistle-stop tour, but our guide did a great job explaining the history. We were then taken to the Rila Monastery, which is absolutely breathtaking. It's very unusual in its decoration. Sadly we were unable to climb the defence tower, but this was still a highlight of our trip to Sofia.

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/23/2019

A quick and easy way to see Plovdiv and Asen's Fortress in a day

Our guide, Michael, and our driver were great company. They were very friendly and our pick-up and drop-off were punctual and convenient. Our guide was very informative and helpful, recommended various ways to spend a few hours in Plovdiv, and gave us the freedom to explore on our own. Great to have had the opportunity to see Asen's Fortress to.

Great tour, fresh air, amazing scenery and sights

Kiril was an excellent guide to Rila Monastery and the Stob Pyramids. The air was so fresh in the mountains and the church by the hermit's cave was incredible to see. Kiril was very knowledgeable and helpful, he took us to a great restaurant serving Balkan trout farmed at the back of the restaurant. I would definitely recommend this tour

Great guide and g great introduction to the sights of Sofia

We had a great Jeep-tour with Phillip, who picked us up at a private address, showed us a lot of the Sofia sights and told us many interesting things of both ancient and recent Bulgarian history. Will definitely recommend this trip to all - even children will find this amusing, (there are seat-bealts for all)

Sofia: 2-Hour Russian Army Jeep Historical Tour Reviewed by Mette, 05/20/2019

Good trip. The company and guide is very professional

Shoud inform to client that we can’t buy ticket by paying with euro or card at Boyana Church. Client have to change to leva for buying tickets. Fortunely, the guide help me this time to buy the tickets and i give money back to him later when i can change money.

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 12/29/2018