Attractions in Sofia

When 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.

Earth and Man National Museum

The Earth and Man National Museum is one of the biggest mineralogical museums in the world. It was found on December 30th 1985 and welcomed its first visitors in June 19th 1987.

Location: Downtown (South)
Earth and Man National Museum map. How to get to Earth and Man National Museum in Sofia

National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNHS) has a history of more than one hundred and twenty years. It is the oldest museum in Bulgaria and the oldest and richest among the natural history museums on the Balkan Peninsula

Location: Downtown (East)
National Museum of Natural History map. How to get to National Museum of Natural History in Sofia

The Yablansky house

The Yablanski House is a Neo-Baroque house in Sofia, situated at 18 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. in the city centre and regarded as one of the highest achievements of the city’s architecture in the first decade of the 20th century.

Location: Downtown (East)
The Yablansky house map. How to get to The Yablansky house in Sofia

“St. George” Rotunda

Hidden away in a courtyard of the Presidency and the dainty Sheraton Hotel, amid remains of the ancient town of Serdica, rises the famous Roman Rotunda, a red-brick building transformed into the present day St. George Church. The Roman Rotunda /the church “St. George”/ is the oldest preserved structure which still serves its original purpose in the Sofia city.

Location: Downtown (West)
“St. George” Rotunda map. How to get to “St. George” Rotunda in Sofia

Park “Geo Milev”

Geo Milev Park is located in the neighborhood carrying the same name. The district is located just 3 kilometers away from Sofia downtown. The proximity to Boris’ garden and Geo Milev Park makes the neighborhood one of the preferred Sofia regions.

Location: East Region
Park “Geo Milev” map. How to get to Park “Geo Milev” in Sofia

Tsar Liberator Monument

The Monument to the Tsar Liberator is a monument in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was erected in honour of Russian Emperor Alexander II who liberated Bulgaria of Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War.

Location: Downtown (East)
Tsar Liberator Monument map. How to get to Tsar Liberator Monument in Sofia

Doctor’s garden

It is a small park, with old trees and a playground. The monument in its centre looks simple, with chipped stones and solid geometrical forms. Only when you get closer and really look at it can you see that there are names on the stones – hundreds of names. Those are the names of 531 doctors and nurses, all of them Russian medical workers who died in the 1877-8 Russo-Turkish War which liberated Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.

Location: Downtown (East)
Doctor’s garden map. How to get to Doctor’s garden in Sofia

Park Zaimov

“Zaimov” is a park in Sofia, which is named after General Vladimir Zaimov. The Sofia Theatre, the theater workshop “Sfumato” and the District health center are located at the borders of the park.

Location: East Region
Park Zaimov map. How to get to Park Zaimov in Sofia

Sveta Nedelya Ortodox Church

Sveta Nedelya sq. is being considered the center of Sofia city. The church Sveta Nedelya lies directly above the ancient crossroads of Serdica (Sofia’s previous name).

Location: Downtown (West)
Sveta Nedelya Ortodox Church map. How to get to Sveta Nedelya Ortodox Church in Sofia

Sofia Trips

Sofia Trips is not your average tour agency… It is а project designed by a couple who are energetic and adventurous people. Their main aim is to help travelers experience the beauty of Bulgaria by replacing all the boring aspects of the mainstream tours with a whole series of fun activities.

Location: Sofia Downtown

Monument of Bulgarian volunteers

The monument of the Bulgarian volunteer units (so called “opulchentsi”) who fought with the Russian Army against Ottoman Turkey in the Bulgarian Liberation War of 1877-78 is located behind the Military Club. It is a seven-meter high bronze monument – a copy of the famous painting of Jaroslav Veshin “The Samara Flag” (1911).

Location: Downtown (East)
Monument of Bulgarian volunteers map. How to get to Monument of Bulgarian volunteers in Sofia

National Ethnographic Museum

National Ethnographic Museum is housed in the premises of the former Royal Palace, a remarkable building in the center of Sofia from the end of the 19th century – a monument of culture. The purpose of the National Ethnographic Museum is to collect, preserve and expose everything connected to the Bulgarian ethno cultural wealth.

Location: Downtown (East)
National Ethnographic Museum map. How to get to National Ethnographic Museum in Sofia

Church of St. Sophia

The early Byzantine Church of St Sophia was built in the 6th century on the place of an ancient Roman theatre and several earlier churches. During the Second Bulgarian Empire the structure served as the cathedral of the city but was later converted to a mosque by the Ottoman Empire.

Location: Downtown (East)
Church of St. Sophia map. How to get to Church of St. Sophia in Sofia

The Garden in front of Central Bath

Next to TZUM Shopping center and right infornt of the Central Bath there is a nice garden with a fountain and benches. You can sit there and enjoy the local atmosphere while looking at the Central Market Hall (Halite), Banya Bashi mosque and the nearby tapped mineral springs.

Location: Downtown (West)
The Garden in front of Central Bath map. How to get to The Garden in front of Central Bath in Sofia
National Assembly of Bulgaria

National Assembly of Bulgaria

The National Assembly of Bulgaria was established in 1879 with the Constitution of Bulgaria.

Location: Downtown (East)
National Assembly of Bulgaria map. How to get to National Assembly of Bulgaria in Sofia

Saint Sofia Statue

If you happen to pass the Sofia city center, you will definitely notice the Statue of Saint Sofia standing on a column in the middle of a bussy crossroad. Her golden face look upon the Batemberg square, where TZUM, The presidensy and the Government houses are situated.

Location: Downtown (West)
Saint Sofia Statue map. How to get to Saint Sofia Statue in Sofia

Antiques Market

Near the Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia is situated an informal flea market, aimed directly to the tourists visiting the cathedral. There can be found lots of antique goods as old cameras, coins and medals, hand knitted socks, Russian lacquered dolls, jewelry boxes and more. The prices vary and depend on opinion of the trader about the buyer – so haggling is possible and in many cases – essential.

Location: Downtown (East)
Antiques Market map. How to get to Antiques Market in Sofia

Patriarh Evtimii Statue – Popa (The Priest)

The locals know this place as Popa which means The Priest. It’s a small square locked between the central streets of Vassil Levski Blvd, Graf Ignatiev Str. and Patriarch Evtimii Blvd. And that is the most popular meeting place in Sofia.

Location: Downtown (South)
Patriarh Evtimii Statue – Popa (The Priest) map. How to get to Patriarh Evtimii Statue – Popa (The Priest) in Sofia

The Unknown Warrior Monument

The Monument to the Unknown Warrior is a monument in located next to the 6th-century Church of St Sophia, on Alexander Nevsky Sqr. The monument commemorates the hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian soldiers who died in wars defending their homeland Bulgaria. Ceremonies involving the President of Bulgaria and foreign state leaders are often performed here.

Location: Downtown (East)
The Unknown Warrior Monument map. How to get to The Unknown Warrior Monument in Sofia

Pirotska street

Just across TZUM, Pirotska Str. is the first pedestrian shopping street in Sofia, and for that reason alone it is worth a visit. “Halite” the former food market is at the beginning of this street also has a variety of small shops on the upper level, in addition to the predominantly food oriented stalls on the ground floor.

Location: Downtown (West)
Pirotska street map. How to get to Pirotska street in Sofia

Banya Bashi Mosque in Sofia

Once there were 70 mosques in Sofia, but today the Banya Bashi Mosque is the only one still functioning. It was designed in 1576, by the greatest of all Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, who also built the Sultan Selim Mosque in Edirne and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

Location: Downtown (West)
Banya Bashi Mosque in Sofia map. How to get to Banya Bashi Mosque in Sofia in Sofia

Boyana waterfall

The Boyana Waterfall is considered the most beautiful and largest waterfall in Vitosha Mountain. The only sound that may interrupt the unique silence and true serenity of the breathtaking scenery is the one of the splashing waters, falling gracefully from 15 m.

Location: South Region (Vitosha)
Boyana waterfall map. How to get to Boyana waterfall in Sofia

Graf Ignatiev Str.

Graf Ignatiev Street also called Grafa (meaning The Count) is a popular central street in Sofia. The street was named after the Russian statesman and diplomat Count Nicholas Pavlovich Ignatiev.

Location: Downtown (East)
Graf Ignatiev Str. map. How to get to Graf Ignatiev Str. in Sofia

Academic tennis courts

The tennis courts of Academic club are located in Boris’ Garden (Borisova Gradina) near Park-hotel Moskow. This is where the University tennis club Academic is preparing tennis players of all ages.

Academic tennis courts map. How to get to Academic tennis courts in Sofia

Vasil Levski Monument

The Monument to Vasil Levski commemorates the hanging of Bulgarian national hero and major revolutionary figure Vasil Levski. He was hanged by the Turks on February 18th 1873 on the same place where the obelisk now stands. At this time that was outside the city of Sofia.

Vasil Levski Monument map. How to get to Vasil Levski Monument in Sofia
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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.