Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a mysterious country in southeastern Europe, known for its long stretch of coastline along the Black Sea. While many tourists enjoy the country's summer and winter resorts, such as Albena, Golden Sands and Pamporovo, the less-travelled areas of Bulgaria offer a wealth of history, art and outdoor adventure. A popular destination is Sofia, the cosmopolitan capital of Bulgaria and home to the famous Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century church and cultural monument that was used as a mosque during the Ottoman rule. The interior of Bulgaria is full of well-maintained trails for hiking and horseback riding through ancient forests and mountains. The country's efficient public transportation system will take you to rural villages and monasteries, many of which date back to the Byzantine era and are filled with paintings and religious icons. Come fly with Austrian Airlines to Bulgaria and get a taste of ancient and modern Europe.

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Worth knowing

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

Timetable

from to dep. arr. travel duration validity
VIE SOF 10:15 12:45 01:30 29.03.2017 - 28.10.2017
VIE SOF 15:20 17:50 01:30 29.03.2017 - 28.10.2017
VIE SOF 17:35 20:05 01:30 20.04.2017 - 27.10.2017
VIE SOF 20:25 23:00 01:35 29.03.2017 - 28.10.2017

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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Sights

Sights in Bulgaria
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.
Sveta Sofija
Georgs-Rotunde

Eat

Eat in Bulgaria
Café Opera
The opera club is definitely the place to be. For the cosmopolitan, bon vivant, music lover and every one who wants to chill after a day in the city. The way it's sitting there, in the city centre of Sofia, it's not so far from the flair of the equivalent clubs in London, Paris and Vienna. Modern style meets baroque patterns; minimalism harmonizes perfectly with ornamental knick-knack.   The menu lists delicious dishes, with influences from all over Europe, artfully combined. Whether for lunch or brunch, coffee or cake - the Opera is always a busy hot spot. After dinner, when the garden becomes enchanted, the DJ sets the colours of the cocktails to lounge music. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday people party and enjoy till the morning hours.
Cappuccino
Brasserie

Shopping

Shopping in Bulgaria
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.
Central Market
Andrews Fashion

Stay

Stay in Bulgaria
Greenville Hotel
The Greenville complex not only combines apartments with hotel rooms, but also city with wellness holidays. The hotel was opened in 2004 and offers about 100 suites, rooms and apartments. Most of the rooms are fitted with balconies, with a view onto lush nature or the tennis court. No, you haven't misread this.   The hotel looks like a mixture between enchanted castle and grandiose country house, providing all sorts of pastime activities that you wouldn't expect so close to the city: Pool, Jacuzzi, solarium, and massage temple. If you use the park for an extended stroll or morning run, you can easily skip one service in the hotel: the fitness room.   Doubles start at 71,- euros a night.
Kempinski
Grand Hotel Sofia

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