The Capital City
Overview
Tehran is the capital of Iran and the biggest and most populated city in the region. As the beating heart of Iran, Tehran is the city of culture, nature and action compact with lots of cozy cafes and teahouses.
Talking of the cultural aspects of this cosmopolitan city leads us to its great palaces and monuments such as the Golestan Palace Complex, the Sa'dabad Complex and the Niavaran Complex alongside wonderful museums like National Jewels Museum, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts. Located in the center of the city, Azadi Tower or Freedom Tower is the symbol of Tehran and one of the “must see” places in every visitor’s list.
Nature is an inseparable part of Iran as one of the only countries in the world which has the complete four seasons and Tehran is not an exception either. National Botanical Garden of Iran, lots of parks and some beautiful lakes are the elements of nature and peace in this bustling city. On the other hand, Tehran’s location onto the lower slopes of the Alborz mountains makes it a perfect place for mountain walking around the lower Slopes of Darband and Skiing in Dizin or Shemshak which can be considered as factors of peace, fun and action.
Away from cultural and historical features of Tehran, not long ago, some new structures have been added to the city’s attractions, namely Milad tower, the 6th tallest tower in the world, and the Tabiat (Nature) Bridge with its spectacular design. Don’t miss your chance to see the stunning panoramic views of Tehran from the Milad tower and walk along the Nature Bridge for an enjoyable evening.
As a final point, Tehran is Iran’s most secular and liberal city and it attracts lots of visitors from across the world. Therefore, expect relatively bold fashion statements, a range of ethnic and international restaurants, chic cafes and plenty of art galleries along with impressive museums.
Best Time to Visit
During the two-week No-Ruz (Iranian new year) holiday starting on 21st March when the city feels like spring, refreshing and vibrant. So the best time to visit Tehran is in spring when the weather is warm and pleasant. The autumns are usually cool and sometimes rainy. The ski season in Iran is long and lasts from December to May.
Food in Tehran
Souvenirs of Tehran
The main handicrafts pursued in the province are engraving on copper and brass, Khatam (inlaid), wood carvings and basket making, glassware, painted glass, ‘Zeelu’ or kind of carpet, leather paintings, carpet weaving, pottery making, weaving of mats, hand woven or knitted articles, batik purist, jajeem or loosely woven woolen cloth, Kilim or coarse carpet, satchel making, dyeing and weaving. Antiques can be obtained from Manuchehri Avenue which forms the center for such articles. Handicraft centers are located in Taleqani Avenue and Ostad Nejatollahi Avenue. Carpets are available in Bazaar-e-Bozorg of Tehran and Ferdowsi Avenue. Books can be bought from shops apposite the University of Tehran.
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Tehran Highlights