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Things to Know Before You Visit Baku, Azerbaijan

June 22, 2022
Things to Know Before You Visit Baku, Azerbaijan

Traveling to Baku, Azerbaijan is a great opportunity for all kinds of travelers. This city is famous for its beautiful architecture that you can see in the center of the city. The old city has been preserved really well and it's really worth visiting this place if you are a lover of history! 

I recently returned from a trip to Azerbaijan. I visited Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. The city is well known for its economic strength and oil reserves. The climate around Baku is moderate throughout the year (whereas in other regions of Azerbaijan it is extremely hot). Although in the summer months hot weather can be unbearable, I will say that Baku boasts some of the best Mediterranean-like autumn weather in the region.

There are lots of different places to visit because there are many interesting sights. This is why I will talk about some of them today; a detailed description of each spot.  

Introduction: Trip to Baku

A trip to Baku is a must for any traveler. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Azerbaijan, and it's only about 2 hours away from Tbilisi.

Baku is home to the largest oil reserves in the world, and it's also known for its rich history, architecture, and culture.

If you're looking for an adventure or simply want to explore an entirely new city that's unlike anything you've seen before, then Baku is the place to be!

Baku has a humid subtropical climate which is rather mild for its latitude due to maritime influences from the Black Sea, which gives it somewhat warm summers and cool winters with frequent fog and precipitation. 

The city is also home to many museums and cultural institutions that showcase Azerbaijani art traditions. Baku is known as "the windy city" because of its high wind speeds compared to other parts of Azerbaijan.

If you’re looking for a great place to visit in Azerbaijan, Baku is a good choice. It's one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and for good reason. The city has plenty of attractions that appeal to both locals and tourists alike, including museums and parks as well as beautiful beaches on the Caspian Sea.

Baku's Best Attractions

Baku is a great place to visit and explore. The city has a lot of things to offer. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or a fun-filled trip, there is something for everyone in Baku. Here are some of the best things to do in Baku:

  • Take a walk around Baku's Old City:

This is one of the most visited places in Azerbaijan and it is also home to some of the best museums in this country. The Old City has many historical monuments which date back centuries ago and they are worth seeing. You can also visit the National History Museum where you will find exhibits on Azerbaijan's history from ancient times to modern times.

  • Visit Heydar Aliyev Mausoleum:

The Heydar Aliyev Center is located in the heart of Baku, Azerbaijan. It was built on the order of Heydar Aliyev to commemorate his father, who was a national hero. The center is a popular attraction in Baku and features a museum, an art gallery, restaurants, and shops.

The Heydar Aliyev Center is also home to many different organizations, including the National Museum of History, Museum of Folk Architecture and Ethnography, and the National Gallery of Artists.

Visitors can take tours around the complex or just spend time inside enjoying cultural activities. Visitors can also enjoy ice skating rinks at this location during the winter months.

The center houses several museums including the National Museum of Azerbaijan, the National Art Gallery, and the Baku History Museum. There are also restaurants, cafes, and hotels inside the complex which has become one of Baku's most popular tourist destinations since its construction.

It is located on the outskirts of Baku and it overlooks the Caspian Sea. Inside this structure, you will find many paintings and frescos depicting scenes from Heydar Aliyev's life as well as photos taken by him during his travels around the world. The building itself is quite impressive with its domed roof.

  • Nizami Street:

Nizami Street is a pedestrian zone in Baku that has been the focus of numerous international events. The street is named after Rasulzade Nizami, an Azerbaijani poet whose tomb is located on this street. The monument to Nizami stands at the entrance to the street, which is decorated with lamps and flowers and hosts art shows and performances throughout the year.

The area also includes several other historical monuments including the Surakhany temple and the Humayun's tomb.

Another interesting thing about this street is that it has been turned into a pedestrian zone nowadays and you can walk on it without any problems.

  • Yanardag:

Yanardag (Azerbaijani: Y?n?raq, Azerbaijani Turkish: Yayra?) is a district of Baku, Azerbaijan. The name means "the place with beautiful views" in Azerbaijani. It has been the site of many important events in the history of the city, including the construction and opening of the first oil wells in Baku, which were built by Russian engineers for Abdul Aziz Mirza Agha Khan, son of Nizam al-Mulk.

The Yanardag district was founded during the Soviet period as a residential area for senior government officials. The district includes five parks and several museums. It has a beautiful view from its highest point and offers great views over all of Baku.

The Yanardag complex includes an amusement park, an opera house, a cinema theatre, and an amphitheater museum dedicated to Azerbaijani culture.

  • Ateshgah

The Ateshgah, also known as the Blue Mosque, is a beautiful building that has been built in a traditional Azerbaijani style. The interior is decorated with blue tiles and contains beautiful murals. The mosque was constructed in 1926 by architect Hasan bey Huseynov to honor the memory of Imam Shamil, who was an Azerbaijani military commander during the Caucasian War.

The murals on display in this mosque are divided into three sections: the outer wall has images of the holy figures of Islam, while the middle section depicts scenes from the history of Azerbaijan, and finally, there are two smaller sections at the bottom that depict scenes from Azerbaijan's war with Russia (1813-1828).

The mosque is surrounded by an ornamental garden with many trees and flowers. A small fountain sits in front of it and provides water for visitors to wash their hands before entering through its doors.


The Bibi-Hey bat Mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was built in 1973 and it has been named after the name of two famous Azerbaijani poets – Mirza Fatali Akhundov and Fuzûlî. The mosque is located in the center of town and it’s known for its beautiful architecture and interior decoration.

The mosque has a total area of 60,000 sq m, which makes it one of the largest mosques in Azerbaijan. There are three floors in this building; each floor contains different types of rooms for prayer. On top of each floor, there is a balcony that allows people to see everything below them at once. You can enter any room through a marble hallway or staircase, but you need to book an appointment before you can enter it because there is no front entrance on this side of the building!

  • Baku Boulevard:

Baku Boulevard is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. This street is lined with cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops that offer a variety of goods and services.

The Boulevard stretches from the waterfront to the White Palace (Baku's historic museum). It's one of Baku's most beautiful streets and features many historical monuments like the Juma Mosque, which was built in 1839.

In addition to its historical significance, the Boulevard is also home to some of Baku's best restaurants and cafes. The area around Dastan Avenue is particularly popular with tourists. Here you'll find numerous restaurants offering everything from traditional Azerbaijani cuisine to European dishes.

If you want to cool off on a hot summer day, head to one of Baku's public fountains located along Baku Boulevard. These fountains are located throughout the city at different levels so you can enjoy them from your own private balcony or rooftop terrace!


You should expect to spend 454.5 AZN for 2 weeks on transportation, which includes taxis to remote places, marshrutkas, trains, and a flight to and from Nakhchivan.

There are also many buses that run between Baku and the regions around it. However, these buses tend to be older and have less legroom than their European counterparts.

If you are planning on traveling by bus between Baku and other cities in Azerbaijan, then make sure that you book your tickets in advance since they do not sell tickets at the bus stations. You will be able to book them online or over the phone with one of the major travel agencies such as Azerbus or Avtolux Travel Agency.

Buses in Azerbaijan are known for having very little leg room for passengers so make sure that you purchase a seat that offers enough space for yourself (and your luggage).

If you're staying in Baku for longer than 2 weeks then it might be best to look into renting a car as it will save you money in the long run. If you're not sure about driving in Azerbaijan then we recommend hiring a local driver who can take you around town at no extra cost.

Safety situation in Azerbaijan:

Crime levels in Azerbaijan remain relatively low, but there is no guarantee that you will be safe while traveling. There are many petty crime offenses that can be punishable by law, such as theft and pickpocketing. These offenses can lead to fines and imprisonment if you are caught. Some crimes carry a harsher penalty than others, so it is important to read up on the laws of your destination country before you travel.

Theft from hotels and hostels is relatively common, but this doesn't mean that your room or hostel has been broken into. It's more likely that someone has simply walked off with your belongings while you were out exploring the city or attending events nearby. If this happens, don't panic and contact the hotel management immediately. They will take care of the problem for you and return your belongings promptly.


Accommodation in Baku is limited, but the city has a wide range of accommodation options. Rates vary significantly by location and season, but a room can be found for around $25 USD per night during the high season.

Hotels are plentiful in Baku, with many offering discounts to guests willing to book directly on their website. Most hotels have a variety of amenities including free breakfast and Wi-Fi internet access, with some even offering spa services or other leisure activities.

If you're looking for something more private, it's possible to rent an apartment or villa through various host sites or travel agencies. These typically offer kitchens so that you can cook your own meals and make use of local ingredients.

If you're looking for something less expensive, there are other hotels available too. There are several hostels in the city, such as Aparium Hostel, which offers dorm beds for $10 per night. There are also many hotels that offer good rates for single rooms or double rooms with shared bathrooms for around $40 USD per night.


If you plan to travel to Baku, you have a lot of interesting places to see and interesting things to do. My biggest suggestion is to be ready for the new culture that you are going to experience. You will feel like you are in a dreamland. On the other hand, it's also important to know that there should be some changes in your behavior and this can happen if you want to get used to the national traditions and ways of the locals.

One of the most interesting things I have ever seen was the building complex in the middle of town. It had a high, white minaret with golden elements on it and some kind of a needle-like tower. The huge, dynamic building ensemble is situated right in the center of Baku, at the crossroads of Manafzali, Hazi Aslanov, and Istiglaliyyat streets. This location fits perfectly because nowadays this area has become one of the most popular public city places for entertaining people.

I can definitely recommend the city to everyone who is interested in visiting new places and discovering something new. The history of the country is amazing and its culture is very unique. I would have to say that my time in Baku has been invaluable. I have learned a great deal about the city and its history. I'm confident to say that there are few (if any) places in the world that can rival Azerbaijan for its scenic beauty, historical relevance, and cultural contribution.