Tehran, the capital city of Iran is also its largest city. This megacity is packed with fascinating museums, public parks and outstanding restaurants; and its warm, friendly and hospitable inhabitants will ensure a pleasant stay. The entire city can be roughly divided into 2 different parts: the northern part of the city and the southern section.
Tehran’s northern districts are more thriving, modern, and of course, expensive & luxurious while the southern parts are less attractive but cheaper for living in. There are numerous tourist attractions in this city that are well worth visiting. One of the places you must visit during your stay in Tehran is the Milad Tower. This tower is actually the highest building in Iran and also one of the highest buildings in the entire Middle East. Don’t miss it! The tower complex also includes one of the most luxurious restaurants in Tehran that provides a 360-degree view of the entire city.
Or perhaps, you’d like to step back in time and step in the footprints of the past kings of Iran! Another remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tehran is the Golestan Palace. This magnificent palace is a true masterpiece of the Qajar Dynasty which combines the earlier Persian art & architecture with a western type. Built in the midst of a vast garden featuring a unique architecture and design, the complex most characteristic elements date back to the 19th century. Due to its glamour and beauty, the palace became a center of Qajari-type arts & architecture and has remained to be a source of inspiration for present-day Iranian artists & architects.
You may also want to visit the Sa’d Abad Palace Complex and spend an entire day, or even two, there! This fabulous piece of architectural heritage is located in the northern part of Tehran. The Palace covers an approximate area of 110 hectares and is located in the mountainous parts of northern Tehran. There are a handful of places to visit including 6 palaces, 12 museums, 6 entrance gates, a vast amount of planted areas, a river and even streets and twisting paths inside which were built during the Qajar and Pahlavi dynasty. It is surrounded by the Alborz mountain from the north, the rich Za’faraniyeh neighborhood from the west and Valiasr St. from the south.
Move further to the west side of this grand city to visit the Azadi Square which is known to be the iconic landmark of Tehran. The Azadi Square, formerly known as Shahyad Square, is actually a huge roundabout that features a vast amount of green space. The main tower structure at the center of this square was constructed in the year 1971, during the reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi with an approximate area of 50,000 m2 and a height of 45 m.
How about a taste for luxury, royalty and fabulous jewelry?! Then make sure to visit the Treasury of National Jewels in Ferdowsi Street which has been open for the public to visit since 1992. You can see fabulous royal jewelry from the Safavid, Afshar, Qajar & Pahlavi Eras there.
The Museum of Ancient Iran may also fascinate you. This grand museum complex, which in itself includes 2 museums is the perfect place to visit if you adore seeing artifacts from decades and centuries ago. Make sure to visit both sections which are the Ancient Iran museum & the Iranian Islamic-Era museum.
You must already know that Iran is world famous for its incredible hand-woven carpets & rugs! Plan to visit the Carpet Museum of Iran beside Laleh Park which exhibits a large variety of Persian carpets from all around the country dating back from the 16th century until the present day .
The Tehran Grand Bazaar should also be on your list of places to visit. This bazaar is without any doubt, one of the key economic & trade centers of Tehran and even Iran and is located in the heart of Tehran in the more traditional context of the city.
If you’re fascinated by more modern man-made structures, be sure to visit the Tabi’at Bridge in northern Tehran which is a 270 meter pedestrian park connecting the 2 public parks named Taleghani Park & Abo-Atash Park.
Last but not least, if you’re into natural beauty, Iranian culture, tradition and customs, you must NOT miss out on a visit to Darband district. This district was formally a village near to Tajrish– which is now one of the most luxuries districts in northern Tehran. It is now the starting point of a very popular hiking trail which goes into Mount Tochal and is packed with small cafes & restaurants, craft stands and local salesmen. If you’re not into hiking, you can take a cable-car ride to the top simply to enjoy the wonderful view!