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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Alexander Nevski Cathedral

    Sofia's spiritual centre
    You cannot leave Sofia without having seen this patriarchal cathedral. It stands out not only thanks to its size – it is the largest in the Balkans – but also thanks to its vast cupola and rich interiors. Built between 1904 and 1912 by the Russian architect Alexander Pomeranzew in the Byzantine style, in memory of the soldiers who died during the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878).
    Alexander Nevsky Platz
    1000 Sofia

  • St. Sofia Church

    The name-giver
    One of the oldest churches in Europe and, after the St. George Rotunda the second oldest religious structure in the city. This three-nave basilica was erected in the 5th to 6th century A.D. on the foundations of several old churches in the then Roman town of Serdica. During the Second Bulgarian Empire (12th - 14th century), St. Sofia became the civic cathedral and in this role gave the city its new name: Sofia.

    ulitsa Paris 2
    1000 Sofia
  • Vrana Palace and Park

    A royal ensemble
    Two elephants were once used here to help staff perform heavy garden labours, for the numerous trees and plants create a lot of work. Today the park contains 400 plant species from around the world. In this oasis in the middle of the city, visitors can enjoy the calm from one of the pretty benches and marvel at the mighty palace on the edge of the park.
    Tsarigradsko Shosse Boulevard 387
    1000 Sofia
    +359 2 963 4566
  • St. George Rotunda

    Ancient Roman monument
    This charming round brick temple from the Roman era is not so easy to find. Constructed in the 4th century under Emperor Constantine the Great, this building is somewhat hidden in an inner courtyard between the presidential residence and the Hotel Sheraton. Once you have found the oldest place of worship in Sofia, you will be astonished by its well-preserved condition. Visitors can also enter the rotunda and marvel at the remnants of colourful frescoes.
    Dondukov Boulevard 2
    1000 Sofia
    +359 2 980 9216
    svgeorgi-rotonda.com
  • Boyana Church

    Rare frescoes
    This pretty World Heritage Site stands amidst tall pine trees at the foot of the Vitosha mountains in the village of Boyana. The Orthodox Church consists of three buildings: the easternmost was built in the 10th century, another was added in the 13th century, and the final addition followed in the 19th century. The church has become famous for its extensive frescoes painted in 1295. Visitors can admire the 240 figures, which portray typical Bulgarian life.
    ul. Boyansko Ezero 1-3
    1616 Sofia
    +359 2 959 0939
    boyanachurch
  • Vitosha Natural Park

    The world of flora and fauna
    On a city break, a trip to the countryside does you good. South of the city lies a 27-hectare natural park in the Vitosha mountains. This park includes two biosphere reserves, where you can learn about the diversity of plant species. The park is also home to 148 endemic invertebrates and 200 bird species. Take a walk in the moorlands or in the longest cave in Bulgaria. If you’re looking for a sporting challenge, discover the park on horseback or by paraglider.
    Vasrazhdane-Platz
    «Antim I.» 17
    1000 Sofia
    bulgariatravel.org
  • Center of Folk Arts and Crafts

    Folk art from all four corners of Bulgaria
    300 artisans have been presenting their folk arts and crafts in the former royal palace for more than 20 years. Here visitors can see colourful hand-woven rugs, pottery, wood carvings and rose oil products typical of Bulgaria. If you want more culture after meeting the artisans, you can also visit the National Art Gallery and the National Ethnographic Museum in the Royal Palace.
    Battenberg Platz
    1000 Sofia
    +359 2 989 6416
    facebook.com/CRAFTSHOPBG
  • Mall of Sofia

    Central paradise for shoppers
    This mall opened in 2006 and was one of the first modern shopping centres in Bulgaria. Since then, it has become a place where locals and tourists regularly come for shopping and leisure activities. There are 130 Bulgarian and international shops, as well as the only IMAX cinema in Sofia and other cinema screens. Art exhibitions and special performances are also held regularly, for example, by the Cirque du Soleil.
    Alexander Stamboliiski Boulevard 101
    1000 Sofia
    +359 2 929 3377
    mallofsofia.bg
  • Alexander Nevsky flea market

    Antiques and souvenirs
    If you enjoy haggling and are looking for Bulgarian souvenirs, the antique market near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a must. Different rarities can be found every single day, such as an old violin, silver jewellery, old cameras or hand-knitted socks.
    Alexander Nevsky Platz
    1000 Sofia
    sofia-guide.com
  • National History Museum

    Impressive Bulgarian cultural monument
    The National History Museum is situated in the southern district of the city called “Boyana”, at the foot of the Vitosha mountain range. Containing more than 700,000 artefacts, it is one of the richest and most interesting museums in the Balkans. Five spacious halls enable visitors to marvel at cultural heritage from pre-history to the present day.
    Vitoshko lale Str 16
    1618 Sofia
    +359 2 955 4280
    historymuseum.org
  • National Theater Ivan Vasov

    A cultural highlight
    Locals are rightly proud of their national theatre. This Neo-Baroque building is an architectural masterpiece – yet built by the Viennese architects Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner. The performances inside are a cultural delight. National and international actors perform classical works and modern productions. The building is named after the famous Bulgarian poet and writer Ivan Vasov.
    V. Levski Str 5
    1000 Sofia
    +359 2 811 9219
    nationaltheatre.bg