Sofia: Communist Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

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Sofia: Communist Walking Tour

From US$ 13.39 per person

Find out what it was like on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain in Sofia by joining our Communist tour. Discover a 45-year-long period compressed into an informative 3-hour walk as you learn about the factors that led to communism and its aftermath.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
Starting time 4:00 PM
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See Sofia’s communist-era landmarks
  • Learn about communist ideology and why it rose and fell in Bulgaria
  • Step back in time as your guide recounts everyday life in the Cold War
Full description
Discover the main landmarks of communist history in the city of Sofia. Start your tour by passing by the former headquarters of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Continue on to see buildings such as the secret police investigation facility and the destroyed mausoleum. Head on towards the monument of the Soviet army and the National Palace of Culture. During the 3-hour-long walking tour, learn about the theory of communism and what Marxism-Leninism is. Find out about the history of communism in Bulgaria, the pros and cons of the period, and the relation between the communist government and religion, industry, economy, culture and everyday life of the people. End the tour with a fresh perspective on the city and a new insight into the country's communist past. 
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Outside the Palace of Justice, bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.9 / 5
  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
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Going on this tour is the best decision I've done during my trip to Sofia. Nikola is extremely knowledgeable, and his passion in letting foreigners understand more about Bulgaria's socialist past is unparalleled. I have absolutely nothing to complain about the tour. I now know about more how ordinary Bulgarians lived through that era and why (the reasons are complex to be sure) communist rule collapsed toward the end of the 1980s. I highly recommend it to all history buffs and travelers interested in the economic, political, and social transformations of twentieth-century Bulgaria.

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December 14, 2019

Our guide Martin was great with a lot of history knowledge and stories. I really recommend this tour.

January 25, 2020

Martin was an exceptional tour guide who managed to talk about communism in an unbiased way. Even though it was awfully cold, those 3,5 hours went by quickly. I feel that I learned a lot from this tour. Thank you!

December 8, 2019

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