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    Tehran – a brief overview

    Iran’s capital city isn’t a classic tourist destination. It doesn’t have romantic riverbanks to wander along, open-top bus tours to join or wine bars to linger in. What it does have, however, is life in spades. This is the country’s beating heart, a hubbub of whirling markets, buzzing traffic and round-the-clock streetlife, gazed over from the north by the Alborz Mountains.

    It’s a surprisingly welcoming place too, and as can be said about Iran as a whole, it destroys all manner of preconceptions. When you also factor in the city’s museums and restaurants, no trip to the country would be complete without time here.

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    Golestan Palace

    Arq Square, Panzdaeh Khordad
    1114943361 Tehran
    Iran
    Tel: +98 21 3311 3335
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1700

    The one-time royal palace complex is made up of numerous grand buildings, these days occupied by different museums and national collections. It’s interesting stuff, but you need plenty of time to do it full justice.

    Carpet Museum

    Northwest corner of Laleh Park
    Tehran
    Iran
    Tel: +98 21 8896 2703
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1800 (spring and summer)
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700 (autumn and winter)

    Persia is celebrated the world over for its carpets, and there are some stunning examples on display here, some dating back as far as the 17th century.

    National Museum of Iran

    30th Tir
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1800 (spring and summer)
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700 (autumn and winter)

    Tracing a route through the country’s often dramatic history, this museum covers everything from archaeological remains to ancient bronzes. Its modern building was designed by a French architect.

    Treasury of National Jewels

    Ferdowsi Ave
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Tue 1400-1630

    One of the top tourist draws in the city, this is a display of the country’s one-time crown jewels in a vault under the central bank. Opening hours are limited, but it’s well worth making the effort to visit.

    Milad Tower

    Private Road of Milad Tower
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2100

    This 435m tower has been standing above the western suburbs of Tehran since 2007. On a clear day, the observation deck close to its summit gives excellent views of the city and nearby mountains.

    Ebrat Museum

    off Sabt St
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Opening times:
    Daily tours at 1000 and 1400

    Occupying a former prison, this sobering attraction focuses on the various misdeeds of the Shah’s secret police force. Making plentiful use of waxwork dummies, it doesn’t pull many punches.

    Niavaran Palace Complex

    Pourebtehaj
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1700

    This attractive complex was the main home of the Shah in the 10 years running up to the Revolution. It’s set in landscaped gardens around half an hour’s drive from the centre of town.

    Imam Khomeini Mosque

    Tehran Bazaar
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Set on the edge of the bazaar, this is one of the most interesting mosques in the city, almost permanently busy with worshippers. The building dates back to the 18th century.

    The Cultural Historical Complex of Saadabad

    Alborzkooh
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700 (spring and summer)
    Tue-Sun 0900-1630 (autumn and winter)

    Spreading across more than 100 hectares of hillside parkland, this was formerly the site of a summer residence belonging to the royal family. Today, the various palaces and mansions house museums.

    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

    N Kargar St
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thu 1000-2000
    Fri 1600-2000

    A genuinely impressive collection of works not just by Iranian artists but from leading international names from the late 19th century onwards. Set in a modernist building from the 1970s.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Iran is a remarkable travel destination in myriad ways, and chief among these is the fact that preconceptions of a stern, inhospitable destination are invariably shattered.

    Geography

    Iran is located in the Middle East, bordered to the north by Turkmenistan and the Caspian Sea, the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and the west by Iraq and Turkey.

    The centre and east of the country are largely barren undulating desert, punctured by qanats (irrigation canals) and green oases, but there are mountainous regions in the west along the Turkish and Iraqi borders and in the north where the Elburz Mountains rise steeply from a fertile belt around the Caspian Sea.

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    Key facts

    Population: 79853900

    Population Density (per sq km): 48

    Capital: Tehran.

    Language

    Persian (Farsi) and Persian dialects are the most widely spoken language, used by 58% of the population. Turkic and Turkic dialects and Kurdish are also used. Arabic is spoken by 1% in Khuzestan in the southwest, and Turkish in the northwest around Tabriz. English, French and (to a lesser extent) German are spoken by many businesspeople and officials.

    Currency

    Iranian Rial (IRR; symbol Rs) = 100 dinars. Notes are in denominations of Rs50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100. Coins are in denominations of Rs500, 250, 100 and 50.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the round two-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Sat-Wed 0800-1600, Thurs 0900-1200 (some offices may close all day).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 -December 2017 period.

    Note

    Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    2016

    Victory of Islamic Revolution: 11. February 2016
    Nationalisation of Oil Industry Day: 20. March 2016
    Persian New Year: 21. – 23. March 2016
    Day of the Islamic Republic: 01. April 2016
    End of Ramadan: 07. July 2016
    Feast of Sacrifice: 13. September 2016
    Birthday of Prophet Mohammad: 12. December 2016

    2017

    Victory of Islamic Revolution: 11. February 2017
    Nationalisation of Oil Industry Day: 20. March 2017
    Persian New Year: 21. – 23. March 2017
    Day of the Islamic Republic: 01. April 2017
    End of Ramadan: 26. June 2017
    Feast of Sacrifice: 07. September 2017
    Birthday of Prophet Mohammad: 01. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

     

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    Nightlife in Tehran

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    For fairly obvious reasons, this isn’t a city where you can find much in the way of nightclubs, or even bars – coffee, fruit juice and other non-alcoholic drinks are the order of the day.

    There’s a good theatre, and you can often enjoy live music in traditional restaurants and teahouses.

    Tehran City Theatre

    Enqelab
    Tehran
    Iran
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    The main city theatre, with a good range of performances in Farsi.

    Azari Teahouse

    Valiasr Ave, north of Rah-Ahan Sq
    Tehran
    Iran
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    A wonderful old-style teahouse that remains a local institution.

    Armenian Club

    68 Khark St, cnr France Ave
    Tehran
    Iran
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    One of the few places in Tehran where you’re permitted to drink.

    Milad Tower Restaurant

    Private Road of Milad Tower
    Tehran
    Iran
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    The revolving restaurant at the top of the tower has become a popular spot to spend an evening.

    Mehrva Art Gallery

    78 Shahid Azodi St
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Hosts regular exhibitions and is often open in the evenings.

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    Restaurants in Tehran

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    Unsurprisingly, the capital is full of good places to sample Iranian cuisine, which tends to centre on breads, salads, rice and charcoal-cooked meats.

    You can also find a good range of European and global options, particularly in the city’s more affluent north.

    Divan

    Sam Center, 8th floor
    Fereshteh
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Price: Expensive

    Persian dishes presented with care and attention in elegant surrounds.

    Dizi

    Iranshahr Shomali
    Mousa Kalantari st, n#52
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Price: Moderate

    A decorative restaurant well known for its traditional stew and authentic atmosphere.

    Tamasha

    Farahzadi Blv
    San'at Square (Milad e noor Mall)
    Tehran
    Iran

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    Price: Moderate

    Offers a good spread of Western and Asian dishes.

    Bix

    Gandi Mall
    Gandi St.
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Price: Moderate

    Californian cuisine in Tehran might sound unlikely, but Bix carries out the concept well.

    Khoshbin

    510 Sadi
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Price: Cheap

    Hearty local fare at a reasonable price – a good budget choice.

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    Calendar of events

    RoboCup IranOpen

    4 – 8 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Tehran International Fair

    Hundreds of teams from Iran and overseas compete in this annual robotics competition. Teams are set challenges, such as making their robots play football. It sounds like geek heaven, but the event has the more serious aim of developing new initiatives and technologies within the robotics industry.

    International Children’s Film Festival

    October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Younger audiences watch each competition entry with a critical eye at this charming kiddie film festival. While the grown-up jury chooses the winners and presents golden butterfly awards in most cases, a children’s jury makes the final decision for the festival’s best animation film.

    Cinema Vérité

    13 November – 19 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Documentaries are the stars of this annual film festival, with a competition open to short, mid-length and feature-length documentary films from around the world. Cinema aficionados can enjoy out-of-competition screenings too, along with workshops and special focuses on individual filmmakers.

    Fadjr International Theatre Festival

    21 January – 1 February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Iranian and international theatre companies stage an eclectic mix of plays in this three-decade-old festival. There’s a competitive element too, with awards for the best acts. Aside from the main event, a photography and poster exhibition showcases the best photos and artwork relating to the performances.

    Fajr International Film Festival

    February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    On the go for more than 30 years, this hugely popular film festival presents a whole raft of prizes to its Iranian and international competitors. Actors, screenwriters, directors and producers are all in the running for the coveted Crystal awards, with crowds queuing for hours to watch screenings.

    Fajr International Music Festival

    February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Soloists and ensembles from across the globe perform at this annual music festival, which has been entertaining audiences for three decades. Classical orchestral concerts and chamber recitals run alongside colourful folk shows and high-profile pop performances featuring big-name Iranian stars.

    Nowruz (Persian New Year)

    21 March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Throughout Tehran and Iran

    Iran’s New Year holidays kick off on 21 March and continue for two weeks. Radiant flower displays bloom in public spaces, children paint and decorate eggs, and parks and museums are packed with visitors. Special festivities take place throughout Tehran, with live concerts, puppet shows and colourful street performances.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Tehran

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    There’s no shortage of places to stay in Tehran, and you can find plenty in the way of both smart, business-friendly hotels and smaller, more affordable properties.

    Espinas International Hotel

    26 Keshavarz Blvd
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Category: Expensive

    A big 5-star affair a few blocks from Laleh Park, with 224 rooms and a health club.

    Homa Hotel

    Shahid Khoddami 51
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Category: Expensive

    A large and well-established property on one of the city’s key streets.

    Ferdowsi International Grand Hotel

    20,Ferdowsi Ave.
    North of Imam Khomeini square
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Category: Expensive

    A regular option for international visitors, being well located for many of the museums and key sights.

    Parsian Evin Hotel

    Evin Crossroad, Chamran Hwy
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Category: Moderate

    A large outdoor swimming pool is one of the highlights of this 4-star place, close to Tehran’s International Fair.

    Hotel Sasan

    Niroo Alley,
    Near Cinama Iran,
    Between Malek and Taleghani
    Shariati St
    Tehran
    Iran
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    Category: Cheap

    They’re a little dated, but rooms at Hotel Sasan are cheap and the service is friendly.

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    Best time to visit

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    12°C


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    north

    wind speed

    4.375 mph

    7 days forecast

    Tuesday

    06.12.2016

    11°C / 1°C

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    07.12.2016

    11°C / 2°C

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    08.12.2016

    10°C / 1°C

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    09.12.2016

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    8°C / -1°C

    Climate & best time to visit Iran

    The size of Iran means that can temperatures can vary hugely, depending on which corner of the country you find yourself in. Days can be incredibly hot between May and October, particularly in the desert regions and along the Gulf Coast, while the mountain ranges of the north become freezing over winter.

    Nights can be especially cold. In general terms, major cities like Tehran, Esfahan and Tabriz have seasons broadly equivalent to those in Mediterranean Europe. Iran has a relatively low rainfall, but is prone to earthquakes. Those travellers hoping to ski will find most action between November and March, while it’s advisable for all visitors to look into timings of festivals like Ramadan before booking a trip.

    In Tehran, lightweight clothing is worn from April to October while mediumweights are advised from November to March. Be reminded, however, that dress should always err on the side of conservatism, particularly for women – the wearing of headscarves is obligatory in public.

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    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan19 °C-15 °C7 °C-1 °C65 %37 mm65.5 h
    Feb22 °C-13 °C9 °C0 °C57 %34 mm56.4 h
    Mar28 °C-8 °C15 °C5 °C47 %37 mm66.5 h
    Apr32 °C-3 °C21 °C10 °C39 %28 mm57.4 h
    May37 °C3 °C28 °C16 °C33 %15 mm49.3 h
    Jun41 °C5 °C34 °C20 °C24 %3 mm111.5 h
    Jul43 °C14 °C36 °C24 °C24 %3 mm111.2 h
    Aug42 °C13 °C35 °C23 °C24 %1 mm< 110.8 h
    Sep38 °C10 °C31 °C19 °C25 %1 mm< 110.1 h
    Oct33 °C2 °C24 °C12 °C36 %14 mm38.1 h
    Nov26 °C-7 °C16 °C6 °C47 %21 mm36.8 h
    Dec21 °C-13 °C9 °C1 °C61 %36 mm65.5 h
    year43 °C-15 °C22 °C11 °C40 %230 mm408.2 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +98

    Telephone

    Telephone booths are yellow.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone operators but visitors are advised to check with their service provider before travelling. Coverage is limited to urban areas.

    Internet

    There are Internet cafés in Tehran and all other major cities.

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    Shopping in Tehran

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    Key Areas

    Valiasr Avenue is the longest street in the city and has some good shopping options, particularly if you’re after clothing. Another major thoroughfare, Enqelab Avenue, has plentiful choice of its own. For classic Middle Eastern souvenirs, however, the bazaar is as good a bet as anywhere.

    Markets

    Tehran’s main bazaar (Khordad Avenue) has been here in some form for close to a millennium, and its labyrinthine lanes and alleys play home to a mass of tailors, spice vendors, shoemakers, coppersmiths, gold merchants and carpet salesmen. It’s a lively place to wander, even if you’re not buying. And if you are, prepare to haggle.

    Shopping Centres

    The Gandi Shopping Centre (Gandi Avenue) has a good range of cafés alongside its retail outlets, while the Donyaye Noor Centre (Resalat Highway) is another that offers a number of local stores for those who find themselves with cash to splash.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Visitors should avoid contentious political subjects in conversation. In general, “liberal” Western influences are discouraged by authorities. Handshaking is customary, but not with members of the opposite sex. It must be remembered that intimate relations between non-Muslim men and Muslim women is illegal, and may incur imprisonment. Iranians are incredibly hospitable and like to entertain.

    It is customary to be offered tea, and guests are expected to accept hospitality. Dress should generally be conservative and discreet – women should cover their heads in public and wear loose clothing. During Ramadan, smoking, eating and drinking in public are prohibited between sunrise and sunset.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated, and whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Pasteurised milk is available; unpasteurised milk should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Other Risks

    Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is present in southwestern Iran; avoid swimming and paddling in stagnant water. Travellers’ diarrhoea is relatively common. Diarrhoeal diseases are common. Hepatitis B occurs. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Rasti, Hamid
    Pars General Hospital
    Keshavarz Blvd
    Pars Hospital
    Teheran
    Iran
    Tel. +98-8896-5060
    Private practice
    Pezeshk-e Shahr Clinic
    Shariati Ave
    Before Mir Damad Street
    Next to Mofid Hospital
    No. 1242
    Teheran
    Iran
    Tel. +98-8219-9192

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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