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10 must-do experiences in Baku, Azerbaijan

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You may have heard of Azerbaijan, but odds are you don’t realize how rewarding a visit to this Caucasus region country can be. First-time visitors won’t want to miss these 10 must-do experiences in the capital of Baku. From it’s beautiful old city to the towering modern skyscrapers going up in all directions, Baku offers a ‘past meets future’ atmosphere and something completely different from typical travel destinations.
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Baku 1005, Azerbaijan
A great place to start your Baku adventure is just outside the old city at Fountains Square, a meeting place for locals. Often referred to as Parapet, the modern name is derived from the presence of many pleasant fountains located throughout. Take...
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Baku, Azerbaijan
Completed in 2012 with a height of 190 meters (623 feet), the Flame Towers are the tallest skyscrapers in Baku. They get their name from the unique shape – designed to look like 3 flames – and especially relevant at night when 10,000 high-powered...
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28 Mikayil Üseynov küç., Bulvar, Bakı, Baku, Azerbaijan
In an awesome new building shaped like a rolled-up carpet, and containing over 1000 rare rugs from throughout the region, you’ll be amazed at the beauty and intricate craftsmanship. Opt for the guided tour to learn more about the designs...
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Neftçilər Prospekti, Bakı, Azerbaijan
The Bulvar promenade, which hugs Baku Bay, is popular with young couples, joggers, and strolling families at any time of day or night. It’s particularly enjoyable for the breezes coming in off the Caspian Sea. All along the park, both within and...
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20 Nigar Rəfibəyli, Bakı, Azerbaijan
Sit on the terrace with your appropriately priced doner kebab and watch the world go by. They also serve beer, a selection or regional teas and assorted snacks. The best part: open 24 hours!
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All over Baku, you’ll see many stores offering expected shopping options: carpets, metalwork, pottery, ornamental souvenirs, and spices. You will also easily find the latest in brand names, both high-end and budget-focused. For something a little...
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1 Heydar Aliyev prospekti, Bakı 1033, Azerbaijan
Much like Dubai, Shanghai, and other booming global cities, Baku is a hotbed for the latest in modern architecture and design. Whether it’s twisting skyscrapers along the Bulvar promenade, innovative interiors like the Modern Art Museum, or simply...
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Built in the 12th century, this UNESCO World Heritage sight is attractive to see but also houses a small museum that’s worth an hour’s exploration. As a symbol of Azerbaijan, you might also notice the structure on the currency notes. It’s also a...
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90A Nizami St, Baku 1010, Azerbaijan
Baku has a slew of new hotels opening all over the city, but this is the choice for business travelers and expats. With over 100 rooms to choose from, this modern boutique hotel is located in the newer part of the city. With several restaurants, a...
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Baku, Azerbaijan
Located in the center of the old city, this ancient stone building has been transformed into a modern boutique hotel offering the latest in comforts. With only 11 rooms, you’ll receive the right amount of attention and its entertainment options in...