Explore the city of Sofia with Retro Bikes. We have prepared for you special tour of Sofia city where you will learn a lot about communism period and the city itself while driving Retro bikes built in early 80's.
What to Expect
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. Bike towards it and stop in front of the Largo complex. Built in 1950's the three building of the government are typical with their new-classical architecture or Stalinist style.
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 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. 15 minutes away from it is the tour's next stop - the monument of the Soviet army. It is the biggest monument in the country of that time and it is still standing right in the city-center today. 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 There you can see some of the out-of-date arms made during the Cold war in the USSR and Bulgaria.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 day 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: 9.00 am End: 2.00 pm
Recommended period: April - October
Cycling time: Approximately 2 hours
Visiting time:Approximately 3 hours
Handicap accessible: No
Special requirements: bicycle riding skills
- Socialist-made retro bike in perfect technical condition
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees for the Museum of Socialist Art and Military Museum
The tour starts at the beginning of the main pedestrian street Vitosha, in front of the entrance of the subway station NDK
Know Before You Go
• 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