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Top 17 attractions in Astana

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Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center

Hazrat sultan mosque, nur astana mosque.

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How to visit Astana in 3 days

By Joan Torres 2 Comments Last updated on April 11, 2024

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Astana, today Nur-Sultan, was described as the weirdest capital in the world by CNN and I agree. Enter the city into Google Maps and you will see how far away it is from anywhere.

Kazakhstan is the same size as Western Europe but it is mostly unpopulated and nearly completely covered in flat, arid steppe.

Traveling to Astana by plane is surreal. There is nothing as far as you can see until you literally find yourself over the capital. There is nothing – not a mountain, not a tree, no other city or suburbs – nothing.

It is difficult to believe today that when the capital was moved from Almaty in 1997 this was just a dusty little village.

Since then it has gone through a building boom turning it into a futuristic city full of modern, quirky architecture all funded by the country’s vast oil and energy resources.

18.3 million people live in Kazakhstan and although the general standard of living is reasonable I question whether the money could have been better spent.

This article contains everything you need to know to visit Nur-Sultan , former Astana.

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In this Astana travel guide you will find:

Table of Contents

  • Is Astana or Nur Sultan?
  • Best time to visit
  • Transportation
  • Getting to Astana
  • Moving around the city
  • Getting from the airport
  • Where to stay
  • Where to eat
  • Things to do is 3 days
  • More information

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Is it Astana or Nur-Sultan?

Shortly after the capital was moved from Almaty in 1997 it was named Astana, which means ‘capital’ in Kazakh.

The official reason for the relocation was the danger posed by earthquakes in the Almaty region.

The real motive is believed to be more to do with geopolitics and the relationship with Kazakhstan’s two largest trading partners – Russia and China.

For years there was speculation over whether Astana would be renamed after the leader who created it, Nursultan Nazarbayev . He was the president for nearly 30 years, starting his term when the country was still part of the Soviet Union.

Presidents are, according to the country’s constitution, limited to two 5-year terms. However, these rules were changed since the president was so popular – he regularly won 98% of the votes in the general elections.

Nursultan surprised many critics of his regime when he stood down in March 2019. He was expected to be ‘president for life’, as seen in several other countries in the region.

However, at 78-years old and retaining powers as chairman of the Security Council and head of the ruling party, I am not sure how far he actually stepped down in reality.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was named as his successor.

As a tribute to his predecessor, he renamed the capital Nur-Sultan .

Officially the name was changed in March 2019 but Astana is still widely used and is the name best known abroad, the named most commonly used in this travel blog.

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Best time to visit Nur-Sultan

Having a steppe climate the variances between cold winter nights and sizzling summer days can be 80 degrees Celsius.

When we visited I was surprised to learn that Nur-Sultan is the second coldest capital in the world after Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia).

Unless you are prepared for -20 degrees Celsius, winter is not the best time to visit.

The other extreme are the summer months of July and August when temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius.

These large variances make the shoulder season of May/June and September/ October the best times to visit.

Having said that, we visited in early May and I was surprised at how cold it was.

Coming from the warmer climates of Almaty and Uzbekistan this was a bit of a shock to the system. We ended up wearing most of the clothes we brought with us during the evenings when the temperature drops quite considerably.  

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Need to know about transportation

How to travel to astana.

There are several ways, depending on where you travel from.

How to travel to Astana from Almaty

Getting to Astana from Almaty by plane

I highly recommend traveling to Nur-Sultan by plane from Almaty. If you know your travel dates and book in advance, I found that it was cheaper to take the 1.5-2 hours flight than the 14-hour speed train. And it was definitely more comfortable (if the reports about the speed train being so bumpy making it impossible to sleep are true).

Getting to Astana from Almaty by train

There are two types of trains – the speed train and the slow train .

The speed train takes 14 hours overnight in both directions and most days there are 2 slow trains leaving mid-morning and taking roughly 24 hours.

For everything you need to know about taking the train in Kazakhstan read this post .

Tickets can be booked in person or online. For the speed train tickets cost $50-65 and for the slow train $20-30.

The Kazakhstan railways website is not available in English so unless you can read Cyrillic I recommend using Real Russia .

This site has a good search function in English to find train times so is useful even if buying your own ticket at the station.

In the summer and during holidays train tickets should be bought in advance.

For the speed train early booking discounts are up to 40% so it pays to plan ahead.

How to travel to Astana from Russia (Moscow)

This is not a cheap route with tickets costing around $300 per person . Trains depart every 2nd day on even-numbered dates and take 3-4 days to cover the 3,105km between the two cities.

Astana travel tip – This train only crosses the border one time. Other routes can cross it several times and there is some uncertainty about whether this means you need a double-entry visa. Make sure to check the visa needed for the train route you are taking.  

How to travel from (China) Urumqi to Astana by train

Leaving every Saturday afternoon from Astana railway station the train arrives Monday morning in Urumqi. The return departs late on Monday getting into Nur-Sultan on Wednesday.

The train can only be booked through travel agents and costs upwards from $350 per person in a compartment with 4 beds.  The journey takes nearly 40 hours with 8 of these spent at the border changing the wheels on the train carriage since the tracks in the two countries have different gauges.

How to move around Nur-Sultan

The buildings are enormous and distances deceptively far. Luckily there is a good bus system with routes marked at each stop making it easy to find which bus you need.

If in doubt you can find an interactive English route map here .

Buses run from 6-7am to 10-11pm and tickets costs 90T for shorter routes within the city and 150T for express routes. The most useful routes for sightseeing are:

  • 10 – runs every 15 minutes from the bus station to the airport taking one hour via Zhenis, Moldagulova, Beibitshilik, Seufullin, Respublika, Konaev and Kabanbay Batyr
  • 21 – Astana-1 to Bayterek Tower, Ak Orda, the pyramid and National Museum, via Zhengis, Sarayka, Qabanbay Batyr, Qonayev and Mangilik
  • 32 – Astana Nurly Zhol to the old city via the pyramid, Ak Orda, Nurzhol bulvar, Turan dangyly and Respublika dangyly
  • 40 – Astana-1 to the pyramid and Khan Shatyr via Seyfullin and Kenesary in old Nur-Sultan, and Sarayshyk, Mangilik and Dostyk in modern Nur-Sultan
  • 505 Express bus – Express bus from Astana Nurly Zhol to Khan Shatyr, via the pyramid

How to get to and from the airport

Uber operates here and is a good option if the Wi-Fi on your phone can be used without high network charges.

Taxis are meant to cost 2,000-3,000T but we found that they wanted more. They will not use the meter so make sure you agree on a price before getting in. As with most countries in this region, Russian is widely spoken but English less so. You will probably have more luck negotiating a better price if you speak Russian.

Taking the bus is very easy. The bus stop is a few hundred metres to the left after exiting the terminal. The ticket price is either 90T or 150T (the higher price is for the express bus). Three bus routes pass through the airport leaving roughly every 15 minutes:

  • Bus #10 runs between the airport and the train station stopping at Khan Shatyr and down Qonayev Street. Travelling through the city centre this is likely to be the best option if you want to get the bus.
  • Express bus #100 runs between the airport and the train station
  • Express bus #500 runs between the airport and Astana Nurly Zhol in the very East of the city

Where to stay in Nur-Sultan

Budget – The Place Astana Hostel – Most of the budget options are outside the modern city centre. I always like to be walking distance from the sights and restaurants and the hostel with the best location and good reviews is The Place Astana Hostel.

Mid-Range – VIP House Hotel – Nur-Sultan is not a cheap city and midrange options are more expensive than in many other capitals. Close to the Singing Fountains and the Bayterek Tower is VIP House Hotel which comes with private bathrooms and good views.

Top-end – Rixos Garden Inn – Located close to Nurzhol Bulvar at the Khan Shatyr end. Rooms are of a standard that you would expect from any Western high-end chain.

Where to eat in Nur-Sultan

Looking at Google Maps plenty of restaurants are shown along Nurzhol Bulvar.

However, we found it difficult to find somewhere to stop for lunch. Some restaurants are only open in the evening and others only had a sign in Russian outside and dark windows making it difficult to know whether they were office buildings or restaurants.

Khan Shatyr has a food court with all the usual fast-food brands and some local restaurants but if you fancy something a bit different, I recommend going to Turan Avenue.

Like everywhere in this city, the distance is long between each restaurant but there are several cuisines available such as Korean, Uzbek, Japanese, Georgian and Italian. The designs are the most interesting part.

The Uzbek restaurant reminded me of the city walls in Khiva with blue-tiled domes. The Georgian eatery is built with stone defence towers and overhanging balconies like you see in Baku . My favourite, the Mill, is a Ukrainian restaurant that looks like a windmill with live chickens in the garden. Inside the interior is decorated like a country house with fake flowers.

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Things to do in Astana: 3-day itinerary

I love cities with ‘unusual’ (that is probably a more polite description than ‘wacky’) architecture.

There are plenty of unique things to do in Astana that did not disappoint me but my husband was less convinced.

Although the city has a good bus service make sure you wear comfortable shoes since you will be doing a lot of walking whilst visiting the capital. Distances are long. The city was clearly designed with drivers rather than walking sightseers in mind.

This Kazakhstan itinerary suggests spending 3 days in the capital. If time is limited, all the buildings detailed below can be seen in two days.

Places to visit in Astana on day 1 – Left of the Ishim River

Most of the modern buildings to visit in Astana are located on this side of the river and you can easily spend a day walking up and down Nurzhol Bulvar. At night this area is lit up and in the Summer months, there is a musical water show every day at 9pm.

Khan Shatyr

Shopping is not normally part of my sightseeing plans but this is not your average shopping centre. In fact, this is one of the best places to visit in Nur-Sultan.

Standing at one end of Nurzhol Bulvar this translucent tent is the world’s largest marquee, and one of the most emblematic places to visit in Astana. But when you enter it feels smaller than the 10 football pitches that apparently can fit inside.

Inside it has a park, monorail, boating river, mini-golf and an indoor beach complete with palm trees and sand imported from the Maldives. To ensure that beachgoers have a comfortable temperature (even during freezing winter days) a chemical lining on the building ensures that it is a constant 35 degrees inside.

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Bayterek Tower

The Bayterek Tower is probably the best-known building in Nur-Sultan and in my view the one you cannot leave without seeing. That will not be a problem since at 105m tall and with a prominent position in the middle of the Nurzhol Bulvar it is impossible to miss.

The observation deck is 97 metres high corresponding to the year Nur-Sultan became the capital. It was closed for an unknown reason when we visited and I was disappointed not to be able to put my hand in the gilded handprint of Nursultan and make a wish.

Although we did not make it to the top I would highly recommend going for the 360-degree views over the town. Entrance costs 700T.

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Ak Orda – Presidential Palace

The first thought that struck me when I saw this building was how much it looked like the Whitehouse in Washington DC. Ak Orda means ‘the white headquarters’ so there is a similarity in the name as well as the design.

The architects aimed for something different and unrepeatable and although it is a striking I am not quite sure whether I would call it unique. It is not easy to stand out in a city full of futuristic buildings.

The large golden towers standing either side as you approach the Palace are the House of Ministries, dubbed ‘the beer cans’ by locals. In the square there is little else to see except for the Central Concert Hall.

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Central Concert Hall

Located in the right corner of the Presidential Palace square it is easy to miss due to the tall buildings surrounding it, covering it from view unless you are nearly right in front of it.

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Nur Astana Mosque

I think of Kazakhstan as more Russian than Central Asian but 70% of the population is Muslim. This explains why two of the three largest mosques in Central Asia are located here. With a capacity for 5,000 worshippers inside and 2,000 outside this is the third largest mosque in Central Asia.

Hazret Sultan mosque (see below) might have the most grandiose prayer room but I think, being built in white granite and with a large fountain outside, Nur Astana Mosque is the prettier of the two.

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Bears and lion tamers are not an unusual site at the performances but there are no aliens despite the building looking like a flying saucer.

Circus has a long tradition in the Soviet Union but what made the architect construct a circus building shaped like a UFO, or the president give it the go ahead, is difficult to fathom.

If nothing else, it is certainly noticeable. As with everything in this city it is a bit of a walk from the other sights but for me, this weird building was worth the detour.

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Things to do in Astana on day 2 – Right of the Ishim River

I found the left of the river has the most interesting architecture. The right side is expected to be built out significantly over the next 10 years and in 2030 plans are for the Pyramid to be the geographical center of Nur-Sultan.

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation – The Pyramid

The first draft of the Pyramid is said to have been the same size as the Great Pyramid in Egypt but that was too grand even for Nursultan and it was hastily reduced to about half the size. Despite being 62 meters tall and situated on a hill it was not as impressive as I thought it would be. 

Entry is possible on a guided tour which runs roughly every 30 minutes between 10am and 6pm. Tickets cost 1,000T for adults and 650T for children.

English guides can be arranged at extra cost.

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The Palace of Independence

This is an event space located in the square birds-nest-like building made of dark glass and steel. The only interesting thing to see here is the model of what Nur-Sultan will look like when it is finished, which is expected to be in 2030.

Kazakhstan has been suffering from a falling oil price over the last couple of years and the price having plummeted due to Coronavirus will make the state budget even tighter.

It will be interesting to see whether the city will ever be built out to the extent the previous president dreamt of.

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Kazakh Eli Monument

A symbol of sovereignty with the height of the 91m tall pillar representing the year independence was gained from the Soviet Union in 1991.

The golden statue at the top is Samruk, the bird that laid the egg at the top of the Bayterek Tower.

Hazret Sultan Mosque

This is the largest mosque in Central Asia and can accommodate 10,000 worshippers. The prayer room is decorated in the colour of the Kazakh flag – blue, gold and white.

With its 51m high dome and a 3-ton chandelier this room alone makes the trip across the river worth it.

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National Museum of Kazakhstan

An enormous white-marble building that covers the culture and history of Kazakhstan from ancient history up to the present day.

The museum is closed on Mondays and entry is 1,500T for adults with a further charge of 500T for photos and 2,000T for a guide.

Day 3 – Things to do near Astana

Being in the middle of nowhere, there are really only two actual places to visit around Astana:

ALZHIR Museum and Memorial Complex

Walking around Nur-Sultan with its new fancy buildings it is easy to forget that Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. But a visit to this notorious concentration camp will bring it all back.

The 26th Gulag Point (as it was formally called) was for the women and children of dissenters. Little is left of the camp but the museum has recreated the huts prisoners lived in as well as the trains that brought them to the camp.

Minibuses to Akmol (also called Malinokva) depart roughly every hour and take 45 minutes. Tours can be booked in advance via the museum website . The museum is closed on Mondays.

Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve

With its 200 lakes Korgalzhyn is a popular stop for migrating birds. If you are an avid bird watcher the months of May and June are the best time to visit for the northward migration. Otherwise June to September are more interesting since salty lake Tengiz supports a large colony of flamingos at this time of year.

Local guest houses can arrange transport into the reserve. To see the flamingos you need a 4×4 which cost around 10,000T plus 3,000T for an official guide.

Shared taxis, which take two hours, are the best way to get there. The first ones depart at 10 a.m. but are very popular so make sure you arrive at least an hour before departure to secure a seat.

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Thank you for the detailed guide to this unusual capital. I enjoyed almost every one of your highlights of Day 1 and Day 2 back in 2016 and might return some day for Day 3.

For what it’s worth, I enjoyed the 14-hour train ride from Almaty to Astana (Nur-Sultan). I showed my ticket to the uniformed woman on the platform. She said “Good evening” in English and that she was my conductor. She escorted me to my private cabin with an en suite bathroom and shower. It was a bumpy ride, but I was able to get a good night’s rest. (Perhaps it “rocked” me to sleep?) The conductor checked that I was awake well before our on-time arrival at 8:15 a.m. It was not expensive, did not require rides to and from airports, and saved me the expense of a night in a hotel. It might seem repetitive and boring to some, but I found the incredibly flat landscape had an eerie beauty along with the endless blue sky.

One recommendation: Try to get a ticket to the Astana Opera (The State Opera and Ballet Theatre). This massive Classical structure was completed in 2013 and has incredible acoustics. I got a same-day ticket online for around $5 and caught a shared taxi there for around $2. Arriving just before the opera started, the window to pick up my ticket appeared to be closed. I did my best to explain to the usher (in English), and she handed me a ticket for a box seat close to the stage. (I cannot guarantee this always happens–the website says to arrive a minimum of 10 minutes early–but people were very friendly in Kakakhstan.) The production of Madama Butterfly featured truly world-class performers. There were supertitles (over the stage) in Russian and Kazakh.

I am glad you enjoyed the guide. Sounds like I have to try the Opera next we go!

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The Best Things to Do in Astana, Kazakhstan: 11 Amazing and Unique Spots in the City

Discover the best things to do in Astana with this handy guide.

Kazakhstan’s newly-named capital city, Astana, is like a shimmering light in the middle of the Kazakh steppe.

I visited Astana during the heat of August and I found its cool temperatures and even cooler modern vibes a relief from the otherwise sweltering summer in the southern parts of the country.

While many tourists seem to pass this vibrant city by in favor of the larger former capital Almaty , there are actually several wonderful things to do in Astana that would warrant a few days in the city.

The Kazakh capital is certainly worth a visit for its cosmopolitan feel, its otherworldly architecture, and its vast collection of museums and monuments.

If you’re interested in architecture, history, or strange, photogenic landmarks, don’t miss Astana on your Kazakhstan itinerary !

Top Things to Do in Astana, Kazakhstan

Visit the astana waterfront at night.

I had the huge pleasure of being introduced to a local by a friend of a friend. That local, Kamila, met me for dinner on my first night in Astana and blocked off the whole night to show me around.

Unfortunately, some money exchange issues and a very unfamiliar taxi system had me totally frazzled and an hour late to meet her, but finally we sat down over pasta and chatted. Turns out Kamila was a total gem of a human and her love for her new city really shows!

After dinner, Kamila took me for a walk around the waterfront. At sunset, all the buildings light up and shimmer across the blackness of the water – a beautiful sight, especially after a long day of traveling. The edifices shone green, pink, blue…every color you could imagine.

Moreover, the entire waterfront was buzzing with life. People were everywhere taking selfies, chatting with friends, and just strolling around.

For visitors, I recommend taking a stroll just after the sun sets around the entire area, through the strangely-shaped white pedestrian bridge (you can’t miss it!) and across to the main road. Later in the evening, keep an eye out for the light show that happens on some of the larger buildings.

Explore the Largest Mosque in Central Asia

Kazakhstan Mosque

When Kamila and I parted ways, she gave me a piece of advice, “If you do nothing else in Astana, go to Hazrat Sultan Mosque. It’s amazing and you won’t regret it.”

She was right. As soon as I stepped into the enormous building of Hazrat Sultan Mosque, a feeling of peace and serenity swept over me.

The complex is huge – the largest in Central Asia , in fact – and it boasts a gorgeous interior with several floors that tourists can enjoy. The walls and dome are painted white with turquoise and gold embellishments, and the windows let in just the right amount of bright sunlight to light up the entire prayer area.

Of course, much like any mosque, women must use a chador (provided at the entrance) and all visitors must remove their shoes. There are cubbies where you can store your things free of charge, but they’re not locked so don’t leave any valuables hanging around in there.

Journey to the Top of the Bayterek Tower


If you’ve done any other research on Astana, you’re familiar with the famed Bayterek Tower, or the tall, strange, white structure that holds a giant, golden golf ball at the top.

This tower is one of the main symbols of Astana, and it symbolizes the tree of life, with its deep roots, holding up a golden egg that symbolizes a bright future. I’ll admit, the tower looks almost alien-like, but it’s pretty fascinating and unique.

The best part of the tower is that you can actually go to the top. I didn’t get to do this while I was there, but for just 700 KZT, you can take an elevator up to the golden egg and admire the sweeping, 360-degree views of the entire city.

Visit the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

Peace Palace Astana

Another iconic Astana monument is the modern-looking pyramid known as the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. Originally built to host the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the pyramid now stands as a testament to religious tolerance and coexistence in the world today.

If you’re a math/architecture/conspiracy theory nerd you might love some of the details of this structure. Architecturally, it was designed and built largely using the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio.

At the very top of the pyramid are paintings of doves, which stand for the many different nationalities living in peace in Kazakhstan.

Check Out the Presidential Palace

The Ak Orda Presidential Palace is one of the crown jewels of Astana and shouldn’t be missed, even if it means you just walk past it and admire the beauty of the structure.

If you’re curious about what’s inside, you can sign up for a tour of the grounds and the palace, which includes the President’s residential areas.

Go Shopping in the Largest Tent in the World

Astana Mall

Another alien-like structure in Astana is the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre, which looks like a giant, translucent pointy tent. Actually, this mall was mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records for this very reason – because it’s the largest tent in the world.

The inside boasts your run-of-the-mill shopping mall, complete with clothes shops, a Starbucks, and more. If you need anything for your trip to Kazakhstan, you can probably find it here.

The best time to visit the Khan Shatyr Center is right at sunset, as the sun shines through the translucent tent roof and casts an orange glow across the whole thing. Once the sun sets, the whole tent gets lit in all kinds of psychedelic colors.

Unfortunately, I found myself severely suffering from food poisoning when I visited Khan Shatyr, so I only have one horrible phone pic to prove how awesome it is during sunset. But take my word for it – dusk Khan Shatyr is a cool sight!

Take a Grand Tour of Kazakhstan at Atameken

If you’re not planning on traveling anywhere else in Kazakhstan (or you are, but you want a sneak peek!), head to the Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex to see a bunch of miniature displays about all of the 14 oblasts (regions) in Kazakhstan. It’s a huge warehouse full of them!

While I’ve been to many capital cities in my life, I’ve never been to one that had an exhibit that’s  this detailed about the country at large. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Hop on a Boat Ride Down the Ishim River

What’s more relaxing or laid-back than a boat tour? Nothing, methinks. Luckily, since Astana has a pretty extensive riverfront, there are boats that can take you around to see the city from the water.

There’s a short, 40-minute boat tour that’s run by a local operator that will take you around the river and explain some of the sights you can see. The timing is perfect for squeezing it into an itinerary full of activities without clogging up the whole day.

Visit Several Monuments and Museums Around the City

National Museum of Kazakhstan

If you aren’t yet tired of weird buildings, monuments, and museums, there are plenty more things to see in Astana like them.

For example, the National Museum of Kazakhstan has tons of artifacts and interesting information about Kazakh history and culture. Nearby, you can see the Kazakh Yeli Monument, a large, white pillar with a golden statue of the mythical bird Samruk (or simurgh) on top.

Additionally, the vast Central Park is the perfect place to get lost for an afternoon, winding through the neatly-kept paths or simply people watching as the world goes by.

Meander Through the Expo 2017 Complex

Ready for another strange structure? Ok, good, because we’ve got one more for you, and it may just be the strangest of them all. It’s a giant glass dome centered in the middle of a complex with several other building surrounding it.

The Expo 2017 Center was built in Astana for the International Expo 2017, and since then it serves as a center and museum for energy in Kazakhstan.

If you visit this complex, you’ll find many areas to walk around and see the massive dome from all different angles. You can also go inside if you’re interested (but I didn’t because I found the outside much more interesting).

Get Away For the Weekend to Burabay National Park

Burabay National Park Kazakhstan

I’m not going to lie, the nature lover and hiker in me was secretly dying for some outdoor time after so many city attractions. So, to solve this problem, I packed my bags and headed to Burabay National Park for one night.

Burabay National Park is a stunning and peaceful park with several lakes and some really nifty pointed rock formations, some of which you can climb! While many of the hotel areas are packed with partygoing Russian tourists, it’s easy to escape the booming music in favor of quiet nature paths and breathtaking views.

To get to Burabay, head to the bus station where you can find shared taxis either directly to Burabay or to Shuchinsk, where you can then take another shared taxi to Burabay.

The drivers may be eager to try and rip you off if they know you are a tourist, so some negotiating may be in order. I paid 3,000 KZT for my ride to Shuchinsk, then another 2,000 for a shared taxi directly to my hotel (but I think it’s probably less if you can speak Russian and negotiate).

Astana Travel Tips

Getting into astana.

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of Astana is that it’s really far from *LITERALLY EVERYWHERE ELSE* you might want to go in Kazakhstan. Below I’ve detailed the different options you can use to get to Astana (and I’ve made it REALLY obvious which one I’d recommend).

If you at all care about maximizing your time (or your sanity), travel by plane to Astana. It’s the fastest and easiest way to get there from almost everywhere, and it’s not too expensive either.

Astana’s airport is pretty easy to navigate and services several domestic and international airlines and routes. (Clearly I did this, and I also flew to my next destination when leaving Astana. I don’t regret it.)

From Astana’s airport you can grab a taxi or an airport express bus to the city center.

Several trains run to Astana every day from most major cities in Kazakhstan, including Shymkent and Almaty. Head to this website to see the schedules, then purchase your tickets directly at the train station.

Like trains, there are buses from most cities in Kazakhstan to Astana. You can find more information about timetables and ticket prices at your local bus station, as they vary by city and time of day.

Getting Around Astana

Within Astana, there are many ways to get from place to place. Depending on where you are staying, you can walk to many sights in the city. However, I’d highly recommend using the cheap and efficient bus system to get from place to place. Download the 2GIS app and the offline maps for Astana to find bus routes that help you get from point A to point B.

Additionally, if you’re looking for a ride-share alternative, Uber theoretically works in Astana.

However, I have to tell you that it DID NOT WORK on my phone while I was there. It just flat out refused to load, to find my location, or to call a car for me.

So, instead, I did as the locals do and downloaded the Yandex app. It’s another easy ride-share app that allows you to call a car and pay the driver in cash. Easy and rip-off proof!


I don’t do this much because I don’t really feel safe doing it as a female, non-Russian speaking traveler, but there’s always the option to take a “street taxi,” AKA hitchhike.

To do this, just stand on the side of the road in the direction you’re trying to go and hold out your hand (NOT your thumb, unless you want to look like a weirdo!). It helps if you can speak a bit of Russian.

Kamila does it all the time as a local and says it’s the easiest way to get around. Many foreign travelers have also reported favorably about using the local hitchhiking system.

Where to Stay in Astana

Hostel forum.

I stayed in Hostel Forum , which is a new hostel located in an apartment/shopping area in the city center. It is walkable to a few attractions, but if you stay here, you’ll likely need to rely on the bus system or Yandex to get from place to place.

Check Rates and Availability

Hilton Astana

For mid-range to high-end travelers, I recommend the Hilton Astana . It looked beautiful from the outside and travelers have reported great things from staying there.

Ritz-Carlton Astana

Luxury travelers can enjoy the international standards and beautiful decor of the Ritz-Carlton Astana . It’s a five-star property with all of the Western comforts you could possibly want, including spacious rooms, a fitness center, and a spa.

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  • 1.1 Climate
  • 1.2 Orientation
  • 1.3 Visitor information
  • 2.1 By plane
  • 2.2 By train
  • 3.1 By taxi
  • 3.3 By subway
  • 3.4 By bike
  • 4.1 Palaces
  • 4.2 Monuments and memorials
  • 4.3 Religious buildings
  • 4.4 Museums
  • 4.5 Bridges
  • 5.1 Performances
  • 6.1 Souvenir shopping
  • 6.2 General shopping
  • 7.1 Local specialties
  • 7.2 General
  • 7.4 Mid-range
  • 7.5 Splurge
  • 9.2 Mid-range
  • 9.3 Splurge
  • 10 Stay safe
  • 11.1 Mobile phone providers
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Astana (formerly known as Aqmola, Tselinograd and Nur-Sultan ), in the north of Kazakhstan on the banks of the Esil river (better known by its Russian name Ishim), is the capital and the second largest city of the country. Modern Astana is a planned city, designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. It is home to a range of futuristic buildings, including many skyscrapers.

Understand [ edit ]

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The settlement was founded as a Russian military outpost in 1830 as Akmola ("white grave" in Kazakh) and was given town status 1832, when its name was Russianized to Akmolinsk. The town was a mining town, and during the time of Stalin it was a destination where people were deported. During World War II, peasants from the western Soviet Union fleeing the advancing Germans were moved here. From then on, the region started developing into an agricultural center also.

In the 1960s, the town found itself as the nerve centre of the Soviet "Virgin Lands Campaign", which involved ploughing natural steppe landscapes into cereal fields, with an eye towards boosting the agricultural production of the union to the self-sufficiency levels. It was accordingly renamed to Tselinograd; tselina in Russian denotes a fertile but uncultivated land. After the independence of Kazakhstan in 1992, the city's original name Akmola was restored.

The city took over the role as capital from Almaty (the largest city) in December 1998, and at that was renamed Astana, meaning "capital city". This was changed to Nur-Sultan in 2019 after Nursultan Nazarbayev, the first president of Kazakhstan, who had just stepped down from office. The name Astana was restored in September 2022.

Over the last decades the city has been growing and is undergoing a transformation costing billions of dollars, with top international architects assisting in trying to make it a worthy capital — not only of Kazakhstan but of Central Asia. Astana presents an interesting and intriguing blend of old Soviet architecture with the modern designs of Norman Foster and the like. It still does not offer the comforts and thrills of its Western counterparts, or of Almaty, but has its own charms and pleasures.

Climate [ edit ]

The climate is continental with extreme temperature differences: strong winds, long, cold winters and scorchingly hot summers. It is one of the coldest capital cities in the world and temperatures may drop below -35°-40°C already in autumn.

Orientation [ edit ]

The new town is along the southern bank of Esil, and has a city plan similar to an immense hippodrome. At a river bend, on a small hill is the presidential palace. Across the river from it is the Khan Shatyr recreational center, formed like a sail. The backbone of the hippodrome is the wide Nurzhol Bulvar, that connects the presidential palace with Bayterek Tower and is lined by different government buildings.

The general plan for the new town was drawn by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, after winning an architecture competition arranged by the city government. Also other international architects have been designing modern buildings in Astana, most famously British architect Norman Foster who designed the pyramid-shaped Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.

On the northern river bank is the older town; what it lacks in architecture it makes up for in city life. The older downtown is delimited in the north by the railway. Along Abey Avenue you can find many of the city's major hotels.

Visitor information [ edit ]

  • Visit Astana website

Talk [ edit ]

English, German, Turkish are quite often understood by hotels such as Ritz Carlton, Radisson, Rixos and some restaurants in Astana, but the go-to language is Russian. No-one will expect you to know any Kazakh so a few civilities go a long way. If you are familiar with any Turkish, things like numbers and days of the week are similar.

Get in [ edit ]

See Kazakhstan for visa information, but most western passport holders don't need a visa for visits of up to 30 days.

By plane [ edit ]

As of early 2023 there are flights from many places in the former Soviet Union, and a couple each from Western Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. World airports with connections to Astana include Beijing , Dubai , Moscow Sheremetyevo (and other Moscow airports), Frankfurt , and Istanbul

Bus 10 and Bus 12 connect the airport and the city centre at least twice hourly, the price is 60 tenge. You can find the timetable at the bus stop directly in front of the main entrance to T2 (domestic) terminal. It's a one-minute walk from T1 (international) terminal. A taxi from the airport to the city centre is about US$20.

By train [ edit ]

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So which railway station? As of autumn 2019, trains from Russia are still using Astana-1, while trains to Urumqi in China are using Nurly Zhol. The fastest trains to Almaty also use Nurly Zhol, but it's a mixture for this and other Kazakh destinations. Check locally near the day of travel.

Get around [ edit ]


By subway [ edit ]

A Metro line is under construction between the airport and Nurly Zhol railway station. As of 2022 construction has been called to an indefinite halt.

By bike [ edit ]

There's a bike sharing scheme, just like in other major cities around the world, operated by the French company Smoove Bike.

See [ edit ]

The many modern and futuristic buildings of Astana is a reason to visit the city. However, on a closer look they're less impressive as they're poorly maintained and often underused.

Religious buildings [ edit ]

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Bridges [ edit ]

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  • 51.156634 71.425911 27 Pedestrian bridge ( a bit north of the Ramstore bridge ). Pedestrian only bridge with interesting architectonical features; it's covered with a mesh structure and has a curved form. There are nice views to the river and its banks from the bridge.  

Do [ edit ]

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  • 51.026941 71.461344 1 Ak Bulak sauna Complex , 8th kilometre on the Astana-Airport highway ( Olympic stadiums ), ☏ +7 7172 497698 (reception), +7-705-140-7221 (cell) . 24 hr . A sauna complex with 3 private VIP double floor saunas (for a party of 6, 9 and 12 people). Each sauna is decorated in a different geographic style and has its own swimming pool, Finnish and Russian steam rooms (banya), jacuzzi, hamam, entertainment hall with a banquet table, billiard, karaoke, TV with cable channels and 2 private relax rooms. The Complex has its own parking lot and conveniently located on the main Astana–Airport highway (not far from Olympic stadiums). Ak Bulak sauna Complex is an excellent way to enjoy cold and windy Astana and feel the bathing tradition of Kazakhs. Food and beverages are provided at the Complex. Different types of massage can be ordered at the reception. from US$20-60/hour .  
  • 51.148062 71.416223 2 Duman . An entertainment complex consisting of an oceanarium, 3D theatre, dome area, souvenir shops and cafes. The aquarium is unique for being located over 3,000 km away from the ocean! It has more than 2000 sea inhabitants, the representatives of 100 species of sea fauna from different parts of the world. You can also see "Mermaid" and sharks-feeding shows at the aquarium. In the Motion Theatre you can make an underwater trip under the command of captain Mac-Cloud during the World War II, to overcome the traps while rescuing the gorgeous princess, confined in the dungeon, go on a tour to the past to dinosaur age, escorted by a troll etc.  

Performances [ edit ]

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  • 51.138568 71.410812 11 Kinopark 8 , Saryarqa, Turan Ave 24 , ☏ +7 7172 79 09 99 . A movie theater with many auditoriums. On Tuesday night there's a screening in English.  
  • 51.145203 71.419097 12 Astana Circus , Qabanbay Batyr Ave 5 , ☏ +7 7172 24 40 60 . Lun-Dom 9:00-18:00 . Looking like a spaceship, this building is the home to the city's circus.  

Events [ edit ]

Astana has a range of venues, used for different international events from sports to conventions.

Buy [ edit ]

There are cash machines in shopping centres, on the street and in most hotels. Most accept Visa and some people have had trouble with MasterCard. Most banks convert dollars, euros and roubles. Pounds are much harder to get rid of.

Souvenir shopping [ edit ]

  • 51.122338 71.431384 1 Talisman , 7 Republic Avenue and a larger shop on 18/2 Syganak Street . Daily 10:00-20:00 . A great little souvenir shop boasting over 3,500,000 different types of gifts, including T-shirts, felt products, leather paintings, contemporary art, traditional musical instruments, desk sets and jewellery and stuffed leopards. A bit expensive and the staff watch you very carefully to make sure you don't shoplift, but there is a good variety of goods. ( updated Jul 2016 )

Eat [ edit ]

Local specialties [ edit ].

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  • Beshbarmak - a horse meat and pasta dish. Most restaurants that serve it will present a portion enough for two or three people.
  • Boursaky - bread best served piping hot, resembles an unsweetened doughnut.
  • Shashliq - these kebabs are often cheap, and the one thing you're sure to recognise on the menu.

General [ edit ]

  • In addition to the places listed in Eat, many hotels also have restaurants (see the Sleep section below)
  • Along Turan street (formerly Sara Arka), there's a strip of restaurants that are a little more expensive but good. They also have private rooms for parties, saunas, and even hotel rooms.

Budget [ edit ]

  • 51.1745 71.4384 1 Cafe Shymkent , General Sabyr Raqymov ( Block north of Artyom Shopping Centre ). Daily 08:00-00:00 . Cheap and cheerful place. ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • 51.1395 71.4085 2 Melnitsa ( Windmill ), Turan 31 ( near Khan Shatyr ). Daily 12:00-00:00 . Ukrainian restaurant with large dining areas. Lots of traditional dishes like potato pancakes and of course Chicken Kyiv. Live music in the evenings. Fresh bread oven. Great décor, like a farmer's hut. Mains 500-3,000 tenge . ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • 51.1612 71.4146 3 Rafe , 5 Zhengis Ave ( block north of river ). M-F 08:00-00:00, Sa Su 10:00-00:00 . A modern coffee bar offering Italian food with a twist. Be sure to check out the horse pizza. A few other cafés around town. 3000 tenge . ( updated Oct 2019 )

Mid-range [ edit ]

  • 51.163766 71.416024 4 Line Brew , Kenesary 20 , ☏ +7 701 155 1322 . Daily 12:00-02:00 . Popular with expats and locals alike, Line Brew features its own brew of beer, with an impressive menu that includes several delicious steaks, including one made of horse meat. ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • 51.162631 71.42209 5 Ali Babas , 3 Bukeikhan St ( north of the river ). May-Sept daily 12:00-00:30 . Popular summer restaurant. The waitresses and waiters dress in traditional dress and the menu offers a selection of central Asian cuisine. Prices are in line with Europe or America but the food is good. Fake bird cages hang from the roof which tweet electronically. Camel and horse milk are on offer alongside Leffe beer. 3000 tenge . ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • 51.160967 71.424045 6 Turfan , Azerbaijan Mambetov 10 (was Alikhan Bokeikhan St) , ☏ +7 717 239 0850 . Daily 11:00-23:00 . Popular cafe with Turkish and other Central Asian food. Limited English, just point to the menu pictures. Alcohol served except in Ramadan. ( updated Oct 2019 )
  • 51.114806 71.418195 7 Sunduk , Sauran Street 14/2 . M-S 12:00-01:00 . Central Asian cuisine.  
  • 51.128242 71.422894 8 Saksaul , Northern Lights, Dostyq St 5 , ☏ +7 7172 47 59 59 . M-S 09:00-02:00 . Restaurant with Kazakh cuisine and menu also in English. Good choice, although the staff doesn't seem professional all the time.  

Splurge [ edit ]

  • 51.130969 71.415479 9 Sattj , 32 Kabanbay Batyr , ☏ +7 7172 24 28 48 , [email protected] . Daily 12:00-02:00 . Serves mainly Kazakh food, with some European. ( updated Oct 2019 )

Drink [ edit ]

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  • Kumis - different varieties are available of this mare's milk, some are a little salty. Slightly fermented. Can contain alcohol.
  • Shubat - local variety of fermented camel milk. Contains some alcohol.
  • Vodka - supermarkets stock a huge variety, ranging from US$2 bottles that will strip your throat to US$115 bottles that are more for giving as a present or showing off your wealth. Shots tend to be drunk, rather than utilising mixers - don't feel obliged to down each and every one if at a celebration.
  • Cognac - what we would refer to as brandy, again a wide range in the shops and restaurants. Same rules apply regarding shots - with all the toasts made at parties and other gatherings, you may want to pace yourself.

There are more than 10 discos (night clubs) that are frequently referenced by locals: Chocolate [1] [dead link] , A8, Fusion, Ice, etc. Chocolate is in the same building as the SAS Radisson hotel, but may only be open on selected days (weekends). "Ice" (centrally located - ask locals for the address) has a nice atmosphere and is on two floors with a large dance area. Prices are towards the high end, no entrance fee on Thursday night.

  • 51.164853 71.425292 1 A8 , Mukhtar Auezov Street 8 .  
  • 51.142363 71.466456 2 Fusion night club , Bayimbet Maylin St 4 , ☏ +7 7172 22 27 77 . F-Sa 23:00-05:00 .  

Stay safe [ edit ]

Astana doesn't have any major safety issues, for example you can drive late at night without problems. Bus drivers may shortchange you when buying tickets.

Connect [ edit ]

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Mobile phone providers [ edit ]

There are three mobile phone providers: KCell, Tele2 and Beeline. All three offer mobile web (Edge, 3G). SIM cards are cheap and can be bought without filling in documentation.

Internet [ edit ]

Wi-Fi is available at some public places including shopping malls.

Cope [ edit ]

Embassies [ edit ], religion [ edit ].

Catholic church of Maria Santissima. Tashenov St - Services: Sunday 11:00 (Russian), 18:00 (English)

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Saint Joseph. 1/2a Tauelsizdik Ave

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Astana City Tour (full-day)

Astana City Tour (full-day)

Classical day long tour in Astana features visits to main sights in the capital of Kazakhstan. Walking on Astana streets in this tour, you will see how eastern traditional shapes harmonize with Western architecture.

Independence Square, Kazakh Eli monument, Khazret Sultan Mosque, Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, Bayterek monument, Green Water Boulevard, Round Square, Khan Shatyr

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Astana - Capital of Kazakhstan

Astana - Capital of Kazakhstan

Tours, Attractions and Things To Do in Astana

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  • 5. Entertainments, parks and shopping
  • 7. Public transport
  • 8. How to get to Astana
  • 9. What languages are spoken in Astana?
  • 10. Currency

Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is the country's most modern and stylish city, attracting visitors with its unique architectural designs. The city sits on the banks of the Ishim River, which separates it into the right and left banks. The left bank is particularly stunning, home to all the distinctive structures.

Gradually, banks and other significant organizations are relocating their headquarters to Astana from Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan. It is advisable to avoid visiting Astana for tourism purposes during the cold season, as even those from Siberia might find the temperatures unbearable. Winter in the city is marked by harsh, biting winds. Conversely, summers in Astana can be quite hot.

Astana takes great pride in hosting the international specialized exhibition EXPO-2017. This event significantly boosted Kazakhstan's status on the global stage. Over three months, more than 4 million people visited the exhibition. Today, the "Nur-Alem" sphere, which was the main building of the EXPO, houses a museum.

Astana is also renowned for its Barys hockey club, which enjoys fame far beyond its home city. The team's matches consistently attract packed stadiums.

The capital of Kazakhstan is certainly a city worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.

History of Astana

The modern capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, is situated at the crossroads of the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road. Archaeological excavations have revealed that people inhabited this area as far back as the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age.

The medieval settlement of Bozok, an agricultural community founded in the 7th-8th centuries AD, was discovered just 11 kilometers from the center of present-day Astana.

In the 1830s, the town of Akmolinsk emerged on the site of Akmola. Serving as a military and economic regional center, it was part of the province of the Siberian Kirghiz.

On March 20, 1961, Akmolinsk was renamed Tselinograd, which then became the center for developing the virgin lands. The city played a crucial role in supplying the Soviet Union with grain.

In 1992, Tselinograd reclaimed its historical name, Akmola. On May 6, 1998, Akmola, which had already become the capital of Kazakhstan, was renamed Astana (from the Kazakh "astana," meaning "capital"). Later, on March 20, 2019, the city was renamed Nur-Sultan. However, on September 17, 2022, President Tokayev signed a decree changing the capital city's name back to Astana. The decree took effect from the day of its publication.

Back in 1997, around 300,000 people lived in Astana, spanning an area of 258 square kilometers. By 2016, the capital's population had exceeded one million, and the city had expanded to cover nearly 800 square kilometers.

Landmarks and Attractions in Astana

Baiterek, Astana

Astana is a city brimming with sights. They can be found around every corner, with the left bank of the capital being especially renowned.

The symbol of the Kazakh capital is the Baiterek monument , representing the tree of life with strong roots and an upward reach toward the sky. At its center is a globe featuring autographs from representatives of 17 world religions. Baiterek offers the most stunning views of Nursultan.

The "Kazak Yeli" (Land of the Kazakhs) Stella is located in Independence Square, symbolizing Kazakhstan's independence. The monument's height of 91 meters is significant, as Kazakhstan gained its independence in 1991.

Official events take place at the Palace of Independence , a building with a highly unique architectural design, like many other sites in Astana.

The city also hosts the Palace of Peace and Harmony , shaped like a pyramid. This venue holds congresses for leaders of world religions.

Akorda, the residence of the President of Kazakhstan , is another symbol of the city.

The main building of the Kazakh National University of Arts , situated across from the Palace of Peace and Concord, is a unique city landmark.

The triumphal arch "Mangilik Yel" is another symbol of Astana, popular among newlyweds. Visitors to the arch can watch clips from Kazakhstan's history and access the observation deck.

The "Peace Wall" monument , featuring a massive built-in LED screen, is truly awe-inspiring.

The oldest building in Astana is the Saken Seyfullin Museum , a wooden house built in 1846. Even locals visit this museum.

The city's longest building, the House of Ministries , is quite intriguing. In reality, there are two buildings, separated by a square with pedestrian bridges that form a single composition. From above, the curved shape of the House of Ministries resembles a soaring eagle.

The Singing Fountain and Kazakhstan's tallest Ferris wheel also draw tourists.

Astana's bridges are special attractions. The most beautiful is the Atyrau Pedestrian Bridge, made of 2,500 parts. The bridge attracts tourists and locals throughout the day, so for beautiful photos without crowds, visit at dawn. The Seruen Pedestrian Swinging Bridge is also worth seeing. Though it doesn't actually swing, touching the railing adorned with ancient nomadic symbols allows you to experience the interplay of physics and gravity. The arch-shaped Karaotkel Bridge, one of Astana's symbols, is not to be missed either.

The largest flag of Kazakhstan, situated at a height of 110 meters and covering an area of 450 square meters, is visible from anywhere in Astana.

Another notable landmark in the capital, and certainly not the least in terms of height, is the 75-story Abu Dhabi Plaza skyscraper, the tallest in Central Asia. The complex consists of five towers, with the tallest reaching 320 meters, and includes residential, hotel, business, and shopping and entertainment facilities. Many sections of Abu Dhabi Plaza have already been opened, and as of early 2022, the complex is 97% complete.

Astana Museums

National Museum of Kazakhstan, Astana

Astana is home to several museums that cater to a variety of interests. For those who might think museums are boring, they clearly haven't visited the Nur Alem Museum of Future Energy. Established following the international exhibition EXPO-2017, Nur Alem is a sphere considered to be the tallest in the world. This museum is truly amazing, offering an interactive journey with features such as talking robots, an aero tube for experiencing wind movement and taking unique photos, a glass bridge that only the daring will cross, and much more. While we could describe the exhibits in detail, nothing compares to experiencing it for yourself. The National Space Center is an open-air museum showcasing life-size models of Soyuz, Zenit, and Proton launch vehicles, as well as the Buran inter-orbital spacecraft. Other noteworthy museums in Astana include the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Bozok, Seyfullin Museum, National Center of Manuscripts and Rare Books, Museum of Firefighters and Rescuers, and Museum of Modern Art. Additionally, the capital is home to the Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan , the National Museum of Kazakhstan, and the National Military and Patriotic Center of the Armed Forces.

Astana Theatres

Astana Opera

The thriving theatre scene in Astana attracts an increasing number of enthusiasts each year.

Astana Opera, the largest theatre in Central Asia, spans 64 thousand square meters and boasts a classical design infused with elements of Kazakh national culture. Its stage, crafted from rare wood, provides exceptional acoustics. The theatre also houses Kazakhstan's largest crystal chandelier, weighing 1.5 tons. World-leading theatres frequently tour the Astana Opera.

Other theatres in Astana include the Astana Ballet, the Kuanyshbaev State Academic Kazakh Musical Drama Theater, the Puppet Theater, the Musical Theatre for Young Audiences "Zhastar", the Gorky Drama Theater, the Astana Musical Theater, the Sovremennik Youth Theater, and the State Dance Theater "Naz."

Entertainment, Parks and Shopping in Astana

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While Astana has fewer green spaces than Almaty, each park is an artistic masterpiece.

Astana's Botanical Garden, established in 2012 and opened in 2018, houses nearly 90,000 trees and shrubs. The garden features jogging and cycling paths, and in winter, an ice rink. Additionally, the capital's largest fountain, Toikazan, sits within the botanical garden. This copper bowl with decorative elements forms the centerpiece of a dry fountain.

The Capital Park of Culture and Recreation (Central Park) appeals to both tranquility-seekers and amusement ride enthusiasts. In summer, it hosts an aqua park, while in winter, it offers an ice rink. The city's oldest tree, a 120-year-old black poplar, grows in Central Park.

Expopark, located within the EXPO-2017 territory, is ideal for families with children.

Triathlon Park Astana caters to outdoor activities such as skiing, biking, and running. The park annually hosts IronMan 70.3 competitions.

Other parks in Astana include the Presidential Park, Zhetisu and Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Parks, Linear Park, and more.

Though not a park, Nurzhol Boulevard (water and green boulevard) remains a favorite among the capital's residents and visitors.

Ailand Family Recreation Center is noteworthy for housing the world's only oceanarium situated more than three thousand kilometers from the ocean.

Shopping in Astana

Khan Shatyr, Astana

It's nearly impossible to visit Astana without indulging in some shopping. With an abundance of shopping and entertainment centers, you'll undoubtedly find yourself exploring at least one.

No tourist can resist a trip to the " Khan Shatyr " shopping center. This world's largest tent-shaped building holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Khan Shatyr features brand stores, a water park with an artificial beach that maintains a temperature of +35 degrees year-round, cinemas, restaurants, and children's playgrounds.

For those who enjoy a leisurely shopping experience, Mega Silk Way, Asia Park, Keruen, KeruenCity, Saryarka, Aruzhan, Almaty Mall, and other shopping centers are sure to delight.

Food in Astana

The most delectable food can be found in establishments situated on the left bank of the capital.

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Kazakh Cuisine

Kazakh cuisine can be savored in numerous cafes and restaurants throughout Astana. For a truly memorable experience of national cuisine, consider visiting Qazaq Gourmet, a high-end Kazakh restaurant.

Vegetarian Restaurants

Astana is home to a vegetarian cafe called Veggie House. Additionally, you can find vegetarian options in the many Korean and Japanese establishments throughout the capital.

Coffee Shops and Bakeries

An abundance of coffee shops can be found in the city, but the best coffee is typically served in the central part and establishments with at least two branches. The network of French bakeries will delight guests and residents with freshly-baked croissants and other pastries. Astana also offers other bakeries that serve fragrant baked goods.

Public Transport in Astana

Public Transport in Astana

Transport infrastructure in the capital works perfectly and covers the whole city.

There are 92 bus routes in Astana.

Schedule of all buses is different, but in average they run from 7:00 to 20:00. Buses go frequently, the waiting time for the necessary route does not exceed 15 minutes.

Fare in buses is 90 tenge. You can pay for the trip with a transport card or scanning a QR code.

Taxi is one of the most common modes of transport in the capital. There are several cab services in Astana, and the car can be called by application or by calling the required taxi company.

There are several companies in the city where you can rent a car. And you can rent a car not only in the standard class, but also in the business and luxury classes.

In Astana, there is a city bicycle rental with a large number of bicycles. They can be rented almost in every street of the city. To ride, you need to register with the system by adding your bank card and phone information and paying a deposit.

The city also has an air cab, Aue Taxi, which carries business-class passengers in highly mobile helicopters.

There are river trolleys running along the Ishim River. This is not the kind of transport that residents of the capital city use all the time. Streetcars often conduct excursions, although there are passenger routes, too. The main point to pay attention is that the tramway operates only in warm seasons.

How to Get to Astana

Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport in Astana

The most convenient way to reach the capital of Kazakhstan is by air. Astana boasts an international airport that welcomes flights from various countries worldwide. Airlines such as S7 Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Belavia, Lufthansa, Flydubai, Aeroflot, Nordwind, Lot, Ural Airlines, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Red Wings, and Uzbekistan Airlines all service the Kazakhstani capital.

The national carrier, Air Astana, offers scheduled flights from Astana to several international destinations, including Budapest, Frankfurt am Main, Podgorica, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London, Antalya, Istanbul, Warsaw, and Kiev. Additionally, Kazakh airlines like Air Astana and Scat provide flights to numerous CIS countries and domestic locations within Kazakhstan.

Train services are available from Almaty and other Kazakhstani cities to Astana. Travelers from Russia can also opt to drive, though it would take a bit longer.

Languages Spoken in Astana

The official language of Kazakhstan is Kazakh, which many residents of the capital are proficient in. Russian serves as the international language of communication, and it's widely spoken throughout the city. Assistance in English is readily available in tourist-centric locations.

Currency in Astana

The national currency of Kazakhstan is the Tenge, and all transactions are carried out using it. Places ranging from supermarkets and eateries to beauty salons accept payment via Visa and MasterCard from any global bank.

Among foreign currencies, the US dollar is most prevalent, followed by the euro and the Russian ruble. You can exchange your currency for Kazakh tenge at any bank in Astana, as well as at Kazpost offices and several currency exchange bureaus.

Safety in Astana

Astana is a peaceful and safe city. Law enforcement agencies maintain order, making it safe to explore the city, whether it's in broad daylight or late at night.

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Is it worth to visit Astana, Kazakhstan?

In 2019 the name of Astana has been changed to Nur-Sultan. This article still uses the name Astana as it was written before the change and that’s what people are searching for.

In recent months Astana, the modern capital of Kazakhstan , has been in the spotlight as the host city of Expo 2017 exhibition. Numerous airlines, including low cost ones, started flying to Astana and the country has ditched the visa regime for numerous countries (including most of the European Union, United States and Canada).

Now seems to be the best time to visit Astana and submerse into Astana tourism but is it really worth it?

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Why I’ve decided to visit Astana

I visited Astana, Kazakhstan in November 2015. I went for 2 weeks to Central Asia, flying to Almaty and going back from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As it quickly turned out November isn’t the best time to explore the region .

My plans to discover the (supposedly) stunning nature around Almaty came to the halt as the day trips didn’t run at that time of the year, I don’t have a drivers license and the public transport to most of the highlights is nonexistent. There were chances that I might go for a trip to Charyn Canyon but I had to wait some 5 days for it and the departure was to be confirmed just a day before.

I could have stayed all this time in Almaty that I absolutely loved but I’ve thought it would be wise to see more of a country. After checking the train connection I was deciding between Turkistan and Shymkent or Astana.

Eventually I’ve decided to visit Astana, after all it’s the capital city of Kazakhstan and it’s always good to see those. After a minor drama at the train station (I was buying my ticket for over 3 hours and caused a mini riot ;)) I was all ready to go!

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How to get from Almaty to Astana

The regular train from Almaty to Astana takes some 20 hours. I paid around 20USD for the bed in 4 bed compartment. There are also faster trains when the journey time is around 14 hours and the ticket is some 50USD. It might seem like a lot (both money and time) but Kazakhstan is huge, it’s 9th largest country in the world!

There are also frequent flights between those two cities and the prices can be affordable too if you are lucky / book in advance. I always use SkyScanner for my fligt searches and it never disappointed me!

The plan was simple (and a little bit crazy): spending 20 hours in the train, then some 27 hours in Astana and again 20 hours in the train back to Almaty . For me the train part was probably the highlight of the trip to Astana.

I shared the compartment with a lovely Kazakh family, I could read a lot, sleep a lot and simply relax. Even if 20 hours overwhelmed me a little bit at first the journey wasn’t that terrible and went by much faster than I expected.

Train travels in former Soviet Union is a completely different level of the adventure that I enjoy so much!

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Astana – a young city and modern capital

Already before visiting Astana I knew it will be cold. And I mean really cold. While in Almaty I had pleasant above 0°C temperatures in the capital it was supposed to be -10°C, felt like -17°C. And I really think the forecast didn’t lie.

When my train approached Astana all the windows were frozen and I barely could see never-ending grassland that Astana was built on.

The city is a fairly young one, founded in 1830 and for years being just a random place on the map of Russia / Soviet Union / Kazakhstan. Everything has changed in 1997 when, for the political and practical reasons, the capital of the country was moved from Almaty to Astana. The city boomed, developing like crazy to eventually become one of the most modern places in this part of the world.

When I was looking at the map of the city I’ve thought that everything Astana tourism is about is fairly close to each other, a walking distance. As it quickly turned out I was wrong. Or maybe it was the horrible cold getting to my bones?

It felt like I’m walking and walking yet not really moving, all the modern skyscrapers are still far away!

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Astana tourism – things to do in Astana

When you visit Astana you will most likely stick to the part of the city between the Presidental Palace and Khan Shatyr shopping mall and between Dostyq and Dinmukhamed Quonayev streets.

That’s where you can find all the best things to do in Astana. You simply go from one side of the city to another, in a straight line, and you can see everything. In the order from East to West you will see:

  • The Presidential Palace – you will find it also on 10.000 tenge banknote
  • Golden Towers – locals call them “beer cans”
  • Singing fountains – obviously closed in November when I visited
  • Bayterek tower – the new symbol of the city, seen on every banknote of Kazakh currency. The tower is supposed to show a mythical egg in a mythical tree known from the Kazakh folk legend. It’s possible to take the elevator all the way up to “the egg” to see the modern downtown in its whole glory. Unfortunately the window is yellow so you won’t get the best pictures but it’s still totally recommended to go up there!
  • Nur-Astana Mosque – third largest mosque in Central Asia that can fit up to 5.000 worshipers.
  • KazMunayGas Headquarters – in any other place this building would look outrageous (well, maybe except of Batumi, Georgia) but here it fits perfectly fine. You can clearly see that Kazakhstan is the country that gains big part of its income from gas
  • Opera House – it looks like the most European building in the whole city
  • Shopping Mall “Khan Shatyr” – looking like a huge tent it’s the highest structure of this kind in the world. Even if I’m not a huge fan of shopping centers this one definitely made a big impression on me!

There are even more peculiar things Astana tourism is proud of, I just didn’t get to the other side of the river to see them all because it was so freaking cold! Also, to be honest, by the time I’ve walked the lane described above I was a little bit fed up with Astana attractions. After all how much longer can you look at random modern buildings out of which only few looked really decent?

I’m pretty sure I’d have had more interest in Astana tourism if the weather wasn’t that bad. After all pictures of fountains and carpets made of flowers look pretty decent.

If you find yourself not bored with Astana by this point you should also see the Palace of Peace and Accord (in the shape of pyramid), Shabyt (‘Palace of the Arts’ in the shape of dog’s bowl), Metropolitan Circus (it literally looks like spaceship), Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall or apartment buildings that look like Gargamel’s castle.

If you’re interested in architecture you might actually find Astana pretty interesting as couple of those modern buildings were designed by world famous architect Norman Foster (the same person who designed The Gherkin in London, Torre Caja in Madrid or rebuilding of Berlin’s Reichstag).

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Is it worth to visit Astana, Kazakhstan

To be honest I didn’t like the city all that much and I’m not planning to visit Astana again. The capital didn’t have any vibe at all, it could be just another random city you visit during your travels.

I also felt like the city was trying really hard to be the modern, Westernized metropolis, the capital of prosperous country yet deep down it’s still a small, insignificant village.

It’s interesting to see the modern architecture and how the brand new city was built in the middle of nowhere and you can spend a day there but that’s about it. Don’t expect any excitement or awesomeness – you can find those in Kazakhstan but not exactly in Astana.

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Astana, however, can be a perfect getaway to Central Asia. When you look at the city as the transfer point, not the destination itself it can be an OK place to spend a day in and get ready for what Central Asia has to offer. I’m not writing off Astana, I myself might end up there again one day, after all I really enjoyed Kazakhstan . It’s just not the most exciting place in the world and I’m generous saying that statement.

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Agnieszka Ptaszynska

A ja się zabieram do podobnego tekstu już ponad rok ;) a miałam go publikować przed expo :D

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mój tez długo dojrzewał ;) może Cię zmotywuje ;)

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I think I asked this very question about a month ago in your Facebook group, because there was a cheap deal via Wizz Air. Thanks for taking the time to answer so comprehensively!

No problem :) Did you book the flights after all?

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Natascha (WESTWARDS)

Interesting to see you photos. I have been to Astana in 2006, when they had just started with the building boom. I guess it must have changed a lot – would be nice to go back and compare.

I think you wouldn’t recognize the place! 10 years is a lot in that city! I’d love to have visited all these years ago, it would be so interesting to compare!

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Barnaby Evans

I have enjoyed reading your post on Astana – I stayed there for 2 nights in October 2015 at the start of a trip around Kazakhstan. The hotel I stayed at was on the “wrong” side of the river – about 5km from the Khan Shatyr. Astana is nice & flat – so walking around was easy. True, the city is a bit soulless – but it is still a relatively young place and the whole country is developing rapidly, which is exciting to see.

Agree! Staying in the center was definitely the best idea for me, especially in such a freezing weather! I would love to return there in some 10-20 years to see how much it has changed!

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Todd Nicholson

Great post! Really enjoyed reading it and your pictures, seems such a strange idea to have yellow windows when it’s such a great view from up there! When I visit I’ll be flying into Astana then on to Almaty, I think after reading your post I’ll just stick to one night here in Astana, but it does look like a great place to see at least once! :)

Thanks! Definitely stay one night in Astana as it’s an interesting place to visit for a day but Almaty is so much better! I loved it there!

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Victoria @The British Berliner

I really like this post Kami!

I haven’t yet been to Kazakhstan, but any destination with an interesting train journey, gets my vote!

Thank you! Kazakhstan is visa free now so this might be a good reason to go! :)

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As a kazakh who stayed there for 4 years straight, I totally agree with your post. The city is built with such a horrible taste. There is no architectural uniqueness like other capitals of the world have. That’s what you can build when everyone around is corrupt.

Thank you for your comment and interesting input, I really appreciate it!

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Stacja Bałkany

Bardzo fajny post. Po Gruzji zabieram się wybrać właśnie gdzieś do Azji Środkowej. Cieszę się, że masz odwagę napisać że gdzieś Ci się nie podobało i że niekoniecznie polecasz to miejsce. Takie posty zawsze są niebezpieczne – jak napisałem tak o Ksamilu tobie mi się dostało ale są bardzo ważne, bo dają prawdziwe informacje czytelnikowi. Chętnie bym poczytał więcej Twoich postów z Azji Środkowej. Pozdrawiam z Batumi :)

Dziękuję! Póki co więcej za bardzo nie mam do powiedzenia o Azji Centralnej, ale może się uda tam niedługo wrócić. I zawsze piszę jak mi się nie podoba, nawet jeśli mi się ma oberwać to i tak nie będę udawała, że było super jak nie było. I Tobie też takie podejście polecam ;)

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Was looking at going this November for 8 days. Would you not recommend visiting at this time of year?

I was there in November and honestly it wasn’t the best idea ever. It was cold, especially in Astana, and there were hardly any tourists hence it was impossible to see some attractions. I’d choose a warmer month if I go again.

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was looking to go to astana what time would you recommend

definitely not winter, it’s way too cold! I think spring must be nice there

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  1. Map of Astana

    Baiterek. Baiterek, an iconic structure constructed between 1996 and 2002, stands as the centerpiece of Nurzhol bulvar. This monument, rising to a height of 97 meters above street level, takes the form of a trophy-like tower adorned with a large glass orb. This monument is one of the main attractions of Astana.

  2. THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Astana

    The best photos of the church are probably taken from the opposite side of the road near to the main entrance, as the... 12. Astana Arena. 76. Arenas & Stadiums. By Pete_Trees. easy to access stadium, all very well organised, modern mid size stadium ( +/- 35 000 seats ) with all the comfort...

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    Admiring Astana's spiritual richness, Assumption Cathedral graces the skyline, a testament to its cultural diversity. 4. Hazrat Sultan Mosque. The Hazrat Sultan Mosque is a notable Friday mosque that has become an essential thing to do in Astana for visitors interested in architecture and religion.

  4. How to visit Astana in 3 days

    How to travel to Astana from Russia (Moscow) This is not a cheap route with tickets costing around $300 per person. Trains depart every 2nd day on even-numbered dates and take 3-4 days to cover the 3,105km between the two cities. Astana travel tip - This train only crosses the border one time.

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    Astana Travel Tips Getting Into Astana. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of Astana is that it's really far from *LITERALLY EVERYWHERE ELSE* you might want to go in Kazakhstan. ... Download the 2GIS app and the offline maps for Astana to find bus routes that help you get from point A to point B. Taxis. Additionally, if you're looking for ...

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    The Place Astana Hostel (Budget) Bon Mary Hotel (Mid-Range) The Ritz-Carlton, Astana (High-End) 🏄 Booking tours in Astana: Viator, GetYourGuide, and Klook are the best platforms to find tours and excursions to join in Astana, Kazakhstan. Full Day (6 hours) City Tour in Astana (6 to 7 hours)

  7. Must-see attractions in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

    Senate. Nur-Sultan (Astana) One of the two towers of parliament. Discover the best attractions in Nur-Sultan (Astana) including National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Khan Shatyr, and Palace of Peace & Reconciliation.

  8. Nur-Sultan (Astana) travel

    Nur-Sultan (Astana) The country's new capital has risen fast from the northern steppe and is already a showpiece for 21st-century Kazakhstan. Nur-Sultan was Astana until 2019, when it was renamed after the former president. Branding aside, the Kazakh capital is scheduled to go on rising and spreading into a city of over one million people by 2030.

  9. 11 Best Places to Visit in Astana (Nur-Sultan)

    The hi-tech building will definitely make you crazy. Location - Qabanbay Batyr Ave 62, Astana 010000, Kazakhstan. 7. Congress Centre. Source/. Congress Centre is one of the best places to visit in Nur-Sultan that can't be ignored when you are on your Nur-Sultan trip.

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    Map of Astana. By taxi [edit] There are plenty of taxis starting from local taxis, ending with the most used services like Yandex Taxi, InDriver, you can expect to pay 1000-3500 tenge for a trip within the city. ... This city travel guide to Astana is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels.

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    6 reasons to visit the city. Attractions. Astana is a futuristic city in the middle of the vast steppe. Visit the city's left bank to see its architectural marvels that will definitely leave you awestruck. The largest tent structure in the world. Khan Shatyr is the first and only lifestyle center that combines shopping and entertainment ...

  12. Astana, Kazakhstan: All You Must Know Before You Go (2024)

    About Astana. Designated the capital city of Kazakhstan in the late 1990s, Nur-Sultan boasts a landscape glittering with new architecture and construction projects as the government infrastructure continues to be built. Old and new quarters of the city are divided by the Ishim River, with older, Soviet era structures on the north side while the ...

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    The Singing Fountain and Kazakhstan's tallest Ferris wheel also draw tourists. Astana's bridges are special attractions. The most beautiful is the Atyrau Pedestrian Bridge, made of 2,500 parts. The bridge attracts tourists and locals throughout the day, so for beautiful photos without crowds, visit at dawn.

  14. Fun Things to Do in Astana

    Here are some things to do in Astana: 1. Explore Nur-Astana Mosque: Begin your journey by visiting the stunning Nur-Astana Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Central Asia. Admire its intricate architecture and peaceful atmosphere. 2. Visit Bayterek Tower: Head to Bayterek Tower, the iconic symbol of Astana.

  15. THE 10 BEST Astana Sights & Historical Landmarks

    1. Historical Tours. from $93 per adult. 3. Nur-Astana Mosque. 132. Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals. By 341JanT. Because the mosque is close to Nurzhol Boulevard (with the Bayterek Tower), a visit is easy to plan.

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    About Astana. Designated the capital city of Kazakhstan in the late 1990s, Nur-Sultan boasts a landscape glittering with new architecture and construction projects as the government infrastructure continues to be built. Old and new quarters of the city are divided by the Ishim River, with older, Soviet era structures on the north side while the ...

  17. Astana tourism

    The city is a fairly young one, founded in 1830 and for years being just a random place on the map of Russia / Soviet Union / Kazakhstan. Everything has changed in 1997 when, for the political and practical reasons, the capital of the country was moved from Almaty to Astana. ... There are even more peculiar things Astana tourism is proud of, I ...

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    Astana, in the north of Kazakhstan on the banks of the Esil river, is the capital and the second largest city of the country. Mapcarta, the open map. ... map to travel: Wikivoyage. Wikipedia. Photo: Ken and Nyetta, CC BY 2.0. Photo: Ken and Nyetta, CC BY 2.0. Type: City with 1,430,000 residents; ... Astana Satellite Map ...

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    Nur-Sultan Pass Box 24 и 72 часа. A single tourist card that includes: Free entrance to 11 attractions. Bus and boat tours. Travel guide and city map. Privileges and discounts in the city's best travel destinations. Free city bus rides. Beeline SIM card. A visit to Kazakhstan - all useful information for foreign tourists: entry rules ...

  21. Astana Map, Capital of Kazakhstan

    Map of Astana, Capital of Kazakhstan. Facts About Astana Country Kazakhstan State Akmola Province Founded 1830 Area 722 km2 Population 775800 Lat Long Coordinates 51°10′0″N71°26′0″E Time Zone UTC+5 area Code +7 7172 Language Kazakh and Russian…. Description : Astana Map showing the shopping centers, roads, tourist places, hotels ...

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    Find any address on the map of Astana or calculate your itinerary to and from Astana, find all the tourist attractions and Michelin Guide restaurants in Astana. The ViaMichelin map of Astana: get the famous Michelin maps, the result of more than a century of mapping experience. Map of Astana. Astana Traffic.

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    Floods have swamped parts of Russia and Kazakhstan after Europe's third-longest river burst its banks, forcing more than 100,000 people to evacuate and sparking protests against the authorities.