Baku Soviet&Modern Pop-Culture Free Walking Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Gani
Registered on November 12, 2017

I am founder of Baku Free Tour. I have studied International Relations (Qafqaz University, Baku) and EU-Russian studies (University of Tartu, Estonia). My two-year work experience in Gedabay Gold and Copper Mine gave me passion and enthusiasm to travel and explore regions of Azerbaijan and develop and organize alternative tours and trips. My interests include researching into local stories such as urban legends and myths food and culture tours, architecture. I regularly publish blog posts about Baku at

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

In Soviet and Modern Pop-Culture Walking Free Tour you explore the social-cultural-leisure heart of downtown Baku labeled as “Tarqovı” (Nizami street) and learn about exquisite stories of love and hatred, rise and fall, happiness and tragedy, turmoil and tranquility, contrast and harmony from confluent lives of oil barons and everyday people in Soviet Time and Modern Pop-Culture.

You will be guided to the social and cultural formation of Fountains Square (then Parapet), Nizami (then Torgovaya) and Khagani (Xəqani; then Molokanskaya) streets in Baku based on real-life stories, urban legends and myths that have been developed through imperial Russian, socialist Soviet and capitalist modern times.

– Explore city centre on 2.5 hours walking tour
– Modern history of Baku
– Understand architectural development of city centre
– Hear about Urban legends and myths
– Soak up atmosphere of modern popular culture
– Empathize with love stories of Baku
– Spot central pubs and cafes
– Led by a local guide

– Fountains Square (Former Karl Marx Square)
– Nizami Street 
– Landau's House (Nobel Prize winner)
– House of Soviets
– Shahriyar Club (Former KGB Culture House)
– Opera and Ballet Theatre
– Sahil Park
– Museum Center (former Lenin Museum)
and many more 

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  • Meeting point:
    Istiglaliyyat St Baku Azerbaijan
    Istiglaliyyat St Baku Azerbaijan
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    Red umbrella in front of KFC at Fountains Square

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Catr... 01 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
We explored central streets of Baku about its recent history, culture and people. A very well organized tour.
Manali 03 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
Gani is an exceptional guide- he was extremely well prepared and shared very interesting information about the history and culture of Azerbaijan. 2.5 hours simply flew by and we had the best time walking the streets of Baku with Gani. The tour ended with a cup of tea at a local haunt and a very useful map with information about places to visit, restaurants, transport and basic phrases in Azerbaijani. Do not miss this tour if you want to truly explore Baku.
Megan 30 Apr 2022
Abu Dhabi

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Travelled alone - Apr 2022
Great tour! I learned a lot and Gani was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly!
Ulla 20 Apr 2022

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2022
Gani ist ein sehr freundlicher Tourguide, der die Geschichte Baku,s und Aserbaidschan in und auswendig kennt. Er konnte jede Frage beantworten mit seiner sehr angenehmen Art. Die Tour war kurzweilig und sehr inspirierend. Danke Gani für diese tolle Zeit, die du uns geschenkt hast. Alles Gute und wir wünschen dir viele nette Begegnungen.
tova 18 Apr 2022
Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2022
a tour gide that loves what he does, recomend every visitor in baku!
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What should you know?

Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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