Sofia, Bulgaria might not be the prettiest of European capital, as you can see on many Sofia pictures. You won’t find here the charming old town with colorful, old houses but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting Sofia.
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Why visit Sofia
The capital of Bulgaria is one of the oldest cities in Europe (it was inhabited already in the 30th century BC!) however, it was badly destroyed during World War 2. But even without many historical monuments, there are lots of great things to do in Sofia making it one of the best places to visit in Bulgaria.
The city is vibrant, you can find there many beautiful corners and the numerous green spaces are perfect for walking around and observe city life. There are also some great day trips from Sofia.
With all of these, you should really travel to Sofia soon!
Best Sofia photo locations
The most picturesque place in Sofia is definitely Saint Alexandar Nevsky Cathedral from the beginning of the 20th century. It looks like a giant wedding cake and is just the prettiest! Other churches, like Sveta Nedela or Seven Saints, are beautiful too but they are in the shadow of Saint Alexandar Nevsky Cathedral.
The area around Serdica metro station is filled with interesting places. Not only there are ruins of the ancient town Serdica but nearby you can also see Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia synagogue, Sofia Public Mineral Baths (now the museum of the history of Sofia) and the Central Sofia Market Hall.
Largo, the complex of three impressive buildings next to Serdica metro station, is a perfect example of Socialist Classicism architecture in Sofia. But behind one of them, the Ministry of Education and Science, you will find a small Church of Saint George.
Fans of the Soviet remnants will definitely appreciate Soviet Art Museum with many sculptures from that time, including a few Lenins or Bulgarian leaders. It is located a bit away from the center but it’s definitely worth a trip.
Sofia has many great green spaces and pedestrian streets that are perfect for observing city life. The most important is, of course, Vitosha Boulevard, lined with numerous cafes, restaurants, and stores. This is one of the favorite places for locals to hang out and the street is busy until late night hours.
It’s also not difficult to find colorful houses and picturesque lanes in some of the backstreets. The best way to find them is to wander around without the map – you might be surprised what wonders you might find!
And here are some of my favorite Sofia pictures to show you that it’s worth planning a trip to Sofia soon!
I’ve been a few times in Sofia and Bulgaria and so I published more articles about the country. You might be interested in reading these:
- Sofia, Bulgaria – the city that can be a new Berlin!
- Bulgaria itinerary – what to see in Bulgaria in 2 weeks
- Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria – is this the prettiest town in the country?
- Why you should visit Shumen, Bulgaria
- Day in Veliko Tarnovo – my highlight of Bulgaria
- Best reasons to visit Bansko, Bulgaria
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