Tehran became the capital of Iran in the 19th century during the Qajar era. Located along and framed by the south side of the Alborz mountain range, home to nearly 8 million people, Tehran is Iran’s most populous city. It has two international airports, Mehrabad and Imam Khomeini, where you will likely land, so this is where you can start your trip to Iran. Tehran is one of the cities with the highest number of urban parks in the world. The capital of Iran is super interesting, cultural and artistic and you will have no problem finding things to do.

What to do in Tehran:

Milad Tower

"Borj-e Milad"

Measuring approximately 435 meters, the Tower of Milad is the 6th tallest tower in the world. It’s the perfect place to admire Tehran’s cityscape, both day and night, for a night view.Borj-e Milad hosts museums, a paintball field, a dolphin show, a cinema, a restaurant and a cafe.

Golestan Palace

"Kakhe Golestan"

The UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace is one of Tehran’s favorite attractions. It was originally built in the 16th century by Shah Abbas Safavi and later rebuilt during the Qajar Era. A wing of the palace was dedicated to the wives and mistresses of the Qajar kings. Some sources say that the number of wives and courtesans sometimes reached more than 400. The complex is huge and for a complete visit to Golestan’s Palace, you might consider at least two hours. Some of the areas worth visiting are: The Marble Throne, which dates back to the year of Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar’s coronation ceremony, the Spring House, the “Sofrakhane” restaurant, Salam Hall (Hi Hall), Aineh Hall (Mirror Hall), Shamsul Emara, Khalwat Karim Khan, the gallery and the Museum.

Azadi Tower

"Borj-e Azadi"

(Tower of Freedom) are one of the first things to see in Tehran. It was opened in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, before the 1979 Revolution, it was known as Shahyad Tower, Memorial of the Kings. It is not only the symbol of Tehran, but has also been mentioned as the symbol of Iran. Torre Azadi is inspired by Ischemic, Sassanian and Islamic styles. This 45 meter high three-story building has four elevators and two stairs with 286 stairs. Below the tower, there are exhibition halls, a library, a museum and a gallery. Azadi Tower is located in the center of Azadi Square, “Meidan Azadi”, which at 65,000 square meters is the largest square in Tehran.

Niavaran Palace

"Kakh-e Niavaran"

The 9,000 square meter Niavaran palace complex was originally built in the 19th century during the Qajar dynasty. Later, King “Shah” Mohammad Reza Pahlavi built and renovated many parts of the royal residence during all seasons except summer. The ground floor of the Iranian Niavaran Palace displays an exquisite collection of handcrafted Persian rugs, including the portraits artists of kings and famous figures from the times of Achaemenid and Qajar. On the second floor, there is the Buddha statue and stone carvings from the 3rd century AD, alongside a collection of personal and military clothing by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, while walking along the On the second floor stairs the decoration is a beautiful painting of Karim Khan’s palace. In addition to antique and contemporary works of art, at Niavaran Palace you can get a sense of the luxurious life led by the royal family, you can see the children’s toys in your room. fourth, Farah Diba’s clothes still hanging in the wardrobe, even her nail polish. In the dining room, the splendid table is set up as if guests are about to arrive. Part of the Niavaran Palace complex is also a tea house, a museum and a park.

Bridge of Nature

"Pol-e Tabiat"

Known as the bridge of nature,  designed by a young Iranian woman, Leila Araghian, the 270-metre long bridge is the longest pedestrian walkway built in Iran to connect two parks in northern Tehran.

it is a meeting place for couples and families. Try to visit in the late afternoon, when the place is full and the weather is delicious. On your way to the edge of the enchanting “Ab-o-Atash Park” Fire and Water Park, you can stop at the many restaurants and cafes to relax, enjoying a beautiful view of Tehran and the Alborz Mountains. Always packed with locals, Pol-e Tabiat is stunning from afar, at night, when everything is illuminated by colored lights.

Saad Abad Complex

"Majmooa Saad Abbad"

With eighteen palaces belonging to the Qajar and Pahlavi kings, Saadabad is a cultural and historical complex. It covers one square kilometer and is located in northern Tehran. The complex was first built and inhabited by King Qajar in the 19th century. Reza Shah Pahlavi lived in the Sad Abad complex in the 1920s, while his son, Mohammad Reza, moved there in the 1970s. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the complex became a museum.



A neighborhood in the mountains that is full of restaurants and shops. This is also the beginning of a two-day hike, which a lot of people like to do (Iranians love nature).

Museum of Jewels

"Moozeh Jawaherat"

This priceless treasure was originally kept in Golestan Palace, in the 20th century, Pahlavi moved 21 boxes full of jewels to the National Bank of Iran, and in the 1960s it was moved to its current location, the Central Bank of Iran. Impressive collection of some of the most expensive and precious jewels in the world, gathered over the centuries, such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and turquoise stones. One of the most unique places to visit in Iran.

Tehran's grand bazaar

"Bazaar-e Bozorg-e Tehran"

(An Unforgettable Experience), which spans nearly twenty square kilometers, is one of Iran’s favorite tourist attractions. As soon as you step into this covered market, you can feel the traditional atmosphere of ancient Iranian architecture. This bazaar has everything you’re looking for, whether it’s clothing, crafts, restaurants, nuts, jewelry, rugs and more. The saddle makers “saraj”, the horseshoe makers “nal chiha” and the carpet merchants “labof” stores are in the oldest parts of the Grand Bazaar.

Alongside numerous shops, Tehran Grand Bazaar also has historical monuments such as the two mosques Masjid Jama and Masjid Imam. Days before the main vacation, I suggest you avoid it as it will get very crowded.

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