Tehran Attractions | A 2-day itinerary to the capital of Iran

Millions of tourists travel to Tehran each year, for many of them Tehran is just their landing city and they are looking for other cities for their Iran tours, they are not familiar with Tehran's attractions. stay with Iranmedopia, we want to show you Tehran's attraction through this Tehran Travel Guide

Tehran, the capital of Iran

In the early 18th century, Karim Khan of the Zand dynasty ordered a palace and a government office to be built in Tehran, possibly to declare the city his capital;

Tehran is a huge developing city and we all know what big cities are like, don't we? they're polluted, they're crowded, they're noisy.

I'm just saying that you should expect what you expect from any metropolitan area and with that being said, I'm here to talk to you about what you don't know and won't expect from your Tehran tour.

I will show you the other side and introduce locations along with a lot more useful information

Here we are going to learn about Tehran's historical attractions.

If you have the following questions about Iran's Capital, Tehran, Read on and get your answer! easy!

Tehran Travel Guide Will Answer

  • What are Tehran's Historical and Natural attractions?
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  • How is Tehran weather? Learn about Tehran temperature in different seasons.
  • What to eat in Tehran and Where?
  • What to buy In Tehran and where to buy it?
  • When is the best time to visit Tehran?
  • What to wear In Iran, Tehran? is there a dress code?

Historical background of Tehran

In the early 18th century, Karim Khan of the Zand dynasty ordered a palace and a government office to be built in Tehran, possibly to declare the city his capital;

but he later moved his government to Shiraz; Eventually, Tehran was chosen as the capital of Iran by Agha Mohammad Khan of the Qajar dynasty in 1796,

The capital has been moved several times throughout history, and Tehran is the 32nd national capital of Iran.

The city was the seat of the Qajars and Pahlavis, the two last imperial dynasties of Iran. It is home to many historical collections, as well as the country's most important governmental buildings of the modern period.

Tehran historical attractions

There are two neighborhood's in Tehran that show two different side of the city.

visiting the two parts help you understand the city better, and also, there are numerous attractions assembled in both area.

In this Tehran Travel Guide, I've started to first talk about Tehran attractions in the southern areas and then move on to explain north of Tehran.

you are free to visit them in the order that suits you better.

Tehran attractions: south of Tehran

back in the history Gajars chose south of today's Tehran as their residence.

back then, north of Tehran was not part of the city. it was villages and gardens.

anyways, a number of Tehran attractions are now a walking distance apart waiting for you to visit them. let's look at the map below to understand it better:

Golestan Palace

the first on our Tehran attractions list is golestan palace.

Agha Mohammad Shah Qajar who was the first founder of the Qajar dynasty, decided to move his capital to Tehran in 1779 and they chose Golestan Palace as the official residence of Royal family.

The palace is one of the oldest historical attractions of Tehran, and of world heritage status.

It consists of Gardens, royal buildings, and collection of Iranian crafts and European presents from the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • Visiting Time: 9 to 18
  • Duration of Visit: One hour to half a day
  • Official website: www.golestanpalace.ir
  • How to get there: The easiest way to go to Golestan palace is to take metro. Take red line, descend from the train at Panzdah-e Khordad Station. As you exit, you can see the sign showing the direction to Golestan Palace.

National Museum of Iran

The brick building of National Museum of Iran was designed by French Architect Andre Godard in the early 20th century and was influenced by Sassanian vaults, particularly the Taq Kasra at Ctesiphon.

It is one of the wealthy treasure of historic and pre-historic Iranian artifacts. It should be in your Iran tour list without any doubts. Don’t miss out!

The National Museum of Iran narrates everything on this land from ancient Iran to the Islamic era.

  • Visiting Time: 9-19 (Spring and Summer), 9-18 (Fall and Winter)
  • How to Get There: Walking distance from Imam Khomeini Metro station, And 15-30 minute walking distance from Golestan Palace

If you like trolling around the city and you like architecture, you can visit Sardar-e Bagh-e Meli gate on your way too.

those who enjoy urban life consider walking in the cities old alleys and doorknobs  parts of Tehran attractions.

This Qajar era (1785–1925) monument is a combination of European and Iranian architecture. The structure has unique tile work which includes poetry, religious inscriptions and paintings.

Treasury of National Jewels

The world most beautiful jewel museum! Treasury of National Jewels is quite a suggestive name, isn't it? It is fortunately open to the public and you can witness a collection of the most expensive jewels of the world, collected over the centuries.

it is among top 10 Incredible Jewelry Museums of the world!

  • Visiting Time: Saturday to Wednesday 14-17
  • Duration of visit: half an hour
  • How to Get There: walking distance from Saa'di metro station

After you visiting these three locations, you can head to 30Tir street and have lunch or dinner; after that, if you still want more of the day, heading north of the street, you’ll see the Glassware and Ceramic Museum (the Abgineh Museum) on your right

Tehran attractions: North of Tehran

In the map above, you can see some of the major touristic attraction in the north of Tehran to include in your Iran tour. I will start with Sa'd-Abad Complex.

Sa'd-Abad Complex

Let's zoom into the map and look closer, here's Sa'd-Abad complex, it can take a few hours to half a day of your tour.

The Sa'd-Abad complex is a 300-hectare complex built by the Qajar and Pahlavi monarchs, located in Shemiran, Greater Tehran, Iran.

The complex includes more than 180 hectares of natural forest, streets, Qanats, galleries, and museums. I've got another interesting map of the location to show you.

it's a visual map of the complex and will give you a better sense of what you are going to visit; a king used to live a lavish life here and they are all museums now. talk about Ozymandias, right?

let's take a look, shall we?

White Palace

It used to be the summer house of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (the last king of Pahlavi Dynasty) and Farah Diba. It is called Mellat museum now.

Green Palace

Green Palace (also known as the Shahvand House). The house of  Reza Shah (the first king of Pahlavi Dynasty)

It is a very nice museum of Persian arts like mirror marquetry, carpets and illumination and plaster work.

Black palace, Museum of Fine Arts

The major part of the paintings in this collection are the oil painting of Savavid, Afshar, Zand and Qajar periods Collected by the last queen of Iran, Farah Pahlavi.

Iran Tehran Travel guide: Sa'd Abad Complex

There is a lot to say about Sa'd Abad Complex; you can visit Mir Emad Museum and enjoy Calligraphy-related arts like illuminations, paintings and such.

You can visit Behzad museum and explore Persian miniature paintings by the great artist Hussein Behzad; He made a revolution in Iranian painting.

There's the Museum of Anthropology, a very interesting museum that displays the lifestyle and customs of Iranians through the history.

I suggests going to Sa'd-Abad Complex in the morning; eat breakfast at Tajrish square, go and visit the complex untill lunch time.

then go to Darband, eat and rest Persian Style and have a perfect Tehran tour. ( I have covered Darband in more details on the Natural attractions section of the article; scroll down to read more about it).

Book your Tehran tour for Sa'd Abad Complex for 1 day; (Customizable : The time you want, the vehicle you want, ..)

Niavaran Complex

Shah's exclusive Car Museum

Mohammad Reza Shah was into cars and he had so many of them. some were specially made for him. if you are into antique cars this the place to go!

Saheb Qeranie Palace

This Qajar period building was once Nasser-al Din Shah’s harem before later being transformed into Mohammad Reza Shah’s office. He had like 80- 90 wives, some say even more. and this was the place he housed all of them.

Niavaran Park

A very beautiful park to go to after a busy morning and within a walking distance from Niavaran Complex and palaces and museums and libraries!

Niavaran is considered a luxurious district where the rich live. There are lot's of great restaurants and cafes in Niavaran Street; then we'll decide where to spend the rest of the day, and I'm here to help.

And you know, Iran has a rich history; there's never an end to the historical attractions, I could write a book you know! so let's leave the historical attractions here and hit some cool cafes, Shall we?