Vitosha Mountain is the oldest nature park on the Balkan Peninsula
Vitosha Mountain is the oldest nature park on the Balkan Peninsula. Its highest point – Mount Cherni Vruh (The Black Peak) is 2290 meters high and the centre of Sofia is at about 550 meters above sea level. On the slopes of Vitosha there is possibilities for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing and ski touring, snowshoeing, paragliding, caving. Many people simply go up the mountain to see the great panoramas of the capital and have a picnic in the nature.
Vitosha is covered by snow from December to April and winter activities are possible during this period in the highest parts of the mountain.
How to get to Vitosha Mountain?
There is a bus 66 from Hladilnika (only on weekends) which goes to Aleko Chalet (the main hut, starting point for Mount Cherni Vruh).
You can take the Simeonovski gondola lift to Aleko Chalet. You can go there by bus number 122 (from Hladilnika station which is close to Vitosha Metro station) and 123 (from G.M Dimitrov metro station), both of them stops in front of the lift station. But first make sure that the lift is working!
Working hours: 8:30 – 16:30
From Vitosha Metro station you can take bus 93 going to the Dragalevtsi chair lift. The upper station “Goli vrah” is a starting point for ascending Vitosha mountain’s highest peak – Cherni vrah.
Working hours: 9:00 – 16:30
Hiking from the outskirts of Sofia – the villages of Knyazevo, Boyana, Dragalevtsi, Simeonovo, Bistrica and Zeleznica, all accessible by public transport from the centre of Sofia.
The price of the taxi from the city center to the Simeonovski gondola lift and Dragalevtsi chair lift is approx. 6-7 euro.