Attractions in SofiaWhen you are in Sofia go to see the local attractions and collect some good memories and a brief overview of Bulgarian history and culture. The city is one of the oldest in Europe. It was found on the site of a former Neolithic village in VIII BC. Its name comes from the Greek word “Sofia” which means wisdom. You can see many old buildings, old streets, monasteries and artifacts that are preserved to tell the story of the city. But Sofia is not all about ancient and medieval monuments. Today the image of Sofia is changing fast. There are many new attractions - modern buildings, parks, malls, museums, galleries, universities, etc. There are so many attractions on a walking distance in Sofia that you will be amazed by the short distances between them. As there are hundreds of attractions there is something for everyone. Please take a look at the list of local attractions that we have prepared for you.
Ariana lake a medium-sized artificial lake in Borisova gradina (Boris’ garden) in Sofia, Bulgaria. The lake is “B”-shaped, 175 m long and 75 m wide, with a small island at its narrowest point. It is located at the westernmost corner of the park, between the Eagles’ Bridge and the national stadium.
The National Art Gallery houses over 50,000 pieces of Bulgarian art. It is located on Battenberg Square in the capital city of Sofia, occupying most of the historic and imposing edifice of the former royal palace of Bulgaria.
Diana National Sport Complex is called by Sofia citizens ‘The Little Olympian’ for its variety of sports and services.The complex is used for carrying out camp-meetings of national and club teams of different sports.
The former Communist Party House /Bulgarian: Partien Dom/ is now used by the National Assembly of Bulgaria. Today the building is mainly used as Government offices and the splendid Sofia Hall is occasionally used for charity concerts.
The Museum of Archaeology hosts the most numerous collections in Bulgaria and its exhibitions reveal it as one of the most important centers in the country for promotion of the cultural heritage of present day Bulgaria. Its academic and museum potential turns NIAM-BAS into the biggest research archaeological unit in southeast Europe.
The Sofia Art Ggallery is a museum with longstanding traditions. Its role is to present the facts of Bulgarian cultural history in an analytical and modern way and to actively intervene in art developments by original and impressive projects.
Lake Pancharevo is an artificial lake in western Bulgaria, at the end of the Pancharevo Gorge of the Iskar River, located at 600 m above sea level between the Vitosha and Lozenska mountains. The lake is located just 12 km away from Sofia, on the way to Borovets resort in Pancharevo quarter, in the suburbs of the capital city.
This dream-place is hidden right in the city center. The botanic garden stays out of view as it is surrounded by the Foreign Art Gallery, the Journalist Faculty of Sofia University, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the main boulevard Vasil Levski and the entrance is trough a small flower shop.
South Park in Sofia is one of the most beautiful and popular parks in Sofia. It has numerous cafes and places to eat, asphalt paths for walking and bicycle paths between trees suitable for extreme riding.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is an institution in the central state administration that carries out the foreign policy of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The activities of the Ministry are based on the Constitution and the laws of the country and are in accordance with the principles and norms of international law and the international treaties to which the Republic of Bulgaria is a party.
V Travel Ltd. (established 2005) is a specialist for guided tours in Bulgaria with a leading position for day tours from Sofia and small group package tours. With our own fleet of vehicles and minibuses, our own guides and young team of motivated people, we offer full day tours from 20€ per person. We also offer airport transfers, rent a car and minibus services, hiking, package and sofia sightseeing tours (half or full day, including Vitosha mountain and Boyana).
Vitosha Mountain is the oldest nature park on the Balkan Peninsula. Its gorgeous silhouette is visible from almost all positions in the city and is inseparable part of Sofia’ image.
This park used to be closed for the public, because it is a part of the Military Academy complex G. S. Rakovski. However, in 2011 they allowed the access for regular visitors and now this is one of the quietest parks in the city.
Inaugurated in 2003 the Congress center completed the possibilities of the exhibition complex Inter Expo Center in Sofia for providing the business and public with professional conditions for exhibition participation as well as for organising different types of meetings and forums – congresses, conferences, pressconferences, general meetings, symposia, seminars, presentations, trainings, companies’ celebrations etc.
National Horse Base “Khan Asparouh” is located in Sofia and covers a total area of 110 decares.The complex offers three stables for 137 sports horses, three sand manoeuvering grounds and one grass manouevering ground. The equipment meets all the requirements of the International Federation.
In the construction of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral they planned the ground floor be a tomb for the Bulgarian kings. But none of the kigs was buried there. Therefore in 1965 the space under the church was converted into a branch of art National Art Gallery for Orthodox art .
Down along Tsar Ivan Asen II Street one reaches Universiada Hall – a multifunctional hall disposing about 3,000 seats and over 1,500 square meters exhibition space.
The Central Synagogue of Sofia has justly been described as the pride of all Bulgarian Jewry. It has symbolized the Jewish community of Bulgaria for almost a century. It is the second largest Sephardic (Spanish-Jewish) synagogue in Europe.
Sofia Airport is located approximately 8 kilometers east from the city center. There are two terminals – Terminals 1 and 2. Terminal 1 is also known as the “Old Airport” as before there was Terminal 2 the building was the main airport for Sofia city. When the modern Terminal 2 was built, the “old airport” started handling mostly domestic flights and low-cost airline companies.
Looking at the pretty church that stands in the middle of the park, it is not obvious that this was once a mosque. It’s current name is in reference to Sofia being liberated on the feast day of one of the Holy Seven Saints: Sveti Naum.
There is a quiet street in Sofia that hosts many art galleries and museums. The place has attracted many artists and business owners and formed a community of people who really care about art. This is one of the places that you really must see if you would like to buy some paintings, sculptures and art. Even if you are not planning to buy it is still a place that you might find the place interesting to see.
“Sofia” Sports Hall is the best place for conducting aesthetic gymnastics competitions or table tennis, aerobics, badminton, fencing or sumo sports events.
Vitosha Blvd. is Sofia’s main shopping street. The retail outlets of many western brand names are concentrated on the stretch between Patriarch Eftimii Blvd. and St. Nedelya Square (Sheraton Hotel). This is in general an expensive shopping area.
The Bulgarian National Bank is one of the oldest national institutions established right after the restoration of the Bulgarian state, on January 25, 1879, and on 6 of June of the same year the first banking operation was conducted.
Elfy Tours is a travel agency which successfully operates on the Bulgarian and international tourism market by offering comprehensive travel services.
There are many tour operators and travel agencies that are offering trips to some of the most interesting sights in Bulgaria and also are offering guided city tours around Sofia. There are also many private guides that may give you a personal Sofia tour. That could be an orientation tour, shopping tour, galleries and museums or local attractions tours.