Top 10 Places To Visit In Almaty, Kazakhstan

OT Staff

Medeu Ice Skating Rink And Ski Resort

Situated in a picturesque valley, Medeu is famous for its high-altitude ice skating rink and the nearby Shymbulak Ski Resort. It's a perfect spot for winter sports enthusiasts and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

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Kok Tobe Hill

Kok Tobe is a hill overlooking Almaty, offering panoramic views of the city and the snow-capped peaks of the Tian Shan mountains. Visitors can reach the top by a cable car and enjoy various attractions, including a mini zoo, amusement park, and restaurants.

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Big Almaty Lake

Located about 15 kilometres from Almaty, Big Almaty Lake is a stunning turquoise reservoir surrounded by alpine scenery. It's a popular spot for hiking, picnicking, and photography, especially during the summer months.

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Central State Museum of Kazakhstan

This museum provides a comprehensive overview of Kazakhstan's history and culture. Its extensive collection includes artifacts from ancient times, traditional Kazakh costumes, and exhibits on the country's Soviet past.

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Zenkov Cathedral (Ascension Cathedral)

A striking example of Russian Orthodox architecture, Zenkov Cathedral is built entirely of wood and is one of the few buildings in Almaty that survived the 1911 earthquake. The cathedral's colourful exterior and intricate interiors are a must-see.

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Green Bazaar (Zelyony Bazaar)

An authentic local market where visitors can experience the vibrant atmosphere and purchase a variety of goods, including fresh produce, meats, spices, and traditional Kazakh products like kurt (dried cheese) and kazy (horse sausage).

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Panfilov Park

Named after the Panfilov heroes of World War II, this park is home to several monuments, including the impressive Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame dedicated to the soldiers who died during the war. The park is a peaceful place to relax and take a stroll.

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Almaty Opera House

An architectural gem in the heart of the city, the Almaty Opera House hosts a variety of performances, including opera, ballet, and classical concerts. Its elegant interiors and world-class productions make it a cultural highlight.

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Charyn Canyon

Often compared to the Grand Canyon, Charyn Canyon is located about 200 kilometres from Almaty. The canyon's dramatic red rock formations and scenic vistas offer excellent opportunities for hiking, photography, and exploring Kazakhstan's natural beauty.

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Almaty Botanical Garden

Spread over a vast area, the Almaty Botanical Garden is a serene retreat with diverse plant collections, including native and exotic species. It's an ideal place for a leisurely walk, bird-watching, and enjoying nature within the city.

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