Where to go and what to see in Tel Aviv.
Surprising and mysterious, this city by the Mediterranean Sea, an incomprehensible way combining antiquity and modernity, a real gem of Israel, with a variety of interesting places. Sights of Tel Aviv its few, but no less interesting. In this article we will tell you where to go and what to see in Tel Aviv.
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Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv, is the right place to begin. Here, it’s as if you get into the distant past: the narrow streets wander in a maze of stone walls, here and there are antique shops, and even the names of streets by zodiac signs evoke a sense of fairy tale. And of course there are the most interesting and popular attractions.
What is worth seeing? The embankment with a stunning view of the city, the local stores and stores (to feel the color), the Clock Tower, a monument to the Jewish people, and be sure to go to the famous floating tree. Hear amazing stories and street legends on the “Jaffa – A Box of Secrets” tour.
The largest park in Tel Aviv Yarkon is a great place to relax and take cover from the scorching sun of Israel and the park stretches from the train station “University” to the sea on the banks of the river Yarkon. Here you can not only walk along the tracks and sit in the shade on the shore but also visit a mini zoo with birds and all kinds of animals. And if the heat doesn’t bother you, you can go in for sports: there are recreation grounds, jogging and biking tracks in the park.
How to get there: by buses № 7, 13, 40, 45, 49, 289 (the stop “University”). Free entrance.
Tel Aviv Museum of Fine Arts
What to see art lovers should definitely go to this museum in Tel Aviv. Here you can not only get acquainted with the artistic heritage of Europe (paintings by Monet, Renoir, Matisse and others are represented), but also learn more about Israeli painting and sculpture. The museum has rooms with collections of drawings, prints, and photographs, so it will be interesting for everyone.
Address of the main museum building: 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd. How to get there : By bus lines 9, 18, 28, 70, 90, 111.
Helen Rubinstein Pavilion: 6 Tarsat Blvd, access by bus lines 5, 26. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday – day off. Admission: Tickets cost 50 NIS for adults and free for children under 18.
Jewish Diaspora Museum
This is a relatively new museum, it was opened only in 2012 on the campus of Tel Aviv University. It is worth visiting to learn more about the history of the Jewish people, its traditions and lifestyles. And a rich collection of synagogue models, photographs, films and genealogical documents will not leave anyone indifferent after viewing.
Tickets cost 42 shekels (adult), 21 shekels (discount) and 32 shekels for children (under 6 years).
Eretz Israel Museum
One of the main attractions in Tel Aviv, this museum is dedicated to the history of different cultures, traces of which have been found in Israel. So, lovers of archaeology and antiquities – you should come here! Chronicles, scrolls, ancient folios, and an opportunity to see an actual excavation – well, who can resist?
Address: Haim Levanon str., 2 Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00, Thursday from 10:00 to 20:00, Friday from 10:00 to 14:00. Admission: Tickets cost 52 NIS (adult), 35 NIS (student, upon presentation of documentation) and are free for children under 18.
The Bialik House Museum
Even if you are not very familiar with Jewish poetry, it is worth visiting the house-museum of the famous poet Chaim Bialik, because it is not without reason that it is considered the most beautiful in Tel Aviv. In the museum you will not only learn about the life and works of the Israeli classics, but you can also enjoy a collection of works of famous Jewish artists. The museum offers tours in Russian.
Address: 22 Bialika Street.
Tel Aviv Promenade
Tel Aviv is not least known for its beaches, which are united by the Promenade (in Hebrew: Tahelet). It is here love to walk locals and tourists to take a break from the heat on the beach or ride a bike or rollerblades. You can start walking from the port of Jaffa, and if you do not get lost on the way in local cafes or on the beach, you will reach the old port of Tel Aviv.
The most beautiful area of Tel Aviv, where past and present meet. It is already a living museum in itself, with its unusual houses, plaza, and theater. Add to this interesting museums, cozy restaurants with the most delicious ice cream in town, and an unhurried atmosphere, and don’t be surprised if you don’t want to leave, be sure to go see it.
Address: Southeast Tel Aviv (Shalom Shabazzi or Gevrat Shas Street).
Ilana Gur Museum
Museum owner Ilana Gur is a talented artist who has created a remarkably atmospheric place in her home, imbued with the spirit of creativity and imagination. Here you can see the furniture, paintings, sculptures, antique utensils and other curious antiquities, created or collected by the artist herself in a surprisingly harmonious collection.
The picture is completed by the original fountain in the courtyard of the house and a delightful view of the Mediterranean Sea from the terrace.
Address: 4, Mazal Dagim Street Opening hours: Sunday to Friday 10:00 to 16:00, Saturday 10:00 to 18:00.
St. Nicholas Monastery in Jaffa
In Tel Aviv it is worth visiting this church. The Roman Catholic church was built in 1654, destroyed twice and rebuilt in 1894. The elegant bell tower, decorated with tracery arches, the light architecture and the orange facade immediately attract attention. Inside the temple is no less beautiful: stained glass windows, a high vaulted ceiling and marble decorations. The pulpit, made in the form of a tree, is also noteworthy. In the church you can also see the ruins of the fortress of St. Louis XIII century.
What to see in Tel Aviv – the main attractions.
Tel Aviv-Jaffa is a city by the Mediterranean Sea in Israel, which combines ancient antiquity with a vibrant modernity. In addition to dining and nightlife, its guests are waiting for a rich cultural program: Tel Aviv offers unique and completely diverse attractions.
In this article we have compiled a selection and a brief description of a few places in Tel Aviv that are most often visited by tourists. We hope it will help many of you to decide what to see in Tel Aviv in the first place.
The Old City of Jaffa
Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv, is the perfect place to start. Here are the most interesting sights:
- Clock Tower,
- the unique floating tree,
- ancient mosques and Christian churches,
- workshops of contemporary artists and sculptors,
- The promenade with a stunning view of the city,
- the old Jaffa harbor,
- the zodiac quarter.
And then literally at every step you come across small stores with colorful souvenirs and antiques, restaurants with unusual interiors and delicious food, bakeries with freshly baked flavored bread of different kinds.
A detailed description of the attractions of old Jaffa can be found here.
Tourists keep in mind! Be careful: the ancient narrow streets of Jaffa create a real labyrinth of stone walls. In order to enjoy the atmosphere of this charming city and not to get lost you should use the map of Tel Aviv, which shows all the sights of the city.
The promenade at Tayelet
Along the famous beaches of Tel Aviv there is a long promenade, known as the “Promenade” (in Hebrew it sounds like “Tayelet”). Walking along the promenade is best starting from the old port of Jaffa.
It is a great pleasure to walk along Tayelet. It is always crowded, yet it creates an amazing impression of solitude and isolation from the crowd. The promenade is very clean, spacious, well equipped and beautiful. And although the photos of the attractions of Tel Aviv are always bright and picturesque, they can not convey the full force of impressions received from the real walk.
The gaze of inquisitive tourists walking along one of the most famous promenades in Israel, will open many interesting sights, among them:
- The picturesque scenery of Charles Clore Park;
- The monument to the victims of the terrorist attack that took place in 2001 near the Dolphi Disco Club;
- a monument in the shape of a ship, rising in London Square, where Yarkon and Bograshov streets intersect;
- Gordon outdoor pool, which draws water directly from the seabed;
- the old port in the north of Tel Aviv – it awaits tourists at the very end of the promenade.
However, in one walk to go through the entire “Taellet” is very difficult: distracted by the many cafes.
The Old Port of Tel Aviv
On the north side of Tel Aviv is a marina, which functioned from 1938 to 1965. Only in the 1990s, after 30 years of abandonment, the port was converted into a tourist area, which quickly gained fame as a popular city attraction.
The area is very stylishly decorated here: picturesque walking paths are landscaped, there are many decent restaurants, and there are stores.
On weekdays in the port quiet enough, and on Shabbat and other holidays there are always a lot of people.
The Neve Tzedek area
The first settlement, located outside Jaffa, was founded in 1887 and was named Neve Tzedek. The developers were wealthy immigrants from Europe, so the streets of Neve Tzedek resemble the streets of Prague, Munich and Krakow.
When Tel Aviv began to grow rapidly in the first half of the twentieth century, Neve Tzedek began to resemble a backwater village, nestled among the skyscrapers in the southeastern part of the metropolis. Having miraculously escaped demolition, the neighborhood has achieved the status of a Historic Landmark.
Today Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek neighborhood is a sightseeing attraction that enjoys popularity among tourists visiting Israel. Unusual apartment buildings with unique facades, interesting galleries and museums, cozy cafes and restaurants – all this turns a leisurely stroll through the living museum in the open air in a colorful series of vivid pictures.
The Schlusch Bridge, the Twin Houses, and the former Alliance School are must-sees in this neighborhood. You must also visit local attractions such as the Nahum Gutman Museum of Painting and Sculpture and the Susan Dalal Center for Theatre and Ballet.
Rothschild Boulevard in White City
White City is the name given to the Bauhaus-style neighborhoods in southwest Tel Aviv. This international architectural style was especially popular in the 1920s-1950s, when a lot of white buildings were built in Israel, and their greatest concentration was in Tel Aviv. A huge complex of 4,000 buildings in 2003, UNESCO declared a part of the World Cultural Heritage.
The most prominent area of Tel Aviv is the Rothschild Boulevard, one of the major tourist attractions. It begins at the Neve Tzedek neighborhood and ends at the Habima Theater.
What is interesting about Rothschild Boulevard and what sights can be seen here? In the middle of the boulevard is a beautiful park area with rows of ficus and acacia trees and a beautiful pond. You can take a lounge chair and sit in it with a book from the free library located here. You can take a leisurely stroll in the shade, not forgetting to look at the buildings:
On the same street is Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence of Israel was signed in 1948.
Rothschild Boulevard is also the financial center of Tel Aviv. Behind the old houses, in the second line, rise skyscrapers with offices of large companies.
Shuk Karmel market
Market Shouk Karmel (or simply Carmel) – the most popular of all markets in Tel Aviv.
This is understandable, because it is the largest, and in addition is located in the central part of the city: it occupies the entire street Ha-Karmel, from Magen David Square to the end of Karmalit, as well as the neighboring streets of Keren Haytaynam district and the pedestrian area of Nahalat Binyamin. Another explanation for the popularity of this market among almost all Tel Aviv residents: the prices here are lower than in the stores.
Tourists note! Despite the fact that from all sides you can hear the shouts of sellers “today only for the best price”, you must always bargain. And you must always be very careful: the sellers can easily demand 2-3 more payment or just not give a couple hundred shekels, proving at the same time: “I handed everything over. “. The best option is to give money without change.
Shuk-Karmel is a typical oriental market, so to speak, a landmark that allows you to get a closer look at the life and life of the people of Israel. The market is quite messy and noisy, but also bright, fun, interesting. Even if you do not buy, it is interesting just to look. There is a very rich assortment of all kinds of fruits and vegetables, a variety of cheeses and spices, and many other interesting things that are usually offered by oriental sellers.
You can also grab a bite to eat here, and it’s delicious, too. If you enter Carmel from Magen David Square, at the entrance there is a stall with burekas (puff pastries), which regular customers say are delicious. Other recommended places are “Hummus Ha-Karmel” or “Ha-Kitzonet” where they serve delicious hummus with homemade pickles or meatballs. A great beet soup can be tasted at Savot Mevschlot.
Most of the stalls are open from 8:00 a.m. until early in the night. On Friday, Shuk-Karmel closes with the onset of lunch, and on Saturday, as everywhere else in Israel, it is the day off.
The address is Allenby, King George and Sheinkin streets, Tel Aviv, Israel.
By public transport in Tel Aviv you can get there as follows:
- From the new Central Bus Station by buses #4 and #204 or by shuttle buses #4 and #5;
- From the Central Railway Station “Merkaz” by bus № 18, 61, 82;
- From the railway station “University” by bus # 24, 25.
Street Nahalat Binyamin.
Near the market Shuk Karmel there is another attraction, which is usually recommended to all tourists to see. It is the pedestrian street Nahalat Binyamin, which connects the northern entrance of Shuk Karmel and Gruzenberg Street.
Nahalat Binyamin is one of the oldest streets in Tel Aviv, with many atmospheric restaurants and cafes. It is quite pleasant to stroll along it, see the beautiful houses, sit in a cozy cafe.
But twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 17:00, Nahalat Binyamin is a sight to see as the pedestrian street hosts a colorful, handmade bazaar. There’s plenty to see and do, and it’s also relatively inexpensive to buy interesting things like paintings, jewelry, toys, lamps, and interior decor.
Interesting! Almost every Friday at the intersection of Nahalat Binyamin Street and Allenby Street, you can see the famous Israeli singer Miri Aloni.
Museum of Fine Arts
Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a famous landmark and one of the largest art museums in Israel. It occupies an entire complex of buildings:
- The main building at 27 Shaul Ha-Melech Avenue;
- The Temple of Modernism – the new wing of the main building;
- Lola Be’er Ebner Sculpture Garden, adjacent to the main building;
- Elena Rubinstein’s Contemporary Art Pavilion at 6 Tarsat Street;
- Meyerhof School of Art on Dubnow Street.
The painting collection has more than 40,000 pieces. In the museum you can see famous paintings by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Sisley, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Jackson Pollock, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani. Tourists note that the arrangement of the paintings is very convenient – paintings don’t interfere with one another, each has special lighting and they don’t glare at all.
The Sculpture Garden of Lola Ebner (the famous fashion designer and designer of Israel) adjoins the main building of the museum. Here you can see sculptures by Calder, Caro, Majol, Graham, Lipschitz, Gucci, Cohen-Levy, Ullmann and Berg. By the way, it is worth remembering: when you leave the museum for the sculpture courtyard, you must take your ticket with you, otherwise you will not be able to get back into the building.
The cost of admission ticket:
- 50 shekels for adults,
- for seniors 25 shekels,
- Children under 18 years old admission is free.
Important: At the entrance you can take a light portable cane chair, and outerwear and bags (if any) should be deposited in the checkroom.
The Museum of Art accepts visitors at these times:
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m;
- Tuesdays and Thursdays – from 10:00 to 21:00;
- On Fridays – from 10:00 to 14:00;
- Sundays off.
The Palmach Museum
“The Palmach” are combat units formed before the state of Israel even existed. They were organized in 1941 when Hitler threatened to attack Palestine. The invasion of Palestine by the soldiers of the Third Reich would have meant the physical destruction of the Jews living in that country. The “Palmach” units existed until 1948, and then they became part of the Israel Defense Forces.
The Palmach Museum, which is devoted to the history of the Jewish units, has been in existence since 2000. From the descriptions and photos of Tel Aviv sights it is clear that it occupies a building that resembles a fortress.
The format of the museum is interactive. With the help of videos, game film projections and a variety of special effects, visitors are introduced to the history of the formation of the State of Israel. All you can see from the actual exhibits is a couple of photos and flags at the entrance.
The address where the Palmach Museum is located is 10 Haim Levanon Street, Tel Aviv, Israel. You can get there from the city center by bus number 24.
The attraction can be viewed at these times:
- Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m;
- Wednesday – from 9:00 to 13:30;
- Friday – from 9:00 to 11:00.
Viewpoint of the Azrieli complex
Another attraction in Tel Aviv is the Azrieli Business Center. It is interesting because it consists of three towers of different shapes: a round tower (186 m), a triangular tower (169 m) and a square tower (154 m).
On the 49th floor of the round tower at a height of 182 meters there is a glass observation deck of the Azrieli Observatory. From there you could see the Diamond Exchange and the panoramic views of Tel Aviv and the Israeli-owned coastline of the Mediterranean from Hadera (North) to Ashkelon (South) and the mountains of Judea. But from the reviews of the tourists who have been there a slightly different impression of the Azrieli Observatory:
- Many new high-rise buildings have already been built around the towers, blocking the panoramic view;
- the observation deck is several interconnected rooms, some of which are used as storage for tables and chairs from a nearby restaurant – this furniture creates the impression of a dump and obscures a decent part of the view;
- the observation deck is glazed and the glare on the dirty glass is not good for the quality of the pictures.
A high-speed elevator takes visitors to the Azrieli Observatory, which is located on the 3rd floor of the tower. The entrance ticket (22 shekels) can be bought at the counter next to the high-speed elevator, but no one checks it at the top. Azrieli Observatory is open daily from 9:30 to 20:00.
For tourists please note! On the 49th floor, next to the observation deck, in the lobby overlooking the sea, is a restaurant. From its panoramic windows you can see much more attractive views, but only if you go there as a visitor to the restaurant. To get to the restaurant, you do not need to buy a ticket, you can go up to him on the elevator for free.
The Azrieli complex is located at 132 Petach Tikvah, Tel Aviv, Israel. Given the fact that the Azrieli skyscrapers are some of the tallest buildings in the city, from anywhere in Tel Aviv, these sights are very visible. The Tel Aviv Metro station and the Ayalon bypass are very easy to reach.
All attractions of Tel Aviv mentioned on the page are marked on the map in Russian.
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