Yuzhen Park


South of the city centre, Yuzhen Park is a vast, wild green sprawl, filled with trees and shady pathways. A sparkling stream bubbles through it, and there is a handful of discreet bars and cafes that are not always easy to find. It’s a satisfying place to get lost in and explore for yourself.

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4. Sofia Zoo

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5. Peyo Yavorov House-Museum

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8. Ivan Vazov House-Museum

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