Park Borisova Gradina


The Knyaz Borisova Garden Park occupies an area of 3300 decares in the heart of the capital. Once in its place there was an urban pasture.

The foundations of the park were laid down by a decision of the Sofia Municipality in the 1880s. Its creator is the gardener of the Romanian royal court, the Swiss Daniel Nef. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Alsatian Joseph Frye developed the ideas of his predecessor.

The three emblematic lakes of the park were built at the end of the 19th century.

Ariana Lake is located near the Eagle Bridge. It was frozen in the winter and the citizens began to skate on the ice. A strange undertaking was this in the eyes of the peasants from the villages of Sofia. Tradition has been reviving in recent years. A modern slide is being constructed today in the winter. In the summer, there are boats and water wheels.

A little higher up, not more than 5 minutes’ walk away, is the lake with the ducks. It’s worth taking another 5 minutes to get to the lake with the lilies. Especially if you are in Sofia when the white colors dissolve.