Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, a major scientific and technical, industrial and cultural center of the country.
The capital of Azerbaijan, where past and present intricately intertwined, has always attracted tourists. Of particular interest to guests of Baku is Old City, enclosed within the fortress walls, or Icheri Sheher (Inner City). This open-air museum, together with famous Maiden Tower (XII c.) located here is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The architectural appearance of a fortress differs by its unique originality. It contains 44 monuments of medieval architecture, including the unique Palace of the Shirvanshahs, former residence of the rulers of Shirvan (XV c.).
Any part of Azerbaijan from its architectural and historical point of view can attract tourists but numerous monuments of Baku provoke a keen interest of tourists.
Of no less interest for the guests is the modern appearance of the capital. Among the new hallmarks of Baku one can distinguish the magnificent building complex Flame Towers, the sports and leisure complex Crystal Hall, which held the Eurovision song contest in 2012, the Cultural Center named after Heydar Aliyev and others.
Moreover you can enjoy classic and symphonic music in the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society and the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. Jazz fans are advised to attend concerts regularly organized in Baku Jazz Center. In addition a traditional jazz festival is held in Baku every fall.
A favorite walking place for locals and guests is the City Seaside Park (or Boulevard), shining with neon lights. In Baku there are also many shopping centers, boutiques, movie theaters, concert and exhibition venues, museums, restaurants, and world famous brands hotels.
You can go to the SEC Park Bulvar, 28 Mall or Metropark where after strolling about boutiques to your heart’s content you may have a lunch or dinner at many cafes and restaurants there. And for dessert you can watch the latest movie in perfectly equipped movie theatres, to play bowling or do some shooting on the rides.
By the way, the largest indoor amusement arcade in Europe – Megafon is also located in the capital of Azerbaijan. And that’s not all! To the delight of devoted moviegoers the biggest in Caucasus region screen with a width of 18 meters was installed in the cinema center “Nizami”.
You can also visit museums, art galleries, to go with kids to Luna Park, Circus and zoo, to go boating in Baku Venice at the Boulevard. We advise you to visit the Upland Park where the best to go up by cable car. From its viewing platform the city and the bay will be in a clear view.