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    Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church
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    The Old Bath House, Sofia
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Sofia Things to Do

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  • Aleksander Nevski Cathedral

    Sofia's real gem - there's no doubt about that - is the stunning gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. What catches one's eye straight away, even from the distance, is the large 45 m high gold-plated dome. As you come neaerer, however, you'll notice two smaller gold-plated domes. The cathedral's construction is somewhat recent as it dates back...

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  • NDK - National Palace of Culture

    I cant remember why we decided from the city center down to NDK, the truth is that it was very cold that morning, there was still snow on the pavements but it was nice to see the city in action, locals going to work and we had the chance to check some small stores on the way etc When we arrived at NDK (national palace of culture) we realized that...

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  • Banya Bashi Mosque

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Banya Bashi Mosque (literally "many baths") was built over natural thermal spas and named after the neighbouring Central Baths. The mosque was completed in 1576 and is therefore one of the oldest in Europe, as well as the last functioning mosque in Sofia. During Communist rule it was closed. Directions: The Banya Bashi Mosque can be found at...

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Sofia Restaurants

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  • Happy bar and grill

    4 out of 5 stars

    I have a love/hate relationship with the Bulgarian (established Varna 1994) restaurant chain Happy. I love the food, I love the ambience and I love the prices but I hate how easy it is to eat at nowhere else in Bulgaria but Happy - Happy is just too accessible! Here in Sofia there are several outlets with the main one being on the corner of St...

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  • Vodenitsata

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Located at the foothills of Vitosha mountain "Off the beaten path " ,among fresh green forest and mountain air, the Vodenitzata is a folklore complex in an old water mill with an open air garden just above Dragalevtzi river. Built out of stone and wood - the traditional materials used in Renaissance achitecture "Vodenitzata" is a must if you wanna...

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  • Divaka

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The food was amazing, in large portions, and cheap. English menus are available. Our waitress was very nice, and patient (she spoke no English and we spoke no Bulgarian!). When you enter there are two levels - the top is non-smoking and the bottom is not. I ate the sarmi (stuffed vine leaves) and tarator (a yogurt-based cold soup), while AJ had a...

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Sofia Nightlife

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  • buddha bar

    If you expect to see a top class nightclub you can get a little disappointed. The place is more or less OK but nothing special. When I was there last Saturday with my friend Elitsa and another friend of mine we had good time. The place was full but not packed. I went there onWednesday evening as well, around midnight and it was almost empty. So, I...

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  • Chervilo

    "Chervilo" is THE club to be in Sofia . All the trendiest funkiest grooviest people go there. It is terribly crowded on weekends and the party goes on even 05h. Put on your best clothes , take your sunnies and head over there!!! See the Upcoming events in Chervilo Or the Official site - http://www.chervilo.com/ Under Construction this seems like a...

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  • swinging hall

    A very good place to have a great time! There are two halls with two different bands. The atmosphere is really "partyyyyyyyy", so you can really try this club. You won't be disappointed. Not a problem to dress what you have in your luggage.

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Sofia Transportation

  • trains

    We bought the ticket to Nis at the Rila office in the railway station. When you enter the main hall there is a passage to your left and at the end of the passage you will find the Rila office. Even though the ticket was cheap there was still something fishy about it. The lady asked us the departure time and then kept saying some number which we...

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  • busses

    Sightseeing bus leaving daily at 10 am, 12 am just behind Alexander Nevski main Cathedral The price was around 25 Euro and includes a 2 hours tour guide who presents the information about the different sights in an accessible and attractive way but just in English.

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  • trams

    Sofia has an extensive network of bus, trolleybus and tram lines, which belong to the public transport system. Operation times are from 05:00 h until around 23:30 h. At most major stops you can buy tickets from special kiosks. In September 2009 a single ticket cost 1 BGN and a day card (karta za edin den) cost 4 BGN. Single tickets have to be...

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Sofia Shopping

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  • TZUM

    Most visitors head for TZUM, a relatively small shopping mall opposite the Sheraton, or the boutiques lining Vitosha Boulevard, Sofia's main shopping street Pirotska (near TZUM, opposite the mosque) is another popular shopping street, and it's a more pleasant experience than Vitosha Boulevard Stroll down here or head north after a few blocks to...

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  • Antiques

    It's kind of flea market for communist curios, antiques, coins and it's just opposite the Al.Nevsky Cathedral.The street stalls are there everyday and you can bargain - but remember the prices are cheap anyway so don't be a cheapskate and don't expect to pay nothing.... You can find beautiful pieces, which are not that expensive and really bad...

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  • Halite

    The Neo-Renaissance style Central Market Hall (Tsentralni Hali) was opened in 1911 as an important trade market in the city. On two levels you find nowadays all sorts of food stalls with local delicacies as well as shops for accessoires, clothes and souvenirs. A few food stalls on the upper level offer simple and tasty meals. For more...

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Sofia Local Customs

  • shaking head vs nodding

    I bet there are already plenty of tips on this topic, but I find it so important that I have decided to start my Sofia page from it. In Bulgaria, like in Macedonia and Albania (I have read this), the head gestures to say "yes" and "no" are inverted in comparison with the rest of European countries. When Bulgarians shake their heads, they mean...

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  • etiquette

    One sure way to recognise Bulgarians is by watching how they season their meals. We take the salt shaker, then we tap the bottom of it few times on the table (to shake it well) and then we season. The reason is that often in restaurants the salt is dampen by use or general humidity and it sticks together in the shaker. This is also why you can...

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  • drinks

    Ayryan is a typical analcoholic drink made with yoghurt and water, to which you can add as much salt as you wish. I tried it at the O!Shipka restaurant. More information here. When I went to have lunch to O!Shipka with my future friend Kristian, he let me taste this drink and, although I found it a little disgusting in the beginning, I didn't...

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Sofia Warnings and Dangers

  • dangerous

    Upon leaving a nightclub near the city center at around 02:00 with my Bulgarian girlfriend a young man about 20 aproached us he said somthing in Bulgarian( I dont speak it) my girlfriend shouted at me to give him my wallet, at this point he waved a large kitchin knife in my face.NOTE unless you are trained in unarmed combat just give him your...

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  • Stay AWAKE!

    As an employee of the Italian embassy told me on one of my first days in Sofia, when you walk in Sofia, you should always look downwards to avoid falling in one of the several holes that "decorate" the local sidewalks, but also upwards to avoid crashing against a street sign. She was right: several weeks later, I did crash against a street sign...

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  • Beggars

    It's still some poverty in Bulgaria, even though the economy is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. Some beggars complain about the situation in the country, and use inventive methods to get money from tourists. "Bulgaria robbed and stole my identity. I need refugee status in another country".

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Sofia Tourist Traps

  • taxi service

    Taxis can be nototiously hit or miss at Sofia airport, so it's best to avoid them. The easiest solution is to prepare your transport options in advance. I've had very good experience with the prompt and efficient team at easysofiatransfer.com.

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  • It's better to prebook a transfer

    Taxis can be nototiously hit or miss at Sofia airport, so it's best to avoid them. The easiest solution is to prepare your transport options in advance. I've had very good experience with the prompt and efficient team at easysofiatransfer.com.

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  • How to choose a reliable Sofia Airport...

    A few days ago we arrived at Sofia Airport and head on to the taxi office opposite the terminal. We were told a guide price to the city centre ( around 10-15 levas) but before getting in the taxi , the driver told us that will cost a min of 50 leva. I looked at the car which was an old Skoda Fabia , thoought for a second and asked to unload my...

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Sofia What to Pack

  • luggage

    I would suggest you to carry little luggage because here you can find almost everything and for very cheap prices. The climate is temperate so it depandes on the season. The winter usually is very cold and the summer often very hot. There are plenty of drug-stores here so I believe you can find almost everything you'd need. A camera would be...

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  • Don´t forget a Flashlight

    Some pedestrian subways (for instance from the central train station to the tram stop) have lost their lightbulbs and are completely dark.

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  • Sofia - In Your Pocket Guide

    I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" travel guides. Most of them are even provided for free in PDF version on their website.Unfortunately it was a bit difficult to get the latest print version of the Sofia guide, as we couldn't really find a proper Tourist Information Office in town. So we finally walked into the Hilton Hotel...

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Sofia Off The Beaten Path

  • suburbs

    “Sofia Park” is a new subdivision created in the vicinity of the so-called “Business Park” (creation of the same German company) and in the foot hills of National Park Vitosha - lots of park atmosphere. This is wonderful – tonnes of green space, fresh air rushing down from the mountain to shove the smog downtown and of course, the views - towards...

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  • Boyana Village and Church

    This little church from the 13th century in on Unesco's Heritage list. It's interior is decorated with beautiful murals which date bach as far as 1259. You'll only be allowed into the church with a guide who is definitely quite informative. Admission for foreigners is 10 Leva. Opening times: 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday Minibus No.21 (thanks to VTer...

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  • mountains

    Sofia lies at the foot of Vitosha mountain. In Winter time you can even ski here. We went to Rila & Plovdiv instead , though this is a great place to spend a day in nature with cable lifts taking you up once a day. On clear days we had good views of Vitosha from the city and from the Slavia football stadium.

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Sofia Sports & Outdoors

  • pools

    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 :)

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  • Vasil Levski National Stadium

    One of Bulgaria's main sporting venues is the Vasil Levski National Stadium, located in Sofia's Borisova Gardens.This is the country's second largest stadium (Plovdiv's having a greater capacity) and is named after the National Revolutionary Hero Vasil Levski who was a major figure during the late 19th century struggle against Ottoman rule.The...

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  • Sport in Vitosha mountain

    Vitosha - the mountain next to Sofia. Maybe a bit crowded, but it's right outdoors from Sofia. It provides places for hiking, walking, cycling, mountain climbing (alpinism), skiing in the winter. There are many hotels and chalets with different accomodation and prices. Regular mountain equipment; warm clothes even in summer

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Sofia Favorites

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  • downtown

    We would recommend meeting local members of Virtual Tourist as they are most friendly and willing to assist a visitor in an instant and show you around. :) The Most Beautiful City of our Eastern Visit was Sofia and well worth the trip. A real nice guy named Peter (peter_dimov) helped us have an especially good trip in Sofia. He was a First Class...

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  • NDK - national palace of culture

    Sofia is now a busy city with a tempo of life comparable to many Western cities. It is a place, where one can find practically everything, starting with finding old medals, pins, badges and other kinds of memorabilia at the little market next to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and ending with buying pirated CD's for 15 leva (about 7,50 EUR) from the...

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  • people

    Ok, what you see on the picture is the cover of a book called The Art of Being a Foreigner. This book is a result of the mutual efforts of two VTers: Dilian and Kalenderov. It tells about the travelling experience they had together sometime ago in Italy and Greece. They both claim that things mentioned in the book really happened. If you ever...

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