With over 100 nationalities living in Kazakhstan, that is reflected in Nur-Sultan's rich and varied food scene: from traditional comfort food, renowned beshparmak
(skewered meat of many types), and local brew to international delicacies of, for example, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Georgian cuisines.
If You wish to have a more cultural experience, You can visit Astana Opera, the largest opera and ballet theater in Central Asia, or listen to traditional instruments in the Central Concert Hall. To discover Kazakh history, it is best to visit the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. You will be greated by an enormous golden eagle under the sun (a reference to a Kazakh legend) and inside its halls, the museum exhibits history from the archeological and pre-historical roots, to World War II, Gulags, and Kazakh modern art.
An Oasis of the Steppes
, with its 150-meter-tall off-center spire holding up the structure's heat-absorbing material, can maintain an interior temperature of 20+ degrees Celsius year-round. Furthermore, on the top floor, sand has been imported from the Maldives to create the Sky Beach Club. The separate resort has swimming pools, water slides, palm trees, and maintains a temperature of ~30 degrees Celsius throughout the year to create a tropical climate - a fantastic escape from the harsh winters of the capital.
Beyond the City
If You wish the escape the city's hustle and bustle, Lake Burabay is the place to go. Located 3 hours from the city and with the nearby resort town of Burabay offering a convenient stay, the serene lake is a popular destination among the capital's residents and tourists.
The biggest marvels of Kazakhstan's nature can be seen in the south-eastern regions of the country. After taking a flight to Kazakhstan's biggest city, Almaty, and then a couple-hour drive, You can experience the spectacular sights of the Charyn Canyon, often described as the Grand Canyon's smaller, yet still as impressive counterpart; or Lake Kaindy, formed after a 1911 earthquake, its cold waters helped preserve the tree trunks and created an imagery described as a "sunken forest." Located right outside Almaty's limits, the Shymbulak mountain resort, largest in Central Asia, offers many winter activities and ski slopes of various difficulties. To avoid countless hairpin turns on the way, a new express gondola system from the Medeu skating rink, the highest in the world, was built, offering fantastic views of the city and the Tian Shan mountains.