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Bulgaria’s capital offers thousands of years of history and culture, beautiful architecture, exciting nightlife, modern malls and mountain pursuits.

Since the end of Communist rule in Bulgaria, Sofia has reinvented itself as a lively, cosmopolitan city. Stroll in the shadows of Byzantine buildings, gold-domed churches and Communist-era monuments to find modern shopping malls, acres of parkland, elegant boulevards and a lively café culture. With some of Europe’s most beautiful architecture and ski slopes on its doorstep, Sofia has plenty to show its visitors.

Marvel at the beauty of the multi-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Look inside at its Byzantine-style murals. Next to the cathedral, find the sixth-century Church of St. Sofia, which gave the city its name. See the Rotunda of St. George, thought to be the city’s oldest church. The redbrick structure was built by the Romans in the fourth century. Visit the 16th-century Banya Bashi Mosque.

Investigate some of the 650,000 artifacts inside the National Museum of History. Learn about Bulgarian art from the 19th and 20th centuries at the National Art Gallery.

Go on a shopping spree to the city malls. These include the Bulgaria Mall and The Mall, one of the largest malls in Sofia. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables at the market on Graf Ignatiev. Take a break from shopping and sightseeing for a drink at a pavement café or picnic at Borisova Gradina Park.

Sofia sits at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, a 7,513-foot-tall (2,290-meter) peak. Trek along its numerous marked paths in the spring and summer or go skiing in the winter.

To experience Sofia’s nightlife, visit Vitosha Boulevard, Sofia’s main shopping street. Choose from a large concentration of trendy bars and cafés. For music and dance, visit Sofia Opera and Ballet.

Sofia is a compact city. Many sights are within easy walking distance of each other. Alternatively, get around by public transportation or rental car. With thousands of years of history, rich cultural pursuits and a lively social scene, Sofia is a fascinating and increasingly popular vacation destination.

Top Hotels in Sofia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
InterContinental Sofia
InterContinental Sofia
5 out of 5
4 NARODNO SABRANIE SQ, Sofia
The price is CA $113 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is steps away from Yellow Pavement and Bulgarian Parliament. National Palace of Culture is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (294 reviews)

"Hotel was pretty standard.It was very clean and you could feel they took extra precautions because of the COVID...the view at the cathedral is epic so it was worth of paying extra for it. the only downside were people in front of the hotel who jumped infront of us as soon as we exited the car at ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 6, 2020

InterContinental Sofia
Metropolitan Hotel Sofia
Metropolitan Hotel Sofia
4 out of 5
64 Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd, Sofia
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $86 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Mladost, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Megapark and European Trade Centre. Arena Armeec and Inter Expo and Congress Center are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (363 reviews)

"Very clean hotel and rooms, the staff is very polite and friendly! Highly recommended this hotel for short stay or early flights!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2020

Metropolitan Hotel Sofia
Rosslyn Central Park Hotel
Rosslyn Central Park Hotel
4 out of 5
106, Vitosha Blvd, Sofia
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $107 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Sofia City Center, this hotel is steps away from Vitoshka Boulevard and National Palace of Culture. Bulgarian Parliament is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (335 reviews)

"Very polite and helpful staff. Very close to the centre of the city. Clean and spacious rooms. I would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2020

Rosslyn Central Park Hotel

Vacation Rentals in Sofia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Storyteller's Place - 2 Bedroom Aesthetic Apt
The Storyteller's Place - 2 Bedroom Aesthetic Apt
3.5 out of 5
ulitsa Antim I 12, Sofia, Sofia-city

Located in Sofia City Center, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sofia Court House and National Palace of Culture. Bulgarian Parliament is 1.4 ...

The Storyteller's Place - 2 Bedroom Aesthetic Apt
Sofia Life Apartments
Sofia Life Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Tzar Simeon 57, Sofia, Sofia
The price is CA $50 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Sofia City Center, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Banya Basha Mosque, Bulgarian Parliament and National Palace of Culture. Yellow ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)

"Good location. Excellent contact and very reasonable price"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Sofia Life Apartments
Dunav Apartment House
Dunav Apartment House
3 out of 5
38 Dunav St, Sofia

Located in Sofia City Center, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Gallery for Foreign Art and Bulgarian Parliament. National Palace of Culture ...

4.3/5Excellent! (34 reviews)
Comfortable stay in Sofia city

"Good value for money... Close to the Market Hall and the Alexander Nevski square. Kitchen appliances were fine, 1 cutting board, a peeler, two electric heating panels, a microwave and some dishes. Lighting in the main room could have been brighter, bathroom and bedroom fine. Helpful staff, although ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 19, 2018

Dunav Apartment House

Popular places to visit in Sofia

Bulgarian Parliament
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Bulgarian Parliament

4/5(1 review)

Admire the architecture of Bulgaria’s national assembly building and attend a parliamentary session at this elegant government building in Sofia’s city center.

National Palace of Culture
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National Palace of Culture

4.5/5(5 reviews)

This impressive castle-like monument is a multipurpose cultural center that hosts art exhibitions, a film festival and concerts by well-known performers.

Church of St. George
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Church of St. George

4.5/5(2 reviews)

One of Sofia’s oldest churches is a centuries-old architectural treasure and contains a fascinating collection of preserved Medieval and religious art.

Top things to do in Sofia

COMBO Tour: Koprivshtitsa & Plovdiv
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COMBO Tour: Koprivshtitsa & Plovdiv

CA $70
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Tour to Lovech, Devetaki cave & Krushuna waterfalls
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Tour to Lovech, Devetaki cave & Krushuna waterfalls

CA $220
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Day tour to Thessaloniki, Greece
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Day tour to Thessaloniki, Greece

CA $170
Per adult
The Seven Rila lakes
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The Seven Rila lakes

CA $62
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Plovdiv: Full Day Tour from Sofia
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Plovdiv: Full Day Tour from Sofia

CA $54
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Sofia Airport/City to Borovets City Transfer
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Sofia Airport/City to Borovets City Transfer

CA $110
Per adult

Reviews of Sofia

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 27, 2019

The locals were not very welcoming, warm and helpful. Perhaps language barrier reflected into their disposition. The city itself has lots to offer given its rich history of 6000+ years. Beware of the taxis, most meters are altered.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 20, 2019

The old part of the city is wonderful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 19, 2019

Beware of the local taxis. The meter is more than often faulty and when you point it out, they pretend to not know English at all. Otherwise taxi ride is meant to be cheap, when you come across an honest driver, which was rare in our experience.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 9, 2019

Sofia is my home town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 23, 2019

Enjoyed the pedestrian mall and its many restaurants. Public transit, which I use whenever I travel, was frequent but the payment system leaves a lot to be desired.

4/5 - Good

BS

Jul 14, 2019

Overall Sofia was nice. Highly recommend to hike the Seven Rila Lakes!!