Georgia is a country situated in the Caucasus region, it’s in between the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. While you wouldn’t hear Georgia on the list of the most visited countries in the world. Georgia is stunningly a wonderful country to explore, and Tbilisi, its capital city is marvelously fascinating. Below are the top 15 places to see should you find yourself in Tbilisi, Georgia:
1. Walk Through The Bridge of Peace – Opened in 2010, the Bridge of Peace is by far the most iconic modern landmark of Tbilisi. The bridge is made for pedestrian use and not for vehicles, it connects the old and new city of Tbilisi. It’s made out of steel bars with fiberglass canopy, it contains hundreds of LED lights that sparkle during the night. The bridge is always busy with locals and tourists wanted to take photos with. Having alone time here is hard to get, try to come early if you want to have a solo selfie with the bridge.
2. See The Freedom Square – Freedom Square, Is at the heart of the city, the Freedom Square is a must place to visit when in Tbilisi. In the center of the square is a tower with a golden statue of St. George on the top, slaying the dragon. There are shopping malls, cafes, and restaurants around the square where you could hang around as well.
3. Try The Cable Car – Where can you find a city with a cable car? Only in Tbilisi, the cable car stretches from Rike Park (where the station is located) going uphill to the Mother of Georgia Statue. This aerial tram is very popular among tourists and locals where you can get a ride for only 5 Lari (Georgian currency). However, expect a long queue at the station. Nevertheless, it’s a must try and exciting thing to do in Tbilisi.
4. Go up to Narikala Fortress – If you want to have a panoramic view and picture of the city, the Narikala Fortress is the best place to do it. The fortress is located uphill overlooking the entire Tbilisi and Kura River. I can’t forget how I felt like after standing on the ruins of the fortress trying to have a great selfie. It was breathtaking and death-defying, I remember how my legs trembled as I look down below. Please don’t try what I did, or else be very cautious when taking photos there. Within the fortress is a newly renovated church of St. Nicholas which you could also check or perhaps join the mass.
5. Visit the Mother of Georgia Statue – The Mother of Georgia Statue is standing twenty meters high on the top of the hill. It’s one of the most visited tourist spots in Georgia, the statue symbolizes the Georgian National character. On her left hand is a bowl of wine (visiting friends) while on the other hand is a sword (for enemies). You can either ride the cable car or trek uphill through Narikala Fortress to go up there.
6. Explore the Botanical Garden – The botanical garden of Tbilisi is just right at the backside of the Mother of Georgia Statue. The garden is 127 hectares wide with different species of plants, trees, and flowering shrubs. It’s a great place to unwind and shun off from the hustle of the city, there is also a zip-line at the botanical garden where you can try on (if you’re adventurous).
7. Head On to The Holy Trinity Cathedral – There are hundreds if not thousands of churches and monasteries in Georgia both old and new and the Holy Trinity Cathedral is among the most iconic church in Tbilisi. This cathedral is considered one of the biggest in the world standing 70 meters tall and a capacity of 10,000 people. It was constructed on 2004, the cathedral is built on the Elia hill which stands above the left side of the Kura River.
8. Relax at Sulphur Bath – Located at Abano St. Tbilisi, the Sulphur bath is popular among locals and tourists in Georgia. The warm water flowing contains Sulphur from the spring, it’s widely believed that Sulphur bath has many benefits such as for skin problems (like Eczema, Acne), insomnia, and digestive issues. Surely, it’s a great place to warm up during the winter season!
9. Ride the Tbilisi Funicular – The funicular ride in Tbilisi is another exciting thing to try when you’re in Georgia. This tram ride going up to the top of the mountain is a nerve-wracking experience as the cliff is very steep, but reaching on the top provides you the most exhilarating view of Tbilisi. There are amusement rides that await you there, plus a wide arrays of restaurants and cafes, definitely a great place to visit.
10. Spot-Out of this World Buildings – Tbilisi is one of the oldest cities in the world, but lesser known that there are several modern structures in Tbilisi which you couldn’t find anywhere in the world. Like their Police Station, that looks like an art museum, Public Administration office that seems like a theater, their Concert Hall that looks like a spaceship and there are still a lot more that you need to see firsthand.
11. Tbilisi Mosque – Georgia is predominantly a Christian nation which is why there are numerous churches all over Georgia. However, little is known to the tourists that there is a surviving mosque in Georgia called “Junah”, built by the Ottoman Empire. There used to be two mosques before for “Sunni” and “Shia” Muslims. However, the “Blue Mosque” (Shia) was later demolished by the Communist Government to give way to the bridge. As a result, both Sunni and Shia Muslims worshipped together in this mosque side-by-side.
12. Visit the Leaning Tower of Tbilisi – At first glance, you would think it’s a remnant of Georgia’s rich history. Don’t be mislead by its appearance, it might look ancient from outside but this iconic landmark of Tbilisi is newly constructed just a couple of years back. The tower has a huge analog clock above and every hour the window on the top opens up and the puppet-sized mannequin comes out striking the bell. It’s a fascinating scene to witness while at Tbilisi city.
13. Take Photo with I Love Tbilisi Sign – Perhaps the best spot to brag your visit to Tbilisi is by taking selfies with “I love Tbilisi Sign.” Located at Meidani Square, the “I love Tbilisi Sign” is always jam-packed with tourists eager to create perfect memories. The place is surrounded with various cafes, restaurants, hotels, and resto-bars, it’s never a lonely place to visit.
14. Wander around at Vera – Vera district is a colorful and lovely place to hang around, in here you would see old houses, boutiques, and restaurants. Lovers and couples love to come here and leave a padlock on that lover’s bridge. Don’t forget to bring your partner with you when visiting here perhaps!
15. Try Local Food “King Khali” – You know that I love food and I know you love it too. Who doesn’t like food? Georgian dish is always one of my favorites in the world. If you’re in Georgia don’t forget to try their local delicacy called “King Khali” it’s a delicious dish wrapped with edible white sheet packed with grind meat inside. Once you tried it, you won’t stop eating it.
Georgia is one of the countries that I would love to visit again. The culture, sceneries, history, and its people are something you would always love to experience. Tbilisi, its capital city is all in one package. A city that never fails to surprise its visitors.
Hold on, there are still a lot of activities to do and places to visit in Georgia the list above are just some of the things you could enjoy in Tbilisi not to mention its villages and neighboring local cities.
So when are you planning to visit Georgia? I bet you’re too eager now after reading this blog. For sure you would enjoy there like I did. Don’t forget to pin and share this blog with your friends.
The author is currently based in Saudi Arabia, the holiest land of Islam. He’s a full-time employee of the largest energy company in the world. He’s a graduate of Communication Management, loves to write and travel.