Gyumri: A Day in The Cultural Capital of Armenia

Gyumri: A Day in The Cultural Capital of Armenia




Are you ready for a journey to one of the most beautiful cities in Armenia? Then buckle up and get ready to experience the cultural capital of Armenia - Gyumri! This city is where time stands still, and every corner is steeped in history and culture.


Take a taxi or a train from Yerevan, and you will be in Gyumri in about 2 hours. Alternatively, you can get to Gyumri by train from Sasuntsi Davit Train Station.


Gyumri is a place that will capture your heart with its charming streets, beautiful architecture, and warm hospitality. You will feel like you have stepped back in time as you walk through the streets and marvel at the stunning buildings that have been standing for centuries.

But Gyumri is more than just a stunning city - it’s a cultural hub with something for everyone. So, no matter what you love the most – history, art, food, or music – Gyumri will ensure you enjoy every bit of your day.


A Typical Day in Gyumri


Start your day with a steaming cup of Armenian coffee and stroll through the city’s picturesque streets. You will feel like you have stepped into a fairy tale as you pass through beautiful architecture and soak up the warm and welcoming atmosphere. The majority of the buildings you will see date back to the 19th century, with an architectural style typical to these areas.


When it’s time for a break, check out a bakery for some local sweets, including yaghli, ponchik, gata, and pakhlava, served with a cup of herbal tea.


Next, head to the Gyumri Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life. This museum is a treasure trove of history and culture, with exhibits showcasing the traditional way of life in Gyumri and the city’s beautiful architecture. As you explore the museum’s fascinating collections, you will be transported back in time, walking through the history of this unique city. 


The Museum is open every day from 11 AM to 5 PM, except for Monday.


After the museum, take a relaxing stroll through the Central Park of Gyumri. This beautiful park is perfect for unwinding and enjoying the stunning scenery. Also, if you have time, visit the Iron Fountain – a metal work of art from Soviet times. Enjoy delicious food in one of the many traditional Armenian restaurants in the city. You will be spoiled for choice with the delicious cuisine, from succulent khorovats (Armenian barbeque) to mouth-watering dolma.


In Gyumri, trying local beer is a must, although you can leave that for dinner! :)


A not-to-miss location is the Kumayri Historic District, the oldest part of Gyumri. This district is a sight to behold, with its beautiful architecture and rich history. Take a close look at how the door knobs, the facades of the ordinary houses, and the window frames are lavishly decorated with traditional elements of art and culture. Do you want to have a unique experience in Gyumri? If so, end your day with a performance at the Gyumri Drama Theatre. This beautiful theater is a cultural hub celebrating the best of Armenian arts, from music and dance to theater and drama. You will be mesmerized by the talent on display. Although the performances are in Armenian, the feelings conveyed will leave you with a clear understanding of the subject.


So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Gyumri today and experience the beauty, history, and culture of this incredible city. In Gyumri, you can fall in love with this wonderful city and make memories to last a lifetime!

Published on February 15, 2024