Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Astana

National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan

This huge blue-glass-and-white-marble museum covers the history and culture of Kazakhstan from ancient to modern times. Themed halls comprise interactive displays and artifact exhibits, ranging from a yurt in the Ha…
Top Choice Architecture in Astana

Khan Shatyr

Astana's most extraordinary building (so far), the Khan Shatyr is a 150m-high, translucent, tentlike structure made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), a heat-absorbing material that produces summer temperatures…
Top Choice Architecture in Astana

Palace of Peace & Reconciliation

This beautiful glass-and-steel pyramid was opened in 2006 as the home for the triennial Congress of World and Traditional Religions, hosted by Kazakhstan. The 30-minute tour (English-speaking guides available) shows…
Top Choice Museum in Astana

Museum of the Armed Forces

The yurt-shaped museum showcases beautifully presented exhibitions on weaponry and warfare, with striking murals greeting visitors. On the ground floor, chainmail armour, powder flasks and swords surround the atrium…
Top Choice Monument in Astana

Bayterek Monument

Nurzhol bulvar's centrepiece is this 97m-high monument, a white latticed tower crowned by a large glass orb. This embodies a Kazakh legend in which the mythical bird Samruk lays a golden egg containing the secrets o…
Top Choice Notable Building in Astana

Soviet Grain Silo

This rare relic of the 1950s may be gone in a few years' time, banished by the relentless recking ball, but for now you can see this enormous, decaying grain silo, inscribed with 'The Virgin Lands have been raised. …
Plaza in Astana

Ploshchad Poyushchykh Fontanov

The eastern half of Nurzhol bulvar starts with this plaza, which springs to life with music-and-water shows at 9pm on summer evenings. Further east stand twin golden-green, conical business centres: the southern one…
Museum in Astana

Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Inside the former presidential palace, a succession of lavish galleries display gifts to President Nazarbayev from foreign governments and grateful citizens. See if you can spot a walrus carving (Canada), ram horn d…
Park in Astana

City Park

The large, somewhat-untidy city park abuts the south side of the Ishim river. On its southern edge you'll find the Atameken, a 200m-long, walk-around country map with models of major buildings, and Duman, an amuseme…
Monument in Astana

Kazak Yeli Monument

The 91m-high tall Kazak Yeli monument, topped by a golden eagle, is intended to symbolise the historic destiny of Kazakhstan's people. The figures at the base are from the country's past and present: heroic batyrs (…