Top attractions in Sofia
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
1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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
Planning Your 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.
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
Good to know
- 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!
Other Sightseeing Options in Sofia
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What people are saying about Sofia
Maria, our guide, was entertaining, knowledgeable and very kind. We enjoyed every bit of our tour. We visited the monastery and museum, the cave and the forest around. We had lunch nearby and chatted about bulgarian culture and language. We visited Boyana area and went to the church. Unfortunately because of covid the church was closed as they were disinfecting it. But we were having such a good time and Maria was giving us so much information that didn’t spoil our day.
My friend and I went to Plovdiv and the Rhodope Mountains, it was stunning! Plovdiv is a very interesting city and the mountains are breathtaking. We were about an hour by boat on the lake, we ate at a stunning restaurant. The guide Daniel answered all the questions and was amazing. We enjoyed every moment!
A friend and I went out in the evening for a trip to some amazing places in Sofia. The amazing guide Maria was with us! From there we drove to a beautiful Bulgarian restaurant, with good food, we really enjoyed it!
The guide was really knowledgeable about Bulgaria and the lakes and the monastery were amazing!
We had an amazing time, enjoyed every minute, our tour guides were veryyy patient & helpful.