Pyramid of Djoser
The Pyramid of Djoser, or step pyramid is an archeological remain in the Saqqara necropolis
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo
The Cairo Tower is a free-standing concrete tower located in Cairo, Egypt. At 187 m
Cairo Opera House
The Cairo Opera House, part of Cairo’s National Cultural Center, is the main performing arts venue in the Egyptian
Giza Pyramid Complex
The Giza pyramid complex is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo
Cairo International Stadium
The Cairo International Stadium or “Stad El Qahira El Dawly”, is an Olympic-standard, multi-use stadium
See the Majestic Sights of Cairo
Visiting Egypt would be a mind-blowing journey for anyone. If you’re planning to tour the city, get ready for a memorable experience of a lifetime. Cairo is the capital city of this Arab country that spans the African and Asian continents.
The capital city is a myriad of different things, though it’s famous for its pyramids and ancient sites. Despite its visible cultural heritage and rich history, the place has so much more to offer to foreign visitors.
Visit the Timeless City
Explore the vast desert landscape and deep dive into what was once the centre of culture and intellect of the Islamic and Arab world. Go ahead and book a ticket to Cairo today. Also, make sure that you get a room at one of the best and unique hotels in the area – the Nile View Zamalek Hotel.
You’re guaranteed a good night’s rest in our cosy rooms overlooking the splendid Nile River. It is centrally located in the city and nestled in a safe community. You’ll find no better place to rest and relax. Get the most out of your stay and have a grand time visiting Cairo. Check out the rest of our site to know more about our hotel services and rooms.
About Egypt’s Cairo City
You’ll be astounded by the richness of the history and culture found in the capital city of Egypt, Cairo. No wonder it attracts so many tourists and visitors than any other city in the country. Its most notable places are the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. But, this timeless city also has more to offer than preserving the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Sitting on the bank of the Nile River for more than a thousand years, Cairo City is lined with narrow streets and densely populated parts in its three oldest areas. Back in 1979, its historic city centre was appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Due to the area’s progression, the bustling metropolis is now a combination of westernized and historic structures.
The ancient sites juxtaposed with the towering skyscrapers of modern society, the city is a wonderful fusion of the past and the present existing in harmony. Touring the city will gain you further insight into its religious history and background of its historic landmarks.
Despite this, still many first-time visitors assume that Cairo is a desert land filled with pyramids. That’s why we’ve come up with this list to give you an overview of the city’s popular and underrated attractions.
Must-Visit Places in Cairo
Take note of these places and don’t forget to include them in your travel plans. Pack your bags and get ready for a trip you won’t forget.
Ancient Egyptian Pyramids
One cannot deny the awestruck wonder they experience upon seeing the Egyptian pyramids. It’s truly a breathtaking and ambitious project humanity has accomplished. There are a number of these architectural marvels you can visit in the city and nearby areas.
- Pyramids of Giza
This is the most visited attraction in Cairo with more than a thousand foreign and local tourists visiting it every year. It is the last remaining wonder of the ancient world and was part of the original list of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Though it has been many years since it was built, this unique massive structure remains intact to this day, piquing the interest of architects, engineers and average onlookers alike.
They’re truly a sight to behold so only 300 visitors are allowed to explore the site of the Giza pyramids. Make sure to come early and buy a ticket before they’re sold out. It’s also advisable to visit in the early morning hours because the temperature is more comfortable during this time.
Additional fees apply when you want to enter inside the pyramids – the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramid of Khafre and Pyramid of Menkaure. It’s open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Giza Plateau, where the pyramids are, is located 11 miles from downtown Cairo. You can travel to the site by taxi or by joining a bus tour.
- Dahshur Pyramids
Located 23 miles south of Cairo, Dahshur is a great place to visit if you want to see pyramids, but with lesser crowds. This ancient royal necropolis was built from 2613 to 2589 B.C. Though it’s not as popular and smaller, the exterior of these pyramids can rival the ones found in the Giza Plateau.
You can see here one of its most famous and uniquely shaped historic structures – the Bent Pyramid. It’s the first attempt of the Egyptians to build a smooth-sided design. The Red Pyramid, on the other hand, can be considered as the actual first smooth-sided pyramid and best preserved in all of Egypt. This is the only place where people are allowed to enter.
The last one you can see in Dahshur is the Black Pyramid. Initially, it was made with limestone and mud brick, but the limestone was plundered resulting in its dark-coloured facade, hence the name.
- Meidum Pyramid
This is usually not included in most bus tours, but you should definitely see the Meidum Pyramid or what remains of it. This may be considered as an architectural failure for the Egyptians. The entire exterior of the pyramid has collapsed over the years, but its inner core remains intact for people to visit.
This is still worth a visit because it gives integral insight into how ancient Egyptian architects have planned and designed these massive structures. If you’re not keen on entering narrow and tight spaces, it’s advisable to not enter this pyramid.
It’s the world’s oldest and most colossal sculpture made by man, standing 66 feet high and 234 feet long. Located within the Giza Plateau next to the famous Giza Pyramids, you can get here by private car, taxi or a bus tour.
Nobody knows yet when it was built or who was the sculpture modelled after, but one thing’s for sure, this amazing monument is one you should see when you’re in Cairo. Joining a guided tour will give you special access to select areas of the site such as the two temples from the Old and New Kingdom built beside the Sphinx.
Want a special tour of the Giza Plateau? Explore the place while riding a camel. Though you may have to pay extra, no amount can beat this priceless experience.
This historic site is home to a number of tombs and ruined pyramids. Most tourists would know this area as the location of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest stone pyramid of Egypt which dates back to the Third Dynasty (2649 to 2575 B.C.). It’s open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (until 3:00 p.m. during Ramadan).
You can also visit the on-site Imhotep Museum. Imhotep is a notable figure in Egyptian history as a famous physician, statesman and architect of the Step Pyramid.
Mosques and churches in Cairo
Cairo is home to different religions as seen by the churches and mosques you can visit within the city.
- Al Hussein Mosque
Located in Old Cairo or Islamic Cairo, you can find the world’s oldest complete manuscript of the Quran in this mosque. It’s believed that Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad resided here while he was alive, making it one of the holiest Islamic places throughout Egypt.
- Alabaster Mosque
This is the most visited mosque in the country because of its breathtaking structure and splendid facade. Apart from the pyramids, this mosque can also be seen from the skies. When you visit, make sure you get a great view of the city and the Ginza Plateau from one of its high minarets.
- Hanging Church or St. Virgin Mary’s Church in Coptic Cairo
Believed to be the first Basilica style church in Egypt, this famous structure was built around 690 A.D. It’s located above an ancient Roman fortress gatehouse and has a total of 110 icons which features the Virgin Mary, Jesus and many others.
No pyramid tour is complete without a visit to the famous Egyptian Museum. This place is so massive that it would take a year just to explore the whole place. It houses 100,000 artefacts from ancient Egypt. One of the definite must-see attractions here is the exhibit for the famous King Tut.
No other place reflects the vibrant spirit of Cairo than this bustling market place in the city. If you want to get the best and genuine Egyptian souvenirs such as jewellery, spices and hookah. Head straight to this bazaar and test your bargaining skills.
What are you waiting for? Plan your visit to Cairo today and book a stay in one of its unique hotels, the Nile View Zamalek Hotel. We offer the best tours of the city only available for our guests.