Sofia
Bulgaria
By Christine M. Soltis

Enjoy a place of numerous landmarks, cultural history and mountainous escape in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Dive into a culture whose museums are run by the women in charge of keeping tradition alive.  Engage in a tour of the city that will have you roaming with the ancient statues and architecture in no time. 

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Gather up your walking shoes and follow along the Sophia Free Tour to see what Sophia, Bulgaria has to offer.  Step across the landscape and see important cultural attractions such as the golden St. Sophia Statue, which stands as the patron symbol for Sofia.  Since Sofia is full of things to see and is the capital city of Bulgaria, make sure you schedule plenty of time to visit all of the attractions.  Stop at the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches in the world.  This cathedral is a major tourist attraction with its gold-laden domes, marble structures, mosaics by the doorways, high-painted ceilings, material imported from overseas, stained glass windows and more.  Next, wander on over to St. Nedelya Church and enjoy Neo-Byzantine architecture containing a huge dome, dark marble floors and an interior painted by masterful Bulgarian artists. 

Hop on over to the National Museum of Military History to see one of the oldest museums in the country, which is also known as a very personal place of encounter.  The National Museum of Military History is just one of five of Sophia’s major museums that are also run by the women who work to keep culture alive.  WhatsCheaper.com then recommends a stop at the National Gallery for Foreign Art, which features over 10,000 items such as paintings of exotic tribes, sculptures, creations of new and old European style and more.  WhatsCheaper.com then recommends a visit to St. George Rotunda, which is allegedly the oldest building in Sofia.  St. George Rotunda is a red brick rotunda created by the Romans and dating back to the 4th Century AD.  The insides of the rotunda contain early frescoes painted along the central dome, some of which were not uncovered until the 20th century. 

WhatsCheaper.com suggests a trip to enjoy the Classical architectural themes of The Court of Justice, a four story structure that spreads along 430 premises, including courtrooms and libraries.  Visit next the Former Royal Palace, which now houses the National Art Gallery and Ethnographical Museum.  Continue your architectural sightseeing at Sofia University, which is the very first higher education school in all of Bulgaria.  Take the time to view the university while considering the symbolic embodiment which continues enriching the lives of its students to this day. 

If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoor environment, WhatsCheaper.com suggests you check out Borissovata Gradina (the Garden of Boris), a verdant park in the middle of Sofia.  Some of the deep parts of the park also resemble the growth of a forest.  Nearby, lakes and activities such as swimming, go-carts, tennis and more can be found.  Since Sofia, Bulgaria is surrounded by the Balkan Mountains, the Lozen Mountain, Mountain Vitosha and the Lyulin Mountain, hiking and other outdoor activity options are endless.  If you’re looking for excitement, WhatsCheaper.com wants to make you aware that paragliding in the Central Balkan Mountains is also an option.  If you want to travel a bit and enjoy the waters, be sure to find a beach along the Black Sea Coast. 

Bulgaria is known for its wineries, so as dinner rolls along, be sure to sample a few.  Restaurants and grills are numerous, along with the opportunity to try Bulgarian cuisine, or dishes that are Japanese, European, Latin, American and more.  Sofia, Bulgaria nightclubs have been found to be some of the most attractive ones in Europe.

Sofia, Bulgarian offers a diverse wind of architectural opportunity and a pleasant change in the routine of your daily life.  Plan to visit Sofia, Bulgaria today.

MUST SEE IN Sofia LIST:

  • 1. Rotunda of Saint George
  • 2. Alexander Neuski Church
  • 3. Institute of Archaeology
  • 4. Ivan Vazov National Theater
  • 5. Parliament
  • 6. Saint Nedelya Church
  • 7. National Museum of History
  • 8. Flea Market
  • 9. National Gallery for Foreign Art
  • 10. Soviet Army Monument

Sofia EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Underwater Films Festival - February
  • 2. PIANISSIMO International Music Festival - March
  • 3. Sofia International Film Festival - March
  • 4. Opera Festival - March
  • 5. Sofia Jazz Peak - April
  • 6. Bulgarian Salsa Festival - May
  • 7. Sofia Music Week - May
  • 8. Mellow Festival - September/October

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Hilton Sofia
1 Bulgaria Boulevard, Sofia, Bulgaria
By Keleigh M. Quinn

Offering beautiful views of Mount Vitosha and a convenient, central location, the Hilton Sofia hotel is an ideal place to stay during your trip to Sofia, Bulgaria. Located just 25 miles from the Sofia International Airport, this hotel is perfect for business travelers and those who are in town to see the sights. It is directly across the street from the Sofia Congress Centre and businesses in the city center. It is also close to many of the area’s attractions, including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, the National History Museum and the Sofia Sinagogue. In addition, the Vasil Levski National Stadium and Vitosha Mountain are very easily reached.

You will have all of the comforts that you expect from the Hilton brand, as well. The guest rooms and suites are decorated in a contemporary style and have sound proof windows to ensure serene surroundings.  The spacious rooms also have separate desks with ergonomic chairs. Wireless internet access is available to allow you to work and keep in touch with family and friends. A luxurious bathrobe is provided in each room to aid in relaxation.

Outside of your room you will find several fine dining options. The Seasons restaurant is open throughout the day and serves award-winning Bulgarian cuisine. This modern restaurant has a terrace featuring stunning views and also offers an extensive menu and wine list. The Artists Bar & Café is a wonderful place to see live music and drink a few cocktails. It also offers Bulgarian salads and Bulgarian Rakia brandy so you can get a taste of the local specialties.

The Hilton Sofia hotel offers additional amenities, as well. There is an indoor heated pool and fitness center available for guests. A sauna and steam room are also available. For your convenience, there is an on-site barber shop and beauty parlor, as well as a business center.

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Novotel Sofia
115 North Tsarigradsko Shosse Boulevard, Sofia, Bulgaria
By Amy Meekings

The Novotel Sofia is a 4 star business hotel with a focus on pleasure. Just a stone’s throw away from the European Trade Center, the hotel is located 10 minutes from the airport and the city center. An airport shuttle is provided upon request for a moderate fee. Check in time is 2 p.m. and a baggage hold is provided for those arriving early. There is free on-site parking for those arriving by car. If you are not just staying for business, the zoo and down-hill skiing are just a couple of the activities to keep you busy during your stay.

You can choose between a Superior room, Executive room or a Suite. Superior rooms come with free Wi-Fi, satellite with a flatscreen LED TV, mini bar, and a tea and coffee machine. The Executive room takes it to the next level of comfort with a Nespresso machine, bathrobe, slippers, toiletries and added space. The 4 Suites provide extra living quarters, with a living room and separate bedroom as well as a separate toilet for guests. Accessible rooms are also available and many of the rooms boast stunning views of Mount Vitosha.

Novotel Sofia contains 6 meeting rooms with up to a 300 person capacity and equipment to facilitate such as an overhead projector and business service center. The rooms can also be transformed for use for weddings. Once the business day is over, you can relax using the fitness center, sauna or even lose yourself (or your children!) in the video game area. Babysitting and laundry are available for a fee while you treat yourself to dinner in the internationally inspired restaurant, or to a drink during happy hour at the bar.

Breakfast snacks are available from 4 a.m. and croissants and coffee can be purchased from the bar for those in a rush. The more leisurely guest can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Check out time is 12 p.m., but a late checkout can be accommodated upon request. With 24 hour front desk service, you will always be cared for. To book your perfect getaway or business trip, click here and let WhatsCheaper.com do the hard work for you (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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