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Vitosha Boulevard (Vitoshka) Tours

Vitosha Boulevard (Vitoshka)
Often known as “Vitoshka,” Vitosha Boulevard is Sofia’s main commercial street. Partially pedestrianized, it runs from the historic center to South Park, with most of the action concentrated at the northern end. Vitoshka is home to higher-end stores and cafés, St. Nedelya Church, the huge Communist-era TSUM store, and more.

The Basics
There’s no charge to visit Vitosha Boulevard, and most visitors to Sofia will find themselves strolling along the street at one time or another, typically independently. Some tours of Communist-era Sofia visit here, for landmarks including TSUM, the former Communist Party headquarters, and the National Palace of Culture. More-historic tours may stop at the colonnaded Sofia Court House or the 19th-century St. Nedelya Cathedral. For most visitors, the shops in the side streets are going to be more interesting than the main stores.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Vitosha Boulevard is worth a look for anyone exploring Sofia’s historic center.
  • The Bulgarian lev (BGN) is pegged to the euro, so shopping will be a good value when the euro is weak and less of a value when it’s strong.
  • As it’s pedestrianized in places, Vitosha Boulevard is one of Sofia’s more wheelchair-friendly streets.

How to Get There
Vitosha Boulevard is located right in the heart of downtown Sofia, running south from St. Nedelya Cathedral to South Park, and the stretch between Alabin Street and Patriarch Evtimiy Boulevard is pedestrianized. Vitosha Boulevard is an easy walk from much Sofia city center accommodation, but if you’re traveling by metro the best stops are Serdika and NDK.

When to Get There
Like so many shopping and dining streets, Vitosha Boulevard is at its liveliest on weekends. If people-watching is your thing, that’s the time to visit, particularly on warm days when the open-air cafés fill up. Almost all stores are open on Sundays, though hours are typically a little shorter than midweek.

Vitosha Boulevard: What’s in a Name?
Vitosha Boulevard takes its name from Mt. Vitosha, the great slab of mountain that dominates Sofia’s low-rise skyline and is home to an ever-popular national park. After Bulgarians freed themselves from Ottoman rule in 1883, they gave the street the name Vitosha Street. Many of its most striking structures were built between the two world wars.
Address: Vitosha Boulevard, Sofia, Bulgaria
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The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour

The Most Affordable Private Sofia Walking Tour

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Private Mountain Biking in Vitosha from Sofia

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Experience Vitosha Mountain by mountain bike on this tour. Equipped with a hardtail mountain bike and helmet, depart from the village of Yarlovo with your guide. Bike on dirt roads past beech forests and meadows on your ascent. As you descend the mountain, enjoy panormaic views of the Rila Mountain.
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Private Communist Sofia Walking Tour

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History buffs and anyone with an interest in the Communist era will love this informative walking tour, led by a historian guide. Learn about everyday life for Bulgarians during the Communist period as you tour the city’s key Communist sites. See the Soviet Army Monument, the National Palace of Culture Congress Center, and the Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum, and shop for relics at the Flea Market.
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