More About Kazakhstan attractions
The country’s largest city, Almaty, was once the capital and remains a leading cultural and commercial centre in Kazakhstan. Here, you will find the Zenkov Cathedral, a colourful wooden monument that was completed in 1907. One of the few remaining structures from the Tsars era, the cathedral offers a fantastic backdrop to holiday photos and has even been listed as one the world’s eight most unique wooden constructions. Other attractions that are worth visiting in Almaty include Panfilov Park, Zelyony Bazaar, Almaty Zoo, and the Abai State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Outside of the cities, there is a wealth of natural landscapes to savour, which have established Kazakhstan as a leading centre for ecotourism. A prime example is the ‘heavenly mountains’ of Tian Shan, which stretch over 1,500km and reach a maximum height of 7,439 metres at Pobeda Peak. In addition, the area includes Inylchek Glacier, the world’s second largest mountain glacier, and the beautiful Merzbakher ice lake.
With around 122 mammal species, 500 bird species, 107 fish species, and over 600 plant species, Kazakhstan has also developed an impressive collection of national parks and nature reserves, many of which can be accessed by the public. From the snow leopards of Aksu Zhabagly Nature Reserve, the red deer of Katon-Karagay National Park, and the pink flamingos of Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve, you will be spoilt for choice.