Things to do in Baku
Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital city, is one of the most alluring and cosmopolitan destinations in central Asia. From its mesmerising State Carpet Museum to its wonderful public parks, there are lots of things to do in Baku on a holiday.
Historic attractions in Baku
The first stop on any travel itinerary in Baku is the Old City, or ‘Icheri Sheher’. This is the historic focus of the capital, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Things to do in the Old City include exploring the Maiden Tower, which dates back to the 12th century, and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs.
One of the most impressive sights in Baku is the Bibi Heybat Mosque, recently rebuilt after being destroyed by the Soviet regime. Martyr Hill is an essential stop for visitors too and can be accessed by a funicular. Formerly known as Kirov Park, the hill now features an eternal flame to commemorate over 100 people killed by the Soviet army in Baku in 1990.
Baku’s cultural highlights
Baku is home to a medley of museums and galleries that shed light on Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage. The Azerbaijan State Carpet Museum is a great way to learn more about this fascinating Azeri art form, and the Museum of Modern Art boasts over 800 works from the 1940s to today. The Museum of Literature also showcases literary exhibits in a grand building that is one of the most photographed in Baku.
There are plenty of things to do at night in Baku too. Heydar Aliyev Palace has hosted some of the biggest names in pop music, while the Baku State Circus carries on a strong Soviet tradition and the Filharmonia is one of the region’s most elegant classical music venues.