Popular Almaty Places
What sort of Almaty Places interest you? We all have our own tastes.
Some like luxurious places, some enjoy outdoors, some like visiting any
types of places as long as they can explore the
real lifestyle of people living in the country they visit.
This page has all sorts of places in and around Almaty which are
popular for one reason or another. Most Almaty places are "visitable"
any time of the year depending on the level of your passion for
Almaty is quite a compact city when it comes to places of interest. So as long as you have Your Almaty City Center Map with you, you should be fine.
Here are some of these places in no particular order.
Almaty Places of Interest
These places are grouped together to make it easy for you to visit
them in one go. They are either next to each other or not too far from.
- The Panfilov Park with the WW2 memorial, Museum of National Music Instruments as well as the Orthodox Cathedral.
The Zelyoniy Bazaar is not too far from if you need any "green"
shopping with Gros Supermarket across the street. Do you like chocolates
and sweeties? Then you are right next to the Rahat Chocolate Factory.
By the way the famous Arasan Bath, that Ewan McGregor and Charley
Boorman quite enjoyed during their Long Way Round, is on the other side
of the tram line. ;)
- The Central State
Museum of Kazakhstan, Republican Square and the Almaty Residence
of the President of Kazakhstan (you can only enjoy a few meters away
from the fence), Almaty City Administration, the former House of
Government when Almaty was still the capital of Kazakhstan. If you need
any shopping done while you are there Ramstore Supermarket is right next
- Kasteyev Art Gallery, across
from the Rahat Palace hotel is quite a rich area for place to see and
visit. Almaty Circus with the Fantasy World
Theme Park next door. Auezov Kazakh Drama Theatre. Want to get you
shopping done. No problems. Promenade Superstore is between the Central
Stadium and the Central Sports Center.
- Abay Opera and Ballet Theatre is a must-go. It's across from the Hotel Almaty.
- Lermontov Russian Drama Theatre, across from it is the former Pushkinka, the nick
name for today's National Library of RK with over five million books in over 100 language.
Park is a great day out for the kids and adults. Apart from various
rides there is also an aqua park and a zoo, so it should take your whole
day by the time you try all and take photos.
- Botanical garden
is a nice time out with various types of plants and trees. The deeper
you go inside the garden, you don't even feel you are in the middle of
the city. No noise, just you and the nature. I need to mention that the
garden has been less fortunate during
the difficult times of the country. The Main Exhibition Center Atameken
is next door. Apart from various international exhibitions to attend,
Atameken is a popular place among many locals to enjoy the walkways.
Almaty Places to Visit For a
Chimbulak and Medeo
are places for winter activities like skiing and skating, they are
really nice places to escape in summer to cool yourself down. People are
up to all sorts of activities there as well as in and around the Big Almaty Lake. You can go trekking, horse riding, mountain biking, gathering herbs, going for picnicking. Some
people manage to plunge into the cold water coming down from Glaciers.
Brrr. And all this is within the 25 km radius from the city center.
However, if you are time limited, I would choose Medeu direction or even
Koktobe, which is 10 minutes from the Hotel Kazakhstan.
Throughout this Guide I keep referring to the Hotel Kazakhstan when I
want to explain directions. Why you would ask. Well, it's the popular
place of interest in and around with many other Almaty places around
like the Republican Palace, or Arman Cinema
It's also one of the main connection bus stops with buses going to most parts of the city. And Hotel Kazakhstan been the tallest landmark in Almaty seen from most parts of the city.
Places Outside Almaty
To see the following places You'll need at least one full day, as it
takes a bit of driving, as well as offroading to get there. But they are
- Charyn Canyon - 200 km to the east from Almaty,
you can also visit the ancient Ash Grove about 40 km from the canyon.
About 60 km further from the Grove there are hot springs with good
enough facilities to have warm to hot water (some over +50) swimming
pools summer or winter.
These places as well as any other places outside Almaty are picnic
friendly. Don't forget to get your Shashlyk marinated long before the
journey and have your drinks bought. Don't forget to clean the place
Hope these will keep you occupied for a while. And don't feel limited to
these Almaty places, as there are so many other places to go as well,
that we shall be covering as we go. Please keep in touch and let us know if you found a pearl in the steppe ;).
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