27 29 APR


Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do


    Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, and is twinned with the European cities of Naples in Italy, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Izmir in Turkey. Baku is famous for its unique soviet-era floating island located in the middle of the Caspian Sea, which is the oldest offshore oil city in the world.

    The city can be considered the perfect blend of the historic and the contemporary. Be sure to visit the medieval walled Old City which is home to the vast Royal Complex, the Palace of Shirvanshahs as well as the iconic stone Maiden Tower. If a modern atmosphere is more your scene, the city also hosts a multitude of vibrant arts and cultural activities. You will also find contemporary landmarks such as the Flame Towers (3 skyscrapers covered with LED screens) and the Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by Dame Zaha Hadid – the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004.

    • Language: Azerbaijani
    • Currency: Azerbaijani Manat (AZN)
    • Time Zone: AZT (GMT+0400)

    International Travel

    Heydar Aliyev International Airport is located around 20 kilometres north-east of Baku city. The Baku airport is served by a few major airlines such as Aeroflot, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways, as well as few smaller airlines. A bus service connects the airport and the city with stops at Koroglu metro station and 28 May metro station, it runs every 30 minutes between 6am and 10pm and every 60 minutes during night time. Tickets must be purchased before getting inside the bus from ticket machines located at the exit of the airport terminal.


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    Things To Do

    Old City Baku

    The Old City is the historical centre of Baku, while wandering throughout the Old City, you will find medieval palaces alongside modern mansions.

    The Fire Temple of Ateshgah

    The Baku Ateshgah, also known as the "Fire Temple of Baku" is a religious temple which was used as a Hindu and Zoroastrian place of worship. The fire temple of Ateshgah was a philosophical pilgrimage landmark for Zoroastrians.

    Flame Towers

    The Flame Towers are inspired by Baku’s history of fire worship. They consist of three flame-shaped towers, one of which is considered the tallest skyscraper in the country which stands at 182 m (597 ft)

    Gobustan Rock Art

    The Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is a real gem featuring inhabited caves, settlements and burials, a real delight for fans of the Prehistoric era and the Middle-Age.

    Palace of the Shirvanshahs

    The Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a 15th-century palace described by the UNESCO as "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture".

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