The Golden Bridges in Vitosha Mountain near Sofia are definitely one of our favourite places to visit. This summer we’ve been there twice and the view seems more spectacular every time! I am pretty sure you’ll quickly understand why by the pictures below.
A quick trip to the Golden Bridges in Vitosha
If you’re looking for the perfect picnic location around Sofia where you can take your date or simply need to surround yourself with nature and forget about the everyday city life, jump on your car and head to the Golden Bridges! This is one of the few natural phenomena accessible by a car near Sofia and with no doubt a smooth way to impress a lady (if she’s not wearing high heels of course – if she does, you risk making her miserable). According to Google Maps, it takes 44 minutes to get there from downtown Sofia – in my experience, it’s less than that. The minute you reach the ring road it really gets easy.
Half-day hike to the Golden Bridges
In my personal opinion places like this should not be easily reached via car. I think people should “work” for their right to enjoy such spectacular views because this is the only way to really escape our lazy, stuck city lives. This is why I sincerely prefer (and recommend) hiking. One of the ways I will suggest here definitely makes you feel you’ve deserved to see this beauty once you reach the Golden Bridges and this route starts from Knyazhevo. Here it is:
Full-day hike to the Golden Bridges
It probably surprises you that the map above says 2:30 hours and this one says 2 yet I am including this route in the full day trip. This, however, is no accident. First I believe this path is way steeper than the other one. I don’t know if Google people have actually walked there or just copied the info from somewhere, but my guess is they “cheated”… Second, on this path, you’ll pass nearby the Boyana Lake and the Boyana waterfall (if you want to actually see the lake there is a small detour), which in my opinion are places worth seeing. So, if you choose this path charge your camera and take your time!
Best time of the year to visit the Golden Bridges
The Golden Bridges are marvellous, but I bet they’ll be pretty dangerous to walk on during winter or rainy days, so whatever your season choice just make sure it’s dry outside.