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Almaty

Historic Almaty is kept pure by gentle fresh mountain winds and is warmed by the welcoming rays of the southern sun.

Prior to the extraordinary building of the new capital of Astana, Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan, and still remains as the largest city.  The locals might suggest it remains the best known and most significant city in the country, with the widest range of attractions and activitis to see and do, both within the city and in the beautiful regions surrounding it.

Almaty Sightseeing Attractions

Almaty is a city of fountains. There are no less than 120 of them. Even a "Holiday of Fountains" is celebrated in the "southern capital" of Kazakhstan, when each of these water objects of art is simultaneously switched on. There is a practical purpose for such an attraction – on hot summer days, residents and guests of Almaty can enjoy the freshness of the city's numerous fountains.

Among the best know of Almaty's distinctive buildings is the Russian Orthodox Ascension Cathedral.  This is indeed a beautiful church, and also very robustly built. This building, which managed to survive a terrifying Force 10 earthquake in 1910, was at the time the world's second tallest wooden structure, and astonishingly, was constructed without any nails.

The Park of the First President, a favorite leisure place for Almaty residents, is well worth a visit. This magnificent sight is considered to be the "green heart" of Almaty.  As well as much other greenery, one hundred personalized birches and fir trees were planted here in honor of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and in 2010 President Nursultan Nazarbayev himself planted an oak tree in the park.

Sights in the vicinity of Almaty

The "southern capital" of Kazakhstan is known for its nearby mountains. The famous mountain ski resort of Chimbulak and the world's largest high-mountain complex for winter sports Medeo (Medeu) are waiting for fans of outdoor activities, and providing a great reason to visit us in the winter as well as at any other time of year.

The lushly planted Kok-Tobe Hill is in the immediate vicinity of the city. The Almaty TV Tower is located on this mountain – and is considered to be the tallest building in the "southern capital" (372 meters/1228 ft).

A magnificent panorama of Almaty and the snow-capped peaks of the Zailiysky Alatau can be seen from the top of Kok-Tobe (1130 meters/3730 ft). A large entertainment park has been operating here since 2006. Part of the experience of a visit to Kot-Tobe is getting there - an extended gondola ride runs from its foot, in the city, all the way up to the summit.

Traveling around the "southern capital" of Kazakhstan will be more interesting if you entrust the organization of your vacation to Trip to KZ's travel professionals. We know the best and also the less well known (and perhaps all the better for it) places in and around Almaty and will arrange an unforgettable tour of the sights of this, the most famous Kazakh city, for you.

Transfers

We're a great believer in first and last impressions.  So as to ensure that your impressions of your time in Almaty are positive, can be suggest you arrange transfers between the airport (or train station) and your hotel, both upon arrival, and for your eventual departure again, too.

There's nothing more reassuring that walking into the arrivals hall of any airport, anywhere, and finding a smartly dressed driver standing with your name on a board, ready to whisk you and your suitcases to a nearby quality car, and drive you directly to your hotel.

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Depending on your preferences and traveling style, you may wish to have a translator/guide with you for some or all of your time in Almaty.  English isn't universally spoken in the city, and even less so as you go out of the city (our people are generally bi-lingual, speaking Kazakh and Russian, although, as in most countries, many children these days are learning English as well).

Having a friendly guide with you not only eliminates any language barriers but also ensures that there's always an answer to your questions such as "What is that building?" and "Who is that a statue of and why?" and so on.

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