Boyana Waterfall
Boyana Waterfall
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From Boyana neighborhood and Boyana church go up in the mountain using the marked green path - about 2 hours or steep ascent along the river for an hour and half. Ask or go with someone local or join the daily tours of Sofia Green Tour
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Siobhan M
25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Getting to the trailhead was easy enough by public transport and we set off for the hike up to the falls. We expected it to be a difficult uphill climb (for two middle-aged people of only average fitness). However, we didn’t expect it to be dangerous. As you near the start of the falls on the red trail, the path more or less disappears and you end up clambering over slippery, sharp boulders. We decided to pull the pin on our hike before we got all the way to the top, because we just didn’t feel safe. Plenty of people continued on towards the top of the falls, so it must be doable. However, for us it wasn’t worth the risk of falling. I felt compelled to write a review and warn people about this. We are no sissies; we have done plenty of hard mountain hikes and even made it to the peak of Mount Vitosha the previous weekend. However, this was too hazardous for us to enjoy - even though we did get some nice photos along the way.
Written May 28, 2023
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James B
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Walking up to this mountain is a feat in itself. I was alone and fell over once and tripped a number of times. It is best to go with more than one person! I am physically fit but going up this hill really tired me out a lot I nearly gave up! It is extremely beautiful but if you are old and not good with mobility please do not go up to this waterfall it is very dangerous walking up!!
Written June 24, 2022
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,170 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Due to the elevation and hiking surface, it was a little bit more difficult than expected. Luckily I had a private guide that helped me with those challenges. I'm still glad I went. The good thing about the trails is they past through the forests of Vitosha National Park where you get to rest surrounding yourself in nature.
Written January 6, 2024
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theMattW
Haverhill, UK1,194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
My starting point was Boyana Church, to get there from central Sofia I took the M2 Metro line from Serdika to Vitosha and then caught bus 64, I also did this in reverse to get back later that evening.

I called into Boyana Church as I was passing it, you can get into the grounds for free but it costs 10LEV (£5) to enter the small church. No photos or video are allowed and you can only enter 10 at a time.

About 5 minutes past the church (up the hill) you reach the starting point of the hike. From what I could make out there are 2 pathways that lead to the waterfall, the one on the left and the one on the right.

The one of the left is a gentler climb up the side of the mountain and takes maybe 2 to 2.5 hours on average to complete. The pathway branches off half way so you can visit Boyana Lake.

The path to the right follows the border of a military base for the first 10-15 minutes and then follows the river the rest of the way. It is stepper by quicker if you are fit, it will take perhaps on average 1.5 hours with a few stops. The pathway is a lot more rugged and involved not only a steep incline but climbing over boulders, rocks and loose stones. None of it is reasonably speaking life threatening but it is challenging and you will need to take a lot of care, especially if there is snow and ice on the ground.

I hiked it in March and began to encounter snow and ice about half way up, as you would expect it got thicker the higher I got. There are lots of smaller water falls and features as you make your way up - with it being March (melting snow from the top of the mountain) the falls were large and the river fast flowing.

When you get to the falls you can spend some time taking photos and relaxing near them, I figured it was a good idea to eat my packed lunch and relax for a bit. At selected points near the waterfalls there are some amazing views back of the city.

Once you have visited the falls you can keep walking up and about 30 minutes later you will get to some mountains huts that serve food and drink, best to check that they are open for business at the times you need before travelling if you are planning to use them. Potentially (depending on how much energy you have) you could continue your walk to the Golden Bridges.

When hiking down you will need to once again take care, in the snow and ice hiking down steep hills can be harder in some respects than hiking up. I know I find it harder to keep traction on the really steep bits. In my case I hiked down the alternative pathway (always try to avoid retracing my footsteps). This was a much easier hike and allowed me to call into Boyana Lake on the way down.

Things to consider before attempting-
-If you plan to travel there from central Sofia via public transport then buy a day card costing approximately 4LEV (£2) this will allow you to ride on the 2 buses and 2 underground trains to get there and back. You can buy a travel card from Serdica Underground station (or any station probably).
-Take some food and drink, I got through 3 bottles of water and it was a cold day so in the summer you will need to take as much as you can carry.
-Wear proper footwear, I would say a minimum would be a decent pair of trainers. Sandals and flip flops would not be a good idea especially if you take the advanced path.
-Remember that as you get higher the temperature will get cooler, this will vary during the year but worth taking a jacket with you.
-Check out the weather before you go, it probably won't be much fun if it rains the whole day. Weather can also change very quickly in the mountains so be prepared for a change.
-If you're hiking alone tell someone that you are going and when you will be back.

I really enjoyed hiking to the waterfall and back again, it was the middle of March and I saw very few other people along the way. Feel free to ask any questions.
Written March 30, 2019
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Detelin Z
Sofia, Bulgaria69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Put your most comfortable shoes and start before noon ;) This an amazing adventure! Make sure to pick the steep ascend path, otherwise you're gonna run away from the fun. When you are finally there not less than 2 hours(no matter what the sign in the beginning says), you can enjoy the waterfall from all sides - one can get on top, in front, behind(yep that's right - check my photo), and down.

One advice, I know it may be hard for most people, but try to save power and after you see the waterfall top, start following the path towards 'Zlatnite Mostove'. This will take you to the top of the hill where there is a restaurant called 'Momina Skala'. It is a bit expensive and not for picky customers but after the whole climbing a beer would be nice ;)

Finally try to start going back at least 1 hour before your app tells you that the sun will go away, cause you do not want to be in the dark in the forest. The place is not for night picnic as a fire is also forbidden. And don't worry, on the way down, you can take the normal ascend and I even enjoy running down, just you have to stop on every turn.
Written May 3, 2014
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Joelkik
Katowice, Poland43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
It's a waterfall. What can I say. If you need to get away and you want to enjoy the nature, take bus 64 up to Boyana church or take a taxi. The taxi shouldn't cost you more than 12 leva. Take the easy path which should take around 2.5 hours to get to the waterfall or take the path straight up. That one will get you to the waterfall in less than 1.5 hours. The waterfall is definitely beautiful. Don't try the difficult path in winter though. That is far too dangerous.
Written October 15, 2015
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forever
Tel Aviv, Israel95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Boyana waterfall is easy accessible - 15 minutes of taxi drive from the city. Option to use public transport exists, but we were short on time, so we used Yellow (and reliable) taxi company. The trail started behind the Boyana church compound, and the trail signs show 1 hour and 45 minutes of hike. We walked a little bit longer. Somewhere in the middle of the trail, there is a viewpoint where you can see Sofia city below. The hike request basic fitness, appropriate walking shoes and enough drinking water. Hiking poles might help.
Written June 20, 2019
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Danks Knows
Shoalhaven, Australia2,072 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
To get to Boyana waterfall we caught a taxi to Boyana Church. We looked at going by subway or bus but the taxis are cheap and it saved a lot of hassle and time by going by taxi. From the centre of Sofia the taxi to the church took 15 minutes and cost 10LEV (US$6).
From the church walk uphill to the forest, turn left and walk to the corner. There you will see the entrance to the hiking trail.
The trail is well signposted in both Bulgarian and English. It is a 90 minute to 120 minute uphill hike to the waterfall. It is not too hard and the trail is easy to follow.
We had problems with ice on the trail for the last 20 minutes of the hike up. The trail became very slippery and we were glad we had hiking poles with us - we hiked in January.
The waterfall itself was 75 percent frozen and looked rather spectacular as I had never seen a frozen waterfall before. The round trip for us was four hours back to the church. We then walked down past the church to the main road and soon caught a taxi back to Sofia.
There were no shops after the church so you need to bring your own water.
Written March 5, 2018
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aearroyo
Seattle, WA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
There are two paths to the waterfall: a shorter, steeper one, and a longer, gentler one. As an experienced backcountry backpacker, I strongly urge 99% of hikers to take the longer, gentler route. When a post-communist Eastern European country advises you that something is steep, what they mean is "the trail isn't maintained, very steep, less than a foot wide in places, with only rusty Soviet-era barbed wire between you and a long fall into a stony gorge." If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, take the longer route. It's prettier, has better views throughout, and never forces you to contemplate your own mortality.

All that said, the waterfall is lovely, and there are usually families and children hanging out and enjoying the cool breeze.

If you're a climber, there is excellent--albeit extremely challenging--climbing next to the waterfall, and they allow you to do ice climbing on the frozen waterfall in winter.
Written July 12, 2016
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Richard S
Sofia, Bulgaria264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
If you decide to go for a hike to escape the city, this is an excellent destination. There are basically two ways to get there: a rocky trail along the Boyana stream (not recommended under icy conditions) and an easier one via Boyana lake. You can take one to get there and return by the other. The trailhead can be reached by continuing on the road on which Boyana church is and turn right at the end (straight up the hill). Follow yellow signposts for водопад (waterfall), via Езеро (lake).
Written May 29, 2013
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