City Orientation Walk, Almaty (Self Guided)

Even though no longer the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty is still the country's largest metropolis, trading and cultural hub with many attractions worth visiting. The most notable local sights include the Central State Museum, showcasing the history of Kazakhstan, both as part of the Soviet Union and an independent state. In the heart of the city is Panfilov Park, dominated by the bright-yellow towers of the Ascension Cathedral, a tsarist-era Russian Orthodox church. To find out more about Almaty's main attractions, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Kazakhstan » Almaty (See other walking tours in Almaty)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: JohnB
Presidential Palace

1) Presidential Palace (must see)

The Presidential Palace is quite an imposing building, which had originally served as a museum dedicated to Lenin. The architecture is characteristic of the Soviet style, as well as 1970s design, with large floors, impressive halls and mosaics. Today it hosts official meetings of local and international delegations.
Central State Museum of the Kazakh Republic

2) Central State Museum of the Kazakh Republic (must see)

The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan is the largest museum in Almaty and one of the largest museums in Central Asia.

When first established in 1931, the museum was located in the Almaty Cathedral. It moved to a modern facility in 1985 and is a landmark in Almaty. The museum houses the most significant collection of Kazakh historical, archaeological, and modern cultural and political artifacts.

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday: 9:30 am — 17:30 pm

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Sight description based on wikipedia
Monument of Independence

3) Monument of Independence

The Monument of Independence is located on Republic Square, one of Almaty’s main squares. The monument is dedicated to the Republic of Kazakhstan’s rich history, from the time of Queen Tomiris to the present day. This architectural landmark was masterminded by a group of Kazakh architects under the leadership of Shota Valihanov.
Republic Square

4) Republic Square (must see)

Republic Square, or New Square, is one of Almaty’s central and main squares. It is where national holidays are celebrated and also a venue for many other assemblies. In front of the square is the Almaty Mayor's Office, and a complex of monuments depicting Kazakh history is located on the opposite side.
Abay National Theater and Opera House

5) Abay National Theater and Opera House (must see)

The Abay National Theater and Opera House has played an important role in the development of Kazakhstan’s cultural heritage. Since its opening in 1932, numerous art events have taken place here, with many Kazakh stars having been discovered while performing on its stage. The building is also of great historical and architectural importance.
Astana Square

6) Astana Square

Astana Square is the second largest central square, after Republic Square. It hosts several summer activities, such as concerts, fairs, markets and many others. In front of the square is the Kazakh-British Technical University of Almaty, and the monument of Alia Moldagulovoj and Manshuk Mametovoj stand on the other side
Panfilov Park

7) Panfilov Park (must see)

The 28 Panfilov Heroes Memorial Park honors the Kazah soldiers who died on the battlefields of World War II against Nazi fascism. There is an eternal flame by the memorial where schoolchildren put flowers on the last day of school, and where many newlyweds also have their photos taken. Also located in this park is an Orthodox church built in 1870 without a single nail, painted in dollhouse colors and with a metal steeple. You can often hear beautiful singing coming from inside.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ascension Cathedral

8) Ascension Cathedral (must see)

The Ascension Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox cathedral located in Panfilov Park. Completed in 1907, it is the second tallest wooden building in the world. On September 26, 1903 the bishop of Turkestan and Tashkent, Paisii consecrated the foundation of the church. Construction lasted between 1904 and 1907.

The inner structure of the cathedral was made in the artistic workshops of Moscow and Kiev. The iconostasis was painted by N. Khludov. After the Russian Revolution the cathedral was used to house the Central State Museum of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. In May 1995 control of the cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church, and after additional restoration work it was reopened for religious services in 1997.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
Green Bazaar

9) Green Bazaar

The Green Bazaar, or Zelionyj Bazar, is a place not to be missed when visiting Almaty. This outdoor market has it all, but is mainly popular among locals for its fresh fruits and vegetables.
Arbat Shopping Street

10) Arbat Shopping Street (must see)

Zhybek Zholy Street, or Arbat as the locals call it, is Almaty’s main shopping street. A stroll down this road will give you an idea of how diverse the shopping can be in Kazakhstan. Here you will find famous shops, such as Zara, as well as other small but unique shops, like TsUM. This pedestrian street is also the place where local artists sell their masterpieces.

Walking Tours in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Create Your Own Walk in Almaty

Create Your Own Walk in Almaty

Creating your own self-guided walk in Almaty is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Famous Museums and Art Galleries in Almaty

Famous Museums and Art Galleries in Almaty

Kazakhstan’s former capital has a great number of museums and galleries to be proud of, including the unique State Museum of National Musical Instruments. Take this tour to discover Almaty’s famous museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Daily Life Tour in Almaty

Daily Life Tour in Almaty

Witnessing the daily lives of its locals is the best way to become acquainted with Almaty. There are many places to observe the city’s vibrant daily life, including the Central Mosque, Gorky Park and the War Memorial. Take this tour to discover the best spots to enjoy the daily life in Almaty.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Shopping Tour in Almaty

Shopping Tour in Almaty

Shopping in Almaty can be a very interesting experience, offering a variety of shops with great selections. A former ex-Soviet country, it has developed over the years and now provides many high quality shops and goods to choose from. Take this tour to discover some of Almaty’s best places to shop.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Almaty for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Almaty has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Almaty, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.