When my friend K. was visiting us in January, we hoofed it up the hill at my apartment complex and hopped the Metro into the city. It was my first adventure outside the apartment without Vince and it felt really liberating. After hearing about it for a few years, I figured joining the tour was a good idea and a great way to give K. an overview of Sofia’s most well known buildings and attractions. The weather was also unseasonably warm and beautiful for January, so that was a huge bonus as well!
The Free Sofia Tour is a no-cost English-language walking tour of Sofia’s center led by volunteers. Our tour started near the lion statues at the Palace of Justice and wound through the center, past many notable and important sites, before ending at the Parliament building. Our guide (I forget his name) was really nice and knowledgeable; I learned a lot more about the city’s long, interesting, and (at times) tumultuous history.
After the tour ended, K. and I headed back to the starting point along the “yellow brick road” (yellow Viennese bricks laid into the road) to have lunch at Happy. Along the way we passed the Saint Nikolas Russian Church (one of my favorite buildings in the city) and a few other interesting sites.
If you are in Sofia and have a few hours at your disposal, I highly recommend taking the Free Sofia Tour. It’s probably the best way for travelers to see the city’s most famous sites in a short amount of time.
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