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Sofia

Sofia

Sofia is not only the capital but also the largest city of Bulgaria. Alongside modern landmarks, remnants from the past can still be seen in this city. The city houses a myriad number of museums amongst which the National Historical Museum is most popular amongst the tourists who visit the country. The nightlife scene here is truly amazing with numerous bars, restaurants and mehanis (Bulgarian traditional taverns). Sofia is just located in the foothills of the Vitosha mountain, which further adds to the city's spectacular beauty. The city is also host to one of the largest synagogues in the world besides some famous mosques and churches. The Central Military Club is another popular cultural tourist attraction here. Simply fly with Austrian Airlines to Sofia and witness the charm of the city with your own eyes which can hardly be described in words.

Flights to Sofia (SOF)
Flights from Sofia (SOF)

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Bulgaria
  • Currency: Bulgarian lev(BGN)
  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Capital: Sofia
  • Austrian flight destination: Sofia, Varna

Fokker 100

Fokker 100 side view Fokker 100 seats
Type of aircraftShort- & medium-haul passenger aircraft
ManufacturerFokker
Names - Austrian Airlines paintingRiga, Tirana, Skopje, Zagreb, Yerevan, Minsk, Prague, Bratislava, Timisoara, Vilnius, Odessa, Krasnodar, Dnepropetrovsk, Chisinau, Krakow (Star Alliance painting)
Number of aircraft15
Seating capacity100 C/Y (variable)
Min. Legroom30"=76.2cm
Wing span28,1 m
Length35,5 m
Height8,5 m
Max. cruising speed820 km/ h
Max. cruising altitude10.900 m
Type of engineRolls- Royce, RR Tay Mk 620-15
Max. thrust2 x 15,100 lbs
Fuel capacity10,700 kg
Max. range fully payload2,000 km
Max. payload10,200 kg
Max. take-off-weight44,450 kg
Max. landing weight39,915 kg

Airbus 319

Airbus 319 side view Airbus 319 seats
Type of aircraftShort- & medium-haul passenger aircraft
ManufacturerAirbus Industrie, France
Names - Austrian Airlines paintingSofia, Bucharest, Kiev, Moscow, Baku, Sarajevo, Tbilisi
Number of aircraft7
Seating capacity138 C/Y (variable)
Min. Legroom30"=76.2cm
Wing span34,1 m
Length33,8 m
Height11,8 m
Max. cruising speed980 km/h
Max. cruising altitude12,130 m
Type of engineCFM International, CFM 56-5B6/B
Max. thrust2 x 23,500 lbs
Fuel capacity19,100 kg
Max. range fully payload4,500 km
Max. payload14,000 kg
Max. take-off-weight68,000 kg
Max. landing weight61,000 kg

Airbus 320

Airbus 320 side view Airbus 320 seats
Type of aircraftShort- & medium-haul passenger aircraft
ManufacturerAirbus Industrie, France
Names - Austrian Airlines paintingOE-LBI/Marchfeld, OE-LBJ/Hohe Tauern, OE-LBK/Steirisches Thermenland, OE-LBN/Osttirol, OE-LBO/Pyhrn-Eisenwurzen, OE-LBP/Neusiedlersee (Retro-look painting), OE-LBQ/Wienerwald, OE-LBR/Bregenzer Wald, OE-LBS/Waldviertel, OE-LBT/Wörthersee, OE-LBU/Mühlviertel, OE-LBV/Weinviertel, OE-LBW/Innviertel, OE-LBX/Mostviertel (Star Alliance painting)
Number of aircraft16
Seating capacity168 C/Y (variable)
Min. Legroom30"=76.2cm
Wing span34,1 m
Length37,6 m
Height11,8 m
Max. cruising speed980 km/h
Max. cruising altitude11,920 m
Type of engineCFM International, CFM 56-5B4/2P
Max. thrust2 x 27,000 lbs
Fuel capacity19,100 kg
Max. range fully payload4,300 km
Max. payload16,790 kg
Max. take-off-weight75,900 kg / 77,000 kg
Max. landing weight64,500 kg

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Sofia – a guest report from Thomas Enser
Sofia5Sofia for one day: Thomas Enser, a fan on our Austrian Airlines Facebook Page, got a 50,- Euro voucher and headed to Sofia with us! And: Thomas sent us a great and detailed travel report – read it yourself … ????   A warm hello and very Austrian welcome to the report of my day […]
City Report: Sofia
artikelbild sofiaLast week Thomas Enser sent us his great travel report of his one day trip to the city Sofia. But the Bulgarian capital has a lot to offer, so he summarized his tips and what he has experienced in Sofia!   Once again, Servus from me, and a very warm welcome! I was really pleased […]

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EAT in Sofia

Eat in Sofia
Brasserie

Bulgaria ranges among the oldest states in Europe. The gastronomic landscape of the capital is, however, anything but dusty. The Brasserie in the centre of Sofia serves as the best example for this claim.   From the outside the restaurant behind the Slaveikov Square looks like its surrounding concrete buildings - apart from the padded bench standing at the wall. Inside you might spontaneously feel like being on a ship: the main entrance is long and narrow with wood panelling, and small tables on each side. Some might possibly think of allotment-garden cottages now, but the wooden walls in the brasserie are way to chic. Continuing straight on the room will open more and more - up to a glass wall in front of the small patio. In between there's a brick wall. That might not turn the venue into a hot spot but the stones still look pretty good. Just like the psychedelic green wall and the display that evoke 70s feelings. The perfect match: lounge and house music. Some might say that the tables and chairs resemble garden furniture. But that doesn't matter - they even add to the cult status of the Brasserie.

Motto

The motto is many's favourite place, and after a long workday it's the perfect place to loosen the tie for a bit. The first motto is: Reserve beforehand. After that there is nothing that will come between you and a relatively relaxed evening. Not even the not-so-easy Bulgarian language, because the staff speaks English and happily explains the cryptic menu to you.   The trendsetters of the city meet here for an international dinner: tuna risotto, goat cheese in honey, creative pasta dishes and much more - at a reasonable price.   The food and the atmosphere are in a constant battle with one another: Which of the two lures more guests? Obvious candidates, aside from the delicacies on your plate, the wonderful garden, the cosy sofas and the design furnishing. And after you have finished all the food, it's still much too early to rush off - now the beautiful restaurant turns into a stylish cocktail bar.

Tiffany Club

In the fast-paced club scene you can almost call the Tiffany Club an oldy - for five years now it's been one of the top places to party all night long. The restaurant offers a broad spectrum of European dishes, as well as creative and tasty sushi.   The furnishing appears to be very retro at first glance, and ultramodern at the second: Crystal on the ceiling, cushioned benches, different easy chairs and stools, leather on the walls. One tends to order a Martini and feel like James Bond, yes, even as a woman.   If you want to enjoy the bar at your ease, you should come for lunch. It offers the right framework for a business meeting or a nice chat with friends. At night it's getting louder, when the DJ starts to make everybody dance. Special parties and events keep people from getting bored. 

STAY in Sofia

Stay in Sofia
Les Fleurs

To sleep here introduces a flowery dimension to your stay in Sofia. The first eye-catcher is the mosaics in the entry-hall, which show giant flowers and petals. Kitsch? Certainly. Yet it's administered at the right doses. The hotel doesn't differ a lot from better-known places in town when it comes to luxury. But it does when it comes to size: Small and very nice, this is the motto.   The hotel is located in the middle of the city, close to the Vitosha shopping street. The neighbourhood has just as much style as your room. Everything is said and done in a flowery way here, whether at the desk or on the big, cosy bed. When you are hungry you don't even need to go far, in order to gather the best aromas around you: The hotel restaurant Le Bouquet serves wonderful seafood with great wine.   All non-smokers, who suffer from chronic coughing during their time in Bulgaria, will find a reprieve for their ailing lungs: The hotel is entirely smoke-free, from the roof down to the basement.  Doubles start at about 110,- euros.

Sheraton Sofia

The Sheraton is one of the best hotels in town and deserves every single one of its five stars. It's located at a prominent spot, in the centre of the city. Even travellers with limited time on their hands get a chance to explore the city and plunge into city life.   The motto? Luxury of the finest kind. It starts in the hotel lobby, which welcomes you with sophisticated stucco, columns reaching to the ceiling and marble floors. It goes on with spacious rooms with ceilings so high that the chandeliers almost seem to get lost. Not enough? Enjoy the comprehensive programme in the fitness centre, the sauna or the beauty parlour.   If you don't want to go outside after a tiring day, you don't have to get bored: You can lose your money in the casino or invest it in an elegant evening in the Stardust Restaurant or the Lobby Bar Pliska. The terrace is particularly beautiful; from there you'll have a great view of the city centre - and this is really an unforgettable experience, especially at night. Doubles start at 125,- euros.

Radisson Blu

The Radisson is located in the middle of the cultural and commercial centre of the city and provides the perfect refuge particularly for business travellers. If you enjoy elegance and the advantages of big hotels, this is the right one for you. The rooms are classic and cosy; the junior suite offers luxury at of the highest level. If you are lucky you'll have a room with a magnificent view of the nearby Alexander-Nevski Cathedral.   Enjoy your stay in Sofia: Between tasteful and stylish, between marble bath and fitness room, between happening city life and relaxation in one's own home for a while. Tip: The in-house restaurant is top class. You still prefer to eat elsewhere? No problem, the great restaurants Motto and Egur are just around the corner. Doubles start at 105,- euros a night.

SIGHTS in Sofia

Sights in Sofia
Banja Baschi

The Banja Baschi Mosque is an impressive monument to the Ottoman Era, one of the very few in Sofia. It was built in the 16th century under the Turkish master builder Hadshi Mimar Sinan, who was also responsible for the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The mosque has two floors - the upper one is reserved for female visitors. The mosque is the only active one in Sofia: Every day the muezzin calls to the believers from the 15-metre high minaret. Visitors are welcome outside of prayer times.   The neighbouring baths are also worth a visit. They were built in 1908 and harbour a big pool. Behind two separate entryways for men and women there are several small mineral pools.

Sofia Synagogue

You won't find a bigger synagogue than this one in the whole Balkan region. Even if you extended your search to all over Europe it would be difficult to find a similarly monumental synagogue. Again, the Austrians left their mark: The building was designed by the architect Friedrich Grünanger, finished in 1909 and inaugurated by Tsar Ferdinand I. Experts immediately see elements of the Vienna Secession, while the ignorant get stuck with the Moorish style.   Up to 1,300 believers would comfortably fit in the synagogue. Yet there are only few regular visitors, because the members of the formerly sizable Jewish community have been dispersed. Those who still live here are primarily non-practicing Jews. Since 1992 the Museum of Jewish History is located in the synagogue.

Museum of History

Romans, Greeks, Turks - each of its changing masters has left traces in Bulgaria that shaped the country. Those traces were gathered in a laborious effort and are now on display in the biggest museum of the country, 650,000 pieces altogether. Aside from the internationally renowned gold of the Thracians you can admire Bulgarian traditional dresses as well as arts and crafts and traditional pieces of work. Unfortunately the exposition only spans the time up until the lead-in to World War II, yet the sheer number of treasures make up for the missing parts of history.   The museum was founded in 1973 and is today one of the biggest in the Balkans. Since you have already delved into Bulgarian every-day life, here you have a chance to get to know Bulgarian history.

SHOPPING in Sofia

Shopping in Sofia
Maxido Shop

Souvenir hunters will find their luck in the most varied corners of the city, but in the Maxido Shop everything is at one spot. Icons, bronze statues, paintings and crystal art - a little bit of kitsch doesn't hurt. Aside from that there is a good choice of newspapers, maps and postcards. Much of it is rather quirky, other stuff is charming, some rather helpful. Smell some of the rose oils, try Bulgarian natural cosmetics, admire traditional dolls? Rummage, find and buy.   Tip: The shop is located directly inside the Hilton Hotel. If you feel like it you can also take a look into the KULT shop next door. It reminds one a bit of the wild mix of duty-free shops, yet it may harbour one or the other jewel.

Mirella Bratova

Mirella Bratova is a local heroine, who contracts exclusively with local craftsmen. The designer works with natural materials only: Silk, linen, hemp, cotton and wool. Maybe the odd thread of rayon. Along with the dresses she also sells bags and fine jewellery, designed by Maria Ivanova and Daniela Andreevska.   Mirella Bratova is on her way to conquer the world with the fashion she designs in her Sofia studio. Her clothes are sold in Florida, and even in London there's a shop. Be ahead of your times and take a knitted dress home with you.

Dielsport

Are you sporty or would like to look as if you were? Then go get a new outfit at Dielsport. Everything here is both functional and makes you look good. Thus it's the right place for ski-lovers and those who just want to make a good impression in winter without freezing to death. Cool hats and snowboard jackets, ski trousers, which will remain dry with a wild downhill style and therefore, falls, as well as practical backpacks. Dielsport is working on different slopes: Divine, Alpine, Ultra, Sport and Demon. The hallmark: Top materials and fair prices. And, not surprisingly, Dielsport also designs uniforms for snow-workers of all kinds - from the ski school to the mountain rescue service.