About Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is the world's ninth largest country by area, covering over one million square miles (over 2.7m sq. km.) and with territory in two continents: Europe and Asia. The nation comprises 14 administrative regions and two metropolitan areas designated as Cities of State Importance: Astana and Almaty. Kazakhstan's total population exceeds 18,000,000.

The Land of the Great Steppe, as this nation is often called, was the cradle of Turkic civilization. It was here in the Kazakh Steppes, back in prehistoric times, that the first Turkic and Iranian-speaking states began to flourish. The country's past is also firmly woven into the history of the Great Silk Road, which served for centuries as the main trade route linking the world of the Mediterranean with the countries of Eastern Asia. The major part of the Silk Road (around 870m or 1,400km) traversed lands which are now part of modern-day Kazakhstan. 

Today's Kazakstan is a nation rich in history, where ancient traditions mingle seamlessly with impressive modernity, and where over 120 nationalities and peoples follow the religions and customs of their forefathers.  

Kazakhstan is also a land rich in natural wonders, boasting more than 8,500 rivers and an abundance of lakes, all surrounded by the most diverse and breathtaking scenery, from the Steppes and deserts to soaring mountain summits. Nature has blessed the country with a wealth of resources, including oil, natural gas, and many different minerals and fossil fuels, all helping to drive Kazakhstan's thriving industrial sector.  

A land steeped in tradition and culture, alive with color, where modern science and high technology combine to increase the prosperity of the warm and friendly inhabitants – this is today's Kazakhstan. 

Year after year, this tolerant, peaceful and hospitable country attracts tourists from all over the world, who flock here to marvel at the ancient monuments, admire the ultra-modern architecture, witness the contrasting natural wonders, and immerse themselves in the culture of this vast nation. 

Come to see us in Kazakhstan, where a warm welcome awaits you!

  • The Kazakhstan capital, Astana, is quite a young city and is the farthest north of any capital in Asia. It is located in the heart of the Eurasion land mass, has an area of around 80,000 hectares, and the city's population recently broke through the one-million mark.

    Astana is located in central Kazakhstan on a region of Steppe uplands known as the Saryarka, a Kazakh word which translates as "yellow range" in English, and is divided in two by the Ishim River.

    Astana benefits hugely from its position at the the crossroads of Europe and Asia, which makes it an ideal hub for the region's transport, communications and logistics networks. In fact, the city serves as a unique bridge between the two great continents.

    After taking over as the nation's capital, Astana underwent significant and rapid changes. Modern buildings and entire districts swiftly sprang up, and much of the new development was designed to be in a Eurasian style of architenture, so that the new structures would still be in harmony with the city's Eastern and Western traditions.

    By far the most breathtaking symbol of Astana, and the emblem of the city's rapid rise, is the Bayterek Tower complex, but among the many other unique architectural jewels in the new capital's crown we find the Palace of Peace and Accord, designed by the famous British architect, Norman Foster, and constructed in the shape of a pyramid; the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, which is the tallest marquee structure in the world; the huge Duman oceanarium; and of course, to this list in 2016 was added the ultra-modern ice palace, the Barys Arena. For more information on places of interest in Astana, see the “Attractions” section.

    The city is surrounded by its own Green Belt, currently being developed to make Astana an oasis of of greenery amid the vast, dry Steppe.

    Astana has now became the center of the Eurasian continent, and the venue for all varieties of forums, conferences, and many other major international events, including those of a sporting nature. In 2017 the city hosted the International Exposition EXPO-2017.

  • Barys Astana Hockey Club's home arena, which in January will serve as the home to all the great players chosen for the 2018 Week of Hockey Stars, is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose sporting complex.

    The Barys Arena was officially opened on the 8th of August, 2015, by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev and is the newest and most modern ice palace in the Kontinental Hockey League.

    The main hockey arena has seating for 11,600 spectators, including 700 seats in the stadium's 60 VIP boxes, and there are an additional three hundred places available in the arena restaurant which boasts panoramic views of the game. The ice palace has four box offices, the most up-to-date ticketing, admission, and security systems, and visitors in the foyer are served by no fewer than 15 food-and-drink stands, as well as outlets for purchasing souvenirs and merchandise. The Barys Arena parking lot has space for almost 1,300 vehicles.

    The ice palace also boasts a modern gymnasium, seven locker rooms for home and visiting teams, a conference hall which can accommodate 120 guests, commentary boxes, and a control room for directing and editing broadcasts. The Barys Arena has an ultra-modern multimedia system, with a three-tier video cube, two rings of LED-panels, and projectors for three-dimensional displays. The training arenas have seating for 700 spectators and boast six additonal locker rooms.

  • Address: 37 Turan Prospekt, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Telephone: +7 717 273 4768

    Website: http://www.khanshatyr.com/en

    Khan Shatyr is the symbol of the Kazakhstan capital. The Khan Shatyr Shopping and Entertainment Complex is the first and only lifestyle-center in Astana, combing world-class retail outlets and leisure facilities under one roof. The center, designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster, is the largest marquee structure in the world and the biggest shopping center in Kazakhstan, and its unique exterior makes it a popular and striking landmark.

  • Address: Intersection of Koshkarbayev and Tauelsyzdyk Prospekts, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Telephone: +7 717 744 744

    Website: hhttp://muslim.kz

    The country's central mosque, the Khazret Sultan, is the largest in Kazakhstan and the second largest in all Central Asia. The name translates into English as “Most Holy Sultan.” The mosque, which straight away entered the list of the nation's unique cultural heritage sites, was constructed in traditional Islamic style and adorned with uniquely Kazakh decorations. The Khazret Sultan Mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers, has four 77-meter minarets, is tastefully but beautifully illuminated at night, and is crowned with a 51-meter dome  

  • Address: 57 Tauelsyzdyk Prospekt, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Telephone: +7 717 744 744

    Website: http://astana-piramida.kz/about/

    The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is one of the most prominent places of interest in Astana. The Pyramid serves as a symbol of the unity of the nation's many different religions, ethnicities and cultures, and the spirit of openness of the of the Kazakh people and their leaders toward the rest of the world. The Palace of Peace is also the work of renowned British architect Norman Foster, and is equipped with state-of-the-art confernce halls, exhibition zones, art galleries, presentation complexes and much more.

  • Address: Vodno-zelyony Boulevard, corner of Turkestan and Dostyk Streets, Astana 010000, Kazakhstan

    Telephone: +7 717 224 1688

    Website: http://www.astana-bayterek.kz/index.php?lang=en

    This monument, also called the Bayterek Tower, is a unique architectural creation and one of breathtaking scale: the metal structure reaches a height of 105 meters, weighs over 1,000 tonnes, and rests on 500 supports. The structure holds a giant sphere, the only one of its kind in the world, which weighs 300 tonnes and has a diameter of 22 meters. The sphere is of “chameleon glass,” which changes color according to the level of sunlight, and the sphere's observation deck is 97 meters from the ground. The tower represents the Tree of Life, one of the most widespread myths of the ancient world.

  • Address: Vodno-zelyony Boulevard, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Nurzhol Boulevard is a pedestrian precinct in Astana's administrative and business center, laid out on the left bank of the the Ishim River, and is one of the major places of interest in the city and in Kazakhstan. The Boulevard stretches from the Ak Orda Presidential Residence all the way to the Khan Shatyr Shopping and Entertainment Complex.

    Nurzhol Boulevard and, indeed, the entire layout of the new city center, were designed by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa. The upper level is a pedestrian zone with lawns, trees, squares, flowerbeds, benches, fountains, and small architectural creations. There are six conical atriums, the upper parts of which resemble light “wells,” iluminated naturally, around which we find staircases and winter gardens. On the Boulevard's second level there are covered galleries and passageways to the surrounding buildings.

  • Address: Left Bank, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Website: http://www.akorda.kz/en/republic_of_kazakhstan/akorda

    The Ak Orda (a Kazakh term, loosely meaning “white or light-colored headquarters) is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    The residence is a key component of Astana's architectural ensemble and was designed to be one of the most visible emblems of the philosophy behind the modernization. The symbolic and functional purposes of the residence are reflected in the designs of the facades and interiors, both in their style and in the color scheme. A distinctive feature of this project is a unique collection of Kazakh works of fine art, which greatly adds to the artistic merit of the residence.

    The Presidential Palace is open to tourists.