Culture and Nightlife

updated: 28.01.2016

Culture and Nightlife

Tel Aviv was founded in 1909. The city took its name from the Hebrew title of Theodor Herzl's Zionist novel Altneuland (Old New Land). The Hebrew title - Tel Aviv - combined the ideas of antiquity (tel, an ancient site) and newness (aviv, springtime).


Much of the original Tel Aviv, around the popular Rothschild Boulevard, was built in the pre-war Bauhaus or internationalist style. The city now has the world's largest surviving collection of Bauhaus buildings, thousands of them currently being restored and returned to their original gleaming white colour. The unique urban and historical fabric of Tel Aviv-Jaffa has been recognised by UNESCO, under the name 'The White City', a World Cultural Heritage site.


Tel Aviv has always been a central hub of modern Hebrew culture. At the same time, Tel Aviv-Yafo always remained committed to world-class artistic activity, with internationally-recognized institutions such as the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Opera, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Batsheva Dance Troupe, numerous theatres, and many others.


The Tel Aviv municipality has started offering free guided tours. You don’t even need to book these in advance – just show up in time at the meeting place. There are also several paid guided tours available.


If you're looking for the Tel-Avivian Nightlife, there’s no Middle Eastern city with a better nightlife than Tel Aviv, and there are few cities around the world that can rival its’ 24/7 party scene. If you were looking for a city that truly doesn’t sleep – you found it.

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