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.
The Church of St Petka of the Saddlers a.k.a. “St. Petka Samardzhiyska” Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia. It is a small one-naved building partially dug into the ground located in the very centre of the city.The church is located in the underpass between The Central Department Store (TZUM) and the Sheraton hotel, almost at the entrance of the Serdika metro station.
Theater “Sofia” is located at the end of Zaimov Park, next to Madrid Blvd. Sofia local’s favorite theater, stages and playhouses. Here you can enjoy countless hours having fun with some of the best Bulgarian actors and plays, operas, cabaret and ballet performances. The theater is close to Theatrе Laboratory Sfumato which is one of the most modern theaters in the world.
Built and dedicated to medics who died in the Russian-Turkish War of 1878. Located behind the National Library and opposite the Sofia University in a beautiful garden park where there are archaeological remains of the necropolis, located here or around parliament.
Balgarska Armia Stadium (translated as Stadium of the Bulgarian Army) is the club stadium of the Bulgarian football club CSKA Sofia. It is situated in the Borisova Gradina (Boris’s Park), in the centre of Sofia. The stadium has four sectors and a total of 22015 seats.
At the opposite corner to the Russian church is where the garden in front of ‘Crystal’ is located, a popular place for fixing informal appointments.
In the underpass between the Council of Ministers and the Presidency go downstairs and you will see the remains from the East Gate of Serdica. Here you will walk on original Roman street, covered by large stone plates.
Being the highest military administrative institution in Bulgaria, the Ministry of Defence was tasked to protect the state sovereignty and national independence, to guard and defend the territorial integrity of the country, and to uphold the interests of the society of Bulgaria and our national identity.
Western park is one of the big Sofia parks, however due to it’s location it is not well known among the tourists.
The Russian Monument is an obelisk: a rectangular pyramid with a truncated top and a three-step pedestal. The eastern side of the memorial features a marble relief of the coat of arms of Russia and the Order of St. George, and a text commemorating Alexander II in pre-reform Russian. The western side features another inscribed plate.
The Bulgarian Army Theater is located at the center of Sofia, on G.S. Rakovski Str. (the street is also known as Rakovska). The theater has two halls. The main hall is with 500 seats and a smaller underground hall with 60 seats.
Funsport Complex is the only complex in Bulgaria, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside and nature, and at the same time to try different sports and attractive challenges.
Circus Balkanski is worldwide known as the Bulgarian national circus. The troupe was established in 1980 and in the beginning it performed 5 tricks: acrobatics, persch, trapeze, wheel of death. The premiere was in Sofia in 1981. In 1982 the troupe performed in Denmark, in 1983 in Knie Circus, Switzerland, in 1984 in Greece and Italy – Medrano Circus. From 1985 to 1999 the troupe performed in Krone Circus in Germany.
Originally built in 1897 and designed by Swiss architect H. Meyer, the exterior of the single copper-domed building reflects the strong influences of European turn of the century architecture.
Situated on the edge of Student City in Sofia, the Winter Palace of Sports offers an excellent opportunity for figure skating, hockey, short track and other winter sports for athletes and all sports enthusiasts.
Central Railway Station of Sofia is the stopping point for most people travelling to Sofia by train. It is the city’s main passenger railway station, and the largest one in the country. The train station is located at Knyaginya Maria Louise Blvd. on your way to Sofia city centre you will pass by the famous Lions bridge.
The setting up of the police institution in Bulgaria started with the adoption of the Constitution of Tarnovo on 16 April 1879. By Decree No. 1 of 5 July 1879 issued by Prince Alexander I, the Ministry of Internal Affairs was set up as part of the first Bulgarian government. Mr. Todor Bourmov was appointed the first Bulgarian Minister of Interior.
Arena is the leading movie theater chain with nine cinema complexes in Sofia, Varna, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo and Pleven. In Sofia there are total of 3 movie theaters: Arena Mladost, Arena Zapad (West) and Arena The Mall.
The Cathedral of St Joseph is located at 300 meters away from the center of Sofiacity. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral and actually a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Sofia and Plovdiv, together with the Cathedral of St Louis in Plovdiv.
Since 1946 the theatre has been considered an independent state cultural institution entitled National Theatre for Youth. Gradually, the company developed two different repertoire sections – one for kids and teenagers, one for adults.
Sofia’s Theatre 199 is a place where you can enjoy the talent of the most prominent Bulgarian artists and experience memorable moments of meeting the theatrical magic.
The Karting track in “Krasna Polyana” is owned by “Karting Sport” Ltd. The company main activities are: organization of sports games and entertainment with karts; karing races organized jointly with the Bulgarian Karting Federation; kart rentals; Promotions, meetings and exhibitions of auto and motor products and accessories; Sale of go karts, spare parts and accessories.
Cinema City International has over 80 years history as a leading movie distrinutor. The company develops advanced circuit multiplexes a market of over 100 million people in 6 countries and is currently the largest operator of multiplexes in Central and Eastern Europe and Israel.
The Central Sofia Market Hall is a covered market in the center of Sofia city, on Maria Louise Blvd. also known as Halite or Tsentralni Hali. It was opened back in 1911 and today is an one of the strategic shopping locations in the city.
bTV’s program was broadcast for the first time on June 1st 2000, thus breaking the monopoly of the public national TV station and changing entirely the media environment in Bulgaria.
The pedestrian bridge in the city center next to National palace of Culture has actually no name, but has always been known as The Bridge of the Lovers. That is because it was commonly used place for meetings of young people in love.
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.