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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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Sofia is filled with famous monuments from Bulgaria’s communist era, but there are also many secluded places that are easy to miss on your own. Ensure you see the recognizable and hidden sights, and learn about their backstories on this walking tour. Exploring by foot grants you access to place inaccessible by traditional tour vehicles. Plus, discover the realities of daily life under Bulgaria’s 1946-1989 government from a guide—insight you wouldn’t get if sightseeing independently.
  • View Sofia’s communist-era landmarks on a walking tour
  • Explore with a guide to see famous sights plus easy-to-miss places
  • See the National Palace of Culture and secret police headquarters
  • Hear about daily life during 1946-1989 from direct anecdotes
  • Gain insight into communist dogma not provided on standard city tours
What to Expect
Meet your guide by the Palace of Justice in central Sofia and set off on foot to learn about the 45 years Bulgaria spent as a Soviet state. Your guide presents the facts and talks through the theories behind communism and the ideologies of Marxism and Leninism. Pass some of Sofia’s key attractions from other eras en route, and stop to view communist-era landmarks including the former Bulgarian Communist Party headquarters, the Secret Police Investigation Facility, and the destroyed Georgi Dimitrov Mausoleum. Plus, see the Soviet Army Monument and National Palace of Culture as you hear the history of each. While you walk, hear fascinating anecdotes about life under communist rule, discovering the pros and many cons of the system, and the relation between the government, religion, and people’s ordinary daily lives. Your tour concludes at the Palace of National Culture.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Sofia Court House, bul. "Vitosha" 2, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Departure Time
4:00 PM
3h 30m
Return Details
Берлинската стена, 1463 Old City Center, София, Bulgaria
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  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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our tour guide was Martin and he was awesome. Although it was a very long tour but it was soooooo informative and absolutely worth it. It was like an intensive but interactive history class of communism in Bulgaria with of course the good side and the bad side of how it has
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3 hours that felt like 30 minutes.. vasko was really clear and eager all the time to answer any question, it's clear he knows about the topic. Great experience ..
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The best tour I did in Sofia so far. Martin was such a great guide through Sofia's communist monuments and constructions! As a historian, he explained, in a very dynamic way, what happened back in the years when the communist party ruled Bulgaria. He described the experience as
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It was an absolute pleasure walking around sofia for 3 hours with an amazing guide- Nikola, and hearing all about the area of communism in bulgaria.
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Loved the personal and quirky stories used to illustrate the buildlings, monuments and history of Sofia. Our guide Martin was super-enthusiastic and fun.
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