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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

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

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.

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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 Pieces include jewelry, weapons, and historical documents.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

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

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
  • Currency
    Bulgarian Lev (лв)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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

Beautiful places, extremely helpful and kind guide

the whole experience has been amazing. not only for the destination itself (strongly suggetted), but also for the organization and the helpfulness and kindness of the guide. we booked for a cold morning of january, so there were just two of us. the guide picked us up at our hostel in perfect timing with a car, so it was most of a private tour. the guy explained everything with precision, providing us interesting details about the history of the two monasteries. he was - as I said - very helpful and nice. I would suggest the travel agency and the tour to a fried.

The tour is informative and very fruitful.

The whole tour is really nice and fruitful. The guide can speak good English and is very familiar with the scenic spot and explain a lot to us.

Interesting tour to Plovdiv and Bachkovo

The tour to Plovdiv and the Bachkovo monastery gives insights into Bulgaria's long history and today's everyday life.

Full-Day Tour: Plovdiv & Bachkovo Monastery Reviewed by Christian, 08/20/2016

Interesting sites and a tour guide full of knowledge

Pick-up on the minute at my hotel. The tour guide was full of knowledge about the history of Bulgaria. He was very friendly, entertaining and told interesting facts about nowadays everyday life in Bulgaria.

Sofia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Transport Reviewed by Christian, 08/18/2016

Wonderful Introduction to Bulgarian History & Culture

Excellent company of tour guide who was very knowledgeable, informative and engaging. Covered all sights that were on the list. Sumptuous vegetarian lunch (our choice) to end the tour.

Based on 21 reviews by GetYourGuide customers