30 Tourist Attractions & Best Hotels in Sofia, Bulgaria
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:
2. Ivan Vazov National Theatre:
3. Sofia Central Mineral Baths:
4. Eagles’ Bridge, Sofia:
5. National Art Gallery:
6. National Museum of Natural History:
7. Sofia Zoo:
8. Museum of Socialist Art, Sofia:
9. National Museum of Military History:
10. Earth and Man National Museum:
12. National Polytechnical Museum:
13. Battenberg Mausoleum:
14. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia:
15. Boyana Church:
16. St Nedelya Church:
17. Saint Sofia Church, Sofia:
18. Church of St. George, Sofia:
19. Banya Bashi Mosque:
20. Borisova gradina:
21. Russian Church, Sofia:
22. National Palace of Culture:
23. Church of St Petka of the Saddlers:
24. Monument to the Tsar Liberator:
25. South Park:
26. Dragalevtsi Monastery:
27. City Garden:
28. Monument to Vasil Levski, Sofia:
29. Statue of Sveta Sofia:
30. Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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