A cosmopolitan city of two million people, fast-growing Baku feels dynamic and youthful. Half of the population is under 30, which may account for Baku’s frequent listing as one of the world’s hottest spots for nightlife.
In this UNESCO World Heritage site, shops and restaurants are thriving.
Things to Do in Baku
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Find inspiration in these delightful itinieraries for three days in Baku, covering everything from Maiden Tower to fine dining to Old Town Baku.
Maiden's Tower (Qiz Qalasi)
No image is more closely associated with Azerbaijan than Baku's famous Maiden's Tower. A historical monument of the 12th century, this ancient tower is the birthplace of Baku. Nestled on a cobblestone-covered street adjoining the Maiden's Tower is the Qiz Qalasi Art Gallery, which consists of three modern exhibition halls showcasing 20th-century Azerbaijani arts.
Art Garden is housed in a building constructed in the 17th century, offering visitors a chance to feel the atmosphere of the past. Activities of local art masters are featured, including carpet making, woodcarving, ceramics and jewellery making. Drawing exhibitions also take place to promote the work of young artists.
Museum of Modern Art
Baku's Museum of Modern Art features collections by Azerbaijani avant-garde artists, including paintings and sculpture. In addition to the work of local artists, the museum exhibits European classics and the masterpieces of Picasso, Chagall and Dali, presented from private collections.
The State Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex
Located in the historical part of Gala Village, this open-air museum complex showcases 216 unique monuments of scientific, historic and artistic significance. Among them are five mosques, three baths, four ovdans (water reservoirs), dwelling houses, agricultural premises, burials, tombs, tumuli, fortress ruins and more. There is also a rich collection of archaeological artefacts, petroglyphs and handicrafts.
Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
Theatrical life in Baku has a long history, and the Opera and Ballet House is the city’s oldest theatre. For the last century it has been at the centre of Baku's cultural life, showcasing the best operas and ballets in Azerbaijan, with many internationally famous figures gracing its stage.
Azerbaijan State Philharmonic – Muslim Magomayev
After its construction between 1910 and 1912, this building began to gather music lovers, acting ensembles and orchestras. Today it is the leading organization of the republic and plays an important role in promoting classical music. In addition to concerts with the philharmonic, there are also featured performances by famous international soloists.