Escape the bustle of Sofia’s city center and relax amid the peaceful confines of the glorious Borisova Gradina (Boris Garden). Wander along tree-lined walkways and enjoy picnics on large green lawns. Check out an interesting collection of statues and monuments or attend soccer matches and open-air concerts. Opened in the 1880s, Borisova Gradina is one of Sofia’s oldest and most-loved parks. It takes its name from Boris III, Tsar of Bulgaria.
Paved trails weave through the park and are ideal for walking, jogging or cycling. The many chestnut, conifer, elm, oak and sycamore trees give the park an ambience similar to a small wood. On mild and sunny days, the park’s vast green lawns are popular with picnickers and groups of friends playing sports.
One of the park’s most interesting areas is its northeastern corner. Stroll along leafy paths while you spot busts of Bulgarian revolutionaries, poets and writers. Check out the Bratska Mogila (Mound of Brotherhood), a monument to those who died in the struggle against fascism. The monument features a 138-foot- (42-meter-) tall obelisk with statues of armed combatants at its base. In the same area of the park you’ll find a children’s playground, complete with swings, slides and climbing frames.
Don’t miss Ariana Lake, situated at the park’s northern entrance. Rent a paddleboat and enjoy a gentle cruise around the lake or sit at one of the waterfront cafés. In the winter months the lake becomes an ice-skating rink.
Sports fans might want to visit the two stadiums located in the park. Watch an international soccer match, attend a concert or visit the Museum of Physical Culture and Sport at the National Stadium Vasil Levski. Experience the passion of C.S.K.A. Sofia soccer club at the Balgarska Armia Stadium. There are also public tennis courts and a swimming pool complex, which is open in the summer months.
Situated on the south side of Sofia’s city center, Borisova Gradina is easily reached via public buses, trolleybus, metro and a city sightseeing bus. The nearest metro stop is Stadium Vasil Levski. The park is open daily. Ask at your hotel or the tourist information office for details about events such as concerts and theater performances.