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Fly with Austrian Airlines to Sofia, capital of Bulgaria and an up-and-coming tourist destination on the Balkans. Sofia is the largest city in Bulgaria and has a lot of history under its belt. Neolithic settlers lived here about 8000 b.c., the Greek and the Romans conquered the Thracian city Serdica, the ancient predecessor of Sofia. The oldest building of Sofia today is a Roman church from the 4th century. In stark contrast, the National Palace of Culture is a great example for socialist era architecture. The mighty Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the second biggest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world and certainly worth a visit. Sofia is surrounded by mountains, where hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter is possible. The Vitosha Mountain, a national park and great snow resort, is a favourite destination for the locals.

The city itself boast great parks and gardens to get a rest from the daily hustle, like the grand Borisova gradina, the oldest park in Sofia, or the Sofia University%s Botanic Garden. Try the unique Bulgarian cuisine, a blend of Greek, Balkan and Turkish traditions. The hearty food will give you the lining for a night out in the lively club and music scene of Sofia. Dance to the fast and folky Bulgarian version of the Balkan Beat and party with the locals until the sun comes up over the mountains around Sofia.

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Worth knowing

  • Currency: Bulgarian lev(BGN)
  • Language: Bulgarian
  • Capital: Sofia
  • Austrian flight destination: Sofia, Varna
  • Sofia Airport (SOF): The airport is located 10 km (6 miles) east of Sofia.
  • Address: 1 Hristofor Columb Blvd, Sofia 1540, Bulgaria
  • Telephone: (359) (02) 937 2211
  • Airport Sofia You will be directed to a possibly non-accessible site. Take care. Be careful.

Where to stay in Sofia

Where to stay in Sofia
Scotty's Hotel
In a historical building, in the centre of Sofia, you will find an extraordinarily charming hotel. Each room is different and named after varying metropolitan cities. Moreover, everything here is gay-friendly, however, open-minded heteros are just as welcome. The main thing is to be nice, it seems. The staff provides professional help around the clock, including tips on sightseeing and going out. In a way, you'll find everything you need or would want to see around the corner: shops, markets, and mineral baths. Another proof of the diversity: A synagogue, the famous mosque, and the Catholic cathedral are all within walking distance. Yes, all three. Doubles start at 80,- euros.
Sheraton Sofia
Radisson Blu

Where to shop in Sofia

Where to shop in Sofia
With their 2009/10 collection the designers of Ambitsia propose fashion that is elegant and casual at the same time. And you know what that looks like?. just as it feels: Incredibly casual. The material of choice this time are knitted and woven fabrics. The colours are modest, which makes the patterns come into their own. This fashion has been created less for the catwalk but rather for every day. For the office and the drink afterwards, or stretching out in front of the TV. Well, true, for the latter you would actually be a bit overdressed, even if it would be comfortable enough. Again, the Ambitsia has also jumped on what seems to be the growth engine of the Bulgarian fashion industry: It also designs uniforms for companies.
Maxido Shop
Andrews Fashion

What to see in Sofia

What to see in Sofia
National Theatre
The National Theatre is a jewel in the centre of Sofia, and the locals are rightfully proud of it. Even the Austrians can take some credit for its glory. The architects Helmer & Fellner, professionals for theatre buildings, were hired from Vienna. The opening took place in 1907, and only later the theatre was named after the great Bulgarian writer Ivan Vazov. Just as many other great theatres this one wasn't spared the bad fate - in 1923 a fire broke out, and World War II destroyed large parts of the house. Yet it was rebuilt over again, grander than before. Today it provides space for about 1,000 spectators. Not only are the performances great, the façade is a feast for the eyes. It's 40 metres high and is supported by six marble columns ornamented with Apollo and the Muses.
Slaveykov Square
Banja Baschi

Where to eat in Sofia

Where to eat in Sofia
There is none more modern and trendy, at least not in Sofia. Almost everyone finds happiness here and the perfect ambiance for their projects: For lunch you can still come with the entire, if elegant, family. In the afternoon at the latest, they should cede to best friend, when the first cocktails are mixed. At night it gets romantic - with Italian cuisine and excellent wines from Chile, Australia and New Zealand. The centre of the restaurant is the bar, with room for a whole swarm of bar flies and the perfect surrounding for a good start on the night. The barkeepers know the ins and outs of their work, putting on the perfect show with a drink. Once you've looked and drunk enough, you can turn your back to the living barstools and go back to one of the more intimate tables.
Brasserie 2030

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