If you are interested in history and the way people lived during the Soviet Union time, Akmolinsk Camp of Female Traitors to the Motherland might be interesting place to visit.This tour is dedicated to the memory of the victims of totalitarianism.The abbreviation ACFTM makes those people shivering who know what really stands behind these five...more
I lived in Astana for two years as an expat. Not a lot of places to go, but Baiterek and circus. I heard that the big tent for entertainment was opened last year (I left last year too. YOu live there and haven't been around? Well, there's nothing to go anywhere. Go to TGIF, the only American restaurant. There's an Irish steak restaurant, it's...more
"Bayterek" has become a popular tourist attaction with visitors and native Kazakhstanis alike, symbolizing the new status of the young capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. The top of the complex structure is a gilt sphere crowning a mythological tree of 97 meters.The philosophy of "Bayterek" is that it embodies a legend about a magic bird of happiness....more
Bayterek is the most famous attraction in Astana and is definitely worth visiting. As far as I know, it symbolizes the tree of life described in the legends of the Kazakh people. Inside you take an elevator to the glass sphere at the top of Bayterek, from where the whole of Astana can be seen. In the glass sphere you can see the model of the master...more
Most characteristic about Astana are its "futuristic" buildings (which you'll barely find in any other kazakh city). The people have mixed feelings about them and funnily enough, those buildings and landmarks got alternative names by the local population. An example:Baiterek: a 97 m high tower that cost KZ 4,5 mln USD. You can ride to the very top...more
Some of the flashy buildings in Astana and their local names:Ministry of finance (Minfin) - "Dollar"Ministry of transport (Transport Tower) - "lighter"KazMunaiGas (kazakh oil company) - "elevator"Prospect of the Republic (Prospekt Respubliki) - "5 minutes of Hollywood"Apartment Complex for oil workers - 7 barrelsmore
Travel to the top of the Bayterek tower. You can walk around in a giant, golden, transparent sphere. The Bayterek tower is the symbol of Astana and represents the tree of life. In the center of the sphere is a handprint of the president which you may place your hand into. Opera music plays and lights come from above giving a heavenly feeling. Be...more
This is the presidential palace of President Nazarbaev. Goverment and social structure in Kazakhstan hardly could be called - Democracy. President can occupy his position for term of his life. And in situation of no alternative elctions are rather formal. *Though due to rich natural resources of the country and relatively small population (about 15...more
Sarky Arka 4, Astana, Kazakhstan, 010000, KZ
Good for: Business
Luxury hotel offers everything to satisfie modern tourist needs. This is really a hotel built...more
8 Beibitshilik, Astana, 010000, Kazakhstan
Good for: Solo
Great restaurant in the city center. Specialises in the local cuisine. Fantastic food and service. All oil tycoons and international investors coming to Astana go to the restaurant as a must ))))) but seriously food is great and not very expensive.On Friday nights and weekends might be crowded, so better book the table in advance. Kazy - a sausage...more
Actually I've never been inside ))))) but locals told me that it's one of the best, if not THE best, restaurant in Astana and as a consequence the most expencive I guess )))It is located on Ishtim river, close to the border of the old city center. It's really hard to miss driving by.more
Chocolate disco belows Astana's Radisson SAS is probably the hotest place in town on Friday night for Locals. It is night a great place for expats. You can get in, but don't expect the friendly atmosphere of clubs in other areas of the World.There are many Local girls out on the floor and milling around. They want to dance, but not with expats....more
list of night clubs, adress and phone number:super club: located in intercontinental hotel, entrance fee 3000 phone number 391000lido club: 194/1, imanova street phone number 376224 - fee 3000 - strip clubv dali ot: 49, moskovskaya street phone 393633 - fee 5000 - exclusive night club+stripreesvelvet: 2, sary arka street, phone number 356699 -...more
I agree that nightlife in Astana is somewhat poor, if you are a foreigner, like I am you have to rely on your friends (foreigners too) who really rock the house indoors at their own places, locals dont know about it but we really have fun when it happens which is basically every weekend!The news are that a new place was recently opened, its called...more
My July afternoon of wandering about the city taking pictures of the fantasty architecture resulted in some very nice pictures (see tip on things to do) but also a very undesirable side effect--the worst sunburn of my life. Fortunately, I'd had the good sense to wear a hat, but my forearms actually blistered in temperatures approaching 40. If you're going to be out and about for extended periods in the summer, you'll need not only a hat but also long sleeves or a ton of ultra-strength suntan lotion.
By the law of the Kazakhstan state it is impossible to take DVD or CD media out of the state. It is legal to bring both DVD and CD rom but illegal to take out from the state.
Unique Suggestions: No cure for this. The only possibility is to go to police at least 3 days before departure from the state and show them the content of your cd-s.
Fun Alternatives: No problems with laptop. Also you can bring extra usb hard disc and record everything on it.
If God or boss puts u in AStana for a winter, well then come prepared. Thermals and woolen socks from REI/EMS are needed. Buy the thick fur lined jacket in Almaty. A warm beanie - preferably get ear warmers. a nice warm Oldnavy fleece jacket will serve u well inside the big jacket aka dublanka
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Procter and GAmble etc cover Kazakhstan very well. God help u if u need medicines.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping/Beach - are you kidding yourself - 8 months of relentless winter.
Calm ponds in the city park... Small swan island is decorated with the wooden figures of the heroes of russian fairy tales.... but they are with kazakh faces ;-)) like this Emelya and a Pike-Fish on the photo.
Park is full of summer cafes and restaurants, there are some amusements for children and a "big wheel" to see the city around.
The building on the foreground is typical "Khruschevka" - urgly buildings that were rapidly built after disasters of WWII across all the SU in 50-s...60-s (in times of Nikita Khruschev). Thousands of them are still alive. The district of such buildings is called Tselinograd (name of this town in 50-s). On the background there are modern block of...more
Climatically Astana is one of the coldest capitals in the world, with temperatures of -35 to -40 °C common in the late autumn. The new city is also known to regularly freeze for around six months every year. Overall however, Astana has a continental climate, with exceptionally cold winters and moderately hot summers, arid and semiarid.The average...more