With far-reaching views of the Caspian sea from various vantage points in this city, the Azerbaijan capital of Baku is a cultural treasure that needs to be on your list of must-see destinations in the world.
Once you have reviewed available Baku holiday packages and chosen where to stay it’s time to start planning an itinerary and work out which of the many amazing tourist attractions you would like to visit during your time there.
Here are some highlights that you might want to consider when paying a visit to Baku.
A stunning example of cultural and historical contrasts
A big point to make about Baku is that you truly get the best of both worlds because it is a treasure trove of incredible European palaces and landmarks that date back to the 19th century combined with parts of the city that are the very definition of a modern city with a skyline to match.
If you want to see the historical part of the city you should head to Icheri Sheher, which is Baku’s old town and dates back to medieval times when this was the capital of the Shirvan Shah dynasty.
Visit the Palace
While you are in this historical part of Baku you should consider paying a visit to the Palace of Shirvan Shah.
This 15th century ancient complex of buildings is a UNESCO site and with such a rich and fascinating heritage it is not hard to appreciate why this site is a must-see for tourists.
Retail Therapy – Azerbaijan style
It is always a fun thing to do while you are visiting a new part of the world and if you fancy doing some shopping it would be a good idea to head for Nizami Street.
The street stretches for about two miles so there is plenty to see and away from the various retail offerings on display you might want to pay attention to the noticeable changes in architectural styles as you wander along Nizami Street.
An architectural gem
Government buildings often offer a fascinating insight into how a country is run and it reveals a lot about its cultural heritage too.
The House of Government building situated on Netfilcher Avenue might not be that old compared to buildings in other parts of the city but it is a testament to an era of opulence when the Soviets created the House of Government just over 65 years ago, making it well worth a look.
Enjoy a panoramic view
Baku is situated on the coastline of the Caspian sea and as well as offering a spectacular landscape that stretches out away from the city there is a chance to get a panoramic view of the Baku itself and view the contrasting parts of the city.
The way to do this would be to take a ride on the train that departs from Baku Funicular.
You will be rewarded with views from the top of Icheri Sheher and clearly distinguish between the old city and the modern skyscrapers that provide such an obvious historical contrast.
Baku is an amazing city and these are just some of the adventures that await you when you book your trip to the capital of Azerbaijan.
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