The 30 best sights in Tbilisi – descriptions and photos

All the best sights of Tbilisi with photos and description

Tbilisi is a wonderful city, and its main highlight is a large number of attractions. That is why it is interesting for tourists in any season, because in any weather you will find something to see and do.

Tbilisi is quite large, but all of its famous attractions are located close to each other, so you can visit them in 1-2 days.

It is better to move on foot, the distance between them is small, but have patience and comfortable shoes, because there are many fascinating places and have to walk a lot.

So, what to see in Tbilisi in 1-2 days and how much it costs.

Tbilisi sights on the map

Old Tbilisi

The heart of Tbilisi and its most important attraction is considered the old part of town, so it is at the top of the list of must-see.

The beauty and sophistication of the small winding streets paved with cobblestones and charming old buildings is hard to convey with words, it must be seen. And the smell and the spirit of history that hovers here, you must breathe and feel. This is the only way to understand what old Tbilisi is and why it is admired.

Old Tbilisi

Sulfur Baths

Old Tbilisi is home to many sights and the first of them are the sulfur baths. Sulfur springs existed on this site even before the construction of Tbilisi and the emergence of the city is associated with them.

According to a legend, which is more than 1550 years old, the Georgian Prince Vakhtang Gorgasali shot a bird, and it fell into the spring and boiled. It was after this that he decided to build a city on this spot called Tbilisi, from the word warm.

Today the sulfur baths are available to all, on top as a tourist attraction and inside as entertainment. They cost from five GEL for a public bath, to several hundred for an individual one.

Tbilisi sulfur baths were admired by Pushkin and Dumas himself. The most beautiful externally is Orbelian or simply blue sulfur bath, you will definitely notice it.

To decide for yourself whether to use it or not, but to walk around the domes from above and take some selfies is a must.

Sulfur Baths in Tbilisi

Museum next to the sulfur baths

Next to the sulfur baths there is a museum on the territory of the monastery. Initially, if you don’t read the sign at the entrance, it looks like the original square or park, and only once inside you will be approached by a guide who offers to visit the museum with a mini tour for 2 GEL. If you don’t have a lot of time, we don’t recommend it, but if you have a couple of days to spare, you can come inside.

Museum next to Sulfur Baths in Tbilisi

Canyon and waterfall in the center of the old town

Behind the sulfur baths you can see the canyon. It is small in size, but it is desirable to spend a couple of minutes there, especially since there is a beautiful waterfall at the end of it, which saves a little on hot summer days.

Canyon and waterfall in central Tbilisi

Narikala Fortress.

This is the oldest landmark of the city. The exact date of construction is not set, but in the IV century at the time of the founding of Tbilisi, it was already there. Due to the fact that the fortress is a defensive structure and it is not a few years old, it has been attacked and destroyed many times, but always restored.

Today Narikala acquired its appearance after a major earthquake in 1827. The heavily destroyed majestic walls in the center of the city are a reminder of ancient history and attract tourists. Entrance to the fortress is free, so it is a must-see, and the views of Tbilisi from it are unforgettable.

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Narikala Fortress in Tbilisi

The Mother of Kartli

A few meters from the fortress stands the symbol of Tbilisi “Mother Georgia” or “Mother Kartli”. This 20-meter high monument was built to commemorate the city’s 1500th anniversary and symbolizes the Georgian character. On one side is friendliness to all who come in peace in the form of a bowl of wine, on the other side is belligerence to enemies in the form of a sword.

In front of the statue there is a small observation deck, where you can get great pictures against the background of Tbilisi.

Tbilisi's landmark Mother Kartli

The cableway

The cableway in Tbilisi is first and foremost a convenient and quick way to get to the Narikala fortress, and only then a sightseeing attraction. It is short enough and not comparable to the cable car in Batumi, but still, the panorama from it is breathtaking.

The lower station of the ropeway starts at Rike Park near Europe Square and it costs 2.5 GEL per one way. You can use a special Metromoney card, which is sold at the window nearby. By the way, you’ll need it to travel by subway, because in Tbilisi there is a unified system of payment in public transport.

Tbilisi cableway

Rizo Gabriadze Puppet Theater

Not far from Baratashvili Bridge with its funny figurines is the famous Puppet Theatre by Rizo Gabriadze. This is the most popular theater in Tbilisi among locals and tourists. At least, every visitor of the city comes to look at it, because outwardly it is very attractive and beautiful.

In addition to the appearance, every hour you can see an angel with golden wings beating the bell. And also twice a day (12:00 and 19:00) there is a free miniature performance “Cycle of Life” on the tower.

This magical place must be visited when you are in Tbilisi, and if you have time, go to the performance. When we asked for tickets to the theater, they were sold out two weeks in advance. Official website of the Puppet Theater gabriadze.com.

Rezo Gabriadze Puppet Theatre

Flea market “Dry Bridge”.

The flea market is a fun and unique place to browse through for hours, especially if you’re a lover of antiques and painting. There is a bunch of different old and unnecessary stuff, but among all this stuff you can sometimes find really valuable and rare things.

Prices for antiques are almost the same everywhere, so if you are offered an antique in good condition for a low price, there is definitely a catch. As a souvenir at the flea market, many people buy records, minankari (jewelry with cloisonné enamel), ancient money and candlesticks.

Dry Bridge is a bit of a hyped attraction, so if you’re short on time, don’t go here. With plenty to spare, going to gawk and immerse yourself in bygone times is interesting.

Dry Bridge Flea Market in Tbilisi

Funicular and Pantheon

The Tbilisi funicular is considered an entertaining attraction and landmark of the city. At any time of year it is popular with tourists and at weekends with locals, as the funicular is a quick ride to Mtatsminda Amusement Park.

You should ride the cable car for the unusual experience (it is better to sit in the head of the car) and the beautiful panorama of the whole Tbilisi. In addition, in the middle of the way is the Pantheon of writers, artists, scientists and the temple of St. David.

The price of this pleasure is 8 GEL for a single ascent, plus 2 GEL for a special pass card without which you will not be allowed inside. The most advantageous way (to avoid paying twice), ride up the funicular, and back down a nice path on foot, it initially leads to the Pantheon, and then to the city center.

Tbilisi Attractions

National Museum of Georgia

The National Museum of Georgia is located on Shota Rustaveli Avenue, it is impossible to miss it. Many people do not dare to go inside and pass by, as they do not like museums much. But we recommend to visit this museum because it is really curious even for not strong fans of history.

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Here, in addition to the standard excavations in the form of jugs and jewelry, you will see ancient Georgian money, clothes, guns, a unique hall of the Soviet occupation and many real skulls.

In short, the National Museum of Georgia is quite a fascinating and large place, you can walk around it for a long time, and the tour together with a guide is not less than 3 hours. The entrance fee is 15 GEL per person.

National Museum of Georgia

Rustaveli Avenue

Rustaveli Avenue is the central street, which is visited by all guests of the city without exception and you should. Here are located the most majestic and ancient buildings in Tbilisi, among them Vorontsov Palace, Georgian Parliament, National Museum, Opera and Ballet Theatre, Rustaveli Cinema, Tiflis Gymnasium, Kavsheti Church, former hotel “Majestic” and now Marriott Hotel and many others.

In other words, Rustaveli Avenue requires attention and a leisurely walk, only in this way you can notice all its highlights and details. Therefore, when planning a trip to Tbilisi, allocate at least two hours of your time to Rustaveli Avenue.

Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi

Agmashenebeli Avenue

Agmashenebeli Avenue is now considered one of the most beautiful in the new city. It was restored and opened relatively recently, but the work done did not take long, and the avenue gained instant popularity.

It is pedestrian, with lots of illuminations, greenery and cafes. Although its main advantage lies in the small two-story houses on both sides, it is difficult to notice them initially, as the brightly colored cafes draw all the attention to themselves.

Tbilisi's Agmashenebeli Avenue

Ethnographic open-air museum

Walking around the Ethnographic Museum takes a few hours, so visit it with plenty of time. It is located near Turtle Lake, so you can first take a cable car to the lake, walk around and then take a 15 minute walk down to the museum.

On the large territory of the museum you will see old national houses and the life of different regions of Georgia, you will learn how to make Georgian wine according to ancient technology and appreciate the versatility of this small but very rich country. The ticket costs only 5 GEL for adults and 1 GEL for children.

Tbilisi Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden in Tbilisi is much smaller than in Batumi, but still worth visiting, especially since it is located in old Tbilisi, just next to the Narikala fortress.

In the botanical garden there are more than three and a half thousand rare plants, which harmoniously coexist with each other and please all visitors. The entrance to the botanical garden is 4 GEL per person, which is a ridiculous price for such a beautiful place.

Tbilisi Botanical Garden

Zion Cathedral

Zion Cathedral is located in the old part of the city and is visible from different sides, so you will definitely come across it while walking here. And when you see it, go inside, because it has long been considered Georgia’s main temple.

But this is not its leading virtue, the temple is famous for its ancient relic – the vine cross of St. Nino, with which she brought Christianity to the Georgian land. This relic is kept inside the temple, on the left side of the altar gate, and on its stone frame is engraved “Honorable cross have mercy on us.”

Unfortunately, the vine itself, entwined with Nino’s hair in the form of a cross, cannot be seen even up close, as it was wrapped in a cloth. But the very presence of such a shrine inspires and fills with pure sentiment.

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Zion Cathedral

Peace Bridge

Peace Bridge is one of the central attractions of Tbilisi today and also its calling card. It is one of the list of the city’s must-sees and is very popular with tourists, although locals have different associations with it.

It connects the old part of the city with the new districts and is located near the Sulphur Baths and the Sioni Cathedral. This grand transparent structure in the evening is beautifully lit by 30 thousand bulbs. In addition, they, using Morse code transmit a message that lists all the elements in the Mendeleev’s table found in the human body.

Peace Bridge

Metehi Temple and Tsminda Sameba Cathedral

Metekhi and Sameba are among the key attractions of historic Tbilisi. The former rises above the mighty Kura River on a high cliff, along with a huge monument to the city’s founder, Vakhtang Gorgasali.

The Sameba Cathedral was erected on the hill of St. Elijah and is so enormous that it is visible from anywhere in the city. That is why these two temples will definitely catch your eye when you visit Tbilisi and are worth a bet minutes of your attention.

Metekhi Temple Tzminda Sameba Cathedral

Turtle Lake

Turtle Lake is a favorite vacation spot among Tbilisi residents. It is not large in size, but it is enveloped in a beautiful dense forest around it, making it attractive for walks.

The lake also has a small beach, catamarans, cafes, a jogging track, sports and playgrounds. In a word, you will not get bored on this lake, especially if you meet one of its beautiful residents – the turtle.

The Turtle Lake is located far from the center, but a ropeway that leads directly to the lake will help to shorten the way. The fare is 1 GEL one way plus a special card for 2 GEL if you don’t have it yet. The entrance to the lake is free.

Turtle Lake

The streets of Kote, Shardeni, Erekle II and others

In the area of the old town there are the above mentioned interesting streets. There you will find a lot of original cafes of different directions, you will try delicious Georgian and European cuisine and most importantly you will taste the good local wine.

There is a spirit of relaxation, joy and fun on these streets, so you should definitely take a walk here, especially since they are part of old Tbilisi.

Kote, Shardeni, Erekle II and other streets

Rike Park

Rike is considered the most beautiful park in Tbilisi. This is one of the favorite resting places of the local youth and many tourists, because it is close to almost all the sights.

You can come here to gaze at the fountains and refresh yourself on a hot summer day or sit on one of the many benches and admire the Peace Bridge. You can just walk around and enjoy the greenery or take a ride on the cable car right to the Narikala fortress and botanical gardens.

Attractions in Tbilisi

Tbilisi Alexander Garden Tbilisi Airport Uplistsikhe Peace Bridge Old Tbilisi Kura River Freedom Square

The site contains Tbilisi attractions – photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular travel guides and presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Tbilisi, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places in Tbilisi.

Alexander Garden

Alexander Garden (photo)

Alexander’s Park was the first public garden in Tbilisi, opened in 1865 and named in honor of the then Emperor Alexander II.

It was designed by the Swedish-Russian architect Oto Simonson. Later Simonson designed for the Alexandria Garden a new fence of the Kashvets Church, exhibition pavilions, gardener’s house and a cafe.

Today, in the garden there is an art gallery, which was built in 1885, the building which was originally intended for a military history museum.

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Once the place of the garden was located on the royal ristalische, in 40 years of the twentieth century, was arranged Alexander’s military parade ground. Nowadays on the territory of the garden are held various festivals.

Alexander Park is one of the most beautiful parks of Tbilisi and brings inexpressible nobility to the city.

Coordinates: 41.69991300,44.80100200

Tbilisi Airport

Tbilisi Airport (photo)

Tbilisi Airport is the most important international airport in Georgia, built with high technology. The length of the airport runway is 3,000 meters.

In 2007 the airport was expanded and modernized – a terminal was built here with an annual capacity of 2.8 million passengers, ramp, parking lot, take-off and landing strips, and loading and unloading equipment was purchased. There are catering and duty-free stores, free Wi-Fi, a mother-and-child room, information points, luggage lockers, and car rentals.

To get to the airport you can take a cab, bus number 37 or a shuttle train which runs six times a day (travel time 30 minutes).

Coordinates: 41.67034700,44.95614100

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Uplistsikhe

Uplistsikhe (photo)

Uplistsikhe is an ancient cave city in the Gori region of Georgia. This wonderful place with a history of 3000 years was formed around 1000 BC and was finally deserted only in the 19th century.

The town is a unique place archeologically. Structures built over several millennia have been preserved here. This is one of the most important monuments of Georgian culture.

From more than 700 caves, which were in Uplistsikhe at its heyday, only 150 have been preserved.

In the middle of the last century scientists started to explore the city in detail. In 1977 – 1978 the expedition exploring the place made their most important discovery. Scientists found the treasure, hidden in the ravine from the south side, in the early period of life of the city. Its exhibits were enriched in Georgian museums.

Coordinates: 41.96644700,44.20718200

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Peace Bridge

Peace Bridge (photo)

Peace Bridge is a pedestrian bridge located in Tbilisi, on the Kura River, between the Metekhi Bridge and Baratashvili. This bridge connects Rike Park and Irakli II Street.

It consists of a steel skeleton 156 m high, which is completely covered with glass. The entire structure is supported by 4 strong pylons. It can be accessed from the side of the boulevards, as well as from a neighboring street or park.

The Peace Bridge was built on the initiative of Mikhail Saakashvili, the president of Georgia. The customer of the project was the Tbilisi City Hall. The structure was officially opened on May 6, 2010.

The architect of the structure is the Italian Michele de Lucchi, who once erected the new building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Avlabar residence. The lighting designer of the bridge was the Frenchman Philippe Martineau. Nowadays, the place attracts many tourists. It is especially beautiful at night, when thousands of lanterns illuminate the road.

Coordinates: 41.69361100, 44.80833300

Old Tbilisi

Old Tbilisi (photo)

Old Tbilisi is a historic district of the city of Tbilisi, which preserved buildings of V century, the ruins of the citadel Narikala, the baths of King Rostom and many other architectural monuments, some of which are even included in the World Monuments Fund.

The streets of the area are very narrow and if one doesn’t know the area very well he could get lost. However, the residents are very kind, literate and always help you find your way and sometimes give you tea or coffee and take you to the right place, and on the way will tell you a lot of historical moments related to their area.

Another interesting point is that Tbilisi used to be called Tiflis (in Russian) or Tpilisi (in Georgian), from the word “tpili” – warm, because the city has hot springs. This name remained until 1936, and in 2007 it was finally formed into the Old Tbilisi, which includes three districts.

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Coordinates: 41.73033000,44.79126000

River Kura

Kura river (photo)

The Kura is the largest river in Georgia, which fills the Caspian Sea with its water and the basin, which is located on the territory of five countries. The water in this river is very muddy because it originates in the mountains, and the largest amount of water flows into it due to melting snow.

The Kura River is also fed by groundwater, rainwater, and glacial waters, so it never dries up. The river itself, despite its numerous tributaries, consists of two rivers – the Kura River and the Araks River. The ecological condition of the Kura is assessed as poor. The river has significantly degraded due to regular discharge of untreated industrial and household wastes.

Coordinates: 41.96603200,44.20743900.

Liberty Square

Freedom Square (photo)

Freedom Square is located in the central part of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. In the Middle Ages the square was called the Caravanserai (Hotel Square). From 1827 until the revolution it was called Erivanskogo Square (in honor of General Paskevich, Count of Erivan), during the Soviet era – first Beria Square, then – Lenin Square, but it received its present name only in 2006.

Freedom Square was often the site of mass demonstrations during the Rose Revolution and during the Soviet struggle for Georgian independence. In 2005, the square celebrated the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, gathered about 100,000 people, before whom George Bush and Mikheil Saakashvili spoke. On November 23, 2006, the Freedom Monument, created by Zurab Tsereteli, was unveiled here.

On the square are located the bodies of the city administration of Tbilisi, as well as the Marriott Hotel and the central office of the Bank of Georgia. Nowadays here is being built an administrative building of the local government of old Tbilisi. Pushkin Street, Rustaveli Avenue, G. Leonidze Street and G. Tabidze Street lead to Freedom Square.

Coordinates: 41.43000000, 44.48000000

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Liberty Square

Freedom Square (photo)

In the central part of Tbilisi is Freedom Square. In the Middle Ages it was called the Caravanserai, which means “hotel square,” and from 1827 until the revolution it bore the name of Count of Erivan. It received its present name only in 2006.

On the square are located the bodies of the city administration of Tbilisi, as well as the Marriott Hotel and the central office of the Bank of Georgia. Nowadays here is being built an administrative building of the local government of old Tbilisi. Pushkin Street, Rustaveli Avenue, G. Leonidze Street and G. Tabidze Street lead to Freedom Square.

This square was often the site of mass demonstrations during the Rose Revolution, as well as during the Soviet times of the struggle for the independence of Georgia. In 2005, the square celebrated the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, gathered about 100,000 people, before whom George Bush and Mikheil Saakashvili spoke. On November 23, 2006, the Freedom Monument, created by Zurab Tsereteli, in which St. George kills the dragon, was unveiled here.

Coordinates: 41.69320000,44.80144900

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