Gedabey has been a centre of gold/copper mining since early ages. Mining operations were poorly-organized lacking technology and financial resources prior to the Siemens Brothers took control of the mine in 1865. The Siemens Bothers, Werner, Carl, Otto and Walter have involved in complex industrial operations in Gedabey during 1865-1920. Their activities also included turning Gedabey in European-looking small town that you may still explore the German heritage of that period in today’s Gedabey, too. The Siemens Brothers’ expertise and know-how has made Gedabey to be coined with the first railway and hydroelectric power plant of its kind in Caucasus at that time. This hiking reflects our own report on the Siemens Brothers in Gedabey.
– Explore one of the remote regions of Azerbaijan
– Hear about forgotten German heritage in Gedebey
– Trace forgotten story of railway built by Siemens for mining
– Hike through villages with background of potato fields and beautiful mountain scenery in Lesser Caucasus Mountain Range
– Led by a local guide
– Taste Gedabey’s famous potatoes and kebabs
COURSE OF HIKING TOUR
A hiking tour travels through Qalakent, Miskinli, Sabatkechmaz, Chalburun, Duzyurd and Gedabey city. It is about 20 km. The tour will first start exploring Koroghlu Castle at the edge of Miskinli village. Then the tour continues through the exact route of the narrow-gauge line (railway route) that the Siemens Brothers built during 1879-1883. On the route you will eyewitness more than twenty five (25) arch-bridges (viaducts) of different scale, the largest bridges having 9 arches. The tour will end with visiting the Siemens Exhibition at Gedabey Culture House and then walking through streets where Siemens’ copper smeltery and various administrative and cultural buildings located.
Our tour guide walks you through entire tour route. The tour takes place all day. It travels moderately through mountain ridges and slight escalation of elevation towards the Gedabey city.
Minimum number of people required for tour is 5 pax.
PRICE for GROUP of 5 PAX is 925 AZN