Things to do in Baku, Azerbaijan | Baku Travel Guide | Explore Baku

Updated: May 28, 2020

Explore Baku the Capital of Azerbaijan - Things to do in Baku - 3 days Guideline

Baku - The capital of Azerbaijan is one of the most amazing cities with a unique and rich history and culture. The city has a variety of flavors from its beautiful old town and modern skyscrapers, home of 5-Star hotels with mind blowing architecture like Four Seasons, Hilton and Fairmount.

The city has the best traditional food with a wide variety of local and International food chains and most lively nightlife. Baku is also hosting Formula 1 racing every year.

Baku Skyline from Hilton Baku

I have visited Baku twice, once in 2015 for my business trip and in 2018 for celebrating the New Year Eve with my wife. As I was living in UAE at that time, there's a direct flight with Fly Dubai.

Visa Procedure for Pakistanis:

The procedure to apply for the visa is also very simple for Pakistanis. You can apply for the E-Visa Online and normal processing time is 1-3 business days but you can also apply for urgent visa and get in 3-5 business hours.

The cost the visa for Azerbaijan is USD 20 and you get your visa on your Email after 3 days of payment of fees.

Good news for the Pakistanis: Soon, there will be a direct flight from Pakistan to Azerbaijan.

Heydar Aliyev Centre:

I had started my day with a visit of the most iconic building of Baku. Heydar Aliyev Complex is one of the most famous and unique architectural complex that's one of the masterpieces of Zaha Hadid.

Heydar Aliyev Complex, Baku, Azerbaijan

The complex has hosted different exhibitions and art work of different artists.

Heydar Aliyev Complex, Baku, Azerbaijan

The different floors of the complex presents the different theme. You can also be privileged to see the cultural representing the colors of Azerbaijan, puppet collection and huge range of musical instruments.

Inside Heydar Aliyev Complex, Baku, Azerbaijan

We were totally amazed to see the beautiful miniature where they have exhibited different buildings of Azerbaijan. The price of the entry ticket is 15 AZN for exhibition and Museum & additional ticket for 10 AZN for Car exhibition.

Inside Heydar Aliyev Complex, Baku, Azerbaijan

Don’t forget to take the picture near I LOVE BAKU, it’s just a few meters away from Heydar Aliyev Complex.

I Love Baku, Baku, Azerbaijan

Old Town of Baku:

The old town of Baku has one of the oldest city center which remain undefended. The old town has two parts called Ichari and Bayir.

The Inner part is called Ichari and you can find all the places like shops, restaurants, mosques and churches next to each other. There are narrow streets and have almost same height.

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Old Town of Baku, Azerbaijan

We were totally amazed by the beautiful view from these streets with a background of framing towers. The outer part is called Bayir. There are different squares in old town which are worth to explore. You can also find a Vahid Monument in old town.

Vahid Monument in old town Baku, Azerbaijan

Maiden Tower:

Our next stop was towards world's famous Maiden Tower in Old city of Baku. The tower is considered to be constructed before the advent of Islam.

The Tower is covered by cloud of mysteries and legends which are rooted to the History of Azerbaijan and national Culture of Azerbaijan. The pool of tower's epics and legends is a part of Azerbaijan's culture and national heritage.

Maiden Tower in Baku, Azerbaijan

Palace of Shirvanshahs:

The Palace is a must place to visit in Ichri Old city. It was built in15th Century, it has the main palace building, burial place, mosque and near the Murad gate, you can also found a old bath house.

Palace of Shirvanshahs, Baku, Azerbaijan

Nizami Street:

The Nizami street is one of the most crowded streets of Baku downtown. It's a long street with all the shopping brands and restaurants and cafes. You can also find the big square called Nizami Monument.

Nizami Street, Baku

There are many other streets connecting with it where you can find the beauty and wonder of Baku. While exploring the neighbourhood of Nizami street, it gave me a feel that I am in Paris as the Architecture is quite similar of Parisian buildings.

Exploring Nizami Street in Baku, Azerbaijan

There are countless clubs and bars and famous for the nightlife in Baku. For the shopping lovers, Yusif Mammadaliyev street is a must place to go. It has all the luxurious brands.

You can also find the famous girl on bench Sculpture also in Nizami Street. The famous fountain square is also over there. You can also visit Nizami Museum of Literature near to fountain.

As we were there in the last days of December, the city was enlightened up with festivity of Christmas.

Christmas in Baku, Azerbaijan

There was also a Christmas market selling Christmas specialities and every street was decorated with lights and fully crowded with people.

Christmas in Baku, Azerbaijan

Highland Park (Dagustu Park)

To enjoy the beautiful view of the Baku skyscrapers and Caspian sea, Highland park is a must place to go. You can either climb up or use the Funicular train which takes up to the park.

Highland Park (Dagustu Park)

The Shahidlar Monument (Ateshgah) and Marttyrs’ Alley are also up there and are must visit places during your the Highland Park visit.

Shahidlar Monument (Ateshgah) in Baku, Azerbaijan

You can walk on on Martyrs Alley and reach to Shahidlar which has a sparkling flame dedicated to Ottoman soldiers died in World War 1.

Baku Skyline
Baku Skyline from Highland Park

Milli Park:

On the bank of a Caspian Sea, the Milli park is around 3.5 km long and runs parallel to sea.

It's a lush green park with waterfront and one of the most relaxing and enduring place in Baku. In the background, you can see flaming towers aswell.