Not a lot of people have heard about Georgia(not a state, but a country in Europe) and even more people have never heard about its capital- Tbilisi. For those, who have heard, visited and seen this unique place, Tbilisi is on top of their lists of favorite travel destinations! But what makes this little city so lovable?
First of all, lets start from the beginning: According to the legend, King Vakhtang Gorgasali was the one who found the land and built up the city. The name is originated from the old Georgian word “tfili” which means warm and refers to the many sulfur sources that had been found on the newly discovered place. Tbilisi is truly the beating heart of Georgia with its impressive Old Town, eclectic architecture, unique sight-seeings and amazing eating and drinking opportunities. I would define Tbilisi as the perfect mixture of the old and the new.
What is the most memorable thing after visiting a foreign land? it can be a historical part of the city, people and social environment, cuisine and many more. I will tell you about 5 things to do in Tbilisi, so you can make the best out of your vacation without paying hundreds of dollars!
#1 Explore Old Tbilisi
Old Tbilisi is a historical part of the city where most of the sight-seeings are gathered and is the center for tourists attractions.
Abanotubani- historical sulfer bath quarter located in Old Tbilisi is its signature and a tourist can discover the charm of the city whilst walking down the streets.
We are proud of our variety of religious buildings located in this area: Georgian, Armenian and Catholic churches, Mosque, Synagogue and even Ateshga-Zoroastrian fire temple- metaphorically, it really shows the multicultural nature of Tbilisi, not to mention the outstanding architecture- old narrow streets and colorful wood-carved houses.
Since 2007, Old Tbilisi has been a candidate for UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative list
#2 Get On The Aerial Cable Car
With less than $1(2.5 Gel) you can take a ride on the most exhilarating cable car which swings from the Rike Park up to Narikala Fortress.
From the day of opening it gained massive popularity amongst locals and tourists. You can observe captivating and exquisite view of the city.
After your aerial ride you will be able to see places as Narikala Fortress, Botanical Garden, Church of St. Nicholas, Mother of Georgia(Kartlis Deda) and a pedestrian path that leads you to Erekle II Square- favorite place for tourists, where you can taste Georgian wine and food.
#3 Visit Mtatsminda Park
Mtatsminda Park is the best place for entertainment and relaxation. Fantanstic environment, clean air, unique landscape, delightful view and modern attractions will give you an opportunity to relax, rest and have fun with your friends or family members.
Mtatsminda Park is the highest peak of Tbilisi with the height of 770 meters and its history counts more than a hundred year. Besides attractions there are restaurants, bars, shops, relaxation zones, the celebration center and the wedding house.
You can get to the park with a car, a bus or a funicular railway that has been built in 1905 and is one of the historical sights-seeings in Tbilisi.
#4 Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi
Sameba – the highest church in Georgia was built on the left bank of the Mtkvari river, on the hill of the St. Ilya.
Grand golden dome makes it especially beautiful and it is seen basically from any part of the city. The cathedral was designed in the spirit of modernism but has a huge influence of mid-centuries architecture too. The foundation of the cathedral was done according to all traditions: pieces from holy spots were placed in its basement.
No matter what your beliefs are, you can not leave Tbilisi without seeing this magnificent work of art.
#5 Become a Part Of The Artwork
Are you a lover of art and modernism? Even if you are not this place is magical for any human being- imagine huge room where visual effects produce surrealistic space. This place is called Tbilisi Digital Space and will take care of your trip to another dimension where you are a part of the artwork.
The creators of Digital Art Museum offer their visitors an opportunity to escape from reality and experience the world with no limits.
The museum offers 3 different spaces: Main hall with mirrors and video projections where topics change quickly: from space, to Van Gogh artworks, from oceans to butterflies: this virtual world truly absorbs the visitors into limitless environment like no other.
They also offer The Georgian Room where they present the work of Vazha Pshavela’s “withered Beech” and Forest of Light.
You can get inside just for 20 Laris(around $7) and will be the best reason you have ever spent money on.
Conclusion – Things to do in Tbilisi
This is just a quick review of some of the activities you could do in Tbilisi. What is your favorite? Interact with other readers on Pinterest. Do not forget to share it with your friends! Do you want more inspiration before you visit Georgia? Read also 5 cool things to do while you are in Georgia.