Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Almaty

Central State Museum

Almaty’s best museum, 300m up Furmanov from Respublika alany, takes you through Kazakhstan’s history from Bronze Age burials to telecommunications and the transfer of the capital to Astana, with many beautiful artef…
Top Choice Hill in Almaty

Kok-Tobe

This 1100m hill on the city’s southeast edge is crowned by a 372m-high TV tower visible from far and wide, and affords great views over the city and the mountains, plus an assortment of attractions at the top. The e…
Plaza in Almaty

Respublika Alany

This broad, Soviet-created ceremonial square provides a panoramic view of the snowcapped mountains on a clear morning. Its focus is the tall Independence Monument. The stone column is surmounted with a replica Golde…
Park in Almaty

Panfilov Park

This large and attractive rectangle of greenery is one of central Almaty's most popular strolling and hangout places for all ages. At its heart stands the candy-coloured Zenkov Cathedral, Kazakhstan's nearest (albei…
Market in Almaty

Green Market

This large, two-level market has a true flavour of Central Asia, and is worth putting on your itinerary even if you're not really food-shopping. Stalls are piled with nuts, fresh and dried fruit, smoked fish, spices…
Museum in Almaty

Kazakhstan Museum of Arts

This is the best art collection in the country, with Kazakh, Russian and some Western European art and a room of top-class modern Kazakh handicrafts, with much explanatory material in English. Particularly interesti…
Cathedral in Almaty

Zenkov Cathedral

Candy-coloured Zenkov Cathedral is Kazakhstan's nearest (albeit distant) relative to St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and one of Almaty’s few surviving tsarist-era buildings. Designed by AP Zenkov in 1904, the cathedr…
Museum in Almaty

Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments

In a striking 1908 wooden building (another work of cathedral architect Zenkov) at the east end of Panfilov Park, the city’s most original museum reopened in mid-2013 after a full revamp. As well as seeing and heari…
Park in Almaty

Central (Gorky) Park

Central Almaty’s biggest recreational park is a somewhat untidy place whose boating lakes, funfair rides, pony rides, Aquapark, rather sad zoo, cinema, cafes and shashlyk and beer stands are particularly popular wit…
Monument in Almaty

Dawn of Freedom Monument

This stone column is surmounted with a replica Golden Man standing on a winged snow leopard. Around its base are statues of a Kazakh family; behind is a semicircular wall of low-relief bronze sculptures depicting sc…