Updated on: 11 August, 2021
All the better if we can now dream a little far away together, right? And an exotic country like Uzbekistan is an excellent choice. For many travelers, the country is rather a blank spot on the map and therefore still a real insider tip.
The state in Central Asia is best known for the Silk Road. Up until now, I always had to think of pictures from 1001 Nights, when I thought of Uzbekistan and the Silk Road.
Since Uzbekistan is also a former Soviet republic, the country and especially the capital Tashkent offers a fascinating mixture of oriental and Soviet influences. You can experience that especially in Tashkent and I am now taking you on a two-day exploration of the sights in Tashkent:
TASHKENT SIGHTS – DAY 1
You can discover many of the Tashkent highlights while strolling through the industrial and cultural city. For culture lovers there are numerous museums and monuments that remind of the changeful history of the country.
A Tashkent highlight is certainly the Brodvey party mile, which invites you to celebrate after the cultural program. The mixture of culture, history and hustle and bustle is what makes the city so attractive in our eyes.
1. RIDE THE METRO: A SPECIAL TASHKENT HIGHLIGHT
In most cities, taking the metro is the most comfortable and fastest way to get around. In Tashkent, however, the metro stations are real highlights and impress with their very special architecture.
If you want to get around Tashkent, then you should definitely take the metro so that you can get to know some particularly beautiful stations. Each station is designed individually. With materials such as marble and granite, artistic ceramics and glass elements, only the tracks and the incoming trains are often reminiscent of a metro station.
As in Moscow, each station is dedicated to a topic and designed accordingly. By the way, until 2019 it was not allowed to take photos here. During our visit this was only possible for a short time.
The most beautiful stations are the Alisher Navoi station, named after a famous poet, or the Uzbekiston station, which was modeled on cotton, one of the most important industries in Uzbekistan.
The Kosmonavtlar station exudes futuristic and a bit of space flair, while the Mustakillik maydoni station on Independence Square impresses with its classic elegance.
2. HOTEL UZBEKISTAN – ONE OF THE TOP TASHKENT SIGHTS
Hospitality is very important at the Hotel Uzbekistan. After opening in 1974, it was the only hotel in town for a long time.
Although there are now a few hotels with western standards, the hotel is still one of Tashkent’s attractions. The hotel, built in the style of the “brutalism” popular during the Soviet era, is really impressive to look at.
Inside, time seems to have stood still and everything seems to be getting on in years. Nevertheless, you should at least make a photo stop here on your sightseeing tour.
3. AMIR TIMUR MUSEUM
If you want to learn more about the self-image and culture of the Central Asian country, then a visit to the Amir Timur Museum is a must. The museum is directly opposite the Hotel Uzbekistan.
After the country gained independence in 1991, there was a unique opportunity to revive the country’s own history, traditions and values. One of the most impressive personalities in the history of Uzbekistan was certainly Temür ibn Taraghai Barlas, better known in Western Europe as Timur, who has made a place in the history books as a conqueror and military commander.
Timur lived in the 14th century and was passionate about the vision of restoring the Mongol Empire. He founded the Timurid dynasty, which ruled over large parts of the Middle East and Central Asia.
The museum opened in 1996 and is now home to more than 5,000 artifacts documenting the rise of Timur. More than two million people visit the museum annually. The construction alone with the imposing blue dome and the many medieval elements justifies a visit to the museum.
Since we really didn’t know anything about the history of the Central Asian countries, it was a really worthwhile visit for us.
4. AMIR TIMUR SQUARE
Amir-Timur-Platz was laid out in 1882 and has been redesigned again and again since then. It is one of the most important squares in the city. The bronze statue of the conqueror Timur, who gave the square its name, is particularly striking.
The statue was created by the sculptor Ilhom Jabborov. In the vicinity of the square is the already mentioned Hotel Uzbekistan, the Amir Timur Museum or the University of Law. The square was last redesigned in 2009.
5. NAVOI THEATER
Named after the art sponsor, poet, builder and politician Mir ʿAli Schir Nawāʾ, an Uzbek national hero, the Navoi Theater is now a first-class place to go for ballet and opera performances.
The 1,400 spectators, which can be seated in the theater, are greeted in the entrance hall of the theater by a chandelier weighing more than three tons.
The theater was built during World War II and the official inauguration took place in 1945. The building is decorated with Uzbek symbols and is also one of the must-see buildings in Tashkent.
6. STATE MUSEUM OF HISTORY OF UZBEKISTAN
Another imposing building in Tashkent is the building of the State Museum of the History of the Peoples of Uzbekistan. The museum looks back on a long tradition and was opened in 1876.
Exhibits on the subjects of archeology, history, coinage and ethnology are shown. The most famous exhibit is an alabaster Buddha relief from the city of Termez in southern Uzbekistan.
In addition, artifacts are exhibited, which are reminiscent of the cave culture of Uzbekistan in the Stone Age. There is also a Muslim collection of calligraphy and items from the Tamerlane dynasty.
7. INDEPENDENCE SQUARE – MUSTAQILLIK MAYDONI & MEMORIAL SQUARE IN ANKHOR PARK
Next to Amir Timur Square, Mustaqillik Maydoni Independence Square is the most important square in Tashkent. The square looks back on an eventful history. During the Soviet rule, the square was called Lenin Square.
A statue of Lenin used to stand where the Independence Monument stands today. It was later renamed Allee der Paraden and was the scene of numerous military parades. He owes his current name Mustaqillik Maydoni to the Uzbek independence, which was proclaimed in 1991.
We were even able to experience the independence day celebrations on September 1st! Our driver simply took us to Independence Square and we celebrated with him and thousands of other Uzbeks – an unforgettable experience!
The buildings around the square are primarily government buildings. In addition, an avenue commemorates the fallen of World War II. In their honor there are books in the avenue with the names of the fallen.
A park leads from Mustaqillik Maydoni to the Ankhor River. The river also gave the park the name Ankhor Park.
8. BRODVEY (BROADWAY) – PARTY MILE, SAILGOKH STREET
After a varied day in which you were able to deal intensively with the culture of the country and admire numerous of the impressive buildings of Tashkent, you can end the evening at Brodvey.
Tashkent’s party mile, Sailgokh Street, is a pedestrian zone and connects Mustaqillik Maydoni Independence Square with Amir Timur Square. It offers numerous entertainment options and it is just fun to watch the young Usebeks here and enjoy the atmosphere.
Street artists show their skills in this lively street and you feel like you have been transported back a few years. A shopping center and a cinema as well as numerous cafés round off the entertainment offer. If you want, you can have yourself portrayed or simply try one of the countless culinary offers. You can end your first day in Tashkent perfectly on Sailgokh Street.
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TASHKENT SIGHTS – DAY 2
After the first day in this fascinating city, which offers many cultural highlights and the opportunity to get to know your travel destination, its people and traditions better, religious buildings in particular await you on the second day.
Most Uzbeks are Sunni Muslims, but there are also Christian, Buddhist and Jewish minorities. Discover the numerous religious buildings and monuments.
As on the first day, you will find that on your second day you can easily reach most of the sights on foot.
9. HAZRATI IMAM COMPLEX
The religious center of Tashkent is the Hazrati Imam complex, which consists of several buildings. The imposing complex consists of several schools, mosques, mausoleums and the university building.
The buildings have emerged over the years around the mausoleum of Kaffall Schaschi. Shashi was the first imam in Tashkent. The Islamic university is housed in a more modern building; the complex also includes the Khasts Imam and Hazrati Imam mosques, as well as the Muyi Muborak School and the Berek Chan School.
The world-famous Koran of Caliph Osman is kept in the Madrasa Muyi Muborak. This original dates from the 7th century, there are only six copies worldwide.
10. CHORSU BAZAAR
You can immerse yourself a little in the scents, smells and colors of the Orient with a visit to the Chorsu Bazaar. Located in the center of a Turkish domed building, this bazaar is one of the oldest in Central Asia.
The location on the Silk Road has certainly contributed to the fact that this bazaar has become more and more important over time and that many different goods are offered there to this day.
The range of fresh fruits such as melons, peaches or apples, nuts and various spices is fascinating and invites you to buy.
Friends of handicrafts can discover numerous treasures here, the goods for sale are lovingly made by hand and are therefore also ideal as souvenirs.
By the way, you have to try the watermelons in Uzbekistan, they are soooo unbelievably delicious and are served after every meal.
11. KO’KALDOSH MADRASA
The Ko’kaldosh Madrasa was built in the 16th century by Abdullah II, and the school is still populated by students today.
The building is an important monument, which also includes a student residence. The garden is gorgeous and really an oasis of calm.
We were even allowed to watch a professor doing calligraphy exercises. He wrote Martins and my name in this beautiful font!
12. MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS
If you are interested in handicrafts, a visit to the Museum of Applied Arts is a must. You can marvel at over 7,000 artifacts such as embroidery, jewelry, carpets and handicrafts here.
The museum has an exhibition of modern art, which allows you to experience the development of craftsmanship in Uzbekistan. The building itself is also considered a work of art.
13. MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF THE 1966 TASHKENT EARTHQUAKE
The centrally located memorial commemorates the earthquake in 1966, in which fortunately “only” eight people died. Large parts of Tashkent were destroyed.
As a reminder of this tragedy, the monument, called Jasorat monumenti in the local language, was built. The brutalist monument was designed and designed by the sculptor Dmitri Borissowitsch Rjabitschew and the architect Sobir Odilov. A crack runs through the earth in front of the statue of a family with a husband, wife and child. The date and time of the accident are depicted on a split granite block.
After the disaster, people from numerous other Soviet republics helped with the reconstruction, which is honored on various reliefs with scenes from the reconstruction. Newlyweds lay flowers at the memorial, so there are always plenty of flowers to be found on the memorial.
14. MINOR MOSQUE
The Minor Mosque, which is a symbol of Islamic architecture, shines in white marble. In the prayer hall, believers will find a splendid prayer niche that faces Mecca.
The mosque is surrounded by a beautiful park with a fountain that is illuminated in the evening. A cemetery also belongs to the complex. A visit is worthwhile, whereby visitors should make sure to follow the religious rules and guidelines.
15. TASHKENT TV TOWER
From the Minor Mosque it goes back to the city center to the television tower. Tashkent has the tallest television tower in Central Asia and one of the tallest television towers in the world. In 1985 the tower was put into operation.
It combines modern, but also classic Uzbek elements such as oriental metal ornaments. In the two revolving restaurants, guests can indulge in culinary delights at lofty heights.
The furnishings of the “Blue Restaurant” are classically Uzbek, while the “Red Restaurant” has a more western-modern style. From the viewing platform you have a wonderful view of the city.
16. HOLY ASSUMPTION CATHEDRAL CHURCH
Russian Orthodox Christians meet in Tashkent at the Holy Assumption Cathedral Church, built in 1871. A beautiful building, but we weren’t allowed to take any photos inside, only from the outside.
In the 1990s, the church was generously expanded. The last renovation took place in 2010. The bell tower was also restored in the same year.
GENERAL INFORMATION: INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TASHKENT
Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and has more than two million inhabitants. The city is on the border with Kazakhstan, north of the Silk Road. Architecturally, the city is interesting because it has many historical monuments and buildings, but since the reconstruction after the earthquake in 1966, many modern buildings have also shaped the cityscape.
The city is the country’s main transport hub and has a well-developed metro network and an airport. Tashkent is certainly the country’s cultural capital, home to numerous museums, theaters, universities and colleges.
In addition, it is also an important economic center of the country with machine and aircraft construction, cotton processing and the food industry.
The city was first mentioned in history in the 3rd century BC. The history of the city was extremely changeable. Conquered early by the Arabs, Islam spread to the area. Due to its location on the Silk Road, Tashkent was a trading center early on, which contributed to the city’s prosperity.
Later the Samanids and then Genghis Khan conquered the city before it was incorporated into the Timurid dynasty in the 14th century from the folk hero Timur. Trade relations with Russia were very close early on. In 1865 the area was even conquered by Russia and in 1924 it became the capital of the newly established Uzbek SSR.
The connection to the Soviet Union remained until independence in 1991. In the then newly established Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent was named the capital.
The city is also the Islamic center in Central Asia, which is evident from the numerous mosques, universities and madrassas.
A visit to this diverse city is worthwhile not only because of the eventful history that can still be felt today, but also because the city is a cultural and religious center
HOTEL TIPS TASHKENT: SPEND THE NIGHT IN STYLE AND COMFORT
After looking at the Tashkent sights all day, you will surely want to rest in a cozy accommodation. Tashkent offers the right accommodation for every budget. From cozy hostels to luxury hotels, everything is available.
We stayed at Arien Plaza , which is about two kilometers from the center on a quiet side street. We felt very comfortable here and had everything we needed.
You can also treat yourself to the Hyatt Regency in Tashkent , the prices here are absolutely affordable for our standards. We celebrated our birthday in the Hyatt Martin’s restaurant and felt like high society, only with completely normal restaurant prices.
You can spend your holidays in the Art Hostel without being forced. Breakfast is included. There are rooms with a private bathroom, but if you want, you can also choose a room with a shared bathroom.
If you are on a tight budget, you can opt for an overnight stay in the shared room, where you are guaranteed to meet many new travel acquaintances. Many sights can be easily reached on foot
RESTAURANT TIPS: DISCOVER TASHKENT’S CULINARY SIDE
The cuisine of Uzbekistan shows many oriental and Russian influences. The soups Schurpa and Naryn are popular. Well-known main dishes are plow, a popular rice dish, manti, dumplings filled with minced meat or lentils, or laghman, special noodles with vegetables and meat. Plow is the national dish, the dish is prepared differently depending on the area. And turbo is delicious!
If you want to get to know the cuisine of Uzbekistan, you should pay a visit to the Hiro Restaurant. The Rayhon also surprises guests with freshly prepared dishes. The Sette Restaurant and Bar offers delicious dishes and the relaxed atmosphere of a bar.
Traditional Uzbek cuisine is served at Al Aziz. The restaurant is popular with guests not only because of the good cuisine, but also because they feel comfortable in the beautifully furnished restaurant or on the terrace.
La Piola serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The decor is traditional, and the lamb dishes are particularly recommended. Alcohol is available.
A visit to the Piligrim Art Restaurant is a special experience. Guests praise the ambience and service and enjoy Uzbek hospitality in the restaurant
EVENTS IN TASHKENT
The diversity of the Uzbek capital Tashkent with museums or religious institutions, the hospitality of the local population, the oriental influence and the Soviet heritage make Tashkent a special travel destination.
If you have the opportunity, then you should plan your visit so that you can experience one of the numerous events in the city.
We were able to experience the independence celebration up close and it was really a great experience. Every year a large fireworks works take place on September 1st. The whole population celebrates this day in memory of the independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
In addition, the international symphonic music festival has been celebrated in Tashkent every year since 1998. Also a highlight for music lovers.
Sports fans should definitely attend a Taekwondo event. The martial art is a national sport and extremely popular all over Uzbekistan.
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