Almaty is one of the most beautiful cities of Kazakhstan, located at the foot of the north slopes of Zailiyskiy Alatau Mountains. The city lies in the valley of the Greater and the Lesser Almatinka rivers at the height of 600-900 meters above sea level. Almaty is full of perks, open spaces and vegetation. It is the center of cultural life featuring many theaters, museums, amusement parks, restaurants, night clubs and casinos. A number of natural reserves rich with diverse flora and teeming with fauna are located in the vicinity of the city.
Almaty is a true pearl of Kazakhstan thanks to its location in the necklace of the emerald-blue snowy peaks of Zailiyskiy Alatau, which make the city an international tourism center.
The City of Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan from 1929 till 1997. However, even with its capital status lost, the city remains a major business, tourist, science, economy and entertainment center of Kazakhstan, as well as of the entire Central Asian region.
The former name of the city – Alma-Ata – consisted of two words, ‘alma’ meaning ‘apple’ and ‘ata’ meaning ‘grandfather’ in the Kazakh language, and could be translated as ‘The Grandfather of Apples’. Local people still refer to their city as ‘apple city’ or ‘orchard city’, because Almaty indeed is located in a very lush area surrounded by the Tian Shan Mountains. New York, the business center of the USA, is commonly referred to as the ‘Big Apple’, and Almaty likewise is the business center and the ‘Big Apple’ of Kazakhstan.
The main attractions of Almaty