Top 9 Things to do in Zugdidi, Georgia

December 22, 2017 Misti Hsu

Zugdidi (Georgian: ზუგდიდი; Mingrelian: ზუგდიდი or ზუგიდი) is a city in the Western Georgian historical province of Samegrelo (Mingrelia). It is situated in the north-west of that province. The city is located 318 kilometres west of Tbilisi, 30 km from the Black Sea coast and 30 km from the Egrisi Range, at an elevation of 100–110 metres above sea level. Zugdidi is the capital of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, which combines Samegrelo (Mingrelia) and upper part of Svaneti, and the center of the Zugdidi Municipality within.
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1. Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum

Zviad Gamsakhurdia St., 2, Zugdidi 2100, Georgia 41550642
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4 based on 53 reviews

Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum

Reviewed By Mike K - London, United Kingdom

We three British middle aged guys are in our first week of three in Western Georgia. We'd arrived earlier in the (Satur)day to Zugdidi at 13:30, escaped the deafening outdoor disco/political rally at the top of the main boulevard/avenue, trudged in the heat to find the Guest House Noncho (not on TA), check in and managed to leave by 15:10 to visit the Treasury in the Dadiani Palace by 15:25 before it closed at 16:00.
We entered the ticket lobby and assessed the prices. Museum was 2 each, treasury was 5 each with a tour for 5 for groups under ten. The booth woman spoke no English and was quite slow on the uptake to sell us three tickets for anything! Eventually we got two sets but she insisted we paid for the tour guide. We are usually happy to make our own way round and my friend baulked at the extra cost. I asked if it was an English guide and she said yes.
As soon as we had paid the 26 total (6 more than our triple room!) a girl appeared and took us up the grand stairs to the corridor with the treasury rooms off it. Another woman came to unlock the door and check our tickets.
Inside we went and the girl (originally from Abkhazia) explained the details of all the artefacts, icons and items as there was minimal interpretation. Some things were very new to the treasury. The 5 spent on her was worth it. She had no formal training in Art or Church History but knew her stuff! The artefacts ranged from 6th Century BC with religious items from 9th to 20th century. All fascinating. The lighting in the cabinets by the window walls could have been better, in the cabinets themselves as the shadows caste from the ceiling lighting did not allow a clear view of some quite special objects. Most were well lit however.
The tour was about 20-25 minutes and we left back into the corridor to explore the main museum. Overall it was worth the £7 total. No further tip was implied. The treasury had had some funding from Japan for some reason. Two large vases and a flat were in the first room corner to emphasise this.
The actual main museum was full of paintings of scenery and people, furniture, tableware and other nick-nacks acquired by a very rich family! A lot of French stuff including a bronze death mask of Napoleon 1st with associated trinkets and paintings. Lots of books too, many on Chess, his passion it seems.
A curious cabinet full of China trinkets was a bit odd! Souvenirs of grand tours no doubt!
This is typed on a rickety marshutka on the winding road into the Mountains to Mestia. Please excuse any typos!

2. Rukhi Fortress

Zugdidi, Georgia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Rukhi Fortress

Reviewed By ApolonSx - Tbilisi, Georgia

Rukhi fortress is in western Georgia in Rukhi village, near Zugdidi, was built in 1647 by Levan Dadiani. A Citadel and an inner courtyard with two towers

3. Zugdidi Botanical Garden

Zugdidi, Georgia
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4 based on 16 reviews

Zugdidi Botanical Garden

Reviewed By ApolonSx - Tbilisi, Georgia

Zugdidi Botanical Garden was built in the late 19th century by the prince of Samegrelo David Dadiani, near his residence. The garden now has over eighty genus of exotic plants introduced from Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Mediterranean and the Americas

4. Zugdidi Boulevard

Davida Agmashenebeli St., Zugdidi 384700, Georgia
Excellent
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4 based on 17 reviews

Zugdidi Boulevard

Reviewed By ApolonSx - Tbilisi, Georgia

Boulevard is situated in the center of town Zugdidi, capital of the Principality of Mingrelia , Walking trough boulevard you walking in the center of the town.

5. Tobavarchkhili Lake

Zugdidi, Georgia
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5 based on 7 reviews

Tobavarchkhili Lake

Reviewed By Semua - Uberlingen, Germany

Not easiest to navigate, and harsh terrain, path gone in more than few places, river crossings. But stunning !! Amazing beauty ! One of best in whole country, and not full of people ! For adventourus hikers ! We went all the way Mukhuri to Khaishi. Fantastic expierience !

6. River Enguri

Zugdidi, Georgia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

River Enguri

Reviewed By Verberckt D

River coming from the southern Caucasus chain. Interesting to visit the power station and dam about 45 min drive from Zugdidi. Else the river is mainly the natural border between the break-away region of Abkhazia and Samegrelo region of Georgia.

7. Castle Chakvindzhi

Village Dzhihashkari, Zugdidi 384700, Georgia
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5 based on 5 reviews

Castle Chakvindzhi

Reviewed By Natalya161 - Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Одно из множества крепостей Грузии. Каждая из них прекрасна по своему. Здесь башни заросли плющом, что придает строениям еще более древний и сказочный вид.

8. Tsaishi Cathedral

Zugdidi, Georgia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Tsaishi Cathedral

Reviewed By ApolonSx - Tbilisi, Georgia

Tsaishi Cathedral was built 10-11th centuries, during soviet period all religious ceremonials were halted. After 1989 the church reverted to religious use.

9. Church of Vlakhernskaya Icon of Mother of God

Zugdidi, Georgia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Church of Vlakhernskaya Icon of Mother of God

Reviewed By ApolonSx - Tbilisi, Georgia

There are several different explanations as to how the Robe came to Georgia. According to one account, it was brought from Jerusalem at the beginning of the 12th century. According to another, it was brought to Georgia in the 8th century, during the period of iconoclasm in Byzantium.
Every year on July 15, the Most Precious Robe is carried from the Museum to the Cathedral of the Blachernae Icon of the Theotokos. After the festal Liturgy the faithful joyfully venerate this most treasure of the Christian Faith.
Pilgrims from many countries have traveled to Zugdidi to venerate the Robe of the Most Holy Mother of God.

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