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TEHRAN TRAVEL GUIDE | ⭐TOP TRAVELERS CHOICE TO DO+ SEE+ EAT (MAP)
Artin Travel > Blog > TEHRAN TRAVEL GUIDE | ⭐TOP TRAVELERS CHOICE TO DO+ SEE+ EAT (MAP)

Tehran Travel Guide

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Tehran is the bustling heart of Iran; its flourishing core, its vibrant soul, its lively essence! The capital is filled with surprisingly beautiful scenes, historical sites, friendly locals, diverse and flavorful cuisine, distinctive architecture, innovative art venues, museums, gardens, tea houses, and many many more highlights and attractions. Allow yourself a chance to visit these marvels with Tehran city tour.

Tehran is a city of two faces. One shines brightly with glistening city lights, urbanized streets, and modern culture; while the other’s golden glint radiances from dated squares, aged market places, and old royal palaces. Tall towers and looming skyscrapers are beautifully in contrast with the lower old-town streets and traditional bazaars, and this on its own, is one of the reasons why Tehran city stands out among all Iran destinations.

Winter / Summer Temperature

–5°C to 12°C / 28 °C to 38 °C

Tourist Attractions

Golestan Palace-Sa’adabad Complex
Azadi Tower – Tabiat Bridge
Treasury of National Jewels
National Museum of Iran
Miald Tower – Carpet museum
Jewelry musuem

World UNESCO site

Golestan palace

Airports/ Public Transportation

Mehrabad Airport ( Domestic)
Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA)

Bus – Subway(7 lines) – Rapid Bus(BRT)
Taxi – Snapp( Iranian Uber)

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Tehran things to DO and SEE

Royal Palaces in Tehran

In the building of each of these Tehran royal residences, European art and architectural styles are masterfully mingled with the finest of Persian artistry and design elements. This resulted in the creation of Persian palaces and gardens so majestic and glorious, the kinds of which are not seen anywhere else! All Tehran royal palaces also beautifully represent the best designs and the international, trendy elements of the beauty of their time. Each of these imperial lands in Tehran encloses several other palaces within itself, which are now mostly turned into museums to preserve the flow of time and history in them.

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Niavaran Palace in Tehran

Nivaran complex is one of the few gorgeous royal palaces of Tehran. This popular touristic spot is located in northern Tehran and has signs of post-Islamic architectural elements as well as symbolic and fanciful designs of Persian architecture during the Qajar dynasty. This important palace of Tehran is in the middle of a lush garden, and served as the Royal family’s summer home. The two-story building of Ahmad Shahi Pavilion, and the gorgeous building of Sahebqaraniyeh Palace are two of the important buildings in the Niavaran complex.

The Golestan palace

Tehran is also home to several imperial lands, former royal palaces, and splendid gardens. The Golestan palace gloriously represents Iran’s sublime architecture and rich cultural background. This palace is the only UNESCO cultural heritage site in Tehran, and its trove of art and prized adornments have turned this royal land into a favored tourist attraction.

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Saadabad Palace

Saadabad Palace, the former residence of the royal family, is a magnificent structure containing 18 other chambers within itself. These estates and halls have been turned into museums so that visitors can delight in these national treasures and architectural marvels without disturbing the history that lies in this land.

Grand Bazaar of Tehran

The Grand Bazaar of Tehran is one of the oldest and biggest Bazaars in all Iran. Travelers can find just about anything in this grand bazaar. This Bazaar’s traditional architecture and market venues age back to the Safavid era, and it is famous for its high-quality local restaurants and its numerous shops selling lock, stock and barrel.

Museums of Tehran

Tehran is home to a great number of museums, many of which are of international importance and value and worthy of being listed in the Tehran travel guide. Iran’s museum of National Treasury of Jewels, for instance, has put on show the world’s largest display of jewelry collection. Countless plates, swords, crowns, and tiaras all made from precious alloys and metals and adorned with priceless gems and jewelry are exhibited in this museum.

Iran national museum

Formerly known as Museum of Ancient Iran, aging more than 70 years is not only the most prominent museum of Iran but also one of the most prestijous museums around the world in regard to grand volume, diversity and quality of its huge monuments. This museum is located on the corner of 30-Tir and Imam Khomeini street.

National museum is Iran’s mother museum aiming at preserving relics of the past to hand down to the next generations. There are plenty of valuable gems from different eras of the history . Ceramics dating from the 4th millennium BCE, zoomorphic vessels from the 1000 BCE and also capitals and statues of the Achaemenid period (6th—4th century BCE) and even the Salt Man found in a mine in Zanjan from the 3rd or 4th century AD  and many more pieces of the history in shape of objects.

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Islamic art museum

Islamic art museum as another section of national museum is house to a precious collection of Qurans as well as other manuscripts showing calligraphic styles and paintings in surrounding cases.

Tehran Carpet Museum

This is another great example of a timeless and priceless display of cultural wealth among all attractions in Tehran travel guide. Iranian carpets are woven by the skillful hands of nomadic tribes and royal carpet weavers alike and so, each carpet tells a tale from Iran’s history and people. The carpet museum of Tehran hosts carpets illustrating traditional Iranian architecture from Isfahan, carpets depicting tails of history and kings from Kerman, carpets of Tabriz filled with poetry and calligraphy, and Mashhad carpets brimming with details and subtleties.

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Museum of time in Tehran

Time Museum of Tehran

This is another great example of a timeless and priceless display of cultural wealth. Iranian carpets are woven by the skillful hands of nomadic tribes and royal carpet weavers alike and so, each carpet tells a tail from Iran’s history and people. The carpet museum of Tehran hosts carpets illustrating traditional Iranian architecture from Isfahan, carpets depicting tails of history and kings from Kerman, carpets of Tabriz filled with poetry and calligraphy, and Mashhad carpets brimming with details and subtleties.

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Moqadam museum house

This house is filled with national and international treasures from Mohsen Moqadam and Salma Koyomjian’s (Moqadam’s wife) years of life. This house is now the most valuable in all world thanks to this couple’s expeditions and the valuable articles they bought, found, or saved from being destroyed or smuggled using their inherited wealth. If we are going to shorten the list of Trahran travel guide to only 3 places to visit, the Moghdam museum would fit it the best. 

 

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Iran national jewelry museum

housed in central bank of Iran, located in center of Tehran is one of the most magnificent antiques’ collection of unique jewelries all around the globe.This treasury is one of the best in its kind.Iran national jewelry museum working hours make us visit this place in the afternoon between 2 to 5 p.m. 

After some security checks and disciplines of visiting treasuries, going down some stairs you are welcomed by peacock throne (takht-e tavoos), a throne decorated with colorful gems.Walking through the hall you will see priceless pieces of the jewelries of Persian kings and royals. Rating items of the collections by their beauty and value is no easy job, but there are some of the pieces you must not miss.

Tehran Recreational Attractions

Darband and Darakeh

On this long list of places to visit on Tehran travel guide, there are some resorts to give you a chance to relax and Darband and Darakeh are two of Tehran’s touristic spots’ visited by travelers and locals alike all year round. Darband is located just at the beginning of a favored hiking trail to Mount Tochal, and Darakeh is in the foothills of Tehran’s northern heights. Naturally, these two sites are blessed with amazingly crisp air. Darband and Darakeh are known for their extremely tasty snacks and munchies on the way to the top of the trails they are located on. Some of Tehran’s best traditional tea houses and restaurants are also there. These traditional restaurants and tea houses also offer hookah lounges in open areas and the true experience of traditional Persian hookah sessions next to water fountains and refreshing gardens.   

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What to Eat in Tehran

Foods & Restaurants

Iranian dish has always been popular and well-loved by tourists and locals. The truth is listing only a couple of foods on the Tehran travel guide is the most challenging job. Each region of Iran has special foods and tastes to offer, but Tehran has it all. You can find traditional Iranian food places to try Dizi, Kebab, or Baqali polo on many corners of the city. Try Iranian homemade meals (the most famous ones are Qeime, Qorme Sabzi, and Fesenjoon) by ordering your desired dish from a local kitchen, or taste Tehran’s famous street foods (from Falafel and Aush to different types of bread) in 30 Tir street. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are also made available by skillful cooks in restaurants specialized for people of this preference. It may interest you to know that many traditional Iranian foods like Kookoo Sabzi, Aush, and Mirza Qassemi are vegetarian-friendly, and can be found in most Iranian restaurants.

High-quality and unique (yet delicious) Pizza chains, Sushi places, Steak houses, and Burger bars are also on the must-try cuisine list for travelers who would rather stick to the familiar grounds. International restaurants (Chinese restaurants, Italian restaurants, Turkish restaurants, etc.) are found all around the city as well.

Where to stay in Tehran

Accommodation in Tehran comes in different forms. The most popular ones are hotels and hostels. From regular 3 starred places to luxurious 5-star hotels, you can find rooms that best suit your needs and expectations. Listing all the hotels on this Tehran travel guide might be boring, so you may find out more about hotel reservations in our services.

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 Transportation in Tehran

  1. Get your own private vehicle and sit back as you are guided to different landmarks and attractions of Tehran.
  2. Ride a VIP bus intended for group tours and enjoy a different and unique experience of touring the city and its highlights.
  3. Use the international-friendly applications (Tap30, Snapp) designed for private transportation, and easily choose your destination as you relax in the backseat.

You can also get your own public transportation digital ticket and take a trip using the capital’s undergrounds or public buses. The widespread network of Tehran’s subway system allows travelers to get around the city with ease, and navigation Apps (google maps, Waze) will help you find the nearest station to the sites you wish to visit. Tehran’s public transportation is safe, affordable, and efficient, but very crowded in rush hours.

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