Turtle Lake (in Gergian Kus Tba) is a small reservoir located in the neighborhood of Vake of the Tbilisi city on the height of almost 687m above the sea level. It is cozily situated on the left cliff of the Mount Mtatsminda, towering over the Vake Park and the Ethnographic Museum. Once there were many turtles, this is how the lake got its name. They are still there, but not as many as before.
When it is warm around, the Turtle Lake turns into a favorite place for walking, rest and sports training not only for locals but also guests of Tbilisi. There are nice pebbled beaches with deckchairs, cozy cafes, playgrounds for children, sports grounds and a jogging track around the lake.
Since recent times, the Turtle Lake has become attractive for fans of hiking. Without leaving Tbilisi, it is possible to take one of the two round routes on the small mountain ridge or climb to the lake itself from the Vake Park (this route begins right after the Unknown Soldier monument).
The most spectacular way to get there is by cable car, which was reopened in 2016. The cable car with its small blue cabins leads from Vake Park (directly on the main road) up to the lake and is in operation daily from 08:00 to 22:00 o’clock. The return trip costs 2 GEL.
Also from Turtle lake you can use one of the great attraction Zipline. This is a unique zipline in Europe. One of the longest in Europe with a large difference in height. If you like bright emotions and impressions, then this zipline is for you! Going down from the top of the mountain to the park in the city center, you will have time to see the whole city from a bird’s eye view or appreciate an unforgettable sunset, fly in the crowns of trees and land softly at the finish!