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At first glance, Sofia might appear as yet another one of those heavy, concrete, Soviet-style architectural monsters. However, the Bulgarian capital is actually quite an old city, dating back to centuries before Christ -- certainly it wasn’t built just by the Soviets.
Throughout its long history, Sofia saw several invasions and occupations, plus some serious bombings during the World War II; not many of its old buildings survived. Most of the remaining old architecture can be seen inside and around Serdika metro station. Also, on the outskirts of the city there is the medieval UNESCO-listed Boyana Chapel.
Other than that, Sofia is quite a new-looking city. Luckily, the straight streets and building blocks are enlivened by the greenery of the city’s abundant parks -- one of those worth a visit is the very central Sofia City Garden. Besides being one of the oldest of its kind in Sofia, it is also the place where heated, informal open-air chess tournaments between middle-aged Bulgarian men take place.
Among other Sofia’s lovable peculiarities are the hot mineral water springs, located next to the Banya Bashi mosque, where locals stop by to fill their bottles with a supposedly healthy drink, and the street market of secondhand books at Slaveykov Square.
Another quirk is the abundant stray dog population. Thousands of homeless dogs – deserted pets and generations of their off-springs – roam around the city in packs. They get more active between the dusk and the dawn, and sometimes attack people. Current law forbids killing the strays; they can only be neutered and let back to the street. Advice on how to scare away the approaching canines circulates in the city folklore, including loud shouting and carrying spray tear gas.
South of the city is the well-loved Vitosha Mountain and the namesake nature park. The area is nicknamed as Sofia’s lungs and is a favourite place for the locals, depending on season, to go hiking and skiing.
If you need more urban life and nightlife, Sofia has it too. Bulgarians are outgoing people, and with the growing admixture of resident international population you get a number of cafes, bars, and clubs from which to choose, ranging from traditional to cosmopolitan to cool.
Sofia’s hostels are scattered all over the city centre. An easy option is to stay somewhere close to the central bus and train stations (north of the city centre) and walk downtown. Otherwise, you can stay in a nicer area and be in the centre of everything. Wherever you stay, walking from one place to another should not take long -- just keep an eye on the city’s uneven pavers so that you don’t end up with your nose broken.
Overall, visiting Sofia is perhaps not as much about admiring the views as about what is happening there. You may have your thoughts refreshed, learn about history in one of the city’s museums, and go out to party and meet people.
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Art Hostel - Usually We Spend Our Time In The Garden
"Art Hostel - Usually We Spend Our Time In The Garden is a fun place to party, with activities centered in the fully equipped bar in the basement accessible to both patrons and friendly, young Bulgari
"The Location Sofia Hostel is situated in the heart of Sofia's cafe culture, and conveniently located near Mall Sofia and Vitosha Boulevard. If you call ahead, a friendly staff member will come and
Hostel Mostel - Sofia
"Hostel Mostel - Sofia is in a fairly central location -- Sofia is not such a huge city and you can pretty much walk anywhere in the center within fifteen or twenty minutes. The Location The hostel is located at 2A Makedonia Avenue. You can catch an OK taxi here from the international bus station. It is located two shops after the Caesar casino. (Be careful which brand of taxi you take because the other brands can be very expensive!) The...
Internet Hostel Sofia
"Internet Hostel is situated on Alabin Street, just some meters away from one of the main shopping streets of Sofia -- Vitosha Boulevard. But this is the only and the best thing about it. It is situated on the fourth floor of the building, not on the second as it written in the information about it and there is no lift. Also, it is not really a hostel -- it is more like a home-stay accommodation. There is no place for the reception at all...
Red Star Hostel
"We arrived at the Red Star Hostel at around 12 p.m. to get our room. The woman working there was very nice and explained to us that because another group was late, we would receive a better room for the first night for the same pay. The rooms are very spacious, clean, and arranged conveniently. A TV with many channels (most in Bulgarian but few in English) is set in the room. The shower and toilets are clean and tidy (both are cleaned a...
The Rooms Guest House
"The Rooms Guest House is not in the most ideal location, and it needs some refurbishment. The Location The Rooms Guest House is located a fifteen-minute walk from Sofia's city centre, but it i
"Rossi Hostel is a beautiful, spacious, clean, and bright apartment situated only a couple of minutes' walk from the main tramline, with easy access to train and bus stations, as well as the city cent
Be My Guest Hostel
"A sweet, quaint hostel that feels like a bed & breakfast. - I only stayed in this hostel for one night but it really made me feel relaxed and welcome. The kitchen is useful and the balcony is quiet a
"We are just a walking distance (5-10min) away from the main Sofia institutions, place of sightseeing and trade buildings. A unique blend of church, synagogue and a mosque just few hundred meters from
Orient Express Hostel Sofia
"This hostel is totally New in the downtown center, a perfect place, one of the best hostels I visited in Eastern Europe. The breakfast was made by the host. The price is average, and the rooms are ne
"… luggage room. You have the city's tourist attractions, outdoor markets, restaurants, clubs and bars all just around the hostel. Sveta Nedelia cathedral, cathedral Alexander Nevski, Parliament - the absolute centre of Sofia is 10 minutes walking away from the hostel. We're within a walking distance of the central railway / bus station as well. Every hostel room has own bath and toilet, clean and fresh sheets, blanket, pillow, hand towel...
Crosspoint Sofia Hostel
"…) and more than friendly service. We have bright rooms with large and comfortable beds and a central heating in the winter. We welcome our guests in a large living room that has few sitting areas
"Cool and the gang - This was the best hostel i've seen so far." …"Memorable - This place was great. Playing guitars round the fire at night and really cool owners. Will definitely be coming back here
"…The other thing we really care a lot is the cleanness in the rooms, bathrooms and the whole hostel. We will do our best to make Your stay unforgettable and full with good memories about Bulgaria.
Sofia Central Guest Rooms
"Crazy cleaning lady throwing your stuff away but great mattress - Rude cleaning lady!! Yelling in her language, dunno why. Threw away my flip flops!! The other two men working there are ok friendly.
"Lovely hostel -- would recommend. - Location was very convenient, and in what seemed to be a nicer part of Sofia. The security was excellent; you had to have a key to get through the front gate and then again for the bedroom. Beds were surprisingly comfortable in the dorm, and the rooms were cosy and homey. Breakfast was good, just your basics but that's all we need. Quite cheap as well, from memory." …"… by walking or 5min by tram. We offer...
"Just fabulous - We spent one night in Sofia in this hostel when we went to ASOT. The staff was very friendly and they put us in a bigger room (the large dorm in the attic) for less money. I don't know where in the world will you find a squeaky clean private bathroom for 10-12 euros per night. The town itself is so beautiful that we literally spent two days just walking around and smiling. Plus there is like a gazillion free things that you...
"… Train and Bus Stations. What makes us stand out: All natural furniture and linens. !00% woolen blankets and choice of pillows: goose down, silicone fibers, memory foam or cotton. Memory mattresses for en-suite rooms, Air conditions in selected ensuite rooms, 32-40" HDTV sets, free parking in Sunday and during the night time 20:00 to 08:00h, optional payable guarded parking lot, quiet area with no traffic in front of the house, free high...
Sofia Peace Hostel
"The hostel's location allows visitors to reach most tourist attractions by foot. The Hostel is open day and night and guests can go out and come back at any time. In addition to the bedrooms,
"Located in the city center, nearby Mall of Sofia. Rooms with two beds or a twin bed with bathroom, air conditioner, TV, WiFi connection. Rooms with shared bathroom, air conditioner, TV, WiFi. The Guest House offers you comfortable clean rooms. Free Wi-Fi zone and TV. Our rooms are near the Mall of Sofia and only 5 minutes away from the Sofia downtown by foot. It is near by the Central railway station and Central bus station. Also it...
YHA Levitt Hostel
"Highly recommended - Levitt is an absolute beauty. Design, modern, warm, spacious, I only spent a night there but I'd recommend it to anyone would want to spend a relaxing and lovely night in Sofia.
Nightingale Hostel & Guesthouse
"Value for money; location; flexibility of staff - I call it excellent for these reasons -- off-season private rooms very cheap; location fabulous for culture and transport; breakfast lovely; free WIFI everywhere; staff very flexible; new showers. Some of the description on hostel booking sites is of the future however -- the inaccuracies are that the upper floor (described as laundry and chill-out zone) is not used as it needs to be...
"… common room with sofas and TV, free Internet and Wi-Fi access in it and in each room as well. Our rooms are sunny and spacious, all with wooden flooring, new beds with orthopedic comfortable mattresses, TV in each room and designer bathrooms. The FREE all you can eat breakfast is for each guest paying 10 + euro/ accommodation per night. We offer variety of rooms to suit each situation: Singles, Doubles, Twin, Triples, Quadruples and...
10 Coins Hostel Sofia
"Very good Hostel! - Super price, very good owners!" …"Location not easy to find - Location is not easy to find. but the boss is nice." …"…If you travel by car, motorcycle, bicycle or horse You can le
"… is away from home he/she would like to spend the time for rest to feel comfortable and pleasant like home, that is the reason why we have made it all for you. The rooms are brightened, the beds are comfortable, the linen and towels are clean and fresh. The rooms are equipped with all the necessary things to make your stay easy. The other thing we really care a lot is the cleanness in the rooms, bathrooms and the whole hostel....
Moreto & Caffeto
"… light, free locker, free towel, free linens. Separate WC and bathrooms with free hairdryers are on each floor. The kitchen has all possible utensils and household appliances. Small minibar with drinks and snacks is available. Our living room is our favourite place, here we held parties, here we meet and make new friends! Watch HD TV with lots of channels, play board games, read a book or simply post to your blog! WiFi is free and super...
Guest House 32
"…Pet friendly. Child friendly. Non smoking. Guest House 32 may need your CVC code. In order to get the CVC code Guest House 32 will contact you. Please come back to them with the information
Hostel Ivory Tower
"… temples, government buildings, theaters, clubs and shopping streets. Ivory Tower is restricted to only 4 rooms(1 with 3 beds,3 with 4 beds) in order to keep the atmosphere cosy and not overcrowded. The furniture is kept minimalist, so that the rooms have more space to be filled by the personalities of our guests. Hostel Ivory Tower Policies and conditions. Check in from 14:00 Check out before 12:00 Cancellation policy: 48...
"Nightingale Hostel is very good value and in an excellent location. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff are very informative. Most of Sofia's sights are within walking distance of the hostel, making it a great place to base yourself. Security is good; guests are provided the codes to use at a keypad at ground level to access the building and also at the hostel entrance into the hostel. There is no curfew; however, late at night the...
"…Please note: Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before arrival Check In: 7.00 am 10.00 pm Check Out: 10.00 pm – 7.00 am Method of Payment upon the arrival: Cash only! Breakfast is included
Sporto Centre / Best Sofia Hostel
"…- Umbrella - Aqua-aerobics - Towel - Swimming lessons -Baby sitting - Service to the chairs" …"…The rooms and apartments are comfortable and modern. The easier way to find us: Only recomm
HI - Sofia - Sofia Guesthouse Hostel
"… is the favourite place for appointments among young people before they go to some of the neighbouring beer-houses, pizzas, pubs etc. The distance to other sites of interest is as follows: the National Palace of Culture (450 m), the Alexander Nevski Cathedral (1000 m), the National Stadium (750 m), the open-air books market "Slavejkov" (400 m), "Sveta Nedelya" square & the House of the President (1000 m), the Parliament (850 m) etc. We...
"… /> + FREE Sofia map with highlights * FREE full information support for every spot of Bulgaria. We are here 24 hours to help you with whatever information you might need : - What to see and do - Where to stay - How to get there - Maps - Information, guide books and maps for the surrounding countries - Bus/trains timetables and ticket reservations - Visa support * One day trips - get immersed in the Bulgarian culture and history and...
6 Prof. Georgy Bradistilov Street
"As guests of the hotel you share a few meters away from sights such as: Central Department Store, the Presidency and Council of Ministers. There are several museums in the neighborhood: Archaeolog
The Danish Hostel In Sofia
"We are the only Danish run hostel in the capital of Bulgaria fully decorated to the western standard. Central located next to the most vibrant fruit market in the centre of Sofia.Sofia most famous Vi
"… Mbs) and Wi-Fi connection through the entire hostel FREE Coffee and Tea any time of the day! FREE Use of fully equipped kitchen FREE Blankets, pillows and sheets FREE Towels on request FREE Laundry (with 3 nights stay)* FREE Use of Iron/Ironing Board FREE Hair Dryer FREE City Maps - Huge Discounts for Our Bar - Good Tips on FREE Walking Tours Every Day! - Travel Desk + Travel Info - High-Tech Security System + 24 Hours Video Surveillance -...
"Hi, I stayed at Kervan Hostel in January of 2004. I found the staff here extremely helpful and friendly. Actually, I found Sofia to be a warm and friendly city in general. I wish them every success f
"…Guarded car parking: (0-24 hrs). Transfer from airport to apartment - 5 euro. (price is per car, up to 4 persons with luggage). +++PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST COME FIRST TO OFFICE TO GET THE KEYS. If y
Sofia Intersof Hotel
"Sofia is a beautiful capital city located in the Republic of Bulgaria which is situated on the Balkan Peninsula in south-eastern Europe. Our hostel is a fully furnished 2-storey house. Each bedroom is cosy and clean with wardrobes and cable TV. We have 3 single rooms, 3 double rooms, and 3 rooms with 3 or 4 beds. The hostel conveniently situated in the city centre nearby the central railway station and bus station near Princess Hotel."...
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Sofia Travel Tips & Suggestions
Visit the world famous Boyana Church which can be reached by public bus, Sveta Petka Church which is surrounded by the Sheraton Hotel. So a half-day walk through Sofia is enough to visit the most important sights -- if you want to do more, a full day is all right. Please note that you have to purchase and punch a second ticket for your backpack. I saw fellow travelers who got fined by paying 7 leva (a single ticket is 0,70 leva). This is still usual in some other eastern European countries, not only in Bulgaria. The "Inspectors" or "Kontrol" only speak Bulgarian and are mostly elder people. Be careful when you enter the street tram at Sofia railway station or some stops before it.
Varna is about 6 hours away (by train - maximum 30 leva) from Sofia. It has clean beaches and lots of character - lovely people and very cheap. Varna's night life is great, eating out is very cheap.
Sofia is one of the best cities in Europe, it has variety of interesting places to go and party. Girls are nice, if not the best, and I'll go to visit again for sure!
Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria. Its traditions are based on the 800 year old war between Bulgarians and the Turks. Now the Bulgarians are busy reconstructing their country and to be a part of the European Union.
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