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Sofia

Bulgaria’s capital offers thousands of years of history and culture, beautiful architecture, exciting nightlife, modern malls and mountain pursuits.

Since the end of Communist rule in Bulgaria, Sofia has reinvented itself as a lively, cosmopolitan city. Stroll in the shadows of Byzantine buildings, gold-domed churches and Communist-era monuments to find modern shopping malls, acres of parkland, elegant boulevards and a lively café culture. With some of Europe’s most beautiful architecture and ski slopes on its doorstep, Sofia has plenty to show its visitors.

Marvel at the beauty of the multi-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Look inside at its Byzantine-style murals. Next to the cathedral, find the sixth-century Church of St. Sofia, which gave the city its name. See the Rotunda of St. George, thought to be the city’s oldest church. The redbrick structure was built by the Romans in the fourth century. Visit the 16th-century Banya Bashi Mosque.

Investigate some of the 650,000 artifacts inside the National Museum of History. Learn about Bulgarian art from the 19th and 20th centuries at the National Art Gallery.

Go on a shopping spree to the city malls. These include the Bulgaria Mall and The Mall, one of the largest malls in Sofia. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables at the market on Graf Ignatiev. Take a break from shopping and sightseeing for a drink at a pavement café or picnic at Borisova Gradina Park.

Sofia sits at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, a 7,513-foot-tall (2,290-meter) peak. Trek along its numerous marked paths in the spring and summer or go skiing in the winter.

To experience Sofia’s nightlife, visit Vitosha Boulevard, Sofia’s main shopping street. Choose from a large concentration of trendy bars and cafés. For music and dance, visit Sofia Opera and Ballet.

Sofia is a compact city. Many sights are within easy walking distance of each other. Alternatively, get around by public transportation or rental car. With thousands of years of history, rich cultural pursuits and a lively social scene, Sofia is a fascinating and increasingly popular vacation destination.

Top hotels in Sofia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
InterContinental Sofia
InterContinental Sofia
5 out of 5
4 NARODNO SABRANIE SQ, Sofia
SG$177
per night
3 Apr-4 Apr

Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is steps away from Yellow Pavement and Bulgarian Parliament. National Palace of Culture is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (275 reviews)

"Hotel was great, staff very friendly. N/a for amenities as I didn’t have a chance to see or try them."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar,2020

InterContinental Sofia
Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
11 Briuksel Boulevard, Sofia
SG$93
per night
17 Apr-18 Apr

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sofia Airport Centre, European Trade Centre and Arena Armeec. Megapark and Inter Expo ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (484 reviews)

"We were here during the recent Coronavirus crisis and the staff were wonderful and so kind."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar,2020

Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel
Ibis Sofia Airport
Ibis Sofia Airport
3 out of 5
132 Mimi Balkanska Str, Sofia
SG$73
per night
4 Apr-5 Apr

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sofia Airport Centre, European Trade Centre and Arena Armeec. Megapark and Borisova Gradina ...

4/5Very Good! (409 reviews)

"The rooms were plan, but clean and very functional. The hotel had an excellent location, great restaurant for all meals, Wi-Fi was excellent, free shuttle to airport. We could not have asked for anything more!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar,2020

Ibis Sofia Airport

Popular things to do in Sofia

National Palace of Culture
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National Palace of Culture

4/5(41 reviews)

This impressive castle-like monument is a multipurpose cultural center that hosts art exhibitions, a film festival and concerts by well-known performers.

Bulgarian Parliament
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Bulgarian Parliament

4/5(24 reviews)

Admire the architecture of Bulgaria’s national assembly building and attend a parliamentary session at this elegant government building in Sofia’s city center.

Boyana Church
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Boyana Church

4.5/5(42 reviews)

See an incredible collection of perfectly preserved Eastern European Medieval art at this tranquil 10th-century Bulgarian Orthodox church.

Alexander Nevski Cathedral
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Alexander Nevski Cathedral

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Gaze in awe at this magnificent cathedral and step inside to see a fascinating collection of mosaics, murals and religious icons.

Church of St. George
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Church of St. George

4.5/5(45 reviews)

One of Sofia’s oldest churches is a centuries-old architectural treasure and contains a fascinating collection of preserved Medieval and religious art.

National Museum of History
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National Museum of History

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Discover a collection of artifacts that retrace the history of Bulgaria, from prehistory to today. Enjoy views of Mount Vitosha from the museum’s gardens.

Top activities in Sofia

Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana church
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Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana church

SG$55
Per adult
Plovdiv: Full Day Tour from Sofia
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Plovdiv: Full Day Tour from Sofia

90% of travellers recommend
SG$55
Per adult
Valley of the Thracian Kings, Hidden Treasures
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Valley of the Thracian Kings, Hidden Treasures

SG$265
Per adult
Tour to Veliko Tarnovo and Hotnitsa Waterfall
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Tour to Veliko Tarnovo and Hotnitsa Waterfall

SG$222
Per adult
SHOPPING TOUR SOFIA
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SHOPPING TOUR SOFIA

SG$16
Per adult
The Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour
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The Ultimate Sofia 2,5-hour Walking Tour

SG$45
Per adult

Reviews of Sofia

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Jan 2020

Abit polluted, but otherwise fine, get rid of the factory chimney smoke near Central station. 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

A good place to visit if you have to.

5/5 - Excellent

James

12 Jan 2020

I have been hereany times, I love Sofia!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

I love it. Definitely going back again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jan 2020

An interesting city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

People are friendly . Explore the whole city , be polite and make an effort to learn some basic Bulgarian at least . It’s appreciated