Amman – a traditional yet modern financial metropolisBerlin, 22.04.2015
The capital of Jordan is a vibrant city: boasting a population of two million, it offers a mixture of traditional and modern-day life for an exciting travel experience. The old city centre bears witness to Amman’s rich history and tradition. Many of the city’s small shops not only sell goods, they also produce them on site. A stroll around the traditional bazaar, the souk, in the heart of the Old Town is also a must. In contrast, the business district is home to the most modern hotels, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Here, the financial metropolis reflects a very Western influence
Museums and sightseeing
Sightseeing attractions in the city centre include the very well-preserved Roman theatre and the Temple of Hercules on the Citadel Hill. This is also where you will find the Jordan Archaeological Museum, which is home to significant archaeological findings from the entire Middle East. There is also the Jordan National Gallery, a modern museum for contemporary art. Originally built on seven hills, Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. With two million inhabitants, the city is now spread across well over 20 hills. A number of parks provide the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Highly recommended is the huge Al Hussein Park, which also includes the Children’s Museum – an absolute must-see for anyone with small children. A highlight for older children and ‘big kids’ is the Royal Automobile Museum, which is also in the park. A fantastic photo opportunity is provided by the mosques – notably the black-and-white-striped Abu Darwish Mosque, the King Abdullah Mosque and the King Hussein Mosque. Those venturing out of the city can enjoy an amazing day at the nearby Amman Waves Aqua Park and Resort, the biggest water park in Jordan.
The Dead Sea – a fascinating experience
A swim in the Dead Sea is also a truly unique experience and just around an hour from Amman. The Jordan River is the main tributary of the Dead Sea, which is in fact a lake: it has no outlet. Approx. 420 metres below sea level, it is the lowest body of water on Earth. With 33 per cent salinity, the Dead Sea is like no other: e.g. the Mediterranean has a salinity of just around 4 per cent. It is virtually impossible to swim, which is why floating on the surface is preferred. Due to the healing effects of the salt on the skin, it is used to produce numerous cosmetics. Not only the salt but also the mud has a healing effect: locally sold mud packs leave the skin feeling baby soft. Nearby is the Amman Tourist Beach (subject to an entrance fee), which is open to the public. Although pricier, the hotel beaches offer an alternative to the public beach. The unique experience of floating in the salty water is a must on any trip to Jordan.
Airport and getting there
Queen Alia International Airport is 35 kilometres south of Amman and is connected to the capital by shuttle buses which run every 30 minutes. More than half of all passengers fly to and from Amman with Royal Jordanian Airlines. Starting in June, the Jordanian airline will be increasing its flight offerings to and from Berlin Tegel, offering a total of four weekly connections – every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – between the German capital and Amman. The routes will be served by Airbus A321, A320 and A319 aircraft.
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