Despite being one of the most affordable destinations in Europe. Sofia, Bulgaria is still packed with completely free activities. In fact, I think the vast majority of the very best things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria are actually completely free.
Which is why I’ve put together this guide of my four favourite free things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria.
What better way to see the city of Sofia, than on a completely free walking tour. The tour departs from the courthouse in the city centre daily at 10am, 11am and 6pm – every day of the year, regardless of the weather!
The tour takes around two hours and is filled with photo ops, culture and history. If you’re only here for one day and manage to do one thing only. I’d make it this! Check out the Free Sofia Tour website to learn more.
Balkan Bites is the very first free food tour in the world!
The tour starts at 2pm daily (excluding national holidays), it lasts around 2 hours and leaves from Park Crystal in front of the big head statue of Stefan Stambolov. The tour is very, very popular and only has a limited number of spaces available so try and arrive around 15 minutes before it’s due to leave to guarantee your spot.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral in Sofia. Opened in 1912 the cathedral is free to enter.
Named after St. Alexander Nevski, a Russian Tsar who saved Russia from invading Swedish troops in 1240 and the patron saint of Tsar Alexander II, who was also referred to as Bulgaria’s Tsar Osvoboditel (Liberator), since it was his troops that finally brought about Bulgaria’s liberation from Ottoman rule. The foundation stone of Sofia’s biggest church was laid in 1882.
The Vitosha Mountain
Last on my list of free things to do in Sofia, but by no means least is Vitosha mountain. In the winter this can be a great place to ski and in the summer, a great place to hike.
Public transport is available to the summit of the mountain is available. Firstly, take the 9TM from the National Palace of Culture – get off at the last stop Hladilnika. Then you’ve got two options;
Bus 66: This will take you to Aleko. Just below the highest peak of the mountain this is the highest you’re able to get with public transport.
Bus 64: This will take you to nearby Boyana Church. From there you can choose the hiking paths to Boyana lake or Boyana waterfall.
While transport to get to the site is free, hiking the mountain itself costs nothing and is well worth a visit.
There we have it. My favourite four free things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria. As always, I’d love to know what free things you’ve been doing in Sofia. Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add the very best to this guide. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out our daily vlog ‘The best of FREE in Sofia, Bulgaria’…