Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. The town is surrounded by Vitosha, Lyulin, and Balkan mountains which makes it a popular destination for adventure lovers. It has many of the best historical landmarks of Bulgaria. For making perfect Bulgaria Itinerary, Sofia must be on the top of the list. Here are the best things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria.
5 Best things to do in Sofia
1. Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski
Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski is one of the largest churches in the world by its size. This Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral is made in Neo-Byzantine style, and it is one of the best places to visit in Sofia. The Cathedral spreads in more than 3000 square meters of space. The building is stunningly beautiful. Golden domes and magnificent paintings of icons put more colours in its beauty. It looks impressive under the night lightings. So do not forget to visit it at night time. The church is located in downtown Sofia, and it is only 5 minutes away from the subway station.
2. Boyana Church and Museum
Boyana church is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The construction of the church was started in the 10th Century and finished in different stages with a long time gap. The church is also known as Saint Nicholas and Saint Panteleimon church. The wall of the church has more than 200 images in 89 scenes. Guided tours are available at the church. You can buy a single ticket or multiple tickets by including attractions Zemen monastery and National History Museum.
3. National History Museum
National History Museum was founded in 1973, and it is the largest museum in Bulgaria. The museum has more than 600000 exhibits of fine arts, archaeology, ethnography, and history. Visit it to see all periods of Bulgarian history. It has an interesting collection of New Iron Age. The clothing collection of the museum includes traditional, uniform, and urban clothing. Also, it has furniture and clocks collection, which is popular among visitors. Educational Guided tours are available at the museum for students and children. You can visit their website for more information.
4. The National Palace of Culture
The National Palace of Culture was established in 1981 in the celebration of the 1300th anniversary of Bulgaria. Alexander Georgiev Barov designed this outstanding building with other Bulgarian and international architects. It is one of the largest exhibition and event centres in Bulgaria. In recent times, it is very popular among tourists and people of Sofia due to its facilities at a single place like children’s playgrounds, gardens, music halls, conference halls, bars, and night clubs. National Palace of Culture has a sitting area for more than three thousand people and an exhibition area of 15000 square meters. Throughout the year, many events are organized at this place. Visit their website for the event calendar.
5. Borisova Gradina
Borisova Gradina is one of the oldest parks in Sofia. It is the best place to visit during your Sofia trip to explore the relaxing and natural atmosphere. The name Borisova was given after Bulgarian Tras Boris III. The park was constructed by three gardeners Daniel Neff, Joseph Frei, and Georgi Duhtev in three different periods of time. Borisova Gradina TV tower is last constructed is the last constructed building in the park. It is more than 100 meters tall building was used for the first Bulgarian National Television Broadcast. The park has long trails, small gardens, benches, and many more things to hangout with family and friends.