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Sofia

3.8
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia. This city of over one million residents offers a number of museums, monuments, and ruins. With several thousand years of history, and the various architecture and styles of changing empires, this city has beautiful sites for art and history lovers. View Roman and Byzantine designs, as well as communist structures. Explore Sofia's many charming cobblestoned neighborhoods, such as Vitosha, located at the base of the famous nearby ski mountain where the National Historical Museum is located. Spend time at buzzing cafes and shops, and enjoy the city's fantastic nightlife. Access all of Sofia's sites with ease via trams, buses, and trolleys. In the build up to your vacation in Sofia, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Bulgaria online visit planner.
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Popular things to do in Sofia

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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.9
Duration: 3h 30 min
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
Architectural Building
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Boyana Church ©
World heritage site
Boyana Church
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Neighborhood
Vitosha Boulevard
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Sofia

Rila Monastery ©
World heritage site
Rila Monastery Rila
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Mountain
Borovets Ski Resort Borovets
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Go Borovets ©
Fishing Charter / Tour
Go Borovets Borovets
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours Borovets
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Sofia

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Saint Sofia Church ©
Church
Saint Sofia Church
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Amphitheatre of Serdica ©
Historic Site
Amphitheatre of Serdica
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Serdika ©
Ruin
Serdika
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Church
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Sofia

Banya Bashi Mosque ©
Religious Site
Banya Bashi Mosque
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
National Institute of Archaeology with Museum
History Museum
National Institute of Archaeology with Museum
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga) ©
Architectural Building
Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga)
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Spa
Spas
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Sofia

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National Museum of History ©
Specialty Museum
National Museum of History
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
National Museum of Military History ©
Military Museum
National Museum of Military History
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
The Red Flat ©
Art Museum
The Red Flat
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Zelena gallery
Art Gallery
Zelena gallery
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Sofia

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National Palace of Culture Congress Centre ©
Civic Center
National Palace of Culture Congress Centre
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
ArtBulgaria
Gift & Specialty Shop
ArtBulgaria
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Elephant Bookstore ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Elephant Bookstore
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Chilli Hills ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Chilli Hills
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Gifted Sofia ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Gifted Sofia
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Art Shop Hand Made ©
Art Gallery
Art Shop Hand Made
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
THAI SPA ©
Spa
THAI SPA
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church St. George Rotunda ©
Architectural Building
Church St. George Rotunda
4.4
Duration: 2 hours