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Located on the Caspian Sea, and bordering Georgia, Armenia and Iran, Azerbaijan
is quite the unheard of jewel that brings together Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
A quiet city but a beautiful one, Baku (Capital of Azerbaijan) is believed to get its
origin from the Persian word Bād-kube, meaning "Wind-pounded city" - as they tend
to get harsh winter winds.
Where is Azerbaijan?
Azerbaijan is located on the Caspian Sea, with Georgia and Armenia bordering the
country to the left, and Iran bordering from the South.
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Things you can do in Baku with the kids includes:
Hop-on Hop-off Bus BAKU
A visit to Baku is not complete without a tour on the Hop-on Hop-off Bus.
There are numerous places that you can jump on the bus.
The Baku Hop-on Hop-off bus will take you to most of the sights that you wish to see.
Click here for the Baku City Sightseeing Bus Route Map and other details.
Ride the Funicular up to the Lookout at Baku
The funicular alone is great fun for the kids. At the top you will have a magnificent view of Baku.
There are two stations; "Bahram Gur" and "Martyrs Lane"
Departures are every 10 minutes and the time between stations is 4 minutes.
The funicular was opened in 1960. Read more about the funicular here.
Walk along the boardwalk alongside the Caspian Sea
Baku has a remarkably long boardwalk that follows alongside the Bay of Baku.
In the middle or thereabouts of the Boardwalk along the waters edge, there is a
Fun Fair out in the open. It is fun, and so relaxing to slowly walk along the path.
The kids will love it as they get to be out in the open
Visit the Palace of the Shirvanshahs
The Shirvan-Shah's Palace was built during the 15th and 16th century, when Baku became the Capital.
The medieval architecture was very important at this time,
Unesco World Heritage listed, the complex contains the Shah's family tomb (the turbe) and the tomb
of Seid Yahia Bakuvi (a court astronomer) as well as the 14th century Bei-Kubad Madrassa Mosque.
Whilst in baku, do not forget to...
Check out the Flame Towers at night
If you stand on Baku's seafront or in the Old City, you will see the three (3) beautiful towers.
At night, they present a lightshow with flames and other beautiful images.
Set aside a night to stand and watch the beautiful display, particularly the flames display.
From afar they appear like flames reaching up to the sky.
How to get there?
Find some options here on how to get to Baku.
Where to stay?
We have many options for where to stay in Baku.
Local Baku bits and pieces:
Azerbaijan's currency is the Azerbaijani New Manat.
For your own conversion (from your own currency) use our basic currency converter here.
The conversion against the US Dollar is 1.05. For every $1 US = 1.05 AZN.
For a tip scenario, consider a $3-$4 (US) tip, this would be the equivalent
of 3.15 - 4.20 Azerbaijani New Manat.
Baku has a temperate semi-arid climate with wet winters and strong winds.
The coldest period of the year is between June-August (their Winter).
Summer (Dec-Feb) can reach temperatures of approximately 30 degrees C (86 F)
and in Winter (June-Aug), the temperature can fall to 5 degrees C (41 F).
Azerbaijan is at UTC +4.
To convert this relevant to your home country, refer to Time and Date's World Map.
In Summer, Azerbaijan observes Day Light Saving Time and is then at UTC +5.