Tehran Travel Guide
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 the marvels of capital we will go through on Tehran travel guide.
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.
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Golestan Palace-Sa’adabad Complex
Azadi Tower – Tabiat Bridge
Treasury of National Jewels
National Museum of Iran
Miald Tower – Carpet museum
Mehrabad Airport ( Domestic)
Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA)
Bus – Subway(7 lines) – Rapid Bus(BRT)
Taxi – Snapp( Iranian Uber)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Persian 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.
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.
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.
Tehran, Iran’s capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is also home to a plethora of theaters, cafes, gardens, and other fascinating attractions. If you’re planning a trip to Tehran, we’ve done our best to bring forward a list of the greatest souvenirs to buy on our Tehran travel guide.
Isn’t it true that “teacups and saucers maketh the tea” as Shakespeare put it? No? Then perhaps he never had the pure satisfaction of drinking the finest loose leaf teas from the most gorgeous, carefully crafted teacups and saucers.
He would have never known of traditional Persian tea ware either, which was a tragedy at the very least.
Traditional Persian Teacups and saucers are the foundation of every delightful tea-drinking experience – along with the tea, of course! – from daily workstation tea to an afternoon tea party. Copper, ceramic, crystal, and don’t forget Persian Samovar (kettles)!
Abali, a city in Tehran’s Rudehen district of Damavand county, is famous for its salty native Doughs (Persian yogurt drink). Doogh Abali is a popular sour tasty beverage, simply described, a yogurt fizzy mint-flavored beverage. This Persian drink is best served with kebab and oily dishes like Dizi!
Doogh Abali is a traditional Tehran souvenir from this region that is helpful for digestion, has a delicious taste, and is one of the region’s oldest products. Abali Doogh can be purchased in Abali city and local stores on Haraz Road.
Damavand’s red apple is among Tehran’s most well-known souvenir. If you are wondering about what to buy in Tehran, you should definitely consider these juicy apples as it would be a pity to leave Damavand city without buying these apples.
Purchasing these red delectable fruits are especially recommended if you want to spend the summer or fall in Tehran. This tasty Tehran souvenir also has different varieties in different seasons. Some of the most famous apples in summer are identified by a variety of nicknames, including Shafiabad, Gulab, Ayegh Almasi, and Ghandak, each juicy and delicious.
Any curious traveler can find signs of Tehran culture in the Tehran travel guide, by reading between the lines of the many tourist attractions of this city. Tehran has been an important city in Iran for centuries. Tehran has witnessed the rise and fall of some of the most important rules in Persian history and has memories of each of them in different places.
Tehran was originally referenced in a text by the Greek Theodosius, who listed Tehran as a district of Rey around 2000 years B.C. The earliest Persian source on Tehran, however, suggests that the city existed before the third century AH.
An author named “Abu Sa’d Sam’ani” mentions a guy who lived in Tehran and Rey and died in around 261 AH or 874 AD. In 331 AH, he wrote of Tehran, saying, “Tehran is located north of Shahr-e Rey and holds numerous gardens and unique fruits.”