Bulgaria, Sofia

Background information

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria, its largest and most active town (900 000 inhabitants) and the country`s main economic and cultural centre. It is a thriving and developing city, which lives up to the motto “Grows, but those not grow old”. The position of the town is outstandingly beautiful. Sofia is bounded to the west by the mountain Ljulin, and to the north by the Balkan chain. The town enjoys a healthy and temperate climate, thanks to the mountains and the large areas of open space (parks and public gardens).


The most convenient starting point for a quick tour to Sofia is Tzar Osvoboditel Square, where is Sveta Nedelja Church. The church has a history that can be traced back to the ancient city of Serdika. Nearby is the largest food store in Sofia, also called Central Market, which offers a wide variety of food to suit every taste. To the west of the market are the Mineral Baths of Sofia, which are a fine example for the healthy climate. For those who enjoy shopping there is also the Central Universal Store, also called CUM. No visit is complete without a trip to the National Gallery of Art and the Ethnographic museum.

Practical information

Usually museums are open from 9 to 5, Mondays to Fridays. With a student pass, it costs 2 lv to get in. If you missed the visiting hours you can while away an afternoon, walking by the Central Park, which is in the centre of the city. For those who`d like to visit Sofia by night, especially popular with young people is the Escape club, where they can dance till 4 a.m. in the morning. The biggest leisure center in the region, offering cinema, bowling, billiard, dartz and other leisure activities is Arena, which is situated by the Metro station 2.