Tel Aviv Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the second largest city in Israel. This young city is built on the remains of the old city of Jaffa. Tel Aviv is very popular among tourists because it embraces a liberal way of life. Take this tour to reveal the city that rose from the sand.
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Tel Aviv Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Tel Aviv Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Israel » Tel Aviv (See other walking tours in Tel Aviv)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: max
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Tel Aviv Marina
  • Ben-Gurion House
  • Rabin Square
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  • Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center (TAPAC)
  • Bauhaus Center
  • Dizengoff Square
  • Bet Bialik House
  • Rubin Museum House
  • Carmel Market
  • Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall
Tel Aviv Marina

1) Tel Aviv Marina (must see)

This is the first and the largest marina in Israel. It can hold 400 yachts at once and many visitors live on their boats. In the same area, you will find other facilities, such as the Octopus Diving Center, the Yam Sailing School, a pool, shopping centers and much more.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place to walk over and have dinner in one of the restaurants or just to enjoy the beach view and the man-made breakwater that offers respite from the party of Tel Aviv's coastline.
Ben-Gurion House

2) Ben-Gurion House (must see)

David Tuvia, an engineer, constructed the Ben-Gurion House between 1930-31, when Keren Kayemet Le Israel or the Jewish National Fund saw its first neighborhood being established. This one-family house is situated in this neighborhood.

David Ben-Gurion, former Prime Minister of Israel, and Paula were the first inhabitants of this house which now enjoys the distinction of being one of the popular tourist attractions in Tel Aviv. The house was purchased by this couple for 350 Palestinian Pounds which they paid in installments. It was in 1960 that they renovated and expanded the property.

The house was David and Paula’s permanent home for a long time till they decided to settle down in Sde-Boker. They alternately lived in both homes till Ben-Gurion’s death in 1973. The items used by David Ben-Gurion and Paula when they lived here are on display. All of them are well preserved and newer exhibits and souvenirs were further added before the house was opened to the public.

At the house, you can also find an exhibition of the life and legacy of Ben-Gurion. Many study groups and seminars on a range of issues, both political and social, are conducted here. There is a library that contains over 20,000 books covering different topics in different languages.

Why You Should Visit:
It is especially interesting to see the appliances & furniture of the day.
Plus, lots of souvenirs from important world leaders and a phenomenal library.
In the back of the property, you can see a short film about Ben-Gurion's life, and there's a free audio tour provided.

You're supposed to leave your backpack/bag in the little security building before entering.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 8am-5pm; Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun: 8am-3pm; Fri: 8am-1pm; Sat: 11am-2pm
Free admission
Rabin Square

3) Rabin Square (must see)

Rabin Square is a popular tourist destination in Tel Aviv. This Square is located on Ibn Gabirol to the south of City Hall. Previously known as the Kings of Israel Square, it was renamed Rabin Square when Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister was murdered here in a rally on November 4th, 1995.

To the south of the square, you can find the monument of Holocaust and rebirth sculpted by Yigal Tumarkin. Made of glass and rusty metal, this monument is in the shape of an inverted pyramid.

A monument in memory of Yitzhak Rabin is found on the north-east corner of the square. All the main rallies of the city are held here including the Independence Day celebrations, open electoral rallies, concerts and demonstrations.

To the north of this square lies the City Hall building designed by Menachem Cohen, the famous architect. You can find Frischmann Street to the south of the square and Ibn Gabirol Street to the north. Hen Boulevard designed by architects Alexandroni and Yaski in 1964 lies to the west of Rabin Square.

Pick your time to coincide with the many public demonstrations that are scheduled to give an outlet to the disparate political and social issues that percolate through Israeli society.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

4) Tel Aviv Museum of Art (must see)

If you wish to understand the very essence of Israeli culture, what better way than through its art? One of the best places where you can find a rich collection of modern and contemporary art of Israel is the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

This museum was founded in the year 1932 and has since housed the largest collections of Israeli art apart from being a major cultural hub. The museum also holds temporary exhibitions in fields such as painting, prints and drawings, sculpture, video, photography, design and architecture. More than 500,000 visitors flock to this museum every year.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a part of an impressive architectural complex. It is also a part of the Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center, home to the Cameri Theatre and Israeli Opera and one of the major cultural centers of Tel Aviv.

Apart from its extensive art collections, the museum presents dance and music performances and lecture series on philosophy and art. It has an art library and documentation center that is fully computerized. At least 15,000 students, curators and scholars come here every year to learn about Israeli art.

At the library which is a comprehensive reference center, you can find the latest Israeli art, contemporary art, design and architecture, photography and modern art exhibition catalogs and major art journals.

Why You Should Visit:
Although the new wing is the most architecturally interesting, the old part should not be missed as it features works by some of the great masters of European art such as Chagall, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso etc., plus some more contemporary art and installations.

Visit it on a Saturday since it is one of the few places open this day.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed, Sat: 10am-6pm; Tue, Thu: 10am-9pm; Fri: 10am-2pm
Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center (TAPAC)

5) Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center (TAPAC) (must see)

One of the focal points of artistic and cultural events in Tel Aviv is the Performing Arts Center (TAPAC). This center was designed by the late architect Ya’akov Rechter as the residence of the Israeli Opera. It was opened in October 1994 to the public. The stage is very spacious and the center is equipped with state-of-art facilities. Excellent acoustics and the latest sound and light systems set an appropriate stage for ballets, operas and musical events. The building’s architectural concept is based on ideological aspects, according to architect Ya’akov Rechter. Innovation and creativity were foundations on which the Performing Arts Center was designed. TAPAC is very impressive and expertly combines a stunning presence with the informal character of Tel Aviv. Visually this building blends with the surrounding ones including the Library, the Museum and the residential buildings on Leonardo da Vinci Street. What gives it a strong public presence are the majestic fly tower and the grand entrance gates. The unique architectural design of TAPAC attracts many tourists from around the world.

Why You Should Visit:
If only to take a look at the crazy architecture inside the center!
Otherwise – good location, good acoustics, good view from all rows.
Bauhaus Center

6) Bauhaus Center (must see)

There is a strong reason why tourists in Tel Aviv do not leave without visiting the famed Bauhaus Center. This center is a dynamic mix of museum, exhibition space and a shop that sells Israeli designs inspired by Bauhaus.

This center was established in the year 2000 by Dr. Micha Gross, Shlomit Gross and Dr. Asher Ben-Shmuel. It was definitely not one of the randomly conceptualized buildings in Tel Aviv. The very idea of constructing it was to reach the goal of getting the public to recognize the “White City” as a unique cultural and architectural site.

The gallery at the center hosts various exhibitions and also has permanent collections. Tourists take advantage of the conducted tours of the city offered by the center.

Bauhaus Center has four intrinsic parts, namely the gallery, the library, the shop and the famed walking tours of the White City. The library features rows of old and new book editions that tell you all about the exquisite Bauhaus architecture that inspired the evolution of the city. If you are passionate about architecture and wish to purchase books on the unique Bauhaus architectural designs and styles, you can find them at this center.

Documentary exhibitions on Tel Aviv’s people, culture, architecture, photography and design can be found at the gallery. Do not miss out on the interesting walking tours that take you throughout the city. On this tour, you will come across the stately Bauhaus buildings constructed during the thirties and forties.

Enjoy shopping at the Bauhaus shop that has a collection of exquisite items such as jewelry, Judaica, interior design artifacts and a range of fashion collections.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place for those interested in architecture, Israel and Bauhaus in particular.

Fantastic 2h walking tour, in English, at 10am every Friday!
After the tour, pop into Cinema Hotel on Dizengoff Square nearby to see a Bauhaus/Art Deco style interior.

Opening Hours:
Sat-Thu: 10am-7:30pm; Fri: 10am-2:30pm
Dizengoff Square

7) Dizengoff Square

Ask any tourist who has visited Tel Aviv and he will tell you how you must not miss out on a visit to the famous Dizengoff Square. This square has many exciting structures around it one of which is the famous Bauhaus. Though a lot could be said about the maintenance of this wonderful historical place, a lot could also be said about the vibrant human traffic you can always find around this square.

The concept and design of the Dizengoff Square is based on the Garden City built by city planner Patrick Geddes. The development of this city in fact is based mostly on the master plan developed by him way back in 1925.

Back then, the square was one of the most exotic scenic spots but there was an attempt in the seventies to raise it to ease traffic from which it never really recovered. There is still some of the old charm left which attracts tourists. You can always stand around the square and imagine those by gone days when it was exquisitely beautiful and charming.

Close to Dizengoff Square is the Dizengoff Center Mall where you can find people shopping for anything and everything including high end jewelry, gadgets and even grocery. Meir Garden or Gan Meir is a charming little park you can rest your tired feet in across Dizengoff Square.
Bet Bialik House

8) Bet Bialik House (must see)

Haim Nachman Bialik was a great Hebrew poet and painter who resided in the Bet Bialik House till his death in 1934. This house is now a famous museum in Tel Aviv. Haim Bialik was a great inspiration for the younger Hebrew poets.

The Bet Bialik House is a major tourist attraction also due to its unique architecture that combines the best of Mideast and international styles. As you enter the museum, you will first be given a tour of the poet’s library, dining room and writing room. The most interesting aspect is that all these rooms are preserved as they were when he lived there.

The library contains all 94 books written by Bialik apart from their translations in 28 languages. The museum also displays his letters, photographs, paintings and articles on diverse subjects. Guides here speak only in Yiddish or Hebrew. You can, however, find a brochure of the museum in English.

Bialik’s collection of paintings displayed at this museum showcases life during the pre-Israel period. Bet Bialik House holds a special place in the hearts of Israelis who flock here to pay homage to the incredibly gifted artist. If you are planning a trip to Tel Aviv, be sure to visit this museum where admission is free for all.

Why You Should Visit:
Charming place, great for those people who want to see something quite a bit different from large 'typical' museums.

This is on the same block as the Reuven Rubin museum which is also is a small museum/home showcasing his artwork.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 9am-5pm; Fri-Sat: 10am-2pm
Rubin Museum House

9) Rubin Museum House (must see)

One of the most famous artist house/museums in the world is in Tel Aviv. Rubin Museum House was the residence of painter Reuven Rubin. It was from here that he worked from 1946 to 1974. He lived in this house located on 14 Bialik Street with his family. This ancient house was constructed in 1930 and was inaugurated as a museum and opened to the general public in 1983.

Rubin was one of the great artists of his time recognized for his talent worldwide. He was born in Romania and came to study at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Israel in the early twentieth century. Though this museum predominantly displays Rubin’s creations, you can also sometimes find works of other artists.

At the attic of this house, a documentary of Rubin is screened. In the basement, you can find a children’s play area that opens out to the backyard. At the exhibit area, the main gallery which is at street level, you can find a selection of Rubin’s paintings displayed. These paintings are replaced periodically when guest exhibitions are held.

The second floor of the building has another gallery attached to a reading room and library. Rubin's studio is preserved exactly as it used to be during his lifetime on the third floor. On this floor, you can also find sketches; documents and biographical display of photographs that help you understand the essence of who Rubin was.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy a gorgeous profusion of post-impressionism and naive style wrought around the establishment of the state of Israel.
Staff is extremely helpful; the audio guide is excellent.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed, Thu: 10am-3pm; Sat: 11am-2pm.
Carmel Market

10) Carmel Market (must see)

There is a reason why Tel Aviv is known as the city that never sleeps. Apart from various exciting activities tourists enjoy here, they just love shopping at the markets. Visiting Tel Aviv markets is one of the best ways to find great bargains and a unique way to spend time. Carmel Market, also known as the “Shuk Ha’Carmel”, is a very enjoyable place to visit. You can find a line of colorful stalls along both sides of a narrow alley. A variety of different exotic spices, dry fruits, olives, pastry and bread are proudly displayed by vendors. Citizens of Tel Aviv frequent this market to purchase fresh produce like fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits, flowers, and cheese. Apart from this, tourists enjoy shopping at the footwear and clothes stall. Shop hard enough and you can land an attractive bargain here. If visiting Tel Aviv for the first time, you can access the market from Sheinkin Street and from the area where King George and Allenby Street meets.

Why You Should Visit:
You can hardly find a more authentic Middle East atmosphere than here.
Excellent fresh food is hidden everywhere, also in the nearby streets.
Really good places to eat right on the market and off the market.

Ideal time to go is early in the morning. Avoid Friday noon, when the market is packed beyond belief.
Make sure you don't overspend at the food vendors as they will always try to overcharge.

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 8am-8pm; Fri: 8am-3pm
Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall

11) Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall

On your trip to Tel Aviv, be sure to visit the Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall. This vibrant and lively open air mall is located in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Here you can shop to your heart’s content for attractive handicrafts even as you enjoy the pantomime, street performances and music shows.

The mall has trendy cafes where visitors relax and enjoy the unique ambience. This mall is where tourists shop for souvenirs and trinkets to take home. Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall is a host to annual arts and crafts fair apart from a twice a week display of ceramics, jewelry and home décor.

The annual fair is world famous and attracts thousands of tourists who come to enjoy the vibrant variety of craftsmen, artists, materials, colors and enticing fragrances. This mall, with its Bohemian setting, reflects the very essence of the locals.

It is here that you will find exquisitely hand crafted items created to perfection. Get your palm read from one of the palm readers here. Spice up your vacation by getting your future told. Coffee ground readers here give you an insight into your future by observing coffee grounds that sink to the bottom of the Turkish brew cup. Browse through the treasure trove of artistic trinkets, arts and crafts on Tuesdays: 10 am- 5 pm; Fridays: 10 am - 4:30 pm.

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