Shushi is a historic city in Nagorno-Karabakh. This fortified city has long been a cultural center in Karabakh, and has had a history of conflict. The town was mostly destroyed as a result of the Karabakh war, but more and more buildings are being rehabilitated, and comfortable western hotels have opened.
Every half an hour there's a microbus from Stepanakert and back. It crosses Shushi's main sights and the end is in the upper town, near the shops. Taxis are also available to take you to and from Stepanakert. The bus to Stepanakert stops at the square at the bottom of the main town park - the far end from the Avan Shushi Plaza Hotel. Private cars heading to Stepanakert will often stop at the bus stop and pick up passengers for the same price the bus would charge.
It is easy enough to walk around Shushi, but taxis and other transport are available. Taxis are usually available in the area near and east of Ghazanchetsots Cathedral.
There is a small tourist office located at the junction of Garegin Njdeh street and Azatamartikneri street.
- Ghazanchetsots Cathedral
- Shushi Museum
- Town walls
- Jtrtuz - the famous lookout of Shushi with spectacular views of the Karkar canyon cliffs below
- Hike a section or two of the Janapar Trail. Hike north into Karkar Canyon to see the spectacular cliffs and unusual and beautiful Zontik waterfall, or hike south to Stepanakert.
- Across from the Cathedral is a hole-in-the-wall cafe. If you let them know ahead of time, you can eat very good dolma for a very reasonable price.
- Shushi Grand Hotel - A very nice and clean hotel. The hotel is in accordance with western standards and has a huge restaurant, which has a huge variety of delicious food.
- Avan Shushi Plaza Hotel - A clean hotel (3 star) at reasonable prices 24,000 AMD, as of March 2015, for three beds including breakfast. Has many rooms, but the bar is closed in off season.
- Shushi Hotel