Lake Ariana

Coordinates: 42°41′22″N 23°20′13″E / 42.689549°N 23.336881°E / 42.689549; 23.336881 Ariana (Bulgarian: Ариана) is the name of a medium-sized artificial lake in Knyaz Boris's Garden in Sofia, Bulgaria. It is "B"-shaped, 175 m long and 75 m wide, with a small island at its narrowest point. It is located at the northernmost corner of the park, in the city centre, between the Eagles' Bridge and the national stadium.

Lake Ariana
Location of Lake Ariana in Bulgaria
Location of Lake Ariana in Bulgaria
Lake Ariana
LocationKnyaz Boris's Garden, Sofia
Coordinates42°41′21.52″N 23°20′11.77″E / 42.6893111°N 23.3366028°E / 42.6893111; 23.3366028
Typeartificial lake
Native nameезеро Ариана  (Bulgarian)
Basin countriesBulgaria

The lake was constructed in the late 19th century and has since been a focal point for leisurely walks by Sofianites. Water wheels and rowing boats have been a feature, and in winter it was frequently known to freeze over and for people to ice-skate on its surface.[1]

In the mid-20th century, a casino was built on the island. In the early 1990s, the municipal government ceased caring for the lake, which dried up and remained empty and disused for nearly two decades. In 2007, the lake and its vicinity were renovated and once more began to be a place of leisure.

The lake shares its name with the brewery which was located a couple of hundred yards to the north until being demolished in 2004.


  1. ^ Sofianites skating on Lake Ariana (gallery), (the Ariana Brewery is steaming in the background), Stara Sofia. Retrieved Mar 2013.