Sofia – Our highlights for an unusual city trip
Team Seefried group has its headquarters in lovely Tutzing close to Munich, but we are proud to be an international company. In addition to our two locations in central Europe (Tutzing and Cologne), we are also represented in Eastern Europe (Sofia) and in the Middle East (Dubai). Just in time for the holiday season, we would like to introduce you to the first of our four locations, the Bulgarian capital.
Sofia is still a small secret treat among the European capitals – but that could change soon. With a population of 1.2 million, the city is the largest in the country and is considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world. There are many interesting things to discover: in addition to the typical sights of the capital, such as the National Gallery and the National Theatre, it is mainly the interesting architecture made up of 5000 years worth of city history and the urban street art that make Sofia such a special destination.
If you are thinking of planning your next city trip to an unusual place or if you are in Sofia for business, we have compiled a small city guide with our personal highlights for you.
Sustainable sightseeing: Free city tour by bike
A free city tour is probably the best way to get to know the main attractions of a city in a short period of time. Sofia Green Tour offers a slightly more active way of exploring the city. These tours are offered by a group of volunteer guides who are involved in the development of sustainable tourism in Bulgaria.
You will see the most important sights and parks by bike. This way you explore much more of Sofia than on a normal walking tour. You can rent the bike at the starting point for 10 leva (about 5 euros) and with it you are given a complimentary mineral water.
The bike tours take place three times a day and pre-registration is not necessary.
Whimsical exhibition with an Eastern bloc charm: The Museum of Socialist Art
Anyone who likes art, or who is looking for an unusual insight into the past communist era, must make a trip to the Museum of Socialist Art. It is located in a very suitable backdrop of pre-fabricated buildings in a workers district that is otherwise not particularly worth seeing.
Numerous exhibits with clear socialist themes, including the Red Star, which adorned the roof of the former Bulgarian Communist Party, are on display. In the media room, old propaganda films dripping with pathos are shown. The highlight of the museum however, is the enormous open-air sculpture park, where countless statues, frescoes and busts from ancient times can be found.
Unusual food and drink: Traditional, fusion and Rakia
Sofia has a very lively restaurant and bar scene. The possibilities to eat well are endless – however, it depends on what you are looking for. You will find a selection of restaurants in which our team members can be found both privately as well as with customers and partners:
*Raketa Rakia Bar
We especially like the furnishings here. Many relics from the old days can be found on the shelves here.
Where: bul. “Yanko Sakazov” 17, Sofia 1527, Bulgaria
What: Lunch, dinner, snacks, Rakia. A brilliant kitchen and of course a large selection of different kinds of Rakia.
Supa means „Soup“ in Bulgarian – What is a better name for a cool little soup shop than „Supa Star“? Every day they provide a new selection of home made soups, which are both cheap and cheerful. In addition, the Supa Star is perfectly located on the sightseeing road.
Where: Tsar Ivan Shishman 8
What: Soups and small snacks
What about dinner in a very private atmosphere? In the Lavanda you dine in an apartment – and the food is really impressive.
Where: ul. Tsar Ivan Shishman 12 (across One More Bar)
What: Lunch and dinner
*Catch’ A maK
A modern restaurant with a homey touch. Wonderful kitchen, top service, surprisingly low prices… and great music!
Where: ul. “Neofit Rilski” 62, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia
What: Bulgarian, European food
Relax: Parks and leisure facilities in and around Sofia
In addition to the numerous pubs, the green parks in Sofia are the most popular meeting place for the city dwellers. There is always something happening, especially in the warm season: from spontaneous parties to dance performances, concerts or sport events, the urban life pulsates here. So if you don’t want to go to a bar, there is always the option of buying a six-pack from the super market and heading over to one of Sofia’s parks and to witness some colourful activity.
If the city is too hectic after a few days, you can always do an excursion to explore the city surroundings. The gigantic Windmills Hydro Park, for example, is only 30 km from Sofia and offers its guests five restaurants, six pools, water slides and a hotel. There is also a small lake with a pretty promenade where you can go fishing. The facility is ideal to spend one or two relaxing days with your family.
We hope you enjoy planning your city trip to Sofia!