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Sofia

Sofia is well known for its wide range of scenic and cultural highlights. When you're ready to get going, Expedia can help you make it happen.

Travelers to this area of Bulgaria share space with about 1,200,000 residents.

The Sofia Zoo is an amazing place to bring the kids for an entertaining morning among big and small creatures. Be sure to ask at the entrance about zookeeper presentations and where to find the zoo's more unusual species.

Pack some lunch and enjoy the leafy, green surroundings of Borisova Gradina and City Garden. You'll also find plenty of space to lie around on the grass at Doctors’ Garden and Oborishte park.

Mother Nature's gifts are on display year-round at Mount Vitosha and Sofia Public Mineral Baths. Your body and soul will be grateful for swinging by Vitosha Nature Park.

Discover new worlds by planning a visit to the National Museum of Military History. Savor the peaceful atmosphere, ask the friendly staff about guided tours and see what they have in the gift shop on the way out.

You don't have to be Stephen Hawking to admire the scientific gadgets and discoveries presented at the National Polytechnic Museum.

From the second you walk through the doors, it's apparent that the collections of the Archaelogical Museum and the Earth and Man Museum are the product of obsession. Looking back from behind the glass, these impressive specimens are sure to excite your imagination. You might also like to explore the National Museum of Natural History and the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum.

Sofia is a hub of artistic activity, with galleries galore. Immerse yourself in the hip atmosphere at the National Gallery for Foreign Art and the Museum of Socialist Art. If you want to see more, finish up the day at the Sofia Arsenal Museum for Contemporary Art and the National art gallery.

The National Museum of History and the Ethnographical Museum are two great places to discover the history of the world.

To discover more about the events and people who shaped this place, pay a visit to at least one of its many historic sites. Start your history tour at the Sofia University and Council of Ministers Sofia. You might also like to snap some photos at President's Building and Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Eagles' Bridge is a striking structure that has provided a vital crossing for local residents over the years.

Royal Palace is a giant time capsule, featuring some of the finest design and craftsmanship in the region.

Whether you think of yourself as spiritual or not, you're sure to have a nice time at Russian Church and Church of St. George. Boyana Church and Alexander Nevski Cathedral are two more intriguing holy places.

Effective public squares provide somewhere for the residents of a city to meet and take in the sunshine and fresh air. Here, Slaveykov Square and Prince Alexander of Battenberg Square are two favorites. A stroll around each is an enjoyable way to get the lay of the land.

Grab your camera and mingle with your fellow travelers at Snail Home, a popular landmark in Sofia.

Find out about the stories of the residents who helped to make Sofia what it is today at some of its memorial sites, such as the Monument to the Liberating Tsar and the Vasil Levski Monument. If you want to continue your journey down memory lane, you could also have a look at the Saint Sofia Monument and the Soviet Army Monument.

This area is well-known as a good shopping destination, so don't miss a retail fix while you are here. Search for a hot deal, indulge in a little luxury or just enjoy a bit of window-shopping at Central Sofia Market Hall and TZUM Central Department Store. Sofia Ring Mall and Mall of Sofia are also brimming with excitement.

If you enjoy the arts, get some tickets, locate your seats and prepare for a night of fun at the Ivan Vazov National Theatre or the Ivan Vazov National Theater. National Opera and Ballet and the Ivan Vazov Theater are a couple more well-respected venues where you'll find plenty to cheer about.

Once you've seen all the star attractions of the Sofia area, consider a visit to the Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria, the Center of Folk Arts and Crafts or the Aereal cableway.


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Central Hotel Sofia

Central Hotel Sofia

52, Hristo Botev Blvd., Sofia
4.4
of 5, from 342 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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 Court House is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

£28
Forum Hotel

Forum Hotel

41 Tsar Boris III Blvd., Sofia
3.9
of 5, from 108 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Sofia, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of National Palace of Culture, Church of St. George and Archaelogical Museum. Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Vasil Levski Stadium are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£71
Sense Hotel Sofia

Sense Hotel Sofia

16 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., Sofia
4.6
of 5, from 264 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Sofia, this luxury hotel is steps from Monument to the Liberating Tsar and Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Russian Church and National Gallery for Foreign Art are also within 5 minutes.

£38
Central Park Hotel

Central Park Hotel

106, Vitosha Blvd, Sofia
4.5
of 5, from 146 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Sofia, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sofia Court House, National Palace of Culture and Ivan Vazov National Theatre. Church of St. George and Archaelogical Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£68
Grand Hotel Sofia

Grand Hotel Sofia

1 Gurko Str, Sofia
4.6
of 5, from 436 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Sofia, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Slaveykov Square, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, and Archaelogical Museum. Church of St. George and Russian Church are also within 10 minutes.

£78
Hotel Marinela Sofia

Hotel Marinela Sofia

100 James Bourchier Blvd, Sofia
3.6
of 5, from 180 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of East Park Trade Centre and National Palace of Culture. Vasil Levski Stadium and Ivan Vazov National Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£59
Thracia Hotel Sofia

Thracia Hotel Sofia

Solunska Street 30, Sofia
4.5
of 5, from 293 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Sofia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Slaveykov Square, Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Church of St. George. Archaelogical Museum and National Palace of Culture are also within 15 minutes.

£62
Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia

Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sofia

5 Sveta Nedelya Square, Sofia
4.1
of 5, from 323 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Sofia, this luxury hotel is steps away from Saint Sofia Monument and Church of St. George. Archaelogical Museum and Ivan Vazov National Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

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