Sofia Retro Bike Tour

Sofia Retro Bike Tour

Sofia overview

 

The city is the capital of Bulgaria since 1878, when the modern Bulgarian state was founded after the Russian-Turkish liberation war. Until 1944 the Bulgarian state has been developing rapidly and Sofia has changed from a muddy-street small town into a modern capital city. But towards the end of the World War II the Soviet army occupied the country and in 1946 the monarchy was expelled. The new People's Republic of Bulgaria took a completely new way - the Stalinist (soviet) development. This was a revolution, but not so much in political way, rather than a revolution into the everyday life of the people. The story of this revolution, with a special focus on some of its aspects such as government, housing, industrial development and art will be the focus of this tour.
In order to get involved in that time we will bike the communist period in Sofia with the authentic bikes produced in the 1980's. That's why don't be surprised if many people want to take photo of them!

 

Your Day in Sofia by Retro Bike


The tour starts at the beginning of the main pedestrian street Vitosha, in front of the entrance of the subway station NDK (View in Google Maps). We will bike towards it and we will stop in front of the Largo complex. Built in 1950's the three government buildings are typical with their new-classical architecture or Stalinist style.
We will bike back to the National Palace of Culture (NDK). Built in 1981 in honor of 1300th anniversary of the establishing of Bulgarian state, the complex is representative for the period of late 80's (happy socialism). Then we will go to one of the living quarters, which was initially built during the 50's but it was still growing in the 70's and 80's. Our next stop - the monument of the Soviet army is the biggest monument in the country of that time and it is still standing right in the city-center today. We will keep talking about the art in the communist period in the Museum of socialist art. Here you will be able to see many monuments, paintings and news-roll movies making the so called socialist realism in art. The last stop of the tour is the National museum of Military History. There we can see some of the out-of-date arms made during the Cold war in the USSR and Bulgaria. In the period of communism the most advanced technologies were implemented in the army. Some of them were secretly developed.
A good tour always ends with a good lunch. 10 minutes away from the Military history museum is situated Raketa rakia bar. This is the perfect place to finish our tour because the whole interior in this place is made from artefacts made in the socialist period. There you can try more than 50 types of the most common alcohol drink and our pride - the rakia.


Start: Any time between 9:00 and 12:00h

Duration: 6h

Recommended period: April - October (Museums not open on Monday and Tuesday)

Cycling time: 2h 00m approx.

Visiting time: 3h approx.

Handicap accessible: No.

Special requirements: bicycle riding skills

Important note: the National Military history museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; The Museum of communist art is closed on Mondays. The number of retro socialist made bicycles is limited and some participants may be supplied with newer bike.

 

Prices

1 person

2 persons

3 persons

4-8 persons

           9-14 persons

 

 79 Eur / 155 BGN

 49 Eur / 96 BGN per person

 39 Eur / 77 BGN per person

29 Eur/ 57 BGN per person

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             The tour price includes: socialist made retro bike in perfect technical condition, guide in English, entrance fees for the Museum of Socialist Art and Military Museum. Meals and personal expenses are not included.

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