Oborishte Walk (Self Guided), Sofia

The Oborishte district is an enthralling place to spend some time, principally for its many monuments of national importance and historic houses. A good place to start your visit is at the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at the beginning of Oborishte Street. This Neo-Byzantine Bulgarian Orthodox cathedral is a vast edifice that can hold up to 10,000 people. It is the second biggest cathedral on the Balkan Peninsula. Stand outside and marvel at the impressive gold-plated dome. Inside, find the cathedral crypt which houses a museum of Bulgarian icons. The cathedral is next to St. Sofia Church, from which the city gets its name.

Continue down Oborishte Street, past elegant homes from the early part of the 20th century. Look at the beautiful decor of their Art Nouveau façades. Your route will also take you by important administrative buildings, including the French Embassy. Such is the architectural beauty of the street that it is often named among one of the most emblematic streets in the city.

While you are here, you can do a little bit of shopping in the stores. Afterwards, relax with something to eat and drink in any of the enticing and friendly coffee shops and restaurants. Then continue your wanderings by going down Shipka Street which has several coffee shops and small stores.
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Oborishte Walk Map

Guide Name: Oborishte Walk
Guide Location: Bulgaria » Sofia
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: Linda
Oborishte Street, St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

1) Oborishte Street, St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

Vasil Levski Boulevard, Cyril and Methodius National Library

2) Vasil Levski Boulevard, Cyril and Methodius National Library

Vasil Levski Boulevard, St. Kliment Ohridski University

3) Vasil Levski Boulevard, St. Kliment Ohridski University

Oborishte Street, French Embassy

5) Oborishte Street, French Embassy

Oborishte Street, French Embassy

6) Oborishte Street, French Embassy

Oborishte Street corner with Evlogi and Hristo Georgievi Boulevard

7) Oborishte Street corner with Evlogi and Hristo Georgievi Boulevard

Krakra Street, Crystal Palace Hotel

12) Krakra Street, Crystal Palace Hotel

Shipka Street, National Academy of Arts

13) Shipka Street, National Academy of Arts

Walking Tours in Sofia, Bulgaria

Create Your Own Walk in Sofia

Create Your Own Walk in Sofia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sofia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Yellow Paves Walking Tour

Yellow Paves Walking Tour

Yellow Paves is an area of Sofia where the roads are covered with yellow rocks - they were a present from the Austro-Hungarian rulers for the wedding of King Ferdinand I. Yellow Paves has since become one of the popular symbols of the capital - why not take our tour and visit the top attractions in the area.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Historical Religious Buildings Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Borisova Garden Walk

Borisova Garden Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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It would be a pity to leave Sofia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Sofia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles

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