Welcome to Iraq

The country's attractions include breathtaking mountains, vibrant cities and numerous archaeological sites, not to mention a warm and hospitable population. But Western governments continue to advise against all but essential travel to parts of Iraqi Kurdistan and the south of the country, and against all travel to most of the north and west of Iraq. Follow their advice and postpone your visit until peace returns.

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Amman Culture: Tea, Art und Markets

We start exploring Amman, City of the brotherly love, which was called "Philadelphia" by the ancient Greeks. With a knowledgeable local tour guide the enjoyment is accordingly high.Start with a photo stop at King Abdullah mosque. Then head to the citadel, called Jebel al-Qala'a, from which you can enjoy a fascinating panoramic view of the Former 7 Hills of Amman. On the highest terrace of the citadel hill are parts of the Omayyad palace, Al Qasr, and not far from it, rise the mighty columns of the former Hercules temple in the sky. On the circular route you will visit the archaeological museum, which presents finds from a period of over 50,000 years.As long as this place was interesting for people, they settled here already at the Stone Age, here they manufactured hand axes, here they created artifacts, which are still highly artistic today. 8,000-year-old figures from the Neolithic settlement of Ain Ghazal witnessing the artistic characteristics of the civilizations lived here.We visit Amman downtown, which is referred to as “Wast Al Balad”, which made up Amman until 50 years ago, before the construction boom broke out. Today, 4.4 million people live in the new neighborhoods, mainly immigrants from Palestine, Iraq and currently from Syria.2 hours walk from the Citadel through one of Amman's oldest neighborhoods is planned for beautiful snapshots, it highlights the top experiences of the old town. On the way visit Amman Panorama Art Gallery, in one of Amman's oldest houses where you can have a cup of Arabic coffee with Jordanian dates or enjoy tea with typical Jordanian flavors.The most significant in the old town is the astonishingly well-preserved Greco-Roman theater with its six thousand seats in the southeast of the city. You go past gold dealers, perfumeries offer original Jordanian fragrances with a special oriental touch, spice shops, the obligatory clothing stores for child, man, woman bring us closer to the city. Not far away is the Al-Husseini Mosque. Behind the big mosque the fruit and vegetable market lure us. Humus & falafel shops are to be discovered almost every corner. Not to mention the sweetshops famous for “Knafa”, a traditional Arab dessert made with thin noodle-like pastry, or alternatively fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with cheese.

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