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Cairo Attractions

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Khan al-Khalili 4.0 stars
Market Place - #1 of 10
The Khan al Khalili, the famous market in Islamic Cairo, is a favorite tourist destination. This means, of course, that it is something of a tourist trap. It's worth a visit nevertheless, but I found that the merchandise was very over-priced and ... [more ]
Ägyptisches Museum 3.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #2 of 10
The current Egyptian museum is in shockingly bad condition, considering the importance of some of the exhibits (the tomb of Tutankhamun, for example). Apparently a new facility is being built and will be ready in 2011; until then they have ... [more ]
Al Azhar Mosque 4.0 stars
Religious Site - #3 of 10
This is a not-to-be-missed attraction in Islamic Cairo. The mosque is across the main road from the Khan al Khalili, and its three minarets dominate the view. I found it to be one of the most accessible and one of the most beautiful mosques in ... [more ]
Museum of Egyptian Modern Art 4.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #4 of 10
There are some truly stunning works in this museum. If you enjoy modern art, this is a worthy destination. The collection is fairly large and encompasses a wide variety of media. Admission is only L. E. 5 for foreigners. You can see most of ... [more ]
Cairo Opera House 4.0 stars
Opera, Theatre, Concert Hall - #5 of 10
The Opera House in the Gezira Exhibition Grounds was built in 1988 after the old Opera House burned down. The new one was a gift from the Japanese. The building itself is built in a modern, minimalist style based on traditional Islamic designs ... [more ]
The Papyrus Factory 4.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #6 of 10
When you go around Cairo - either with a tour or otherwise - it's quite obvious you're a tourist, so street-sellers tend to gravitate towards you. One of the things they all sell are papyrus paintings, well, fake ones actually. You can buy them ... [more ]
Nile River Dinner Cruise 4.0 stars
Entertainment, Festival, Amusement Park - #7 of 10
Of course, like any other budget traveller, we had our doubts to the Nile River Cruise - was it just for the rich and frivolous, bad-standard food and cheesy belly dancers? Fret not, it was a truly relaxing way of seeing Egypt, from a ... [more ]
Pyramid of Teti 3.0 stars
Prehistoric, Classical Antiquity Site - #8 of 10
I went to the Pyramids in April and it was scorching and there is no shelter from the sun so make sure you have a hat or something so you don't get burnt, also cover up arms and legs as there are loads of guys that try and grab you and put you on ... [more ]
The Sphinx 3.0 stars
Sculpture, Monument, Statue, Memorial Place - #9 of 10
Usually when I've seen photos of the Sphinx it's been framed in a similar way to this photo here, making the Sphinx look like it's really close to the Pyramids and that it's of similar size. So when I saw it in real life I was disappointed to ... [more ]
The Citadel 4.0 stars
Castle, Fortification, Palace - #10 of 10
I wanted to see the Citadel because it seems that from wherever you are in Cairo, you can see the Citadel and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali, which dominates the skyline. I got there early one morning and I have to say I was very disappointed. Apart ... [more ]
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