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“I really know the city of Almaty” – very few Almaty residents can say this. After all, the city does not end with Medeo and Kok-tobe, there are dozens of museums, hundreds of interesting places, a wide variety of dishes that you must try in order to understand our charming city. We will make a check-list of things that the guests of Almaty should definitely try. You can tick off each item and check how much you have already learned about the pearl of the Trans-Ili Alatau.

Drown in the largest concentration of pure chocolate in the world - the "Kazakhstan" chocolate bar

The best chocolate in the world!

This chocolate is VERY tasty. Seriously. Without empty flattery. No plasticine melting mess – only good, solid, high-quality chocolate, with a pleasant bitterness of cocoa - everything is as it should be.

Feel like a real Kazakh, taste the meat like a Kazakh

The main traditional dish of Kazakh cuisine

Beshbarmak – boiled horse or lamb meat with small pieces of dough boiled in meat broth. Traditionally, the dish is served at special events and large family gatherings, exclusively for the honored guests. An excellent addition to the dish is a rich, fragrant meat broth - sorpa, which is usually served in bowls. At the end of the meal, koumiss (horse milk) is served, followed by tea again.

Enjoy the legendary Kazakh "donuts" – baursaks

In Kazakhstan, we even celebrate Baursack Day

Bauyrsaks are small pieces of dough in the form of donuts fried in a cauldron. Baursaks are served both for tea and everyday meals. Bauyrsaks are of great importance to Kazakhs - this is the bread of any table and it is always brought out first.

Taste the miracle of nature - Almaty Aport

The best apples in the world

The pulp of an Aport apple is fine-grained and very fragrant, of medium density and white-green color. The taste is sweet and sour, and there is a wine aftertaste. The taste qualities of apples and their appearance got the highest tasting evaluation at various exhibitions and forums more than once. Because of this, Aport apples are considered a Kazakh souvenir.

Try health steppe drinks - koumiss and shubat

Drink with caution!

Koumiss is a mare's milk fermented in a special way. It’s known for its healing properties, which even Avicenna wrote about. A no less popular shubat is made in the same way from camel’s milk. By the way, both of them are low alcohol drinks. Also, koumiss and shubat have contraindications, which are primarily due to their chemical composition.

Take in the entire Almaty city from Mount Kok Tobe

Take in the entire Almaty city from Mount Kok Tobe

Kok Tobe Park is a popular place for romantic dates and family walks. It is located on the peak of the “Kok Tobe” mountain at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level. From the city center, it can be reached in just 10 minutes by car, but it is much more interesting to take a ride on the famous cable car, admiring the breathtaking views of the city. From the top of the mountain one can see not only city landscapes, but also breathtaking panoramas of the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau.

Stroll through the historic streets of Panfilov - Zhibek Zholy

The heart of cultural life

From the mid-19th century, this street was one of the key places in the life of the city of Verny. In Soviet times, it was Arbat that was the center of youth meetings, the heart of all city events and the favorite walking zone on weekends. After turning the Panfilov street into the pedestrian zone, Arbat seemed to have been reborn — even on a cold winter evening, you can meet Almaty walkers or city guests. In 2017, there was a large-scale reconstruction of the streets, and they became even more comfortable, green and interesting.

Visit the Park of 28 Panfilov Soldiers - different eras and wars, the history and the soul of the city

Eternal flame

The park is named in honor of the Panfilov division - 28 hero soldiers who single-handedly stopped the advance of the Nazi tanks on Moscow during the Second World War. The words of Vasily Klochkov, the permanent political commander of the division: “Russia is great, but there is nowhere to retreat. Moscow is behind us!” are inscribed in every Soviet history textbook and still touch hearts and minds.

Find the tastiest things at the Green Bazaar

Oriental flavor

Green Bazaar (Almaty) is considered to be one of the main attractions of the southern capital of Kazakhstan. It’s always noisy and crowded there; people rush here any day of the week to buy fresh products and manufactured goods, from clothing and footwear to furniture and building materials. The central market, which has more than a century of history, is also popular with tourists. Here you can buy original souvenirs and taste national dishes.

Discover the best wine east of Provence

Arbavine

An exceptional feature of the terroir is the surprising combination of climatic conditions: the mountain air cooling vineyards at night, a daytime breeze at the foot of the mountains removing excessive moisture from the vine, a mineral-rich soil with granite, sand, clay and humus contributing to good drainage and aeration of the soil, clean mountain water, cool winter, dry summer and autumn – all of this protects the vines and its roots from the diseases peculiar to the climate of the sea coastal zones where the main vineyards of the world are located. Thus, the grapes are notable for their amazing natural features without chemical intervention.

Hear the harmony and music of the steppe in the Yhlas museum

The Sound of Central Asia

Actually, the museum is not limited to Kazakh folk instruments: you will also find musical items used by our closest neighbors: Kyrgyz, Mongols, Uzbeks, etc. The permanent exhibition presents only a small part of the collection - 297 exhibits from the 2,000 available. In the collection you will find more than 40 types and varieties of musical instruments: dombra, kobyz, dangyry, syldyrmaks and others.

Plunge into the thousand-year history of the city in the Museum of Almaty

The history of the beloved city

The Museum of Almaty was founded in 2001. Today it is a major scientific and cultural center, representing the entire spectrum of historical and cultural heritage of the Zhetysu region. Museum collections have about 35 thousand exhibits. Among them are works of art, unique collections of Kazakh ethnography, as well as ethnography of representatives of the nations living now in Almaty, collections of everyday objects of various eras and cultures, numismatics, photos and documents.

Travel 2000 years back at the Boraldai Saki mounds

Following the footsteps of history

The entire territory of modern Almaty was the spiritual and sacred center for the entire Scythian-Saka world in ancient times. Notable leaders came here from distant corners of the great nomadic civilization –¬ Siberia, Altai, the Black Sea region and many other places of the Great Steppe. Here, the Saki buried their leaders and glorified warriors, and this is how the Boraldai mounds appeared.

Visit the game of the legendary Almaty football team "Kairat"

Our pride!

2-time champion of Kazakhstan, 8-time winner of the Cup of Kazakhstan, 2-time winner of the Super Cup of Kazakhstan, winner of the USSR Football Federation Cup.

Walk around the Republic Square - the cradle of Kazakhstan’s independence

The heart of the city

The Republic Square (formerly New Square). It is located at the intersection of the central streets - Baiseitova and Satpayev. Its size resembles two football fields, and on its territory, there is a complex consisting of sculptures and texts of various sayings connected architecturally. But the central place in the complex belongs to the Monument of Independence.

Travel to the world of Eastern relaxation in the "Arasan" bathhouse

Rest for body and soul

The renewed bath complex Arasan Wellness & SPA keeps the classic traditions of the best bathhouse of the country. The building of the bath complex embodies the unsurpassed talent of architects and centuries-old world experience in the construction and operation of baths - everything is thought out to the smallest detail here. The bath complex consists of two departments - male and female, each of which has three types of baths. At your service: Russian bath, Finnish sauna and Turkish bath (hammam), as well as a swimming pool with crystal-clear water from our own artesian well. The water in the pools is regularly replaced. Hourly, water is taken and analyzed for hardness and chlorine content, and the best disinfectants are used.

Dissolve in art in the Kasteev museum

The magic of a picture

The Art Museum named after A. Kasteev is the largest art museum in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the world-famous research, cultural and educational center in the field of art.

Learn the craft of the ancient nomads in the "Qazaq-Oner" center

Master class

The Qazaq-oner artisans center is an educational, industrial, commercial, cultural, historical and entertainment center.

Ice skate at an altitude of 1691 meters on Medeo

Right under the sky

The Medeu complex is located on the border of the city of Almaty at an altitude of 1,691 meters above sea level. Beautiful views of the tops of the Zailiysky Alatau mountains, clean air, soft sun - Almaty residents of all ages and occupations love to spend their time here. The Medeu tract got its name in honor of a nomad who lived here at the beginning of the twentieth century and founded an aul in the area.

Visit the world's largest yurt in the "Forest Fairy Tale" mountain resort-hotel

Feel like a nomad

Between the age-old pines and the sprawling branches of the Tien Shan firs there is an ethno-hotel "Orman Aula", where you can feel like a real nomad of the 21st century. You will enjoy living in real yurts, where everything inside will convey the special nomadic atmosphere. Hand-rolled felt creates coziness and warmth, wooden furniture perfectly complements the ethnic atmosphere, and a spacious bathroom with shower and all the amenities completes the perfect combination of tradition and comfort.

Listen to the Great Kazakh Steppe in the Multimedia Center for Traditional Music

Music - the Soul of nation

The exposition of the Center presents unique memorial instruments of prominent figures of Kazakh art from the fund of the Ykhlas Museum of Folk Musical Instruments.
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