Baku, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is the capital and commercial hub of Azerbaijan. Home to gracefully illuminated stone mansions, tree-lined streets, exclusive boutiques, many mesmerizing towers, and wooded parks, this city is desert-ringed and a stroll along the seafront. Transforming at a great pace, this city portrays the best blend and east and west seamlessly.
Baku has become a popular tourist destination over the years. The city has so many amazing sites that tourists flock to explore this growing tourist destination. The flame towers are one of the most visited attractions with three towers built to resemble fire at night. Other attractive places to visit in Baku are Maiden’s tower, fountains square, Boulevard, Vahid gardens, Flame Towers, and Palace of the Shirvanshahs.
Baku Tourist Attractions Photos
Flame Towers Baku
It is a trio of skyscrapers that stands at a height of 182m tall in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is symbolic of fire and comprises 130 residential apartments. The construction was done in 2007 and completed in 2012.
The Boulevard is also known as National Park and dates its history back to 100 years. It stretches along the Caspian Sea and has doubled in length, and it might be as long as 26km.
Heydar Aliyev Center
It was designed to become the country’s cultural programs breaking the Soviet monumental style. There a plaza with an interior space dedicated to the cultural and traditional celebration of their culture.
Baku Ferris Wheel
It is also known as Baku Eye built by a Dutch company in 2014. It is 60 m in height and has 30 cabins holding eight people. The cabinets are covered in transparent glass and there are special cabinets for each ladder.
Dagustu & Upland Parks
It is the first and the last remains of a funicular system that connects a square on Martyrs’ Lane and Neftchilar Avenue. It was opened in 1906 and has been renovated frequently and designed on the latest standard and technology.
Baku Fountains Square
It is a public square that was previously known as Parapet. The square was constructed during Soviet rule and is a popular gathering place with many shops, restaurants, boutiques, and passages.
It is a large shopping street named after Nizami Ganjavi, a classical Persian poet. The street is home to various shops, fashion stores, and it is also one of the most expensive streets in the world.
Mountain Ski Resort Baku
Shahdag Mountain Resort
It is the country’s first and largest winter resort in Shahdag National Park. Over 14 ski slopes stretch 17 kilometers. The complex includes high-class hotels and other activities such as quad biking, horse riding.
Activities in Shahdag
There are several activities available at Shahdag; in the summer, it is not always warm, and it gets cold. The activities you can enjoy in the summer are para-gliding, hiking, quad biking, cycling, rope-way, buggy rides, etc. While in the wintertime, you can enjoy skiing, building snowmen or even going on a chairlift.
Shahdag Hotel & Spa
The Ritzy mountainside hotel is set kilometers away from the M1 highway. It is surrounded by the Caucasus range and offers elegant suites, balconies with clean, standard rooms, TV set, heated floors, butler services, and many others.
With the hotel, there’s a nice cozy dining area with refined restaurants, sophisticated bars, and the interiors are well-designed along with hanging chandeliers. Other amenities which include in the hotel are a spa, sauna, yoga, hammams, skiing, and an indoor pool.
Gabala Ski Resort
Gabala is a city in northern Azerbaijan and it has one of the best ski resorts in the city known as Tufandag ski resort. It is 4 km away from the city and provides the best accommodation for tourists who are looking for a pleasant ski resort.
The resort can accommodate up to 3000 people and offers facilities such as cafes, bars, restaurants, ski schools, ski equipment, and repair services.
Mosque & Temples
Ateshgah – Fire Temple
It is a religious temple that was a Sikh, Hindu, and Zoroastrian place of worship. The temple was built during the 17th and 18th centuries and was nominated on the List of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO.
The site is also known as the Gates of Hell and Land of Fire, which is a natural gas fire blazing out continuously on the Caspian Seaside. It is a historical, cultural and natural reserve of Azerbaijan.
The historical mosque was built in the 13th century and recreated again in 1990. The mosque features a tomb of Ukeyma Khanum.
The mosque is one of the most visited attractions in Baku which covers an area of 4,200 sq meters. It is made with special stones based on Asheron architectural style. Construction work began in 2012 and was completed in 2014.
The 12th-century monument was listed in 2001 under the World Heritage site, UNESCO. It’s an important symbol of the country and is even featured on the currency note and official letterhead of the country.
Palace of the Shirvanshahs
UNESCO described the 15th-century palace as ‘one of Azerbaijan’s architectural pearls’. It comprises the main building, vaults, mosques, portal, reservoir, and a bathhouse.
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum
The museum houses the largest collection of carpets in the world. It showcases the different rugs and carpets made with different materials and weaving techniques.
Nizami Museum of Azerbaijani Literature
The museum is named after Nizami Ganjavi and is one of the richest and greatest museums of Azerbaijan. It houses a wide collection of research and materials of Azerbaijan culture and literature.
Taghiyev History Museum
The museum is one of the largest museums in the country and founded in 1920. It was built in the Renaissance style and has four floors exhibiting various collections of the history of Azerbaijan.
Monuments & Statues in Baku
The indoor arena is a famous attraction in Baku constructed in 2011 and completed in 2012. It was built for the hosting of a Eurovision song contest. The arena is lit up by thousands of LED lights and offers many facilities.
It is a multi-story mall that has the architectural structure of modern western art. The mall comprises six floors with over 99 stores, a supermarket area, 6 movie theatre, and many others.
It was previously known as Kirov Park, a cemetery and a memorial ground for the soldiers who laid their lives in the Nagorno Karabakh War in 1990. It is estimated that 15,000 people are buried in this cemetery.
Gobustan National Park
The National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is located 40 miles south of Baku. It gained its national status in 2006 in the Gobustan State and cultural reserve.
Hotels & Restaurants in Baku
Baku has some incredible hotel options and over the years many hotels have sprung up ranging from the luxurious one to budget ones. Some hotels are privately owned and meet the international standards of accommodation. We listed some of the most popular and best hotels in Baku below:
Hilton Baku (5 Star)
Intourist Hotel Baku (5 Star)
Hyatt Regency Baku (5 Star)
Hotel Fairmont Baku (5 Star)
Hotel Pullman Baku (5 Star)
Four Seasons Hotel Baku (5 Star)
Boulevard Hotel Baku (5 Star)
Hotel Park Inn By Radisson Baku (4 Star)
Holiday Inn Baku (4 Star)
New Baku Hotel (4 Star)
Qafqaz Baku City Hotel (4 Star)
Opera Hotel Baku (4 Star)
Shah Palace Hotel Baku (4 Star)
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