The City Garden is the oldest park in the Bulgarian capital. It is situated between the former Royal Palace (is now the National Gallery and Ethnographic Museum), the Sofia Art Gallery and the National Theater “Ivan Vazov”. The garden holds numerous stories since the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman occupation – romantic stories from the last Bulgarian Kingdom, stories of glory from the Communism and stories of promises and hopes from the transition period.
No matter the changes, the garden has always been a favorite place of both young and old. The elderly make crowds around amateur chess players, or listen to the local street musicians playing nostalgic city songs. The square in front of the National Theater is often transferred into an open-air stage, where local rock bands attract cheerful young crowds. After theater performances enthusiastic groups get scattered through the garden. In the summer my friends and I meet in the open-air cafe after work to chat.
I love the garden especially because each month you can visit a different photo art exhibition – from children’s drawings, through NGO work, to bird’s-eye views of Bulgaria.
So, if you like music, arts, chess, having a drink after work – or one of the other numerous activities offered in the park – make sure you don’t miss the City Garden during your stay in Sofia!
The City Garden | Art & culture, Music, Relaxing | Free
Knyaz Alexander 1 Str.
24 hours daily