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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Shopping

Shopping in Bulgaria
CCS
If you take a walk through the shopping malls in Sofia you may doubt that Bulgaria once had anything to do with communism. Here capitalism reigns, and the Bulgarians who own the necessary capital enjoy every bit of it.   The City Centre Sofia at the Arsenalski Boulevard is an impressive mall that extends over six floors. Included in the entertainment programme are bars, restaurants and an imposing IMAX cinema. Fashion lovers can buy French fashion at SInequanon and Turkish glass ware such as vases, drinking glasses and bowls. Highlights are the Nolita Shop, with unique fashion for unique women, and the Ra-Re Store, which not only offers clothes but also history and way of life along with it. Morover, there are Kookai, Energie, Fornarina, Stefanel, Missoni and other international brands. Kenvelo is a kind of Czech H&M and a Mecca for Bulgarian youth.
Daka Style
Dielsport

Sights

Sights in Bulgaria
Nevski Cathedral
It's reputed to be the most magnificent building on the Balkan peninsula, at least from the 20th century. And this not only according to Bulgarians. Absolutely convince yourself of the cathedral's beauty. It was built as a remembrance to an important historical event: After the Russian-Ottoman War at the end of the 19th century, Bulgaria broke out of the Ottoman Empire, and the building is a sign of gratitude. At the same time it is a memorial to the soldiers who lost their lives. The Russian Tsar of the time, Alexander II, was and is known as the liberator king.  The cathedral was named after the hero's patron saint. Construction started in 1904; however, it was only consecrated in 1924. The first highlight, its gilded domes, are visible from afar. The second is the size. As was the wish of the Bulgarian government, it has room for 5,000 people. This makes the never ending façade almost as imposing as the inside of the church, which consists of innumerable artworks: Frescoes, icons and mosaics.
National Theatre
Sophia Statue

Eat

Eat in Bulgaria
Deja vu
A brasserie in Sofia? Here you go - the name: Deja Vu. The location: the centre of the Bulgarian capital. The dishes: pasta, risotto and salad - among other things.   A déjà vu, the feeling that one has experienced a new situation already before, is known to us. With this new restaurant on Aksakov Street, directly in the centre of Sofia, yet located quite quietly, it might be linked to the food: Caesar's salad, salad with rucola, pasta and risotto. The Mediterranean part of the menu is known and dear to us! Likewise on the menu: Balkan dishes, fish and more sea food, and of course sugar-sweet desserts.   At the Deja Vu you can also have a peek over the cook's shoulder. From the second floor which seats 90 persons that might get a bit tricky though. By the way - smokers and non-smokers are separated in the black-and-white restaurant, according to the regulations. All good reasons for everyone to come back again!
Captain Cook
Motto

Stay

Stay in Bulgaria
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.
Grand Hotel Sofia
Sheraton Sofia

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