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I thought Esfahan was the cleanest and tidyest city I had seen in Iran. It really looked good. It was much better than Tehran, Mashhad or Bandar Abbas. Im not talking about just the old buildings. It has definately got many historical attractions, but the city as a whole is better looking and more pleasant for tourists (at least when the river has water in it).
For Tehran, transport and the general environment including traffic congestion and air quality needs to be sorted out before you can even think about it being a major tourist destination. Yes it has culture but so does everywhere. It has the old American Embassy but I dont think that is even open to the public. It could be an oportunity if it was used as a museum of espionage or something. All there is at the moment is the culture as you say, the palaces and the telecabin. Compare that to Istanbul.
You're right. You can't compare Tehran to Istanbul: Istanbul is by far a more beautiful city and has more character and charm. Thats mainly because of the geographical location (near the Bospurus, etc) and its history. The climate is more pleasant and the air is much more cleaner. The traffic is also less dense and the architecture is nicer. The city is overall more suitable for tourist:

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This is what you call a real beautiful (tourist) city. And don't get my wrong: I just want Tehran to look better.
 

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can you remove the istanbul pictures and instead put a link to the istanbul thread? your polluting the Tehran thread. However, I do agree with al you say and Istanbul is indeed by far nicer than Tehran.
 

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Yeah, comparing Tehran to Indian or Chinese cities, Tehran is much more cleaner and sometimes more modern. But thats not what I mean. Maybe only Iranians tend do like Tehran, because all my western friends who visited Tehran don't. There is not one tourist I could find that thinks Tehran is a beautiful city. They actually walked through it. Every Iran trip report you find will conclude the same.

Poor (modern) architecture, common ugly houses, pollution, not enough interesting places. I consider 95% of the city ugly. Dutch tourist about Tehran (I translated it):



More reviews:
sorry, but it is not important what some people think or say.
 

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I think Tehran is very beautiful and charming, if I go to Brussels or Amsterdam or even other parts of European capitals I don't like it too, because it all looks the same to me, I like shopping in Tehran, even the traffic, it's a city of nearly 14 million people what did you expect, Tehran is already being renovated for a big part, I love every piece of it from the trees to the smog to the concrete buildings, just love it ;) and that's my opinion
 

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I agree!

Takes me back to one of these green spaces in northern Tehran, when you're sitting under one of these cedar trees in the hot sun and just enjoying a cup of chai. :cheers:
 

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Amidst all the traffic and noise, there is a certain tranquility that I have only experienced in Tehran. Somehow it is a place where everyday living goes slower and you don´t get stressed that easily.

Besides, what Tehran misses in shorelines and sea, which Istanbul can bladder with, it has in mountains. You can go to the mountains and enjoy the view of this huge metropolis. Or sit on a bench in a traditional tee house and enjoy a cup of tee and iranian dates or smoke water pipe or eat a kebab. And pretty soon Tehran also has a lake :0)

Tehran needs a commercial center with ultramodern towers which it will get once Iran comes out of the current isolation, hopefully when the Mullahs are gone and we have freedom and democracy.
 

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^^ If you have economic success, these dont automatically follow. Dublin doesnt have much of that because strict planning laws forbade them before they really started to appear. The conditions for a "cluster" in Tehran may never come about either because of a new law or the city is just too big to have one little centre with a cluster and they just sprout at random over a large area.
 

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We have morons runing our country. As long as that is the case, we will not experience the transformation of Tehran into a real modern capital with a financial center and a cluster of modern highrises. But I promise you, once Iran is free and and an active part of the international community, it will find it´s rightful place and foreign investments will pour into the iranian economy. Only the money that iranian millionaires abroad would invest in Iran is going to be enough to transform the country.
 

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We have morons runing our country. As long as that is the case, we will not experience the transformation of Tehran into a real modern capital with a financial center and a cluster of modern highrises. But I promise you, once Iran is free and and an active part of the international community, it will find it´s rightful place and foreign investments will pour into the iranian economy. Only the money that iranian millionaires abroad would invest in Iran is going to be enough to transform the country.
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We have morons runing our country. As long as that is the case, we will not experience the transformation of Tehran into a real modern capital with a financial center and a cluster of modern highrises. But I promise you, once Iran is free and and an active part of the international community, it will find it´s rightful place and foreign investments will pour into the iranian economy. Only the money that iranian millionaires abroad would invest in Iran is going to be enough to transform the country.
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A "cluster" is something you hope for above all else!? They dont mean anything. Some really rubbish places have them.
 

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Either you are really trying to misunderstand what I am saying or else...

Of course I am not hoping only for a "cluster". What is this, a kindergarden?

I am hoping for freedom and democracy for my country. And I am saying that everything else like modernizing our cities will follow. But obviously for some people, you really have to spell thing out!!
 

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A "cluster" is something you hope for above all else!? They dont mean anything. Some really rubbish places have them.
screw clusters!!! fix the god damn historical core! lol

above all we need a democratic, free system that brings us back to where we should be, physically, emotionally, socially , culturally , economically and structurally
iran has suffered immense amounts especially from our society/culture to the physical being of our nation
 
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