Situated to the south of the Caucasus Mountains, Tbilisi is home to cathedrals and monuments that offer a glimpse into Georgia's medieval past. Visitors flock to the city year on year for its multi-ethnic food culture, botanical gardens and vibrant riverside nightlife.
Founded in the fifth century by Vakhtang l of Iberia, Tbilisi emerged as one of the Silk Road’s most important trading points and was coveted by Mongol and Iranian empires for centuries. It wasn’t until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 that Georgia became a fully independent state. Since then, the Georgian capital has transformed into a cultural and religious melting pot populated by approximately 1.5 million people.
Tbilisi’s architecture showcases both modern and historical styles, with neoclassical, art nouveau and Stalinist structures on display across the city. Head to the City Assembly and State Opera House or visit the Soviet-style Biltmore Hotel – the former location of the Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute – to appreciate the buildings for yourself. Alternatively, a pleasant stroll across the Peace Bridge will provide an example of contemporary Georgian modernism.
In Tbilisi’s Old Town, you’ll find colourful lanes guarded by the Narikala Fortress and Mother of Georgia Monument, as well as the city’s famous sulphur baths, botanical gardens and Mtatsminda funicular train. Explore the Sololaki neighbourhood for fine art museums like the Art Palace of Georgia and restaurants serving contemporary Georgian dishes like khinkali dumplings.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||GEL 10 = $3.72|
|Average weekend price||$71 per night|
|Average weekday price||$73 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Tbilisi City has a bit of everything and it is so easy to walk around. It didn't take long to get know our way around and access fantastic restaurants, parks and points of interest. Extremely easy to change money, they are open 24/7. Once we familiarized ourselves with what taxis should cost we avoided the inflated rates they initially asked for.
Tbilisi is a great option if you like to experience snow and adventures. Kazbegi, Gudauri, Batumi etc. There's a lot of entertainment plus budget friendly. Cooler place. Food is great and lots of option like Georgian delicacies, Thai food, Indian and more. Less expensive transportation and you can use visa card to ride buses and taxi. Easy access to tourist spots and has good option for sightseeing. You can buy food using card or cash. Safe place to walk around as the police patrols and security is roving round the city. However, not all can speak or understand English so need a lot of patience and better to have a language translator which you can have in the app. Also, better to get a Sim card when you visit Tbilisi or other place in Georgia. You can use Bolt for booking taxi and most importantly, know your place of stay so you won't end up going to wrong places. When taking a hotel apartment, better to check if elevator is available as it is paintaking without it especially if you are in the 3rd floor or higher. Overall, Tbilisi or Georgia has a great and vast history to learn for. One of the best place to visit.
I love visiting Tbilisi. It's an incredible mix of authentic mountanous town experience with capital city facilities and amenities. The prices have risen from what they were before COVID, but the experience is still the same. The people are genuine and open, you can connect with anyone if having a conversation for longer than 10 minutes. The spirit of freedom can be felt in the air.
My wife and I have spent 11 days in Tbilisi which i think it’s too much for unless you are in to mountaining or want to see other places around, plus we were there in a cold season so the jokes on me. In general the Hotel wars really good, beautiful Sceneries, good foods/drinks, easy transportation. people in general were way more polite, more sociable, respectful, and not trying to rip you off “comparing” my last experience in another country in the same part of the world. Personally i recommend Tbilisi big time but be aware that flight is too long and tiring if you are traveling there from West Cost/USA.
Tbilisi was a surprising city for me.I have seen many cities in Europe.I was surprised that there is such a similar old city in the east.As a tourist it is a very well preserved city.everywhere is close to each other.you can easily enjoy it in two full days without running around. It seemed like Prague to me. Bridges, marvellous sculptures, murals... Don't miss it: Have a coffee in the factory district, have your photo taken in front of the murals, wander the alleys of the old city step by step, don't neglect the wine bar experience.
Lovely city to visit. Friendly people and great wee bars and cafes. The wine is superb. The walkways and pavements are in poor condition with lots of broken paving and rough surfaces. Not easy for anyone with even slight mobility issues to get around.
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