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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best day from our 2weeks trip to Bulgaria! The attractions we visited were really interesting and the way everything was presented from our guide Kiril was absolutely stunning! We could not have wished for a better tour, a better guide and a better day! We were adapting the agenda towards what was interesting for us and we saw and experienced so much more than we were even wishing for! We did some tours during this trip also with other local tour operators which were also great, however this one was THE ONE! Thank you so much for taking such good care of us and we will definently come back for more! Can only recommend!!

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.

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Teresa, 11/22/2020

the experience was amazing! i enjoyed a lot the tour, the monastery is a wonder but what i liked the most was the guide, she was very friendly and explained a lot of the history of bulgaria she even taught me some of the criril alphabet. im very glad to have chosen these guided tour i definetely recomended!!!

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Juan, 08/24/2020

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!

We are delighted with this excursion, the very beautiful city of Plovdiv, Lake Vcha - incredible, beautiful mountains, nature and comfortable conditions and a good guide Daniel, a restaurant with fish dishes that live in this lake, created a mood for us. You will not regret if you go on this excursion.