Tel Aviv is also known as the White City because of its high white buildings in Bauhaus style. Wander through the old Jaffa district, see the oldest port in the world and allow yourself to be carried past all the other wonderful sights in Tel Aviv.
One of Tel Aviv’s best sights is a district called Jaffa. When you walk through here, you can sense the real Middle East. Tel Aviv was once a suburb of Jaffa, but today it is the other way round. Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets with fish restaurants, markets and small shops. Make sure you don’t forget to visit the flea market and the old port, which is the oldest functioning port in the world.
Tel Aviv’s city centre is also called the White City, due to its 2,000 buildings built in the Bauhaus style. These buildings were built in the 1930s by Jewish immigrants who had fled from the Nazis. In their new home in Israel, they once again had all the freedom to use this style. Due to the exceptional buildings in the White City, it has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2003.
Tel Aviv University is the largest Jewish university in the world. It was established in 1956 as a municipal institution but was granted autonomy in 1963. Take a walk across the impressive 22,000-square-metre campus, which contains over 35 modern buildings each in their own style. Tel Aviv University has 18,000 students. On the university campus you will also find the Diaspora Museum, which offers an overview of the dispersal of Jewish communities across the globe.
Independence Hall is an exceptional place – it was here that the Israeli Declaration of Independence was signed in 1948. This declaration announced the creation of a Jewish state in the British Palestine Mandate. Today, the building houses a museum focusing on the Declaration of Independence.
Dizengoff Square is Tel Aviv’s most famous square and a particularly popular meeting place for youngsters. In the middle of the square, there is a large fountain spewing water and fire which was designed by the Israeli artist Yaacov Agam. Dizengoff Square is sometimes referred to as the Piccadilly Circus of Tel Aviv.