Baku Travel Guide

  • Arab/Persian/Azeri Baku
    Arab/Persian/Azeri Baku
    by Assenczo
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    View of Baku
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  • Things to Do
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Baku Things to Do

  • Maiden Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Maiden Tower (Qiz Qalasi) is said to be finished in the 12th century, although some sources state the 5th century as the start of its construction. The cylindrical shaped tower was erected as part of the fortification system of Baku's old town (Icheri Sheher). The height of the Maiden Tower is approximately 29,5 metres and it has a diameter of...

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  • Palace of the Shirvanshahs

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Shirvan-Shah's Palace ensemble (15-16th century) was built when the Shah's capital was moved from Shemakha to Baku. This was the most prominent architectural complex in the medieval city. Some of the builings in the complex far surpass the palace in splendour. Despite having built in different periods without a single plan the several...

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  • Icari Sahar

    Most of the walls surrounding the old town survive, as they were strengthened after the Russian conquest in 1806. Much of the area enclosed by these walls is closed to vehicles, with some exceptions of course - some foreign oil companies have installed offices inside.

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Baku Hotels

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Baku Restaurants

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  • Restaurant Qoc Et

    When I came out of the metro station Nizami on my way to the market Taza Bazar, I saw a car being towed away at a street crossing. So I stopped and watched the procedure and after some time I noticed that in the building behind me a pizza baker was watching as well. I got in contact with him and realised that the restaurant looked quite inviting....

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  • Restaurant Firuze

    On my last day in Baku, I went for dinner to the Firuze restaurant, which was recommended in my German guide book. It is a cellar restaurant and therefore from the outside I got neither an idea of the interior nor of its occupancy. I usually find it diffcult to visit these kind of restaurants, but I decided to give it a try.When I entered the...

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  • Beer Hall

    On my second evening I chose the outdoor terrace of the large Beer Hall restaurant for dinner. Due to its nice location in a small park, I had noticed the place already during the day. Always when I came across it, it was relatively busy.I took a seat at one of the tables in front of the red brick building, so that I could do some people watching...

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Baku Nightlife

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  • COOL FOR CATS

    PLEASE NOTE: Often listed as U.S.S.R. Pub in guidebooks.Do you remember those fantastic basement bars in college/university with loads of character(s), cheap beer, good times and not much else? This is the bar in Baku for you! I was in the Soviet Union when I was a student, and it was never as fun as this bar. I was welcomed with open arms by 2...

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  • on the top of the restaurant

    Park Inn's Victor’s Bar is situated on the top of the restaurant with the same name and once upon a time it was the meeting point of all the ex pat of the country....I cant find any photo sorry ... not necessary

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  • 3 GREAT CHOICES

    GET IN THERE! Located near the Icherisheher Metro Station, this excellent bar and micro-brewery is practically on your way to anything. It is worth the visit as well for real beer drinkers. Down the stairs you will find a very ornate basement with friendly staff and a simple choice of ales produced here:Light, Medium and Dark. I went for the dark,...

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Baku Transportation

  • To Baku by night train

    On a Monday of September 2014 I went by night train from Tbilisi in Georgia to Baku in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani train leaves Tbillisi daily at 16:30 h and arrives at 09:20 h in Baku. It has only 1st (2-berth cabin) and 2nd class (4-berth cabin) carriages.I purchased a 1st class ticket one day before the trip at Tbilisi's train station at window...

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  • Explore Baku on foot

    Especially Baku's old town (Icheri Sheher) is best explored on foot, as most of the cobbled streets are pedestrianised anyway and therefore not accessible for cars and buses.Although Baku is with a population of approximately 2 million people the biggest town in the Caucasus region, I still enjoyed getting lost in the streets outside of the city...

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  • Explore Baku by funicular

    The history of Baku's funicular dates back to 1960, when it was opened for the first time. Due to a lack of passengers and urgent need of repairs it was closed in 1980, but after a complete overhaul it was reopened in 2001. The last extensive overhaul took place in 2012 just befor the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Baku.The funicular links...

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Baku Shopping

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  • Taza Bazaar

    Among the many street markets, Taza Bazaar seems to be one of the largest and oldest. Almost everything from household goods to food is on sale here. Especially the sections with the colourful fruits and vegetables, nuts, herbs and oriental spices are well worth taking some photos.Besides fresh fish from the Caspian Sea, also the famous Beluga...

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  • Quality Azeri Souvenirs

    There's a small souvenir shop on the street just south of Xagani, near the Pushkin intersection. It sells high quality handmade local crafts and paintings at reasonable prices. The staff is relaxed and friendly, and you should be able to bargain if you purchase more than one item. The quality is much better than we found elsewhere.

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  • expencive or cheap?

    You can find more original brands in tarkoy, but they are expensive, if you want cheaper you must go to airport market area, from outside of airport (nlocals said: "aaraaport")There were very low price dresses and crafts that are often from china. You don’t forget that all shops will close in 5p.m because people must go to recreation! cristals and...

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Baku Local Customs

  • Local people

    During my time in Baku I got in contact with many local people. This was mainly because they approached me and were curious to hear about my travels and my interest in their country. There is still not much tourism in Azerbaijan, especially when it comes to individual tourism.The Azerbaijani people were usually very friendly and welcoming. I must...

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  • Visa for Azerbaijan

    Unfortunatelly most tourists to Azerbaijan still need a visa to enter the country. The good news is that since March 2013 the visa application procedure has been made much easier as an electronic visa has been introduced.This means that the whole visa process can be made online through one of the authorised travel companies in Azerbaijan. The list...

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  • Heydar Aliyev

    From 1993 until 2003 Heydar Aliyev was the third president of the independent Republic of Azerbaijan and he was also the leader of Soviet Azerbaijan for 13 years. Heydar Aliyev has obviously dominated the political scene of the country for many years. He died in 2003 at the age of 80 years. His successor as president is his son Ilham Aliyev.Many...

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Baku Warnings and Dangers

  • Beating from Unlicenced Taxi's

    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO EXPATS IN BAKU. I would like to warn Expats living in Baku that the Unlicensed Taxi drivers that sit close to OTTO bar are stopping Expats taking London Cabs. I have seen this 3 times now where 4 or 5 of them crowd round the person and physically pull Expats out of the London Taxi. On Tuesday Night a college of mine was subject...

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  • Robbingof expats and tourists in Baku...

    Do not belief all these stories that say theift from expats working in Baku and tourists in not common. I have worked in Baku twice 2004 to 2006 and April 2012 until present. In 2004 to 2006 many of my expat friends were mugged in the city centre around fountain square. In the last 2 weeks I have been robbed 3 times twice in the street by beggars...

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  • Peoples!!!!!!!

    Be careful when you travel to baku especially with their local ppls:1. In the hotel: staff are mosre respect with local guest, compare with foreigner! Even they cant speak English (some of them), they dont like smile with you, and if they are busy, they can talk to you with a bad face, or they dont want to help you! So, you must be little bit...

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Baku Tourist Traps

  • Taxi Rates

    Baku is a small place, basically you can walk anywhere. But if you need to take a taxi, you need to bargain well as there is no taximeter. Drivers ask you more when it is obvious you are a foreigner. Normally, taxi rates are low and you may not need to bargain but i paid 10 Manat (12 $) to go to restaurant but in return local friends arranged me...

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  • Carpets

    Carpets: Some of the most world’s carpets are made in the area of the greater Azerbaijan. During the Soviet era the carpet making diminished significantly as the process was mechanized and carpet were churned out of big factories using inferior dyes and little imagination. Currently the Azerbaijan State Art Institute maintains a faculty of “carpets...

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  • Wrap your bags before leaving?

    When entering the checkin, a mashines that wraps your bag in plastic are located. The location of this machine, with its crew makes it very officiall, and you might think this is some kind of reguirement before check in. Well, it is not! If you feel the need for wrapping, then do it, they will charge you about 5 USD. Just say no, and pass by.

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Baku What to Pack

  • Travel guide book - Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan is still not very popular among travellers and tourists. The visa hassle might be one reason for this, but the country seems to open up more and more. The Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 was an event, which put the country more in the focus of the media. In Summer 2015 the 1st European Games will take place in Baku. It is another event...

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  • Brochures from the Tourism Information...

    Interesting enough I found it relatively hard to find Baku's Tourism Information Centre. Usually it is placed somewhere in the touristy heart of a city, which in Baku should be the old town (Icheri Sheher), but here I only found some booths renting out audio guides.I finally heard that it is located somewhere near the Government House, but again...

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  • Windbreakers

    Suggest that you always carry a light windbreaker, even in warm weather. The winds can kick up to 50mph suddenly, and the windbreaker will help cut the dust and possibly the chilly air that can accompany the wind. Due to the sand in the air, I suggest that you keep a UV filter lens on your camera (for those who have the old-fashioned film...

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Baku Off The Beaten Path

  • Flame Fountain

    On the late afternoon before my departure flight, I decided to check out the area near the metro station Koroglu, as this was said to be the place from where buses and taxis have the shortest route to the airport.When I came out of the metro station I was really surprised about the newly refurbished area across the Heydar Aliyev Avenue. On a small...

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  • Books - the size of your fingernails

    I had a VT-er friend visiting from the US recently and he told me I must put this tip on VT. So here it is – there is a Museum of Miniature Books in the Old Town in Baku. The founder is Zarifa Salahova and all of the books belong to her personal collection. 3,700 miniature books are displayed in the museum and about 1,500 books are at her home....

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  • Mardakan Beach

    You cant swim in Hazar sea in other words Xazar Lake in Baku and if you want to enjoy the sea or the lake you have to go a little to north Mardakan's beach (Sahil beach) is on of the best in the Apsheron peninsula. Luxury accomodation is available at the "Khazar Golden Beach Hotel & Resort ", a Caribbean style resort built right at Sahil beach. A...

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Baku Sports & Outdoors

  • Football: FK Qarabag Agdam

    When I visited Baku in the middle of September 2014, a Europa League group phase football match between the Azerbaijani club FK Qarabag Agdam and St. Etienne from France was taking place in the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium.Qarabag is actually a football club from the city of Agdam, which is nowadays a ghost town due to heavy fightings during the...

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  • Gaint Waving Hand

    Our leader demonstrates the new gaint 'Supporters Hand' for those fanatical sports spectors to stand out in the crowd on one of the 12 huge billboards scattered around a tiny village near Baku.

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  • Footy

    Football, England v azerbaijan, 13th october 2004, world cup qualifer. 1-0 to Enlgand, Michael Owen 22mins.Winds of 60mph, and heavy rain nearly had the game called off, but the atmosphere was good, the police treated us well, and they even sold beer at half time! all in all, a great visit to an interesting city!

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  • Baku by night

    Baku is definitely well worth a walk at night when the town is beautifully illuminated. On warm summer nights locals seem to stroll along the Baku Boulevard, which is the wide promenade on the Caspian Sea. From here the illuminated Crystal Hall, the Flag Pole and especially the changing light scenes of the Flame Towers can be seen.Apart from that...

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  • Highland Park viewing terrace

    The Highland Park (Dagüstü Park) was laid out in the 1940's; at that time it was named Kirov Park.The latest redevelopment dates back to 2012, when a large marble style viewing terrace was installed at the edge of the park.From here spectacular views of the city centre and the bay on the Caspian Sea can be enjoyed.Directions:The Highland Park can...

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  • Baku Boulevard

    The wide pedestrianised promenade along the Caspian Sea is called Baku Boulevard. Its construction started in 1909 near the Maiden Tower and at that time it had a length of not more than 500 metres.In the 1960's and 1970's the boulevard was extended to a length of 3,5 kilometres. At present it is approximately 6 km long and leads from beyond the...

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