Nur-Sultan: a miracle in the steppe


The capital of Kazakhstan, the name of which has changed by the way about five times, greets guests with harsh steppe winds. The city of Nur-Sultan is divided into two parts by the Ishim River. Residential areas of dense development occupy the right bank. The strong wind is not felt here due to the multi-storey buildings, the infrastructure is well-developed – there are many shops and cafes. In a word, life is in full swing. On the left bank, there is a new city. A rather controversial area with monumental government buildings and wide spaces that meet travelers who decided to get to know this area better.

Boulevard Nurzhol

The heart of Nur-Sultan is Nurzhol Boulevard, the main architectural axis of the city. The main attractions are located here – modern architectural monuments. This new center on the left bank of the Ishim River is built on the principle of a multi-level arrangement of buildings with a pedestrian zone around it, stretching from the presidential residence to the Khan-Shatyr shopping center. If you are in the city for a short time and want to see all the most interesting – you are here. An excellent place for walking at any time of the day, both in winter and in summer. The main thing is to beware of the piercing wind, which can be so powerful that it knocks you down.


Baiterek is the most recognizable landmark and center of the city of Nur-Sultan. The height of the monument is 100 meters. Upstairs there is an observation deck, from which you can see the city at a glance. They say that if you touch the sculpture of the golden imprint above and make a wish, it will certainly come true. Try it! It is very green around the monument, there are many benches and walking paths. If you are lucky with the weather and there is no strong wind, this is a great walk. Do not forget to take cool photos with this landmark “in the palm of your hand” as a souvenir. Opening hours: from June 1 to August 31 – from 10.00 to 22.00, the rest of the time from 10.00 to 21.00. Tickets: 700 tenge – adult 300 tenge – children, children under 5 – free.

Khan Shatyr

The large shopping and entertainment center Khan-Shatyr attracts the attention of residents and guests of Nur-Sultan with its unusual appearance. The author of the building is the renowned world architect Norman Foster. If this is your first time in the city, then be sure to visit this place. Great shopping, a water park with an artificial beach, a huge cinema – everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Against the background of the original transparent design, the photos will be beautiful and unusual. Opening hours: from 10:00 to 23:00 daily.

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

The Peace Palace is a pyramid building designed by the famous architect Norman Foster. The official opening of the pyramid took place in September 2006, during the “Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”. The building has become a symbol of the unification of different cultures and religions, openness to the whole world. It now hosts high-level meetings and concerts. During the tour, you will see an opera hall, an exhibition hall under a dome, and a beautiful green garden. Tickets: adult – 1000 tenge, children – 650 tenge.

Oceanarium Ailand

Ailand Oceanarium is the only aquarium in Kazakhstan, it is also known for being more than 3000 km away from any ocean. Interesting, isn’t it? It will be interesting for both adults and children. Step on the travelator tape and ride in a circle in a huge transparent tunnel, looking at exotic marine life. More than 2000 representatives of marine and freshwater species from reservoirs from all over the world are collected here. Tickets: adult – 3000 tenge, children – 2500 tenge.

EXPO 2017

In 2017, a large international exhibition “EXPO-2017” was held in Nur-Sultan. The exhibition took place, but the magnificent Museum of the Future remained in the city. It is located in a huge building in the form of a glass sphere called “Nur Elem”. Here you can get acquainted with Kazakhstan and its history using interactive technologies. Learn in practice about various types of energy: creative, kinetic, the energy of space, sun, biomass, wind, and water. After visiting the museum, many children have a desire to become scientists in the future, and adults seem to find themselves in their childhood again. Do not forget to walk on the glass bridge at the height and feel the force of the city wind. The Museum of the Future will hardly leave you indifferent. Tickets: 1500 tenge.

Astana Opera

Lovers of classical music and opera are advised to visit the Astana Opera Theater of Opera and Ballet. It was erected in a record three years. From laying the first stone in 2010 to the grand opening on June 21, 2013, when the first theater season kicked off. A large number of professionals from various fields have worked on theater projects. During the construction, all the shortcomings of other world theaters were taken into account and the latest innovative solutions were applied. As a result, two stunning auditoriums await their guests. The main stage is for 1250 people and a chamber hall for 250 people. The acoustics of the theater are impressive: the voices of the performers are clearly audible anywhere in the auditorium. Be sure to visit this place during your trip.

Sunduk Restaurant

An unusual approach to relaxation and a modern calm interior is a striking feature of the oriental restaurant Sunduk. The atmosphere of hospitality, pleasant music, delicious food. Try dishes of national or Uzbek cuisine here. We recommend horse meat beshbarmak, do not miss it on the menu. An excellent option for the evening, which 100% meets even the most daring expectations.

Vista Restaurant & Bar

Vista Restaurant & Bar is located on the 27th floor of the hotel. It is in this place that you will truly feel the rhythm of the city in a breathtaking atmosphere. New facets of tastes and aromas of familiar dishes will not leave you indifferent. Come here in the evening, preferably on Saturday or Sunday. Enjoy the view of Nur-Sultan at night with calm music – relax, be surprised and watch the life of the city.

Shop “Talisman”

What to bring as a gift from a trip to Nur-Sultan? Kazakh chocolate in blue packaging, fridge magnets, elements of national clothing? Memorable gifts for every taste can be found in the Talisman store. A wide selection of national souvenirs, colorful handicrafts, Mini-yurts, felt slippers, fur hats, paintings, armor, jewelry, and much more – just choose.

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