December 31, 2011

Happy New Year from the team

As the year is coming to an end, it’s time for recaps, resolutions and lists… We already did that back in August for our birthday so I will try to be short this time. We were waiting at the Palace of Justice for our guests 738 times in 2011. 51 times nobody showed up, 70 times there was only 1 or 2 of you but we still did the tour. We did 687 tours in total. 9265 guests from 105 countries. Not just a tour but an experience: Something very special indeed; freedom, fire, passion and erudition all masqerading as a leisurely stroll that even the weariest of souls can accomplish. Gerry Foley (guest from the United States) Since I love quotes, I would also quote one of our team members: Free Sofia Tour, the best thing that happened to me in 2011! Thank you! We don’t plan on stopping. As we speak, the last tour of this year is taking place (6PM on the 31st of December), after 23 people from […]
December 30, 2011

The Third Class Traveller: Sofia

This year we had the pleasure to take part in the Sofia episode from the The Third Class Traveller series of the UK’s Travel Channel. We would like to thank producer Justin Pavlova-Hawkes and presenter Julian Hanton for this interesting opportunity. No economic downturn can stop the intrepid Mr Hanton, so for this journey he attempts to survive a week on just $100 in every city he visits. This requires Julian to rely on the kindness of strangers, including the Free Sofia Tour team. The Third Class Traveller 30″ Promo from The Inn on Vimeo. It was back in April (5th) that the shooting took place. There was only one guest at the 6PM tour but as you know, the tour doesn’t have a minimum number of guests so it proceeded as planned. Our friend from Hungary Ákos Kiss will probably never forget that evening – he got a private tour with not one but two guides (Boyko & Vanya), accompanied by a TV crew 🙂 It was so long ago that even the red […]
December 25, 2011

Tours on Christmas and New Year’s

Free Sofia Tour will be running as usual (both 11AM and 6PM) on both holiday weekends – 24th and 25th of December as well as 31st of December and 1st of January. Every day, twice a day, 365 days a year! We are looking forward to meeting everyone who decided to spend the holidays in our capital! Here’s some of the highlights of what’s going on in Sofia these days: Christmas retro tram running up and down the pedestrian-only section of Vitosha Blvd – 12:00-16:00 every day till 24th Green Christmas festival in front of the National Theatre, including an ice-skating rink – till 10th of January The biggest ice-skating rink on the Balkans at the Ariana lake – open 24/7, entrance fee 4BGN, renting skates 4BGN
December 23, 2011

Free things to do in Sofia

Sofia constantly ranks as the cheapest tourist city in Europe. We believe it offers really good value. According to calculations of PriceOfTravel, backpackers need around BGN 30 per day for their stay in Sofia. The city is actually the cheapest in the world apart from Southeast Asia and India. For travellers who are even more budget-conscious, we have collected some completely free things to make your stay in Sofia even cheaper. TRANSPORTATIONh Obviously, transport and accommodation are big items in any travel budget. A lot of people come to Sofia hitchhiking which means near-free travelling. The good news is that almost everything interesting in city is within walking distance and in the city you probably won’t need public transportation at all (except for things like Boyana Church or Vitosha). ACCOMMODATION Staying with a friend is the best option to get free accommodation. Keep in mind, though, that it’s a tradition here not to go empty-handed to a friend’s place. Any present, no matter how small, would be appreciated. Another option is to […]
December 19, 2011

Благотворително представление

Пиесата „Криворазбраната цивилизация” от Добри Войников ще бъде представена на 29 декември 2011 г. от 19.00 ч. в Дом на Културата „Средец” на ул. „Кракра” 2. Представлението е част от редовната Коледна благотворителна акция на българското студентско сдружение „Бай Ганьо” в Манхайм, Германия. Събраните средства са предназначени за Дом за деца, лишени от родителски грижи в с. Доганово. Инициатор на проекта е самодейният театрален състав към студенското сдружение в Манхайм, подкрепено от Държавна агенция за българите в чужбина и Дом на Културата „Средец” при Столична Община. Инициативата се осъществява със съдействието на Фондация „Движение на българските майки” и сдружение „Фрий София Тур”. От август тази година на всяко шесто число от месеца Фрий София Тур организира благотворителни турове, като средствата се заделят за дома в с. Доганово. В деня на представлението децата от дома ще се разходят из София, ще научат повече за историята и основните забележителности на нашата столица и след това ще бъдат специални гости на „Криворазбраната цивилизация”. За близо 7-годишната си история Българското студентско сдружение в Манхайм е организирало над 30 инициативи […]
December 12, 2011

Free exhibition in Sofia City Art Gallery

A lot of talented Bulgarian artists worked in the 30s and the beginning of the 40s of the XX century. What they did is different than the work of painters before them. For long time their works were synonyms of innovation, experiments and success both in the country and abroad. Sofia City Art Gallery is going to show more than 60 artists that were once united in the “Association of the new painters” between 1931 and 1944. The exhibition will take place December 12 – March 4 in all three halls of the gallery and will include around 250 pieces and archive materials presenting the history of the association. Did you know that Sofia City Art Gallery is just one of the top free things to do in Sofia? David Perez – Still life with a blue vase  
December 7, 2011

Museum for Contemporary Art

La Embajada de España en Sofia presents the exhibition Regeneración: lugar, paisaje y memoria (Renaissance: place, landscape, memory), based on the concept of the landscape and its fleeting nature through the eyes of Ángel Massip, Juan López and Jacobo Castellano. The three representatives of the youngest generation of artists in Spain visited Sofia to open the exhibition that will take place 1 December – 10 January. How to get the Museum for Contemporary Art: Google Maps for Cherni Vrah 2 Blvd Angel Masip – A new order disorder
December 7, 2011

The red star 2.0

The person who chose Sofia’s Christmas decoration either didn’t think much or had a very weird sense of humour. I realized that a couple of weeks ago after telling the story of a monument that used to be part of our tour for around 8 months. I am talking about a particular series of ornaments that could be seen around the former center of the Communist power in Sofia. If you don’t know what I mean, check our article ‘The red star is gone‘ 🙂 Or take a very careful look to the top of the building in the middle on the next photo. Nowadays the former Communist Party headquarters is used by the parliament. The red star has been replaced by the national flag. Lenin is also gone. Both the star and the statue could be seen in the newly-opened Museum of Socialist Art. The new Christmas stars are put around the Central Department Store (building on the left on the photo below). Photo: Lost Bulgaria
December 6, 2011

Sofia International Book Fair

More than 110 companies will take part in the 30th edition of Sofia International Book Fair that starts today. They will present their publications to thousands of visitors on more than 1000 square meters. Along with the presentation of the new titles, there will be meetings with some of the authors as well as live concerts. This year the main focus will be on France. The country will have a 50 square meters stand and will participate with diverse cultural program in NDK and the French Cultural Institute. Books in languages other than Bulgarian (mainly English, French, German and Russian) will be available at the stands of the foreign participants as well as some of the Bulgarian companies. The entrance is free. How to get there: NDK (National Palace of Culture) is on 1 Bulgaria Sqr.