Astana (Kazakhstan)

Astana Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Ken and Nyetta

Fantasy city

Flying in to Astana is quite an odd experience: for a long time there is nothing but empty steppe, and then out of nowhere a colorful skyline rises out of nowhere. Astana, or Akmola as it was formerly known, has been the capital city of Kazakhstan since 1997 when it replaced Almaty (the reasons for this are somewhat vague to say the least). It is the second largest city of the country. The city (whose name means "capital") lies in the heart of the Kazakh steppe and the climate that comes along with that is fairly extreme, ranging from -10 degrees Celsius in January to 20 degrees Celsius in May.

As the Kazakh government tries its hardest to brush up the image of the former provincial steppe town, the town is undergoing a boom and the skyline seems to be growing by the month. Expect to come across old Soviet façades combined with ultra-modern looking architectural marvels. The city does not (yet) offer an enormous amount of sights and attractions, but the process of crafting a capital city with apparently complete architectural freedom is an interesting thing to witness in itself. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Astana is a city in Kazakhstan. It has a population of 780,880, is situated at an altitude of 1161ft and the best airport to fly into is TSE (Astana, Astana)
  • The currency used in Kazakhstan is the Kazakhstani tenge (KZT)

Astana Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

14 16 27 52 68 79 81 77 66 50 30 18

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8 1.4 1.5 2 1.1 0.9 1.1 1.1 0.9

More Astana travel resources

So... we started looking around for resources and were sure we were not going to find that much. But in fact we were proven wrong. Of course you won't be surprised to read a Wikitravel and Lonely Planet article on the place, but that is just getting started. Because then we came across the quite excellent Astana City Guide and the a bit less marvelous but somewhat useful in 1990s style website Visit Kazakhstan. The Independent thinks Astana is out of this world, while the Guardian wrote about loosening visa restrictions. From the blogs that we came across we loved The Bohemian Blog, The Planet D and this account.

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