Sofia – the lively capital of Bulgaria14.04.2016
Experience the many different facets of the Bulgarian capital Sofia: the city, with its 1.3 million inhabitants looks back on a history that spans seven thousand years. As a university city it also has a legendary nightlife and a wealth of cultural attractions and events. The city centre of Sofia with its historic buildings and monuments, the Vitosha boulevard with its many shops and boutiques, cafés and restaurants is the embodiment of an elegant and yet relaxed European lifestyle. A vibrant culture and music scene as well as the many students gives the city an exceptionally lively atmosphere. Recreation and relaxation can be found at the mineral springs and the city’s many parks. A variety of sports can be enjoyed at Vitosha Nature Park, which also boasts a rich variety of flora and fauna.
Bulgaria’s lively centre with a rich history
Sofia is the centre of the country’s political, cultural and business life. The city is also a creative centre, and the many artists here give it an inspiring flair. The busy cafés and restaurants are perfect for relaxing and passing time, while the thousands of students add a youthful energy. The lively and occasionally very spontaneous art scene offers a wealth of cultural options, and the nightlife with its pubs, concerts and clubs is very attractive.
Bulgaria’s capital is one of the oldest in Europe, and the city’s history goes back seven thousand years. The numerous historically and architecturally interesting buildings and monuments provide a fascinating insight into Sofia’s rich heritage. The city’s top sights include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the biggest orthodox cathedrals in the world. Its golden domes and the richly decorated marble and gold interiors are an unforgettable sight. The ruins of the east gate of Serdika are also well worth visiting. The city’s mineral springs are famed for their healing properties and are hugely popular, not just with tourists. Vitosha boulevard is the ideal place to indulge in a spot of shopping: there are countless shops and boutiques along this pedestrian precinct. The city’s many parks are perfect for recreation and relaxation, and the zoo is a popular attraction, particularly for families.
Sofia is surrounded by mountains and has a moderate climate. The Vitosha Nature Park extends into the municipality of Sofia: the park’s mountains offer a wide choice of options for hiking, climbing, and down-hill mountain biking or skiing, with night-time skiing as a special attraction. The park also has a richly varied flora and fauna.
Sofia airport is roughly 12 kilometres from the city centre, and the journey time by bus or train is around 30 minutes. Airberlin and Bulgaria Air fly twice daily from Berlin Tegel to Sofia: Airberlin flies daily at 15:15, Bulgaria Air flies on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 09:45, on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 09:35 and on Sundays at 19:10.