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Uzbekistan’s tourist destinations demonstrated in the Berlin metro screens
12 December 2023
Uzbekistan’s tourist destinations demonstrated in the Berlin metro screens

Videos about the tourist sites of Uzbekistan are displayed in subway cars in the German capital, Berlin.

The advertising campaign on Uzbekistan’s historical and tourist sites was organized by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Berlin in collaboration with the media service agency “DIE MEDIA FABRIK Agentur für Mediaberatung GmbH”. The video materials are shown in the Berlin metro starting from November through December this year.

According to the statistics, the majority of tourists visiting Uzbekistan are German tourists. Thanks to the open foreign policy of the leader of Uzbekistan, our country has attracted attention abroad not only in the economic sphere but also in the field of tourism, by attracting more foreigners to travel to Uzbekistan for business and tourism purposes. As a result of the new policy of the Uzbek government and the ongoing measures being taken to enhance cooperation with the European market, the interest of the largest European travel companies and tour operators in Uzbekistan has been raising and already bringing positive results today.

The growing figures in the number of foreigners visiting Uzbekistan talk about the positive results of the developing international cooperation between Uzbekistan and the world in the fields of tourism, business, economy, diplomacy and media, as well as other spheres.

The measures to make our country more attractive and well-recognized among foreign audiences by promoting the tourism and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, strengthening cooperation in various fields with other countries, and easing travel to Uzbekistan by offering visa-free entry and e-visa system, have been working positively for increasing interest in our country.

Today, Uzbekistan offers visa-free entry step-by-step to many countries of the world, the number of which has now reached 93, and EU citizens, including Germans, are on the list.

Today, Uzbekistan welcomes the citizens of 93 countries of the world on a visa-free basis to its historical and cultural sites, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Khiva and others, whereas over 50 countries can visit Uzbekistan with an electronic visa / e-visa. EU citizens, including Germans, are on the first list, where they are exempt from visa procedures to visit Uzbekistan.

For reference, Berlin is one of the largest metropolises in the world, which gathers people from all over the world visiting the city for travel and business purposes. Consequently, promoting a video material about various tourist destinations in Uzbekistan in the Berlin Metro for 2 months longingly, will draw the interest of many people who are yet unfamiliar with the beauty and attractions of the ancient cities, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and others, thus impacting new tourist to travel to Uzbekistan.

Additionally, the Berlin metro is one of the most used types of public transportation means in the city, not only by locals but also by guests from all over the world.


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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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