Zanjan City is the capital of Zanjan province. It is established in the middle of the Alborz Mountain range, connecting western parts of Iran to the central regions. Hence, Zanjan tourism benefits from numerous natural sights and historical ones.
Zanjan history goes back to the first century when the fertile lands and the great river of Qezel Ozen encouraged people to establish farms in this region. Recently some corpses have been found in the salt caves in nearby cities to Zanjan city, opening a new chapter in Zanjan tourism and Zanjan history.
So follow Irantourism’s article to learn more about Zanjan tourism to visit Iran and knowing about Zanjan history.
Traveling to Zanjan City
Zanjan city is located on the west to the east corridor. It is 290 km away from the Capital, Tehran city, and most of the way benefits from highways.
Bus: you can get to Zanjan via almost every bus going to northwestern cities such as Tabriz and Urmia. There are also rides available to Hamadan city and Rasht city. Zanjan city Bus Terminal is located on Shariati boulevard, south of Khorramshahr boulevard. You can get here by taking the city buses to Azadi square and getting off at the Shariati-Khoramshar intersection.
Train: Tabriz-Tehran railway passes through Zanjan city, providing you with several choices and price ranges to get here.
Airplane: Zanjan city is surrounded by mountains with tall peaks. For that, the airport is located 20 km outside of the town. So the only way to get to it is by hiring taxicabs. Zanjan airport flies only to two destinations: Kish city and Mashhad city.
Accommodation in Zanjan City
It is located on the northern side of Zanjan, offering 3-star rooms at a reasonable price. A perfect choice to start Zanjan tourism on a budget.
Phone number: 024 3341 0360
Zanjan Grand Hotel
A five-star hotel located on the southeastern side of the city. You can expect a five-star service for the amount of money you pay for this Zanjan tourism hostel.
phone number: 024 3378 8190
Getting around in Zanjan City
Zanjan City is a relatively small city with almost low traffic. The city buses are the only means of public transport in this city. Neither Snapp nor Tap30 runs any service here.
But you can call for a taxicab in Zanjan city by dialing 133.
Zanjan tourism mostly revolves around the natural sights along with some historical and religious views inside the city:
Zanjan Religious Tour
Jameh mosque, located west of Qeisarieh Bazaar, and Chehel Sotun mosque, established around 200 years ago, are 2 of the top religious sights of Zanjan history.
Zanjan History Tour
Salt Men museum is dedicated to preserving and showing the bodies of 6 corpses found in a salt mine near a village west of Zanjan province. These corpses are almost 1800 years old and are preserved well due to
being covered with salt. This museum is located at Sabze Square, close to the museum of property.
To get here and visit Zanjan history, you can get a bus and get off at Zeinabieh St and Taleqani intersection station. Visiting this place could give you a dipper insight into Zangan history.
Zanjan bazaar is the main bazaar of the city and the longest one in the country. It also hosts a few guest houses and mosques alongside the stores. To get here, you can get a bus to Enqelab Square.
Rakhtshooy Khaneh building was originally established so women would have a place to do their laundry and be protected from the harsh cold weather of winter. It is now transformed into the Museum of Anthropology. You can get a bus to Zeinabieh and Saadi square to get to this museum.
Haj Dadash Bath House is another historical place in the city, now transformed into a classic tea house. It is located in the “Raste Paeen” at Zanjan Bazaar.
Zanjan Natural tour
Gavazang Dam and the entertainment center overlooking the city are good places to enjoy a nice evening and the view. Only accessible by a hired taxicab.
Sheet Village is located at the far north end of Zanjan province. It is one of the most pioneer touristic villages in Iran. The village seats on a green plain, surrounded by pomegranate and cherry trees. Once there, you can stroll through the Sheet castle, visit the Seyed Baqi cave and enjoy numerous water springs surrounding the village. There are a few accommodation options also available here.
Papaee ski resort is located 45 km southwest of Zanjan city.
This ski resort benefits from a low-angle ground, making it suitable for even beginners to enjoy skiing.
Aside from all of them, other neighboring cities of Zanjan city are worth visiting. Cities such as Sultanieh, which once used to be the capital of Ilkhanids, host Öljaitü ‘s tomb, one of the mogul kings, and the Sultanieh dome, the third largest dome in the world.
And Katleh Khur cave in Khudabandeh city is the only seven-floor cave in Iran. This cave has not been explored thoroughly yet and is full of mesmerizing stalactites.
Zanjan City Souvenirs
Zanjan city is famous for its handcrafted knives and kitchen utensils. You can get your hands on these art pieces in the Zanjan Bazaar.