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Communist Trabi Tour

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  • Sofia
  • Available in: English

About the guru Dany

We are a small group of local guides that want to share what we love about Sofia.

We are a small group of local guides that want to share what we love about Sofia.

About the tour

Sofia’s free communist tour, featuring a Trabant is now available every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am. The meeting point is next to the National Palace of Culture and Starbucks on (Fridtjof Nansen Str.)

The tour is approximately 2 hours long and features an iconic classic car called a Trabant. The object of the tour is to take you back in time and make you feel what life was like for people living in Bulgaria during the communist era. Our focus is not to put you to sleep with statistics but rather show you what kind of challenges people had to deal with both during and after the communist era.

This is a tour for everyone that is curious about this period in history. This is why we have not put a price on it. We believe that everyone traveling to Bulgaria should have an opportunity to take something away with them.

Useful information:

The tour will require the use of the metro for one stop, if you need assistance with purchasing a ticket your guide will provide it. Also please dress appropriately for the weather.

No Reservations required.

Groups of 10 or more please let us know by email.

Meeting point
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How to find me: On the other side of the street from the Starbucks a Trabant car will be waiting for you :)
Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €5, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

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Ratings 11

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Sebastian

13 days ago

Great tour. The guides were very friendly and made the walk very interesting. Also, we got to experience the Trabi, which was great!

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Stephen

25 days ago

Ivo was our guide; Danny our chauffeur; both were informative and amusing. Ivo conducted the walk in a leisurely fashion, concentrating his delivery on Bulgaria’s Communist past. Yet, in response to the numerous questions he encouraged from his audience, Ivo veered off script quite regularly to relate how the era of Socialist domination still impacts contemporary Bulgarian life and society, some 30 years on. Overall, the story he had to tell was a compelling one, and relayed in perfect English. The tour concluded with a short ride in a Trabant, with Danny at the wheel, an experience that left me with the impression that its simple, utilitarian design was more ingenious than my school history books had led me to believe. In short, a worthwhile tour and a pleasant way to spend an autumnal morning in Sofia. Thank you.

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Tina

30 days ago

Great tour. We met Dany and Ivo. Dany gave us a history of the Trabi and then each couple had a ride around the block. Dany had to go to a christening so Ivo took over the tour.

Marvellous guide. We learned so much about communism in the dark days until the 1990s. Finished at 1pm. Very happy, the best walk we did in Sofia

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James

1 month ago

The tour was informative, and they were able to provide insights from their own family’s experience during communist times.

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Stewart

2 months ago

An enjoyable insight into Bulgarian life as experienced during its political changes. This is NOT a heavy history lesson. It is a fun discussion about its politicians, playwrites, students and every ordinary person as they lived their lives through the political backdrop that resulted eventually in Bulgarian entry to the European Union. Our guide Ivo was knowledgeable, humorous and his English is near flawless. We covered everything from monuments to buildings to cars to escalators. Strongly recommended.

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Jeff

3 months ago

Ivo, our tour guide, was very informative and entertaining, and the quick drive around the block with Dany in the Trabant was a fun way to end the walk.


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