Sofia is a city with rich history and many interesting places to visit. Amongst them are the Alexander Nevsky cathedral, the National Palace of Culture, the Sofia Synagogue and its museum, the National Museum of History, etc.
All of these you will easily find in most tour guides.
However, there are places, hidden from sight, that are truly worth the visit. Getting to know Sofia’s hidden secrets will inspire you to look at the capital city from a whole another perspective.
What are those hidden places in Sofia and where to find them?
Unusual sights in Sofia you probably haven’t heard of
Here you can learn more about a few less known places in the favorite capital – stop by them the next time you visit for a day or a weekend.
1.The Tomb of Honorius in front of the “St. Sophia” basilica
This tomb from the Late Antiquity period is the only one of its kind in the territory of Bulgaria.
It was opened to tourists in 2014. It was found during excavations in the 1980s, however, with no conservation work carried out on the site, the tomb started deteriorating.
The tomb of Honorius is an interesting place, which provides a rare look into antique history.
It is from places like this that we are able to learn more about the importance of Sofia and Bulgaria as a populous regions in the past.
Currently, the tomb is placed under a glass roof directly in front of the entrance of the Basilica.
It is accessible from the catacombs under “St.
Tickets are sold in the Basilica’s museum, on the subterranean level.
2.The cell of Vasil Levski
In the heart of the city, close to the Military Club you will find a holding cell in which allegedly Vasil Levski was imprisoned for some days before his execution.
3.The water tower
The water tower One of the symbols of Old Sofia is located in the neighborhood of Lozenets, between two small streets – “St. Theodosii Tarnovski” and “Galichitsa”.
The emblematic building is often passed by as it is partly covered by greenery. When you look closely though, it looks like it came out from a fairytale – thick green leaves, crawling around the old tower, engulfed in
Apart from the fascinating exterior, the purpose of the Tower is also interesting. During most of the 20 th century, the neighborhood of Lozenets is the highest point of the city, with predominantly 2- and 3-storey buildings.
Since their main water source (Up to the 1930s) was
river water running down from Vitosha Mountain, the Tower was constructed as a type of local reservoir.
The interior of the Tower is comprised of series of stairwells leading to several platforms.
Thanks to the large windows, the light is able to pass through, making the interior more welcoming.
Today the Tower is out of commission, but still worth a visit.
4.The Aleko waterfalls in Vitosha
If want to escape the bustling city and opt to visit Vitosha Mountain, don’t miss the Aleko Waterfalls.
Named after the famous author who liked to visit there often, the falls are located between the neighborhoods of Dragalevtsi and Simeonovo.
The cascades are over the Skakavitsa River and are best visited in late winter or early spring when the ice melting makes
them fuller and more spectacular.
How to reach the Aleko falls?
From the parking lot in front of the Dragalevtsi monastery, go towards the Simeonovo lakes.
The walk is not strenuous – it takes around one hour – but be prepared for some mud and uneven terrain. On the route you will pass close to the Dragalevtsi chair lift. You will also enjoy splendid view of the whole city from above.