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This area of Bulgaria contains about 1,200,000 people.
Take photos, admire the exhibits and find out about our amazing planet at the Sofia Zoo. If you don't have much time, be sure to collect a map so you don't miss out on any of the key exhibits.
Pack some lunch and enjoy the peaceful, green surroundings of Mount Vitosha and Borisova Gradina. City Garden and Doctors’ Garden are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon with a good book.
Nature lovers often make their way to Sofia Public Mineral Baths and Vitosha Nature Park for a bit of respite.
See the world from a different perspective by visiting one of the area's intriguing cultural spaces. The National Museum of History and the Archaelogical Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to keep you captivated. Another two worth considering are the National Gallery for Foreign Art and the National Museum of Military History.
Featuring a wonderful collection of scientific objects and displays, the National Polytechnic Museum is worth visiting.
The natural world offers more riches than just one person could hope to see in a lifetime. Luckily, places such as the Earth and Man Museum and the National Museum of Natural History do us a favor by presenting them all in one location. The well-maintained objects and specimens at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum are also well worth taking the time to see.
A hub for art lovers, this area is home to a nice range of spaces in which local and international artists showcase their wares. Swing by the Museum of Socialist Art and the Sofia Arsenal Museum for Contemporary Art and see the best of what this creative enclave has to offer. The National art gallery and the Aleksander Nevski Crypt are also worth a browse if you can squeeze them in.
Take some time to admire the fascinating displays and view the historical items and objects at the Ethnographical Museum.
To find out more about the people and places of this region's past, plan to visit its many historic structures and monuments. Begin your local history tour at the Sofia University or Council of Ministers Sofia. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at President's Building and Kremikovtsi Monastery.
Eagles' Bridge will be of interest to those who appreciate civil engineering.
Get close to the most influential families of yesteryear at Royal Palace, one of the region's most impressive dwellings.
The spiritual side of the area can be experienced at Russian Church and Church of St. George. You could also take a walk around Boyana Church or Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
Whether surrounded by shops or historic buildings, public squares provide us an opportunity to put our finger on the pulse of a city. You'll find a variety of characters at Slaveykov Square and Prince Alexander of Battenberg Square. Make sure you wander around and get a taste of everything that they have to offer.
This destination boasts a number of worthwhile landmarks, such as the European Trade Centre and Snail Home.
If you want to find out about the events that shaped Sofia, allow some time to visit some of its quiet tributes and memorials, such as the National Palace of Culture and the Monument to the Liberating Tsar. If you want to continue on your commemorative journey, you could also have a look at Sveta Nedelya Church and the Vasil Levski Monument.
Make the most out of this area's reputation as a shopping hub. Purchase a new outfit, do some grocery shopping or just enjoy the atmosphere at Central Sofia Market Hall and TZUM Central Department Store. You're also sure to be impressed with the wide range at Sofia Ring Mall and Mall of Sofia.
The Ivan Vazov National Theatre and the Ivan Vazov National Theater regularly attract visitors that appreciate quality entertainment. You could also flip through the program at National Opera and Ballet or the Ivan Vazov Theater.
After touring all the principle attractions in and around Sofia, be sure to visit some of its lesser-known gems. A couple of great options are Bulgarian Parliament and the Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria. If you've got more time to spare, also check out the Center of Folk Arts and Crafts and the Aereal cableway.
To make sure you enjoy your stay in the capital, think about securing a room at one of the 114 Sofia hotels on Expedia's easy-to-use hotels guide.
Kick-off your quest for the dream Sofia base by checking out the latest offers at the esteemed Sense Hotel Sofia, at 16 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, and the Hotel Triada, at 5 Venera Str. Alternatively, if you're after somewhere a bit more economical, you'll find some great deals at the Arte Apartment House, at 24, Sv.Sv. Kiril i Metodiy Str, or the Elysia Hostel - The Blessed Home, at 8 Pop Bogomil Str.
Located in the heart of Sofia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Nedelya Church, Saint Sofia Monument and Central Sofia Market Hall. Sofia Synagogue and Mall of Sofia are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Sofia, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Earth and Man Museum and National Palace of Culture. Vasil Levski Stadium and Ivan Vazov National Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Sofia, this hotel is close to Zaimov Park, National Gallery for Foreign Art and Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Also nearby are Russian Church and Vasil Levski Stadium.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Sofia Airport Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Festivalna Hall and Armeets Arena. European Trade Centre and Megapark are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Sofia, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Sofia Airport Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Megapark and The Mall. European Trade Centre and Armeets Arena are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Sofia, this luxury hotel is steps from Sofia City Art Gallery and Ivan Vazov National Theatre. Archaelogical Museum and Church of St. George are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Sofia, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of NDK and National Palace of Culture. Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Church of St. George are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Sofia, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Hristo Botev Sport Hall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Vasil Levski Stadium and National Palace of Culture. Winter Palace of Sports and Sofia Zoo are also within 1 mile (2 km).