Tehran a bustling metropolis of over 14 million people is the political, economic and cultural capital of Iran. Heavy Traffic in Tehran is sometimes an issue. However, large local bus networks and metro lines can take you almost everywhere you need to go. Here we present 10 attractions in the capital that you shouldn't miss.
1. Tehran Grand Bazaar
Considered as a historical bazaar, but Tehran Grand Bazaar is something more than that. Till now acting as a vital economic center of Tehran where everyone comes to buy anything. With the endless maze of covered alleys each specialized to the different type of goods, make sure you have a map on your phone to find your way back! In addition to shops, there are many mosques, guesthouses, and banks in this bazaar. The visitors easily reach there through Khayam and Khordad 15th metro stations.
2. Azadi Tower
Azadi Tower which is the main icon of Tehran around the world was built to mark the 2,500th anniversary of the foundation of the Imperial State of Iran by architect Hossein Amanat in 1971. It is a combination of both Islamic and Sassanid architectural styles. The tower is about 45 meters (148 ft) tall and is completely clad in cut marble. So, imagine how incredible it looks at sunset! The entrance of the tower is directly underneath the main vault and leads into the Azadi Museum on the basement floor. Meydan-e-Azadi metro station is only 10 min walk from Azadi Tower.
3. Milad Tower Complex
Milad Tower is the sixth tallest tower and the 17th tallest freestanding structure in the world. As a multi-purpose tower in Tehran, it features a parking area of 27,000 m2 (290,000 sq ft), a large computer and telecommunications unit, a cultural and scientific unit, a commercial transaction center, a temporary showroom for exhibiting products, a specialized library, an exhibition hall, wax-house museum , concert hall, observation deck and an administrative unit . In order to reach this tower, you need to take a cab to Hemmat or Hakim highway.
4. Golestan Palace Complex
Golestan Palace is the oldest spectacular attraction in Tehran which is originally built during the Safavid dynasty in the historic walled city. This valuable gem is a fine example of Persian art, history, and architecture mixed with European motifs and styles and carries the memories of three great dynasties before the Islamic Revolution. This Palace complex is in 5 min walking distance from Khordad 15th metro station.
5. Niyavaran Palace Complex
Niyavaran Palace Complex is a historical complex situated in the northern part of Tehran. It consists of several buildings, gardens and different museums. The Sahebqraniyeh Palace, from the time of Naser al-Din Shah of Qajar dynasty, is also inside this complex. The main Niyavaran Palace, completed in 1968, was the primary residence of the last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the Imperial family until the Islamic Revolution. The main palace was designed by the Iranian architect Mohsen Foroughi. The easiest access is through Tajrish metro station and then a cab.
6. National Museum
National Museum of Iran consists of two buildings which were built one after another. The first building of the Museum of Ancient Iran with the impressive arch-shaped entrance is a creation of French architects André Godard and Maxime Siroux. The project inspired by Sassanian architecture. The construction started in 1935, and the museum started operation in 1937. The building of the Museum of the Islamic Era has a modern design, using white travertine and dark colonnades, decorating the entrance. This museum started working after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Both Imam Khomeini and Hassan Abad metro station can provide access to this museum.
7. Tabeeat Bridge (Nature Bridge)
Tabeeat Bridge is currently the largest pedestrian bridge in Iran, connecting Abo Atash(Water and Fire) Park on the west to Taleghani Park on the east, across a busy highway. A 270-meter three level bridge is probably the most beautiful piece of urban architecture built since the Islamic Revolution. The bridge is not only a path to pass but a place to stay. There are lots of café and restaurants on the lower level of the bridge. There are many benches in all levels which make it possible for the users to stay on the bridge for as long as they want to, and enjoy the scenery which they cannot see from any other place. The visitors can reach to this bridge through Taleghani metro station.
8. Parvaneh Jumeh Bazaar (Parvaneh Friday Market)
Parvaneh Friday market is the big traditional handicraft market in Tehran. On Fridays, for a few hours, the streets lead to this market welcome many visitors who are interested in antique and authentic crafts. Many artists and sellers from different cities of Iran get together to sell artistic handicrafts, antiques, and many other appliances. Saadi metro station is the nearest station to this market.
9. 30 Tir Food Street
Old and historical street of 30 Tir has recently gained greater popularity among tourists and locals as a pedestrianized area that has been designated for restaurants and cafes for all tastes. In the evenings you can see the trucks line up and the street becomes jam-packed with locals looking for a bite to eat and a little people-watching. You can find everything from traditional Iranian dishes to western favorites, freshly squeezed fruit juices to coffee and tea. As it is located next to the National Museum, the best choice to get there is Imam Khomeini or Hasan Abad metro station.
10. Tochal Ski Complex
Built at the end of the seventies, Tochal ski Complex is another attraction of Tehran which is located in the north. It is a leisure place where many Tehranis are coming to enjoy its fresh air and numerous available activities: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, summer sled, zip line, coaster, restaurants, hotels. To reach the ski area, the 7km ride cable cabin, constructed by French company POMA, can fit 6 persons per cabin. At Tochal ski resort, you can find %100 natural winter snow up to 7 months! If there is no smog, you will experience a breathtaking panoramic view of Tehran from the top of the gondola. The access to this area is possible through Tajrish metro station and cab.