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16. Liulin Planina Str., Sofia, 1606, Bulgaria
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Subway between the Presidency and the Party HouseSubway between the Presidency and the Party House

ul Alabin - hotel is about 100 metres on left.ul Alabin - hotel is about 100 metres on left.

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Sofia/Belgrade Advice

by bckennedy

Hey All,

I am an American student hoping to travel to travel from nothern greece through Bulgaria, Seria, and Montenegro to eventually take a ferry back to Italy. I had a couple questions I hope someone could help me with.

1. I have around 5 days to make it back to Italy and was wondering what places you'll recommend I should stop in along the way. I was thinking Sofia and Belgrade but am open to pretty much anything as long as i can get there by train or bus.

2. I would be traveling by myself, are there any places in Serbia or Bulgaria that I should defintely avoid going alone?

Finally, I will be doing all this starting May 22nd, so if anyone else has a similar plan and wanted to meet up, let me know.



Re: Sofia/Belgrade Advice

by ger4444

Coming from Greece you will probably cross Plovdiv, Bulgarian largest rail- and road hub. Its more beautifull than Sofia and you can spend 2 or 3 days there. It has a well preserved old town, one of countries most beautifull displaying the famous National Revival architecture. these are typical renaissance/baroque houses with colourfull facades and amazing interiors with exquisite woodcarvings. it has also the countries largest Roman Amfitheater, ruins off the first settlements by the Thraciers -- 8000 years old -- old baths, and mosques from the Ottoman period. 30 km south of the town there is a famous monastery. (Bachkovo). The town has a great nightlife with many pubs. The town is been one of the oldest non stop inhabited towns of Europe.

Travel Tips for Sofia


by queensali


The 'Kliment Ohridski' University of Sofia

This is an imposing Baroque-style building on the corner of Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. and Vassil Levski Blvd. On the both sides of the main entrance are the statues of the two brothers, Hristo and Evlogi Georgiev, who donated the land and money for the founding of the university.

The Central Baths

This beautiful and sad mosaicked building behind Main department Store is the former Turkish mineral baths. The tender is currently out for its restoration, so we may once again be able to enjoy the grandeur of an oriental public bathhouse. Nearby is the mineral water spring.

National Assembly

The Parliament ( National Assembly) building, listed as a cultural monument, is situated on the square of the same name on Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. It was built in three stages from 1884 to 1928, on plans of the Viennese architect Yovanovich. Above the main entrance runs the slogan 'Unity Makes Strength'.

The National Opera House

Situated in one of the most impressive buildings in Sofia on the corner of Rakovski St. and Doundukov Blvd. Ten columns are lined up along the main facade, above which a rich frieze illustrates the struggle of the Bulgarian nation against fascism. The foyers, balconies and large hall are decorated with a multi-colored marble, paintings showing scenes from different operas, and exquisite plaster ornaments.

The Ivan Vazov National Theater

This theater in the city park is a model of Baroque architecture. Along the facade of this majestic building six columns with beautiful capital support a large triangular pediment, decorated with mythological high reliefs. In the same way as the antique shrines, they remind us that this is a temple of culture. To the sides two towers rise up, topped by sculptures of the Goddess Nike.

I almost died of laughter when...

by Balkan_Yovo

I almost died of laughter when I read somewhere of a cultural tip that said not to put your bag on the floor, because people will stare at you and because it's considered bad luck! People in Bulgaria have a highly developed sense of maintaining good personal hygiene and the only reason you may get a bad look for putting your bag on the floor is because common sense says that it's dirty! Most people are probably aware of the 'yes', 'no' nodding routine, but I will just put it in anyway. Bulgaria is probably the only country in the world (can't say for sure, though), where people shake their head sideways when they mean 'yes' and shake it up and down when they mean 'no'. That doesn't seem too hard to learn, but what adds confusion is all the Bulgarians who try to be nice and shake their head the 'Western' way and unless you're local, it becomes hard to communicate this way, so better learn that 'da' in Bulgarian means 'yes' and 'ne' means 'no'.

Jumping in the pool

by v_bisheva

For those who love jumpings in the pool depths, there are some pools and bathing-beaches in Sofia, where you can find those "high towers"...Its safe to do it as there are life-guards who keep an eye on everybody around. You need just your swimming suit and your courage :)

You can never see everything...

by Balkan_Yovo

You can never see everything there is to see when visiting a city, I know there is so much more for me to explore around Sofia, even though it's where I was born and where I lived a big part of my life. I know for a fact, though that many people miss to see the beautiful churches, like the one on the picture, that are built mostly in Neo-Byzantine style and show what Bulgarian architecture from centuries ago was like. I don't know if most people do, but you should definitely check out the President's Guard marching in front of his office, located between Batenberg Square and Nezavisimost square. I doubt many people get to visit the book market on Slaveikov square, it's a favorite place for me to go, since so many books that one can't find in libraries, or bookstores anymore are being sold and of course to buy some pirated CD's! A friend of mine bought something for 15 leva (one CD costs that much, which is about $7), that would have cost him 700 Swiss Francs in Switzerland! He practically paid for his ticket with that bargain!

The A:Partment

by desert_princess

A home gallery of contemporary art and new culture

The place is lovely!!! Absolutely psychadelic - I bet there are not much of these on this planet.

Open from 10 am till 02 am , it offers home made chocolate cakes , tea room and Himalaya and Amazonian teas , Thursday and Friday DJ scene with commercial free music , Small cinema for directors and pictures 18:00, 22:00, 24:00h , Gallery for independent artists , library with free internet .P.S - OS Linux - Click on the compass to open navigation window.


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