Top Choice Monument in Astana

Bayterek Monument

Nurzhol bulvar's centrepiece is the 97m-high Bayterek 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 s…
Top Choice Museum in Astana

Presidential Cultural Centre

The yurt-shaped Presidential Cultural Centre houses an excellent museum whose highlight is the 2nd floor, with outstanding collections of Kazakh jewellery and ‘gold and gold-makings’. These include gold jewellery an…
Top Choice Museum in Karaganda

Karaganda Ecological Museum

The Karaganda Ecological Museum, run by a dedicated, campaigning environmental NGO, has to be the most imaginative museum in the country. Everything can be touched, and this includes large rocket parts that have fal…
Top Choice Notable Building in Astana

Khan Shatyr

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

Palace of Peace & Accord

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 (next in 2015). The half-hour tour (English-speaking guides …
Aquarium in Astana


Adjacent to Atameken is Duman, a modern leisure centre most worth visiting for its oceanarium, which has over 2000 creatures from the world’s oceans and a 70m shark tunnel. Opposite Duman are the UFO-shaped Circus a…
Museum in Astana

Museum of the First President

Housed in the former presidential palace, this museum is an intriguing peep into the pomp and circumstance surrounding the country’s leader. A succession of lavish galleries and halls, including the old presidential…
Museum in Northern Kazakhstan

ALZHIR Museum-Memorial Complex

Visitors Centre in Korgalzhyn

Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve Visitors Centre

Museum in Karaganda

Karaganda Oblast Museum

The recently modernised regional museum has ample displays on local history, including a section on KarLag. Guided tours (150T), available in English, add significantly to the interest.