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Itinerary
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 on 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.
Locations visited
365 Association Sofia Tours
Former Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarters
365 Association Sofia Tours
Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Snooze fest

I guess we were just not that into it after all. The guide was nice and knowledgeable, just didn’t see much and found it kinda dull.

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Reviewed 4 days ago
Amazing Guide, Really interesting tour!

We did the communism tour with Nikola and it was stunning! He's such an easy-going warm-hearted and entertaining person! The tour was just amazing and because it's about recent history it really felt vivid and he shared a lot of personal annecdotes from his grandparents...More

Thank Joana S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Martin at 365 - I love!

Our guide Martin guided us with a lot of energy, in the most fantastic way! A must when visiting Sofia!

Thank MarathonMia
Reviewed 1 week ago
All the things you didn't know about Sofia

This is a great tour. Our guide Nicolas was very entertaining, knowledgeable and open for questions. We learned a lot about the impact of communism on Sofia on all aspects: religion, economy, education, healthcare etc.. If you want to see Sofia from another angle, I...More

Thank Siegfried P
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fascinating insight into a dark but recent history

Free walking tours are great. Frequent and enthusiatic users of these tours every time we travel we enjoy the knowledge and positive attitude of the guides and Dino was no exception. His visit round the "communist" part of Sofia is very personal and intimate and...More

Thank New T
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