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Baku – a new beginning in the Caucasus

The Persians called it bad kube, city of winds. Located on the shores of the Caspian Sea and on the legendary Silk Road, Baku has always been a major city whose importance reaches far beyond the region. Within sight of the snow-capped mountains of the Caucasus, this old trade town was a hub of business activity between East and West. And still today, Azerbaijan’s capital acts as a bridge for trade with Western Europe.

Walking through the winding alleys of the Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can imagine yourself among the palaces and bazaars, mosques and fortifications of the Arabian Nights. And with a little imagination these bygone days are just a breath away. Beyond the renovated historic centre, the city shows a different face. Here, a century ago, oil barons were already building magnificent villas to create a new, fairy-tale setting. Today, however, the skyline is dominated by futuristic skyscrapers. Completed in 2012, the group of three Flame Towers with their curved outlines is probably one of Baku’s best-known modern buildings.

Lufthansa flies six times a week (daily except Saturdays) from Frankfurt to Baku.

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