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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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Find out what it was like on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain by joining our Communist tour. A 45-year-long period compressed in about 3-3.5 hours, including factors that led to it and its aftermath. The main goal is to present this controversial period of history in an objective and informative way. Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4pm at the Palace of Justice.
  • 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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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
  • Local guide
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing how much you can learn in such a short time. Definitely worth taking. My guide, Dino, was great

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank llistesvaries
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this tour, and getting a real life insight into the history of both Sofia and Bulgaria as a whole. My guide - Nikola - was great, well informed, and delivered the tour with energy, even accompanying historical fact with personal/familial anecdotes and stories...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Katie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely worthwhile to get an overview of communist Bulgaria; but note, unlike other Free Sofia Tours, this one is not free (but it is very reasonably priced for an over 3 hour walking tour).

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank NewYorkNYTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tour involved two and one half hours walking and talking. No dungeons, jails, torture chambers, bullet holes in walls, etc. The history is interesting but admittedly Bulgaria is not a major power and did not play an overwhelming role at any time. That said they...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Larry O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour really covers everything important from the period in a fun and exciting way. Vasil was a great guide - friendly, informed, well prepared and a really good presenter. Even though the tour lasted a bit over 3 hours, the pace was leisurely and...More

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11 July 2019|
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Response from Jan602016 | Reviewed this property |
There would be no problem booking with 3 children. It’s a fascinating tour and the 3 hours seem to pass quickly. We had a short break about half way through. I am sure you will all enjoy it.
29 June 2019|
Response from Stephen R | Reviewed this property |
The tour I did lasted about 3 hours and started around 2pm I think but you need to check with the agent you use.
Jacopo L
4 May 2018|
Response from sofiaevethouse |
Hi it is approx. 3 hrs :)
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