You can start your day of exploration with coffee and breakfast in the comfort of your room or terrace while enjoying the sunrise over the glistening golden domes of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, one of the symbols of the Bulgarian Capital. From Narodno Sabranie Square you can head down Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, famously referred to by locals as the “Yellow Cobbles”. On your way to the National Palace of Culture, you will come across many of the city’s landmarks – the Parliament, the Russian Church, the National Art Gallery, here you can take a small detour by crossing the road to the stunningly beautiful National Theater and relax with a cup of tea in the serene park area at the heart of the city.
Only meters away following the path of the “Yellow Cobbles” you will find yourself at Nezavisimost Square where all important Government Buildings are located – enjoy the Changing of Guards in front of the Presidency and the picturesque Council of Ministers Building. After throwing a coin into the fountain, you can deviate from the Yellow Cobbles and explore Sofia’s secrets by strolling down the narrow Saborna Street which will lead you to St Nedelya Church. Passing through the square you will see the Palace of Justice on the right and Vitosha Boulevard straight ahead. The beautiful, lifesize Lion statutes, located in front of the Palace of Justice are one of the country's symbols even giving the name of the Bulgarian currency 'Lev'. Vitosha Boulevard is the most popular spot for locals and tourists alike with diverse range of retail outlets and cuisine offerings. At the end of the Vitosha Boulevard, you can rest at the beautiful park area of the National Palace of Culture.
For an enchanting evening, indulge with a classical performance in the exquisite National Opera and Ballet located just a short walk away from the hotel. On your way back to InterContinental Sofia, stir your senses in the beautiful Bar and Restaurant, located on the hotel’s ground floor, where you can enjoy authentic and relaxed atmosphere and taste regional dishes all accompanied by creative beverages inspired by the local traditions and friendly company of local and international crowd.
St. George Rotunda
St. George Rotunda is the oldest architectural monument in Sofia and the only building in good repair, intact to the roof, dated back to the Roman Empire. Its construction coincides with a moment of remarkable flourishing of Serdika as one of the largest and most significant Roman towns on the Balkan Peninsula.
The thermal water springs in Sofia are numerous. The thermal Spa bath in the center of Sofia next to the church, mosque and synagogue triangle, was built during the 16th century, yet nowadays the building serves as a history museum. The only memory of its history are the fountains outside the building offering visitors the chance to taste Sofia's thermal waters.
As the Roman Empire greatly expanded its boarders during the first century AD, it occupied the territory of what we now know as Bulgaria. Under the Roman rule Sofia, called Serdica at that time, became a city of great importance in the region. Memories of this time are still found underneath the modern streets. Roman ruins are especially preserved around the area of Saint Sofia Church with remnants of an old Roman theater visible through the glass pannels placed on the floor. Nearby there are relics from an Amphitheater, only 10 m shorter in diameter than the Colosseum. In other words – there is a whole ancient world, hidden under the modern buildings in the center of Sofia, waiting to be explored.
Sofia is fast-paced, colourful and full of surprises - it offers exciting experiences for every taste. The city has many faces that make it a fascinating and captivating place for both business and leisure. Sofia, just like Bulgaria, is multicultural due to its unique location on the crossroad between Europe and Asia. Today, Sofia is the only place in Europe that has places of worship for the four major religions so close together. On Tolerance Square Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics, Muslims and Jewish people can all pray in their respective places of worship just across the street from one another.