- Type: Sightseeing, Tours, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Design aficionados won't want to miss the opportunity to wander this pearly neighborhood in central Tel Aviv. Extending from Allenby Street to the Yarkon River, this district—now a UNESCO World Heritage Site—earned its nickname, the "White City," from the cream-colored walls of its Bauhaus architecture. This building style is based on the use of clean geometric shapes in an asymmetrical way. The architectural style gained popularity in Germany during the 1930s and was brought to Tel Aviv by German Jewish immigrants. Today, the city houses the largest collection of Bauhaus architecture in the world.
You're welcome to wander the White City on your own, but according to one TripAdvisor user, "Take either a good guide or a good guidebook to get the most out of it." Free guided tours are offered by the Bauhaus Center, located on Dizengoff Street. If you only have a short amount of time, spend it strolling Rothschild Boulevard, where many Bauhaus buildings now house cute cafés and shops.
The White City is within walking distance of Neve Tzedek and the Old Tel Aviv Port. You're free to wander the White City at any time, day or night. The Bauhaus Center welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and for limited hours on Friday and Saturday. A free English-speaking tour of the neighborhood is offered every Friday at 10 a.m., although you can reserve an Anglophone guide for other times as well. To learn more, visit the Bauhaus Center website.