You can see Sofia in a day, but if you want to learn more about the history of the city, spare two days from your time.
The itinerary 2 days in Sofia (48 hours in Sofia) will show you the best of the city plus some interesting museums. If you are a mountain lover and planning to spend more time in the city, check out my guide about Vitosha mountain.
2 days in Sofia (48 hours in Sofia) itinerary map
09:00 AM – 09:45 AM
Start the first day of the itinerary 2 days in Sofia with a breakfast at bakery HleBar (ХлеБар).
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (СУ Св. Климент Охридски)
Stop for a few minutes and take a look at the beautiful building of the university. You can see statues of its founders, the brothers Evlogi Georgiev and Hristo Georgiev, in front of the building.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
National Assembly (Народно събрание) & Monument to the Tsar Liberator (Паметник на Цар Освободител)
The building of the National Assembly is in Neo-Renaissance style and it is constructed in the beginning of the last century.
A monument to the Tsar Liberator is standing in front of it. This monument is raised to pay honour to the Russian Emperor Alexander II. The emperor liberated Bulgaria from a dreadful Ottoman rule that continued five centuries.
11:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Kvadrat 500 (Квадрат 500)
If you are an art lover don’t miss Kvadrat 500. The gallery represents over 2000 artworks by Bulgarian and foreign artists.
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
On the first day of the itinerary 2 days in Sofia (48 hours in Sofia) you can try for lunch: SkaraBar 2 or Raketa Rakia Bar (Ракета Ракия бар). In SkaraBar 2 you can find the best meatballs in Sofia.
03:00 PM – 03:30 PM
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (Храм-паметник Свети Александър Невски)
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a must see site and it is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The cathedral is named after a Russian prince who lived in the 13th century. It was built around 1882 – 1912 to hour all Russian soldiers who died during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878.
03:30 PM – 04:00 PM
Saint Sofia Church (Храм Света София)
The history of Saint Sofia Church dates back to the 6th century AD. It is the second oldest church in the city. In the 14th century the city, known at that time as Sredets, was named after the church – Sofia.
04:15 PM – 04:45 PM
Russian Church (Руската църква)
If you look at the Russian Church, you would probably think that it came from a fairy tale. It is so small and picturesque. Unfortunately there isn’t anything magical in its history. The church was built in 1914 to serve as an official church of the Russian Embassy.
05:00 PM – 05:15 PM
National Art Gallery (Национална художествена галерия)
The building of the National Art Gallery once was a royal palace. It was owned by the first monarch of Bulgaria, Prince Alexander of Battenberg. If the art in gallery Kvadrat 500 wasn’t enough for you, you can visit this gallery, too. In my opinion Kvadrat 500 is a better gallery. Keep in mind that there isn’t any furniture left from the former royal palace.
On the first day of the itinerary 48 hours in Sofia for dinner you can try: Checkpoint Charly or Izbata (Избата). If you want to try authentic Bulgarian cuisine go to Izbata.
09:00 AM – 09:45 AM
Start the second day of the itinerary 2 days in Sofia with a breakfast at Factory Rainbow (Фабрика Дъга).
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sofia History Museum (Регионален исторически музей София)
Sofia History Museum is housed in a former Turkish Mineral Baths. It represents the history of the city from the period between the 6th millennium BC up to 1940.
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Banya Bashi Mosque (Баня баши джамия)
Banya Bashi Mosque is a mosque from 16th century. It was built over natural thermal spa. From here comes the name of the mosque - Banya Bashi, which means many baths.
11:50 AM – 12:10 PM
Church of St. Petka of the Saddlers (Църква Света Петка Самарджийска)
Church of St. Petka of the Saddlers is a medieval church dedicated to a Bulgarian saint from 11th century.
12:10 PM – 12:15 PM
Statue of Sveta Sofia (Статуя на Света София)
The Statue of Sveta Sofia is now standing on a place where once a statue of Lenin existed. The statue was erected in 2000 in honour of the patron of the city, Sveta Sofia.
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
St. Nedelya Church (Църква Света Неделя)
St. Nedelya Church is medieval church right in the city center. The highlight is the remains of the Serbian king Stefan Milutin who is buried inside the church.
12:45 PM – 01:15 PM
Church of St. George (Ротонда Свети Георги)
Church of St. George is one of the oldest buildings in Sofia. It was built by the Romans around 4th century.
01:15 PM – 03:15 PM
On the second day of the itinerary 2 days in Sofia for lunch you can try: Moma or Hadjidraganov's Cellars (Хаджидрагановите изби). Both restaurants serve traditional Bulgarian cuisine.
03:15 PM – 03:30 PM
Sculpture of Petko and Pencho Slaveykov (Статуя на Пенчо и Петко Славейкови)
This is a sculpture of two famous Bulgarian poets, father and son. The sculpture of Petko and Pencho Slaveykov is a famous spot to take a photo.
03:45 PM – 04:00 PM
Ivan Vazov National Theatre (Народен театър Иван Вазов)
Ivan Vazov National Theatre is one of my favourite buildings in Sofia. Its facade and interior are truly remarkable. The theatre is the oldest one in Bulgaria.
04:15 PM – 04:45 PM
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church (Храм Свети Седмочисленици)
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church is an Orthodox church from 1903. The church was built from the remains of an abandoned mosque, that was once standing on that place. The mosque was known as Black Mosque because its minaret was made of dark granite.
05:00 PM – 05:30 PM
National Palace of Culture (Национален дворец на културата)
National Palace of Culture is an exhibitions center. The square in front of it is a famous meeting spot.
On the second day of the itinerary 48 hours in Sofia for dinner you can try: Chevermeto (Чевермето) or The Little Things. If you want to try Bulgarian cuisine go to Chevermeto. If you want to visit a house from the beginning of the last century and to dine in artistic atmosphere, go to The Little Things.
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