Exotic and modern, Sofia is an expanse of architectural landscapes studded with domed churches and Ottoman mosques nestled at the base of the Vitosha Mountain. Sofia is regarded as Bulgaria’s treasure trove, with sights around every corner for those who seek them. This vibrant cultural mecca is renowned for its concentration of historic symbols, an enthusiastic emphasis on arts and entertainment, and the attractive exteriors of its impressive landmarks.
Things to do
The Aleksander Nevski Cathedral is a prominent tourist destination and historic symbol of the country of Bulgaria. Admire the attractive neo-Byzantine style complemented by mosaics and arching golden domes. The interior is an equally exotic wonder to behold, boasting antiquated hanging chandeliers and exquisite thrones that have successfully stood the test of time.
If you enjoy checking out old churches, Sofia is full of them. Stroll through the Sveta Sofia Church where you can gaze upon the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or talk a walk into UNESCO listed Boyana Church to peer upon a vast array of medieval murals.
Looking to spend some time unearthing the city’s rich history? The Sofia History Museum is spread over two floors, while the National Museum of History has enough exhibitions to keep you entertained for hours. The Turkish baths are also a unique must-see feature.
There are excellent dining opportunities to be found throughout the city, in addition to a developing art scene. The National Art Gallery is a great place to stroll languidly through impressive collections and afterwards you can grab a bite of homemade ice cream from Confetti.
The Central Railway Station serves as the primary rail transport in the city, while the Sofia Airport sits nestled in the east of the city centre. Public transportation is well developed with plentiful buses, trams and trolleybuses to help you get around.