Tabriz is one of the beautiful cities in Iran with its lovely people. If you are willing to visit this city and don’t know where to visit in Tabriz check out.
Tabriz is a small and tidy city. Since most of the touristic places, cafes, museums are in the center and close to eachother it is pretty easy to visit them by foot. Bus line is not too wide but good for transportation and ticket prices are really low. Women and men are allowed to get in same bus but their seats are separated. Taxi is also cheap but there is no taximeter in the taxi so it is possible to be cheated as a tourist. There are also some private taxis that are cheaper than the usual ones. No matter which taxi you take, bargain before you get in.
Holidays are different than the usual holidays we have. Most of the places are closed in Thursdays and Fridays. There are also some important religious people and their deaths are also holidays. It is important to check before you go to Iran.
If we have to describe it with one word, that word would be “awful”. Drivers are crazy here. Nobody complies with the rules and we are doubt if there are any traffic rules anyways. It is too hard to cycle in this country. Even walking on the roads is not easy.
Sad but true, being vegetarian in this country is really hard. They do not usually eat outside so there is not too many choices and most of the food contains meat. They really like kebap! Thanks god, falafel and vegetarian pizza can be found everywhere. By the way, tap water can be drunk in everywhere.
As an additional information, health services are not expensive in Iran. We went to a special clinic for flu. It cost 19.000 Tomans for the doctor and 17.000 Tomans for the pills. Approx. 10 euro.
Taarof is a tradition and also a way to show hospitality. Simply, they offer something first but they are expecting not to take the offer and keep declining. As an example when a customer comes to the cashier to pay the cashier says “it’s okay, you don’t need to pay.” It is taarof. If the customer insists on paying, the cashier accepts the payment. So be sure you insist on paying in restaurants, taxi and bazaar etc.
WHERE TO VISIT IN TABRIZ
El-Golü (Shah Golü)
El Golü is a large park in Tabriz. It has a square artificial lake surrounded by side walk in four sides. There is a building in the middle of the lake. There is also a hill covered by trees. For more photos please click.
Bazaar of Tabriz
The Bazaar of Tabriz is a historical market situated in the city center of Tabriz. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world and is in the Worlds Heritage List. For more photos please click.
Some of the museums are free but unfortunatelly most of the museums have different prices for foreign visitors.
The building is also known as a Saat Towe and built as a city hall. Today some parts of the building is used as a museum. The museum includes historical maps, photos of new establishments and reconstructions in Tabriz. There are also some of first equipment and machines used in the city. Best hand weave rugs of Tabriz are presented here too. For more photos please click.
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Qajar Museum, Amir Nezam House
The Amir Nezām House or The Qajar Museum of Tabriz, is a historical building and there are some old stuff used in ancient times are exhibited. For more photos please click.
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There is a special hill near the center of Tabriz. We are not sure if there any transportation to there but since it is not far taxi would be cheap too. There are telecabin going to top of the hill and there is also a road for normal people. Two way telecabin costs 9.000 Tomens for a person and it works until 8 pm in the winter. We took another road between rocks instead of these two. There is a café at the top of the hill and all Tabriz can be seen from this hill.
Takht-e Soleyman is an archaeological site and very near the town of Tekab which is 400 km away from Tehran. The originally fortified site, which is located on a volcano crater rim, was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 2003. The citadel includes the remains of a Zoroastrian fire temple.
Additionally, there is a link that may be useful for your visit to Tabriz.