Located at the highest point in Tbilisi, at 770 meters high, Mtatsminda Park is an amusement facility stands on top of Mount Mtatsminda, overlooking the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
You can find cafes, a theme park, a lot of entertainment attractions (Ferris wheel, roller coasters and more) and picnic zones.There are also events such as wine and cheese festivals, allowing you to relax and have a great time with friends while at the park.
Meaning and history:
Translated as “Holy Mountain”, Mtatsminda Park is one of the most popular in Tbilisi and offers a wide variety of choices for fun and relaxation.
Founded by the Soviet government in the 1930s, it is now unrecognizable from its former self after going through many renovations.
Most notably, in the year 2001, the park started going through changes that made it the 21st-century vibrant theme park it is now. And surprisingly enough, the park has a lot of political ties in its history.
It was the late Georgian billionaire and politician Badri Patarkatsishvili who established the present incarnation. But after speaking out against the National Movement Party in 2007, the government decided to seize his assets (Imedi TV and the park), because apparently he violated his contract and failed to pay a fee.
After his death, his wife Inna Gudavadze continued his wishes and saw it as her duty to carry on his works. Despite some opposition and altercations in the beginning, the Patarkatsishvili family reached an agreement with the government and the park ownership was returned to Inna and the family. After that, Mtatsminda Park finally started resembling what it looks like now.
What to see in Mount Mtatsminda
The mount is home to the Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower, which can be seen from most places in Tbilisi. It is something of a symbol for the city and one of the most popular sights.
One of the biggest highlights Mtatsminda has to offer is the amusement park. The park can be divided into several areas:
- Extreme zone – roller coasters, amusement parks, and other such attractions.
- Kids’ zone – smaller rides, water grounds, carousels and more.
- Family zone – everything in-between. Rafts, trampolines, cafes, parks, and so on.
In short: regardless of your age, you’re guaranteed to find something you enjoy there.
Probably the most famous attraction is the Ferris wheel, which offers the best view of Tbilisi from the highest point. The vista becomes even better in the evening, when the city is illuminated.
Other attractions include the Mtatsminda Pantheon, where some of the most prolific and famous Georgian writers are buried, the small church of St. David (Garedjiyskiy) who was one of the founders of the Georgian monasticism. And if you get hungry, the famous restaurant Funicular, which is not far from the park, offers a great spot for a fancy restaurant with an amazing view.
Admission is free, but the price for each individual attraction is different.
Depending on what you like to see and do, it might take about 3-4 hours to explore the mountain fully.
Mtatsminda Park is usually open from 11am till 11pm. Keep in mind that you still might be able to walk and enjoy the sights outside those hours, but most shops and attractions might be closed.
The best time is usually in the evenings, depending on how long you’re planning to stay there of course, because you’ll be able to see all of Tbilisi illuminated from the park.
You can buy a visitor’s park card for the rides and funicular for 2 GEL until the midnight and 3 GEL from there on.
For more information, regarding festivals and others details – see the Mtatsminda Park website
How to get to Mount Mtatsminda
- On the Tbilisi Funicular, which has 3 stops: the lower station at the center of Tbilisi, the pantheon and the 3rd one – Mtatsminda Mountain.
- Buses N90 and N124 from Rustaveli Metro station.