Bahir Dar situated near the shores of Lake Tana, is one of Ethiopia’s prominent cities. The City established around the 16th Century is presently the administrative capital of the Amhara Region. The City is linked to Addis Ababa by regular public bus services. Ethiopian Airlines also operates regular flights from the Bole Airport in Addis landing at the Bahir Dar Airport.
Bahir Dar is also a bustling and fast developing city, home to a number of banking and financial institutions, industries and institutes of higher learning. For entertainment, the city has a number of restaurants, cinema, pubs and nightclubs. Leading hotels in the town include; the Ghion Hotel and the Tana Hotel, amply located at the shore of Lake Tana.
Tourism and travel:
Bahir Dar features prominently on the local tourism itinerary as it is here that most visitors embark on their tour of the Blue Nile. This includes the view of the magnificent Blue Nile Falls. Other attractions in Bahir Dar are the old palatial ruins; and the churches and monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana.