Stay entertained in Sofia with nearby attractions
Sofia is the capital and the largest city in Bulgaria. Its memorable motto, "Grows, but does not age," represents its dynamic spirit. The fact that the city is surrounded by mountains creates an exceptional feeling of tranquillity. Sofia is one of the few European capitals with beautiful scenery and ski resorts in its proximity. The nearby Vitosha Mountain is perfect for hiking, and golf facilities are located within a 30-minute drive of the hotel.
Sofia hosts numerous monuments highlighting its rich cultural life, including the National Palace of Culture and the National Theatre Ivan Vazov. One of its exceptional landmarks is to be found in the very centre where some streets are covered with yellow cobblestones, a present for Tsar Ferdinand’s wedding from the Austro-Hungarian royal family. Here, guests will find the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, considered to be the most spectacular building in Sofia. Boyana Church, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Centre, is well worth a visit too, located at the foot of Vitosha Mountain.
Sofia provides opportunities for both walking tours in the centre of the city and daytrips to visit the most memorable landmarks in the country, like Rila Monastery and the old town of Plovdiv.
Along with its remarkable history, the Bulgarian capital also has a modern spirit, presented by its fashion boutiques and stores placed on the shopping streets in the city centre. The piano bars, clubs and open-air coffee shops provide a great opportunity for a fascinating night out.
National Palace of Culture
The National Palace of Culture is the largest multifunctional congress, conference, convention and exhibition centre in Southeastern Europe. In July 2005, it was proclaimed the best congress centre in the world for the year by the International Organisation of Congress Centres.
The National Assembly of Bulgaria and the building of the President's Administration
The National Assembly of Bulgaria is the unicameral parliament and body of the legislative power of the Republic of Bulgaria. It was built in the Neo-Renaissance style and has been proclaimed as a monument of culture for its historical significance. Near the National Assembly is located the building of the President’s Administration. The main entrance is guarded by soldiers dressed in traditional red and white parade uniforms. Be sure to experience a changing of the guard ceremony, occurring each round hour and attracting hundreds of spectators every day.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The magnificent cathedral is one of the city’s iconic symbols, famous for its 20th-century architecture. The cathedral was built between 1882 and 1912 in honour of the Russian soldiers who died fighting to liberate Bulgaria from Turkish rule in the war of 1878.
National Museum of History
The National Museum of History is one of the largest history museums in the Balkans. Its collections date back to prehistoric ages. The museum provides visitors with a chance to explore various thematic exhibitions, as well as numerous golden items, treasures and documents of great historical importance.
Perfect for shopping and entertainment, the shopping centres are also a meeting point for Sofia’s citizens and guests:
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