Tbilisi, the largest and the capital city of Georgia (country), is located in Eurasia. For this strategic location of Tbilisi, it is also known as “Balcony of Europe” – a perfect blend of European and Asian cultures. A little, hidden gem in Eurasia, Tbilisi is a journey to hospitality and culture. Georgia not only captivates your mind or body but it mesmerizes your soul too. Let’s go through Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions which passes along 4th-century historic lanes, Soviet-era houses, nature parks, funky Georgian cafes, religious places and many more. Take a virtual Tbilisi city tour with me and check some best things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Highlights of Tbilisi SightSeeing Attractions
I started my Tbilisi city tour from Old Tbilisi and I have booked my stay there only. I stayed in Art Boutique Hotel which is a boutique styled hotel with lovely breakfast and views of the city located on Rustaveli Street. Click here to book your stay.
WHEN TO VISIT TBILISI?
- Tbilisi is worth visiting all year round. Many people come here in winter to enjoy nearby ski resorts.
- Tbilisi in Autumn or Spring too looks very beautiful due to Fall colors of spring flowers.
- Summer time is the peak time and you see many tourists here during this season.
THINGS TO DO IN TBILISI – Highlights of Tbilisi SightSeeing Attractions
NightLife in Tbilisi
Tbilisi has few hangouts as evenings here are very beautiful due to special illuminations all over the city skyline. Here are some chilling zones or hang outs.
- Bauhaus Bar
- Art Cafe Home
- Drunk Owl
CABLE CAR TO NARIKALA FORTRESS
Take a Cable Car to 4th-century Narikala Fortress for stunning views of whole Tbilisi. Here you can walk along the remnants of this ancient fortress which was earlier Persian CITADEL and was renamed as Narin Qala by Mongols in the 11th/12th In the 19th century, this fortress was damaged by natural calamities.
The Cable Car takes around 1 Georgian Lari approximately for the One-way trip. You will ride over the old architectures to reach to the top. From the top, you can see Old Tbilisi town on one side of river Mtkvari and some strange modern architectures on another side of the river.
WALKING ALONG OLD TOWN
As I told you to take a Cable car only for one way trip – just to climb up the fortress and for getting down, hike through ancient town. While walking down from Narikala Fortress top, you will pass along old architectures, Small Soviet styled houses with lovely balconies. Many of these houses are converted into hostels/homestays for tourists. I recommend having a stay there.
Map of Old Town with hotel stays…..
REZO GABRIADZE THEATRE
As you are going through narrow ancient lanes of Old Town, you will pass along this famous and unique clock tower of theatre. This Leaning Tower was created by Georgian Puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze and so it is named after him. This theatre is famous for special puppet shows. You can also witness these special clock shows at every hour depicting – CIRCLE OF LIFE – Boy meets Girl, Marriage, Child Birth & Funeral.
BRIDGE OF PEACE
After having Old Town tour, walk along the Pedestrian Walkway on Bridge of Peace – a Unique Architecture constructed on Mtkvari River. It was built by Italian Architect which is 156m in length and have 10,000 LED bulbs. These bulbs illuminate in the special pattern before sunset. This bridge comes under one of the most Top 13 Unusual Bridges of the world. This bridge connects to Rike Park on other side and is famous for having beautiful views of Tbilisi city with its famous skyline having Narikala fortress and ancient houses.
HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL OF TBILISI
An Orthodox Church of Tbilisi also known as Sambea. This cathedral is one of the biggest Orthodox Cathedral of the world. It was built in 2004 with a blend of modernism and old traditions. Ladies require scarves & skirts to enter and Man should not wear short trousers. If you are not carrying then it is available at the entrance.
ABANOTUBAMI SULPHUR BATHS
Visit this historic place where it is believed that the city was built on this place. Hot Sulphur waters springing out from undergrounds is known for its Natural Healing capabilities especially to the skin. You can also book private chambers for Sulphur baths on an hourly basis or can go along with Public Sulphur Baths. They are covered in ancient styled rooms. As Tbilisi is known for its natural thermal baths, read more about visiting the Thermal Bath’s in Tbilisi. CAUTION – Do not wear metallic or stoned jewelry as Sulphur waters can harm metals and stones. Also, water is steamy or very hot but not bad for your skin. Your skin will not get burnt. Take an extra pair of clothes for changing.
NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS OF TBILISI
Spread along 160 hectares and consisting of special 4,500 plant species, this garden is located at the Narikala Fortress foothills and spread towards the top of the hills.
This is very prominent place in Tbilisi and you cross this square several times during your Its history is associated with many mass demonstrations including famous Georgian Independence from the Soviet Union. Also, you can have a look of Tbilisi City Hall which is located here. This square branches into 6 streets. In the centre, there is Granite column with a gilded statue of St. George. This square is the busy square of Tbilisi with great architectures and luxurious hotels.
Take a Funicular to this park on the mountain or you can go by road too. From there have great views of Tbilisi city and during clear weather, you can even spot Caucasus mountain ranges and its highest peak – Mt. Kazbek. There is Ferris wheel on the top – Tbilisi Eye for a view of the whole You can also go to Bombora Amusement Park.
EVENING / NIGHT WALK AT SHARDENI STREET
Named after French Traveler Jean Chardin, this narrow Pedestrian street is a vibrant centre of city’s cultural, social & Night Life. This street is lined up with quirky galleries, fashionable cafes, funky Georgian bars, etc. This is a crowded street full of young and lively crowd, musical shows/cafes and Karaoke
Walk along Rustaveli Aveny which starts from Freedom Square and is approximately it is 1.5 km long. During this walk, you will pass along a large number of Government Institutions like Georgian Academy of Science, Tbilisi Opera Theatre, Museums, Former Parliament of Georgia, Church and many more. Rustaveli Street is the main arterial road of Tbilisi. Also, you will find high-end branded shopping here. There are many luxurious stay options too.
GEORGIAN FOOD AT MACHAKELA
Try Georgian Cuisine at Caucasian Restaurant located at foothills of Narikala Fortress – MACHAKELA. Machakela is traditional Georgian Pastry chain. It is famous for its Khachapuri – a special boat-shaped Georgian bread with Egg and cheese floating on it. All bread is made on a wood-fired Also bean Bread – Lobiyani & bean Soup – Lobiyo is very famous of this place. Vegetarians would love this place as they have many vegetarian varieties. Two floored restaurants with balconies facing the river, the old city is favorite of many tourists and locals. It is always crowded.
Tbilisi is the hidden gem of Eastern Europe and also has been referred to as Berlin of East Europe in many magazines due to its emerging night and club life. Also, it is the fastest Emerging coolest city with its urban atmosphere. Tbilisi is magical in the day as well as in the evening. Enjoy Tbilisi during day and night – both times.
Tips for First Timers in Tbilisi –
- Tbilisi can be done by walking Tours i.e. by foot.
- Stay near Narikala Fortress or Soviet styled homes turned into hostels in Old Town.
- Taxis are very cheap and you can also use your bargaining skills.
- Tbilisi is a great place for Art lovers as there is a special street with lots of Paintings selling on streets by artists themselves. Also, Tbilisi has a wide range of art galleries for display and art exhibitions.
- Tbilisi has many staying options and you can choose your favorite areas for the stay by reading this.
DAY TRIPS FROM TBILISI, GEORGIA
Go for day Trips or Side Trips to nearby cities of Tbilisi –
FAMOUS FESTIVALS OF TBILISI
- Tbilisoba – First weekend of October.
- Cheese festival – July
- New Wine Festival – End of May
- Art Gene Festival – July
- Tbilisi Jazz Festival – March
Tbilisi is having INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and major flights from all over the world commute to this place.
You can also catch internal flights to Georgian cities like Batumi (Black Sea), Kutaisi, etc from here.
Tbilisi has a confluence of both cultures – Western & Eastern due to its location and also Georgian people are very welcoming. Tbilisi has a wide range of budget-friendly hotels, restaurants, and activities. Make your trip to Tbilisi a memorable one and I bet, you will make your plan again to this city as it is very magical and hypnotic. These are Highlights of Tbilisi Sightseeing Attractions but there are many more …… Read 20 Things to know about Georgia before planning your trip. Read many itineraries of Georgia in summers and Georgia in Winters.
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