Sofia is a great place to wander. There are attractive streets off Bulevard Vitosha which is Sofia’s main shopping street that runs from Serdika Metro down to The National Palace of Culture. The street has all the shops one would expect of a city as well as a good choice of bars and restaurants.
The free Walking Tour which departs from The Palace of Justice was great fun and the perfect way to see Sofia on foot.
National Palace of Culture [NDK]
NDK, which was completed in 1981 is set in a large park which is formal at the top and turns to woodland behind the palace. The palace houses several concert halls and a clothes market.
Party House, built in 1954, used to be the headquarters of The Bulgarian Communist Party but now houses the Bulgarian Parliament. The Red Star which once adorned the building has been removed and can now be seen in The Museum of Socialist Art.
This is now home to the Bulgarian President and has guards outside day and night. You can watch the changing of the guard which takes place every hour on the hour during the day.
The Central Mineral Baths.
This magnificent building was completed in the eatly 20th century but sadly has not functioned as a bathhouse since 1986. You can still try the warm water from taps outside the building. It is currently home to The Sofia Regional Historical Museum.
Sofia has some interesting modern features and architecture.