Cairo

The majestic capital of Egypt and one of the largest cities in Africa, built on the banks of the Nile, is a city of contrasts, where all things old are intertwined with the new, where the east meets the west. Cairo is also home to the only still standing wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands on the edge of the city. This chaotic city, whose cultural melting pot is a natural consequence of its heritage, feels like an open-air museum that invites visitors to travel back in time to the history of the world’s greatest civilisations.

Weather averages in December

  • Day 21°C
  • Night 11°C
  • Rain 0

The majestic capital of Egypt and one of the largest cities in Africa, built on the banks of the Nile, is a city of contrasts, where all things old are intertwined with the new, where the east meets the west. Cairo is also home to the only still standing wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands on the edge of the city. This chaotic city, whose cultural melting pot is a natural consequence of its heritage, feels like an open-air museum that invites visitors to travel back in time to the history of the world’s greatest civilisations.

Weather averages in December

  • Day 21°C
  • Night 11°C
  • Rain 0

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The Mother of the World

Cairo, one of Africa’s largest and the centre of the Arab world, is a diverse and interesting metropolis, as Egypt and especially Cairo have a unique history dating back to the beginnings of civilization. The huge city will perhaps require some time to get used to with its vibrantly pulsating narrow streets and bazaars full of antiques and spices. But it is definitely worth it, as experiencing the city, also called Umm ad Dunya or Mother of the World, will leave you speechless.

 

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The journey around the Egyptian capital must begin among the magnificent 4,000-year-old creations - the Pyramids of Giza. Extensive archaeological sites include six pyramids, temples and tombs. The next remarkable landmark of ancient Egypt is the mysterious sphinx, a reclining lion with a human head standing proudly on the west bank of the Nile. Brush up on your Egyptian history knowledge in any of the city’s many museums, with the Egyptian Museum, Midan El-Tahrir, with a unique collection of more than 160,000 exhibits of ancient Egyptian history, being among the best. Take the time to devote yourself thoroughly to the Egyptian dynasties and get to know what life was like during the reign of the pharaohs.

Brush up on your Egyptian history knowledge in any of the city’s many museums, with the Egyptian Museum, Midan El-Tahrir, with a unique collection of more than 160,000 exhibits of ancient Egyptian history, being among the best.

Cairo boasts many impressive mosques, with the Mosque of Mohammed Ali as one of the most beautiful ones. Although Islam is the predominant religion today, the old city centre reveals a diverse history, displaying Jewish, Christian and Islamic heritage, as evidenced by synagogues, churches and mosques. You will best get to know the dynamic nature of the city in the labyrinth of winding narrow streets of Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar. It is one of the first markets in the world, founded in the 14th century. Go shopping for spices, luxury fabrics, perfumes or anything else that takes your fancy, but remember to haggle, as the initial price is never the last.

Sights in Cairo

1 Piramide vGizi

Pyramids of Giza

An extensive archaeological site famous for its magnificent ancient monuments.

2 Sfinga

Sphinx

A mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human.

3 Khan al Khalili bazaar

Khān al-Khalīli Bazaar

The bazaar district is one of Cairo’s main attractions for foreign tourists and locals alike.

4 Egipcanski muzej Tutankamon

The Egyptian Museum (Tutankhamun)

The museum with an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities.

5 Mosque of Muhammad Ali

Mosque of Muhammad Ali

Situated at the top of the Citadel, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali with a recognisable silhouette and two minarets, is Cairo's most prominent mosque.

Airports

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Cairo Airport

Cairo International Airport is the largest airport in Egypt and the second busiest airport in Africa. It is located northeast of Cairo, about 15 kilometres from Cairo’s business district. You can get from the airport to the city centre by bus and taxi.

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