Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Astana

Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve
Birds of many kinds of feather flock together in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve and it is worth going for them alone, though also watch out for rare antelope.
Central Mosque
Alasha
Suntana Aquapark
With temperature-controlled sand flown in from the Maldives, relax here while gazing out at an ice-clad city.
Kokshetau National Park
Another National Park, Kokshetau is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and invigorating weekend.
Keremet Banya
If you like your baths with company, this place offers a huge number of options.
Ishim River
Cross/ski down/swim in the iced-over river for a bracing morning.
Cross-Country
If you've ever been tempted to try your hand (or legs?!) at cross-country skiing then this could be the perfect opportunity; head out into the wilds for a proper adventure.
Duman Centre
An oceanarium at the farthest possible point from the sea.
Ice City
Enormous ice sculptures of famous landmarks, with built-in slides. What's not to love?
Burabay National Nature Park
Located in the North of Kazakhstan, Astana is perfectly placed for exploring the steppe; head out for day trips (or longer) to beautiful national parks for walking and nature-watching.
Palace of Independence
See the city in miniature with the Palace's model of Astana.
Saints Konstantin & Elena Cathedral
This small Cathedral is perfect for quieter contemplative moments.
Uspensky Cathedral
The city's main cathedral, the Upensky is an impressive sight.
Palace of Peace & Reconciliation
Designed to cause a stir, this Norman Foster-designed building resembles something out of a science fiction movie. Stare in wonder.
Presidential Cultural Centre
The ultimate spot for catching up with Kazakh culture.
Saken Seifullin Museum
Museum to one of Kazakhstan's great literary figures and freedom fighters.
Malinovka
A moving tribute to the wives of political prisoners.
Beit Rachel Synagogue
A large (for Central Asia) synagogue, this maintains a community feel.
Has Sanat Gallery
The home of much of Kazakhstan's most inspiring artwork - not to be missed.
Kazakh Drama Theatre
Young Kazakh actors perform national works to an enthusiastic crowd.
Atameken Ethno-Memorial
A monument to those who died at the hands of Soviet repression.
Baiterek Monument
The symbol of the capital, climb this imposing tower to see it spread beneath your feet.
Tea & Coffee Garden
Caffeine abounds in the vast selection of this little café chain, with dozens of varieties on offer.
Madlen
Coffee, juices and innovative drinks combine with a diverse food menu to keep visitors interested.
Books & Coffee
A community feel (bring your own slippers if fussy) and plenty of English books in this WiFi loaded café.
Melnitsa
Look for the enormous windmill at the entrance to this Uzbek offering.
Astana Nur
Fantastic grills and kebabs served in beautiful dining rooms. A real find.
Business Hotel
Perfect for groups who want to book out a house, or quieter types, this sweet little boutique has only seven rooms.
Astanart Hotel
With sport poker facilities and a Chinese medicine centre, this is an interesting boutique offering.

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