Cosmopolitan, which culture combines ancient traditions and modern trends
Almaty is called the southern capital of Kazakhstan, the most important national, cultural and scientific center, where major national universities are situated, including the Science Academy, national theatre and hundreds of monuments and fountains. The city is situated at the foot of snowy mountains of Zailiskiy Alatau at the south-east-most of the Republic, at the northern Tien Shan chain. Alpine meadows, Tien Shan fir-trees, gardens, serve as its fancy decoration and attract with their unique nature. Beautiful high buildings successfully inserted in mountain view, form the wonderful architectural city complex that widely applies natural culture elements and modern construction techniques. In spring, when everything starts blooming, Almaty is especially wonderful. Blooming trees cover the local mountains and go down to the dense city quarters. Rich city history is reflected in lots of sights, cultural and historical monuments, in contrast city architecture – from ancient serf-style buildings to super modern high-rise complexes.
Mountains are the favorite resting place of Almaty residents. In winter, they are attracted by sliding and skiing routes, in summer, it is green blooming glades. Ropeway will easily take you to the peak of Koktobe. From this picturesque point that provides the complete panoramic view of the southern capital, one can observe the big city life. You can visit one of small cafes and try wonderful tasty Kazakh national dishes.