Hiking Close to the City - 5 Places in Vitosha Mountain, Bulgaria

Vitosha Mountain is often quite underestimated when you talk with the citizens of Sofia. Quite often they forget about this wonderful place, just a few minutes away from their homes. But if you happen to be in Sofia and want to spend some time hiking during the weekend, we have prepared some amazing ideas.

Where is Vitosha Mountain?

Situated next to Sofia, Vitosha mountain warmly “hugs” the capital and welcomes tourists to its beautiful nature. The mountain is visible almost at every point in the city and gives you the opportunity to escape the busy life in the capital.

How to get there?

The mountain is accessible by public transport, car, and taxi, Vitosha is a popular destination for a day hike, picnics, and skiing. 

Five places to visit:

Golden Bridges - Probably your imagination is already drawing pictures of bridges covered with gold. Well, it is not really like that, but still, it is a magical place. The Golden bridges are in fact stone rivers in Vitosha mountain. They are named in that way because of the golden color of the lichens that grow on the surface of the stones. They are dangerous to walk on during winter or on rainy days, so whatever your season choice just make sure it is dry outside and you are with wearing good hiking shoes. 


Peak Cherni Vrah (Black Peak). It is the second windiest peak in Bulgaria. It is 2292m high. There are a few ways to get to it, one of them is from the Golden bridges to Kumata Hut and then to the peak itself. This will be around 3 hours of walking. You can use also the Dragalevtsi lift. Although convenient for mountain biking, it cannot offer the breath-taking views that Rila Mountain has.


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Aleko Hut - The hut is located at an altitude of 1810m. It is named after the famous Bulgarian writer Aleko Konstantinov and is the second oldest hut in Bulgaria. You can use the lift, which will take you exactly there. If you want to wake up without listening to the noises from the traffic, but with birds singing, maybe that is the best weekend place for you.

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Kopitoto (The Hoof) – this is the place from which you can see the whole city. It is a romantic place where citizens love staying at night under the stars and above the big city lights. It is a perfect place to relax and to feel the nature.


"Воуаnа Wаtеrfаll" іѕ thе bіggеѕt wаtеrfаll оn thе tеrrіtоrу оf thе Vіtоѕhа Моuntаіn. Тhе wаtеr drорѕ frоm 20 meters. The waterfall can be reached from three main paths and the easiest is from the "Kopitoto". 

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Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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