What to see in Sofia

Sofia Attractions

Sightseeing in Sofia is a collision of the old and new as the ancient cultures of the Thracians, Byzantines, Romans and Slavs meet with the mad rush to modernisation that occurred when the Iron Curtain fell. Thus you'll see a mixture of buildings that will delight any architecture lover, including the multi-domed Byzantine Alexandar Nevski Memorial Church, the medieval art of the Boyana Church (a UNESCO world heritage site), and the Kremlin-like Russian Church of St. Nicholas.

Like any worthy European capital, Sofia's attractions include a wealth of museums and galleries, including the National Historical Museum, the mineralogical-focused Museum of Earth and Men, the Bulgarian National Gallery of Arts, the Ethnographical Museum, and the Sofia City Art Gallery.

There are plenty of other things to see and do in Sofia as well, including visiting the Sofia Zoological Garden, which houses over a thousand animals; the Sofia City Garden with its cafes, playgrounds and fountains; and the famous Turkish Mineral Baths.

You can also browse Zhenski Pazar or 'women's market', which is open to both men and women and offers fresh food, flowers and basic goods. There aren't many souvenirs in the market but it's worth the trip for the bustling atmosphere. Another busy market is the Tsentralni Hali (Central Food Halls), which is housed in an ancient Roman marketplace with archaeological finds on display along with the fresh food, coffee, wine and other treats.

Many interesting buildings and sights in Sofia have signs with a phone number on them. If you call this number you can listen to a three-minute recording telling you about the attraction.

Sofia is a relatively safe city in which to sightsee. Violent crime is rare, but pick pocketing is common in the city centre, as with all large metropolises.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

One of the finest examples of 20th-century architecture in Sofia, and one of the most iconic buildings in the city, the…

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Boyana Church

The Boyana Church complex - located on the outskirts of Sofia - is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Bulgaria's…

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National Ethnographic Museum

The National Ethnographic Museum in downtown Sofia has one of the richest collections of cultural artefacts on the Balkan…

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St George Rotunda

The rotunda church of St George is considered to be the oldest building in Sofia, dating back to the 4th century, and…

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St. Sofia Church

The St Sofia Church, also called the Hagia Sophia Church, is the oldest Eastern Orthodox church in the city, dating from…

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Vitosha Mountain

Rising above the capital city of Sofia, Vitosha Mountain is one of the symbols of the capital and is the most visited…

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