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What to Do in Sofia: Must See Attractions

Sofia Attractions

Make the most of your time in one of the richest corners of European culture as you explore the heart of the Balkans. With grand architecture lining the streets and a world of history in its churches, theaters, and museums, the city is home to some of the continent’s most remarkable stories. All that heritage is waiting for you to explore as you get to know the things to do in Sofia and see Bulgaria’s grand capital city for yourself.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Sofia


With the mixture of narrow, disjointed streets and wide public plazas that comes with its long, grand heritage, Sofia’s urban center is the picture of a grand historic metropolis. Upscale shops and open-air stalls line along the pedestrian walkway of Vitosha Boulevard, and you can spot remnants of the ancient city walls preserved in between the modern roads.


Dominated for decades by communist-era housing blocks, this piece of southeastern Sofia is now one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in town. Home to the city’s largest business park and one of its first bicycle routes, the district caters to a rising population of young professionals.


Just east of the city center, this neighborhood is home to a growing collection of fine dining. Some of Sofia’s grandest buildings stand among the parks and tree-filled gardens, while a wealth of new restaurants and bars have made this one of the liveliest sections of town.

What to See in Sofia

Churches tell the story of Bulgaria’s long and unique religious traditions, from the ancient Church of St. George to the grandeur of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. You can mingle with the iconic life-size statues of cultural icons amid the shops of Slaveykov Square, explore the patch of forest paths in the city park of Borisova Gradina, and visit the copper-and-bronze monument to Sofia’s patron saint, set on the former site of a communist-era statue of Lenin.

Sightseeing in Sofia

There’s more than enough to see in the center of Sofia to justify some expert guidance, so a walking tour to some of the city’s best attractions is well worth your time. Get up early for a tastier trip that includes breakfast with some favorite pastries and desserts, or take the long view with a visit to the National Museum of History and its collection of artifacts dating back to the ancient Thracians.

If you’ve got time for a trip into the countryside, a day trip into the Sredna Gora mountains lets you explore the folksy town of Koprivshtitsa. Head south to visit the beautiful Rila Monastery and get acquainted with the world of Orthodox Christianity.

Things to Do in Sofia with Kids

There's no excuse for the kids to complain about being bored in Sofia. Head along to these family friendly experiences that promise a good time for all:

Free Things to Do in Sofia

There's no need to give your credit card a workout in Sofia. The following won't even cost a cent.

President's Building - If you're eager to explore the region's history through its landmarks, add this one to your travel itinerary.

Slaveykov Square - Get to know some of the local people and seek out the hidden character and soul of this place.

Saint Sofia Monument - Chat to a local resident and discover why many travelers stop by this place.

Saint Nedelya Church - No matter your religious leanings, this site will invoke a sense of reverence in you.

City Garden - Grab your rug, pack some nibbles and find a cozy spot to be at one with nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Sofia

Sofia City Center

Noted for its museums and historic sites, there's plenty to explore in Sofia City Center. Top attractions like Bulgarian Parliament and National Palace of Culture are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Serdika Station or Lavov Most Station to see more of the city.

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rayon Triaditsa

If you're spending some time in rayon Triaditsa, National Palace of Culture and Vitosha Blvd are top sights worth seeing.

Vitosha District

Vitosha District is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Mount Vitosha and Sofia Ring Mall.

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You'll appreciate the historic sites during your time in Oborishte and you might want to plan a stop by Bulgarian Parliament and National Palace of Culture while you're in the area.

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While Boyana isn't home to many top sights, National Museum of History and Mount Vitosha are some notable places to visit nearby.

rayon Krasna polyana

Though rayon Krasna polyana might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like National Palace of Culture and Bulgarian Parliament.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Sofia on a sunny day?

What to do in Sofia on a rainy day?

Have a go at a few of these indoor activities and turn a dull, rainy day into something fun:

What should I not miss in Sofia?

You simply can't go home without crossing off the following inspiring attractions:

  • National Palace of Culture
  • Boyana Church
  • Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • Church of St. George

Are there cheap things to do in Sofia?

A Discover Bulgaria with dance promises a fantastic time without costing too much.

What can you do in Sofia for free?

You'll hardly have time to take your wallet out of your backpack with so many great free things to do:

  • Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • Church of St. George
  • Russian Church
  • National Gallery for Foreign Art