Sulaymaniyah, Iraq's second largest city, is particularly known for the cultural oppertunities. In contrast to many Iraqi cities, Sulaymaniyah demonstrates a young, open-minded and quite western attitude to life. High mountains and Mesopotamian architecture dominate the landscape.
Sulaymaniyah is Kurdistan's official capital city of culture and therefore the centre of the intellectuals and of art. The cultural oppertunities include a unique museum landscape with almost two dozen bigger and smaller museums as well as several exhibition halls. The national theater is the city's flagship. Its symphony orchestra is the most popular one in Iraq.
Sulaymaniya lies at the foot of the Azmar mountain. As a unique viewing platform the Azmar mountain reveals Sulaymaniya's perfect beauty. The mountainous landscape makes the hiker's heart skip a beat.