What you have to see in Sofia (some places of special interest)
– National palace of culture (NDK) – the largest multifunctional complex in Southeastern Europe
– Boyana Church – a 10th century Orthodox church, part of The UNESCO Cultural Heritage List situated on the outskirts of Sofia
– St. Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral – one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world
– Bulgarian National Historical Museum- notable by its world famous collection of Thracian gold
– The Sofia University- oldest university in Bulgaria, established in 1888, built on 18 624 sq. mi. surface, with 20 faculties and over 80 specialties
– The Ivan Vazov National Theatre- remarkable Neoclassic building
– National Library- keeping remarkable collection of ancient and modern book and document fund from most of the world cultures; one of the richest funds in the world.
– The Church of Sv. Georgi – it is among the oldest Christian temples in the Balkan peninsula dating back to 4th century
– The unique central outdoor book-market on Slaveykov Square
– Sofia Mineral Springs – a construction of fountains in the center of the city with natural hot mineral water.
– Central Military club – remarkable Neoclassic building with 4 ball halls
– Borisova gradina – Sofia’s main and oldest garden, constructed in 1884
– The Royal Palace of The Third Bulgarian Kingdom
– Sofia South Park – larges park in Sofia
– The Sofia lake “Ariana”
– Statue of St. Sophia- 25 m golden-bronze statue of the patron of the city
– The Monument to the Tsar Liberator
– National Stadium “Vassil Levksi”
– Student campus (Studentski grad) – largest place of nightlife in Sofia with more than 100 nightclubs, disco’s, restaurants, cafeterias.
– Vitosha boulevard – the city’s central boulevard (largo)
– The Sofia yellow pavement- one of Sofia’s symbols, unique yellow pavement in the administrative center of the city
Calculate your expenses:
(average price, depends on place)
|.||1 beer, Bulgarian, 500ml||3.00 – 5.00||1.50 -2.50||.|
|1 beer, foreign, 500ml||5.00 – 10.00||2.50 – 5.00||.|
|.||1 box of cigarettes||5.00- 6.00||2.50- 3.00||.|
|.||1 glass alcohol, 50 ml. (vodka, whiskey, etc.)||5.00 – 10.00||2.50 -5.00||.|
|.||Energy drinks||6.00 – 15.00||3.00 – 7.50||.|
|.||Coffee, tea||1.00 – 3.00||0.50 – 1.50||.|
|.||Non-alcoholic drinks, juices||1.00 – 3.00||0,50- 1.50||.|
|.||Salad (in restaurant, pizzeria, etc.)||2.00 – 10.00||1.00 – 5.00||.|
|.||Pizza (in pizzerias)||5.00 – 15.00||2.50- 7.50||.|
|.||Barbeque dish (for one portion)||7.00 – 15.00||3.50-7.50||.|
|.||Disco club entrance*||5.00 – 20.00||2.50- 10.00||.|
|.||Disco club entrance (guest star parties)||15.00 – 50.00||7.00- 25.00||.|
|.||Taxi (per kilometer)||0.80 to 1.00 – 1.50||0.40 to 0.50 – 0.75||.|
|.||Ticket for all types of public transport||1.00||0.50||.|
|.||Tickets for theatre, gallery||10.00 – 15.00||5.00- 7.00||.|
|.||Tickets for cinema||5.00 – 10.00||2.50-5.00||.|
Transportation in Sofia
Sofia has very developed public transport, including tramways, trolleybuses, busses, multiply taxies, subway, taxies. For every public transport in the city, you’ll need ticket (“bilet” in Bulgarian), which can be bought in any kiosk or newsagent. Warning: Control in public transport is very strict and the fine is 10-100 times bigger than the sum of 1 ticket!
Where can I buy…
Practically in Sofia, you can buy whatever you want, because prices are pretty much acceptable and quantity is high. Most expensive place in the city is “Vitosha” boulevard, where are located boutiques and shops of most of the world brands. Other similar streets are “Alabin” and “Graf Ignatiev”, near “Vitosha”.
Also in Sofia are located numerous 5 floor malls – Paradise Centre, Bulgaria Mall, Mega Mall, Sofia City Center, Mall of Sofia, Serdika Center and TZUM. Markets on streets in the east part of the city are cheaper. Large markets, some kiosks on main streets and most of pharmacies are working on weekends and even 24h/day.
Food and drinks, also with very good quantity and great variety of products are sold in many places in the center of the city and around, in small markets or in large supermarkets. The hygienic control of foods and drinks is strict, so you always get fresh products and don’t have to feel uncomfortable of buying ice cream, drink or similar from a stall on the street. You can buy alcohol and cigarettes in mentioned markets, also in specialized kiosks.
Restaurants & cafes
Eating in a restaurant or having coffee is something usual in Sofia, because the city provides one of the cheapest prices in all EU, even in its top center. Products are always fresh and well cooked. Restaurants usually can offer you traditional Bulgarian food, European, exotic dishes (Lebanese, Chinese, Turkish, Arab, etc.), number of good pizzerias, large and small cafeterias in every part of the city with absolutely acceptable prices. Alcohol in bars, disco’s, restaurants, etc is also not expensive. In Bulgaria the quantity of small alcohol drink is 50ml, 100 for large, small beer is 330 – 500 ml, 1l for large.
Night clubs and disco
With its remarkable number of night clubs, discos, party places on acceptable prices, Sofia is one of the most vivid cities in Europe. Night clubs in Sofia are working Monday- Saturday, starting around 7 p.m. and ending 4-5 a.m. The most popular places of nightlife are in the center of the city and in the student’s campus (called “Studentski grad” in Bulgarian). The student campus is one of the main places of nightlife in Sofia with more than 100 nightclubs, disco’s, restaurants, cafeterias (most of them working 24/7) for every taste and expectations. Usually an average entrance price for a party in a disco club is around 5.00-10.00 levas (€2.5- 5.00), except of special parties with guest star (prices between 15.00-50.00 leva/ €7.00 – 25.00). Consummation is not included in the price. Some of the discos and clubs did not require from their clients entrance. Control in disco’s is very strict, so you will probably be kindly asked to be checked for dangerous supplies.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
– Smoking is prohibited in closed public places and the control is very strict! There are non-smoking restaurants and caffeterias, also places with both smoking and non-smoking areas. Respect the non-smoking restrictions!
– always buy AND check in a ticket for any public transport
– always check the taxi rate before taking it
– you and your bags may be checked when entering nigh club for dangerous supplies
– you may be asked to pay entrance for clubs – the entrance normally does not include consumation
– do not change money on the street no matter the rate – change money only in recommended change bureaus and banks. Always look at the table in front of the change bureau for the daily rate and inside, before giving money!
– be careful when paying check in cafeterias, restaurants, disco’s, and clubs, also for entrance in disco club. Every waiter and bartender is obliged to give you the check!
Sofia in facts and figures:
situated 550 m (1,804 ft) above sea level
East-European time : EET (UTC+2)
– Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate and whether:
Average summer temperature: 25° C
Average winter temperature: 1° C
Population & Area:
– City ▲ 1,286,383
– Density 1,030/km² (2,667.7/sq mi)
– Metro 1,386,702
– Surface Area (city) – 1,349 km²
Culture and education
– 16 Universities
– 15 theatres
– 15 museums
– 50 galleries
– over 20 cinemas and 4 large cinema centers
– Over 200 religious monuments and centers, including Christian churches, Islam mosques, Synagogue.
– 7 stadiums (including 50 000- seated National Stadium)
– 10 sport halls
– 15 sport centers
– 7 football teams, 5 volleyball teams