This is a group of mostly wrecked buildings belonging to scientific research institutes, used as a landmark by hikers.

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Nearby Kazakhstan attractions

1. Big Almaty Lake

2.19 MILES

This picturesque turquoise lake, 1.6km long, rests in a rocky bowl at 2500m altitude, reflecting the Tian Shan mountains and the giant fir trees in its…

3. Ile-Alatau National Park


This 2000 sq km park comprises dense spruce forest, Alpine meadows, glaciers and the northern slopes of the Zailiysky Alatau mountains. It is largely…

5. Kök-Töbe

13.23 MILES

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…

6. Central State Museum

13.29 MILES

Almaty’s best museum takes you through Kazakhstan’s history from Bronze Age burials and nomadic culture to WWII sacrifices, telecommunications and the…

7. Maslikhat

13.32 MILES

Neoclassical-style City Council building.

8. Kazakhstan Museum of Arts

13.34 MILES

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…