30 Tourist Attractions & Best Hotels in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Sofia is the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria. It’s in the west of the country, below Vitosha Mountain. The city’s landmarks reflect more than 2,000 years of history, including Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation. Medieval Boyana Church has 13th-century frescoes. Built by the Romans in the 4th century, St. George Rotunda Church has medieval and Ottoman decoration dating to the 10th century.

30 Tourist Attractions

1. National Historical Museum:

The National Historical Museum in Sofia is Bulgaria’s largest museum. It was founded on 5 May 1973. A new representative exhibition was opened in the building of the Court of Justice on 2 March 1984.
Address: ул. Витошко лале 16, 1618 Rezidentsia Boyana, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

2. Ivan Vazov National Theatre:

The Ivan Vazov National Theatre is Bulgaria’s national theatre, as well as the oldest and most authoritative theatre in the country and one of the important landmarks of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Address: ul. “Dyakon Ignatiy” 5, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

3. Sofia Central Mineral Baths:

The Central Mineral Baths is a landmark in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a city known for the mineral springs in the area.
Address: Център, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

4. Eagles’ Bridge, Sofia:

Eagles’ Bridge is a bridge over the Perlovska River in downtown Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. The bridge and junction where it is located, sometimes referred to as Ploshtad Orlov Most are usually referred simply as Eagles’ Bridge.
Address: бул. „Цар Освободител“ 33, 1504 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

5. National Art Gallery:

The National Art Gallery is Bulgaria’s national gallery and houses over 50,000 pieces of Bulgarian art.
Address: i, ploshtad “Knyaz Aleksandar I” 1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
 

6. National Museum of Natural History:

The National Museum of Natural History of Bulgaria is a museum of natural history located in Sofia, the capital of the country on “Tzar Osvoboditel” str. next to the Russian church.
Address: bul. “Tsar Osvoboditel” 1, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

7. Sofia Zoo:

Sofia Zoo in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, was founded by royal decree on 1 May 1888, and is the oldest and largest zoological garden in southeastern Europe. It covers 36 hectares and, in March 2006, housed 4,850 animals representing 840 species.
Address: ул. “Сребърна” 1, кв. „Хладилника”, ПК 67, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

8. Museum of Socialist Art, Sofia:

The Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia, is a museum of art which covers the history of the communist era in Bulgaria.
Address: ulitsa Lachezar Stanchev 7, 1756 g.k. Iztok, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

9. National Museum of Military History:

The National Military History Museum is a museum dedicated to military history in Sofia, Bulgaria. A structure of the Ministry of Defence, it has existed under various names and subordinate to various institutions since 1 August 1914.
Address: ul. “Cherkovna” 92, 1505 Oborishte, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

10. Earth and Man National Museum:

The Earth and Man National Museum is a mineralogical museum in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It’s one of the biggest mineralogical museums in the world. It was founded on 30 December 1985 and opened for visitors on 19 June 1987.
Address: bulevard “Cherni vrah” 4, 1421 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

11. Muzeiko:

Children’s museum featuring interactive science-related exhibits, a cafe & a gift shop.
Address: ul. “Professor Boyan Kamenov”, 1756 Studentski Kompleks, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

12. National Polytechnical Museum:

The National Polytechnical Museum is a science museum located in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Address: ul. “Opalchenska” 66, 1303 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

13. Battenberg Mausoleum:

The Memorial Tomb of Alexander I of Battenberg, better known as the Battenberg Mausoleum in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is the mausoleum and final resting place of Prince Alexander I of Bulgaria, the first Head of State of modern Bulgaria.
Address: Bulevard Vasil Levski 81, бул. Васил Левски 81, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
 

14. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia:

The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Address: pl. “Sveti Aleksandar Nevski”, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

15. Boyana Church:

The Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated on the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in the Boyana quarter. In 1979, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Address: ул. Боянско езеро 3, 1616 Bojana, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

16. St Nedelya Church:

St. Nedelya Church is an Eastern Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a cathedral of the Sofia bishopric of the Bulgarian Patriarchate.
Address: площад Света Неделя 20, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

17. Saint Sofia Church, Sofia:

The Saint Sofia Church is the second oldest church in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, dating to the 4th-6th century. In the predecessor building took place the Council of Serdica held most probably in 343 and attended by 316 bishops.
Address: ul. Paris 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

18. Church of St. George, Sofia:

The Church of St George is an Early Christian red brick rotunda that is considered the oldest building in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It is situated behind the Sheraton Hotel, amid remains of the ancient town of Serdica.
Address: bul. Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

19. Banya Bashi Mosque:

Banya Bashi Mosque is a mosque in Sofia, Bulgaria, built by the architect and civil engineer Mimar Sinan.
Address: Център, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

20. Borisova gradina:

Borisova gradina or Knyaz-Borisova gradina is the oldest and best known park in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Its construction and arrangement began in 1884 and it is named after Bulgarian Tsar Boris III.
Address: Sofia, Bulgaria
 

21. Russian Church, Sofia:

The Russian Church, officially known as the Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, is a Russian Orthodox church in central Sofia, Bulgaria, situated on Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Address: bul. “Tsar Osvoboditel” 3, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

22. National Palace of Culture:

The National Palace of Culture, located in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is the largest, multifunctional conference and exhibition centre in south-eastern Europe. It was opened in 1981 in celebration of Bulgaria’s 1300th anniversary.
Address: National Culture Palace, Bulevard “Bulgaria”, 1463 Ndk, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

23. Church of St Petka of the Saddlers:

The Church of St Petka of the Saddlers is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Address: 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

24. Monument to the Tsar Liberator:

The Monument to the Tsar Liberator is an equestrian monument in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was erected in honour of Russian Emperor Alexander II who liberated Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.
Address: 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

25. South Park:

Urban, dog-friendly park with walking/biking paths & rides for kids, plus fountains & bars/eateries.
Address: Sofia, Bulgaria
 

26. Dragalevtsi Monastery:

Dragalevtsi Monastery of the Holy Mother of God of Vitosha is a Bulgarian Orthodox monastery on the lower slopes of Vitosha mountain on the outskirts of the capital Sofia in western Bulgaria.
Address: 1415 м. Орехите, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

27. City Garden:

The City Garden is Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria’s oldest and most central public garden, in existence since 1872.
Address: 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

28. Monument to Vasil Levski, Sofia:

The Monument to Vasil Levski in the centre of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is one of the first monuments to be built in the then newly liberated Principality of Bulgaria.
Address: bul. “Vasil Levski”, 1527 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

29. Statue of Sveta Sofia:

The Statue of Sveta Sofia is a monumental sculpture in Sofia, Bulgaria. The statue, erected in 2000, stands in a spot once occupied by a statue of Lenin. Sophia was considered too erotic and pagan to be referred to as a saint.
Address: 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
 

30. Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church:

The Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church is a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. It was created between 1901 and 1902 through the conversion of an abandoned Ottoman mosque, and was inaugurated on 27 July 1903.
Address: ul. “Graf Ignatiev” 25, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

Best Hotels in Sofia

1. Arena di Serdica Hotel:

This premium, downtown hotel in a modern building is a 4-minute walk from the National Art Gallery and a 9-minute walk from a metro station.

The elegant rooms have city views, free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screens with satellite channels. Upgraded rooms add extra space and designer toiletries, and suites have living rooms; 1 suite features a terrace, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Room service is available 24 hours.

Breakfast and underground parking are complimentary. Other amenities include 2 chic international restaurants (1 with an open-air dining area), a lobby bar and a fitness center. There’s also a spa with a sauna and a steam bath.

Address: Budapeshta Street 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

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2. Downtown Hotel Sofia:

This polished hotel in a contemporary building is a 9-minute walk from the National Palace of Culture and 2 km from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

The quaint, traditionally decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screens with satellite channels. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, and suites include living rooms. Room service is available 24/7.

Freebies include parking and a breakfast buffet. There’s an elegant restaurant and a lobby bar. Other amenities include a fitness center, a sauna, a massage treatment room and a beauty salon.

Address: bul. “Vasil Levski” 27А, 1040 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

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3. Hotel Anel:

This haute, art-filled downtown hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Natsionalna Khudozhestvena Galeriya art museum and 2 km from Central Railway Station Sofia.

Swanky rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, smart TVs, coffeemakers and minibars. Upgraded quarters add kitchenettes, whirlpool tubs and/or balconies. Room service is available 24/7.

Secured parking is complimentary. A formal restaurant offers dining on a rooftop terrace with city views. A flashy bar is open 24 hours. Other amenities include a spa, an indoor pool and a hot tub, plus a casino and a fitness center.

Address: bul. “Todor Alexandrov” 14, 1303 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

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4. Central Hotel Sofia:

A block from bars and restaurants in the city center, this laid-back hotel is 2 km from the Neo-Byzantine Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and 11 km from Sofia Airport.

Unfussy rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, plus tea and coffeemakers. Suites add living rooms, pull-out sofas and balconies; studios include living and dining areas, and kitchenettes. Kids age 12 and under stay at no charge with an adult. Room service is available.

There’s a classic restaurant serving European fare, plus a lobby bar, and a spa with a hot tub and a sauna. Breakfast is offered for a fee. Underground parking and an airport shuttle are available.

Address: bul. “Hristo Botev” 52, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

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5. Sense Hotel Sofia:

A block from Khram-pametnik Aleksandŭr Nevski cathedral, this trendy downtown hotel is a 5-minute walk from a metro station and 2 km from the Natsionalen dvorets na kulturata event center.

Minimalist, contemporary rooms offer smart TVs, iPod/iPhone docks and Wi-Fi, in addition to minibars and espresso machines. All have floor-to-ceiling windows; upgraded rooms add balconies. Suites feature separate living rooms.

There’s a modern Mediterranean restaurant with a terrace, in addition to 2 hip bars (1 on the rooftop). Other amenities include a day spa and an indoor pool.

Address: bul. “Tsar Osvoboditel” 16, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

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6. Hilton Sofia Hotel:

Looking on Vitosha mountain, this sophisticated business hotel is a 6-minute walk from a metro station and an 11-minute walk from the Natsionalniya dvorets na kulturata exhibition center.

Polished rooms and suites come with Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs and desks, as well as coffeemakers and minibars. Some upgraded quarters add mountain views and/or access to a club lounge. Room service is available 24 hours.

Breakfast is free. A refined international restaurant offers mountain views; there’s also a high-end cafe/bar. The hotel has an indoor pool, a 24/7 gym and a spa. Other amenities include a business center, 8 meeting rooms and a club lounge.

Address: Bulevard “Bulgaria” 1, 1421 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia, Bulgaria

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7. Best Western Premier Sofia Airport Hotel:

Set in polished towers, this upmarket hotel with views of the Vitosha Mountains is 2 km from Sofia International Airport and 9 km from the National Art Gallery.

Offering views of the airport or the mountains, warmly decorated rooms provide HDTVs, free Wi-Fi and desks, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms feature sitting areas with pull-out sofas. Suites add separate living rooms, some with dining areas, plus minibars and espresso machines.

There’s a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant with a terrace, as well as a relaxed lounge with a fireplace. Conference facilities are available.

Address: Blvd. Brussels 11, 1592, Bulgaria

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8. Novotel Sofia Hotel:

This modern hotel is 7 km from the Bulgarian National Bank and 8 km from Sofia Airport.

The contemporary rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea and coffeemaking facilities, plus minibars. Upgrades add sitting or living areas and Nespresso machines. Room service is available.

Amenities include an international restaurant/bar offering a seated terrace. There’s also a bar/lounge, a fitness center and a spa with a sauna. A Turkish steam bath, as well as massages add a fee. Bike storage and a children’s video game and recreation area are available. Parking and city shuttle transport is included (weekends only).

Address: 115 N Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd, 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria

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9. Moreto & Caffeto Hostel:

In a leafy neighborhood, this casual hostel is 2 blocks from sprawling South Park, a 15-minute walk from a metro station and 16 minutes on foot from the National Palace of Culture.

Bright, simple mixed-gender dorms come with free Wi-Fi, bunk beds and lockers. Snug private rooms are available. Bathrooms are shared.

Amenities include a communal kitchen, a bar and BBQ facilities, as well as a TV lounge, a game room and a terrace.

Address: ul. “Burel” 41, 1408 Ivan Vazov, Sofia, Bulgaria

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10. Hotel Vitosha Tulip:

This relaxed hotel in a contemporary building overlooking the Vitosha mountain is 5 km from Zoopark Sofia and 10 km from the National Palace of Culture event center.

The simple, modern rooms feature mountain-view balconies or terraces, as well as minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some have glass-enclosed bathrooms. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, while suites offer separate living rooms. Room service is available. Kids under 3 stay at no cost.

Freebies include parking and breakfast. There’s a formal restaurant, a traditional tavern and a lobby bar/cafe, in addition to a rooftop bar with city views.

Address: Dragalevtsi pl. Tsar Ivan Alexander Nr 1, Sofia, Bulgaria

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11. Metropolitan Hotel Sofia:

This polished business hotel in a contemporary building is 6 km from Sofia Airport and 8 km from the National Palace of Culture exhibition center.

High-end, modern rooms offer flat-screen TVs, laptop-size safes, free Wi-Fi and minibars. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, while suites include living rooms. Some suites also offer extra space, balconies and whirlpool tubs. Room service is available 24/7.

Complimentary perks include a breakfast buffet, parking and an airport shuttle. There’s an upmarket restaurant and a lobby bar. Other amenities include meeting rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, and a spa with a hot tub and a steam bath.

Address: bul. “Tsarigradsko Shose” 64, 1784 Mladost 1, Sofia, Bulgaria

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12. Hostel Mostel Sofia:

Set in a cozy 19th-century building, this modest hostel is a 10-minute walk from a metro station and a 14-minute walk from the Natsionalna Khudozhestvena Galeriya art museum.

Simple mixed dorms and private rooms come with free Wi-Fi and shared bathroom. Upgraded quarters add en suite facilities.

The hostel serves a complimentary all-you-can-eat breakfast. Common areas include a kitchen, a veranda and a TV lounge. There’s also a pool table.

Address: bul. “Makedonia” 2, 1606 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

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