Introduction

Georgia is located in the Caucasus and is an interesting country on the border between Europe and Asia. The high mountains provide beautiful panoramas, and the country's cities offer culture, architecture and fine museums. Add to that an experience of Georgian cuisine that goes well with the country's wonderful wines.

The old town of Tbilisi is cozy and characterized by crooked streets, narrow alleys, old buildings and so the very elegant balconies that break the facades in some places in the area. Beautiful churches are also here like little pearls along the river Kura that meander through the city. Along the river there are nice parks and promenades, and from the Tbilisi hills you can overlook the area.

The Georgian provincial towns are easily reached from Tbilisi and there are several highlights that should be visited. In the town of Gori, you can learn more about Soviet leader Stalin, who was born here. The coastal city of Batumi is characterized by both a nice atmosphere and modern buildings, which are almost symbols of Georgia in the 21st century.

Mountains and unforgettable monasteries are part of what awaits if you take trips from Tbilisi, for example to Mtshketa, where rivers, mountains and beautiful churches dominate. Georgia's beautiful scenery can also be seen to the north, where the trip to Kazbek is very popular. To the west are the country's beaches and coastal landscapes found.

Biggest cities
  • Tbilisi / თბილისი: 1,106,700
  • Kutaisi / ქუთაისი: 188,600
  • Batumi / ბათუმი: 122,500
  • Rustavi / რუსთავი: 117,400
  • Zugdidi / ზუგდიდი: 72,300
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Holidays
  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • January 7: Orthodox Christmas
  • January 19: Jesus' day of baptism
  • March 8: Women's Day
  • April 9: National Assembly Day
  • Date varies: Easter
  • May 9: Victory Day
  • May 12: Saint Andrew's Day
  • May 26: Independence Day
  • August 28: Virgin Mary's Day
  • October 14: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Day
  • November 23: St. George's Day
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Tbilisi, Georgia

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Practical info
  • Official Name: Georgia / საქართველო [Sakartvelo]
  • Capital: Tbilisi / თბილისი
  • National anthem:Freedom / თავისუფლება [Tavisupleba]
  • Language: Georgian
  • Population: 3,729,000 (2015)
  • Primary Religion: Christianity
  • Currency: Lari (GEL)
  • Drives in: Right side
  • Domain: .ge
  • Phone code: +995
  • Time Zone: GET (UTC + 4)
  • Power and plugs: 220 V / 50 Hz, plug type C, F
Geography
  • Area: 57,200 km² / 22,085 sq mi
  • Highest point: Shkhara / შხარა, 5,193 m / 17,037 feet
  • Longest river: Kura / მტკვარი, 1,515 km / 941 mi
  • Largest lake: Paravani / ფარავანი, 37 km² / 14.3 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North: Russia, (South Ossetia). South: Armenia, Turkey, Azerbaijan. East: Russia, Azerbaijan. West: Black Sea, (Abkhazia).
Celebrities
  • Vakhtang Gorgasali: King, Ca. 439-502
  • David IV: King, 1073-1125
  • Shota Rustaveli: Author, ca. 1172-1216
  • Something Zhordania: President, 1868-1953
  • Josef Stalin: Head of State, 1878-1953
  • Levrentij Beria: First Secretary, 1899-1953
  • Eduard Shevardnedze: First Secretary and President, 1927-2014
  • Zviad Gamsakhurdia: President, 1939-1993
  • Bidzina Ivanishvili: Businessman and Prime Minister, 1956-
  • Mikheil Saakashvili: President, 1967-