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    Osama Shawky
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    5 Jun 24, 2014

    Capital of Bulgaria, pleasure to visit, incredible history locations, one of the best places for shopping, people are very friendly, great food and much more

    Recommended for:Business TravelersFoodiesHistory BuffsLuxury Travelers
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  • Sofia
    Barbara Kossy
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    4 Jan 20, 2014

    Sofia is an international capitol with interesting attractions and great food. It can also be inexpensive. Don't worry about the language because most in the tourist business speak English, as do the people under 40.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversBudget TravelersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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  • Sofia
    Zora O'Neill
    4 Oct 23, 2013

    My experience here is so limited--just a 20-hour stop between trains--but it stands out as a semi-magical city, a mix of Ottoman architecture and Stalinist monuments, strong coffee in teensy plastic cups, bulging pink tomatoes at the farmers market and delis selling an abundance of sausages on nearly every corner, as if in open defiance of the harshness of communism. This was all pre-EU membership, so who knows what's new, but I'd go back to see.

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    Mari
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    5 Jul 25, 2013

    This is the city I was born!
    Do I love it? - Who doesnt!
    Am I proud to be born here? - Yes I do! Why? - A few reasons:
    It is founded seven thousand years ago!!
    Did you know that Sofia is the second oldest city in Europe?!?!
    In history it was know as Serika and Sredec.
    Now you can see those ancient city walls just meters from the communist huge stone buildings - copy from Red Square in Moscow. It is like in air museum!
    City offers cheep restaurants with amazing testy food (not my words). Great European level night clubs. Friendly locals, which know at least english.
    Good quality hotels at a good price. Airport an dbus staions are new. Subway is just a few years old and cost less than 1/2 euro. A lot of museums, galleries, shopping centres - everybody can find something to spend great time.
    Weather is lovely! Not hot as in Greece and not rainy as in London. Just the perfect temperature for walking outside between May and October. Vitosha mountain is just 20 minutes from the city centre. There you can practice any winter sports.
    Enjoy!

    In 1900 the City Council approved the emblem of Sofia and the motto “It Grows but Does not Age”.
    Serdika was the name of the central dwelling of the ancient Thracian

    Recommended for:Local CultureBackpackersFamily TravelersFoodiesStudents
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    Bogdan Nikolov
    5 Apr 04, 2013

    I love the capital city of Bulgaria. Every time I feel excited of the way it changes and become a better place for living.

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    Ivy
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    5 May 14, 2014

    Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria and the biggest Bulgarian city. The town is situated near the Vitosha mountain , which could be a great place for a summer day out or winter ski escape. For all "party animals" Sofia offers a lot of night bars, restaurants and clubs.

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    Wayne Atherholt
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    4 Feb 17, 2013

    This was so much fun. I really enjoyed Sofia. The Russian salads are so good. The shopping not great but lots to see and plenty of food to enjoy that is incredible. A great place to spend hours and hours meandering around. I would go back any day.

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    Sonia Nammas
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Surrounded by sprawling parkland, Sofia, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria, lies at the foot of popular ski mountain, Vitosha. With a history that stretches over seven millennia, ruin-rich Sofia is one of Europe's oldest cities. The National Historical Museum is one of Eastern Europe's most extensive. Wide, cobblestone boulevards, charming boutiques and truly electrifying nightlife star in this city of 1.3 million. Trolleys, trams and buses traverse the dynamic city.

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    Lyone Nortey
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    I like the place with their security conciousness it puts you on alert and one thing I like there is that when you buy a ticket, it applies to the bus,tram taxi and tramvai

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  • Sofia
    Ben
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    With it's establishment dating back nearly twenty-five hundred years, Sofia is one of Europe's many historic cities. Remnants of this rich history are easy to spy around the city, with places like the Church of Saint George and the even more ancient Serdica Fortress Ruins scattered about. Preservation efforts have been generally successful in restoring and making these attractions visitor friendly. In fact, Sofia is becoming a budding tourist magnet thanks to this vibrant history and increasingly modernizing modern amenities. Whether you are making Sofia a trip in itself or simply stopping in as you explore greater Europe, this Bulgarian capital is a city worth checking out.

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  • Sofia
    Alberto Hernandez
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    5 Jul 25, 2013

    Deaf Olympic in Sofia , Bulgaria

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    dimiter plamenov
    5 Apr 01, 2013

    sofia is ... magnificent.

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    Yellonero
    5 Mar 14, 2013
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  • Sofia
    James Wyche
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    3 Mar 13, 2013

    Was a lovely place, just wish the government would fix the corruption and poverty of the people

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    MA KA
    5 Mar 03, 2013
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    Румен Кирилов
    5 Jan 26, 2013
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    Bamshad Mohajer
    3 Sep 19, 2012

    Delicious Food, Nice City and very cheap but not proper for shopping

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    MaRio Andonov
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    lake me

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    Tervel Angelov
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    ya I did love it

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    Mariya Markova
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Loved it

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Settled since pre-historic times, Sofia has been ruled by Byzantines, Ottomans and Russians, and is today the capital of independent Bulgaria. The city takes its name from the Church of St. Sofia, dedicated to the Christian concept of wisdom. Sofia can demonstrate this quality throughout the year, for example during the June Sofia Music Weeks or at its museums and galleries. This city that "grows ... read more
but doesn't age" isn't all wise woman, however, with some edgy nightlife springing up and green Mt. Vitosha just south of the city (and a great place for short excursions) testifying to a vibrant, young life.

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