You’re coming to Sofia but have only two days to see the city. Or worse yet, you’re here for meetings and are cloistered in a conference room that could be anywhere.
What are some of the must-sees that will give you a quick overview? Here are some suggestions that (hopefully) will entice you to book a return ticket to the city so many people love.
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 .
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
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 & Monument to the Tsar Liberator
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
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. In SkaraBar 2 you can find the best meatballs in Sofia.
03:00 PM – 03:30 PM
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
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
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
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
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.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sofia History Museum
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.