An afternoon in Astana

Recently I have been on a journey from Thailand to Moscow and managed to squeeze in an afternoon in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.

As of 2017 Kazakhstan does not require visa anymore for most EU citizens so I was quickly stamped into the country. The airport is conveniently connected with bus lines 10 and 12 to the centre and only costs some cents but note it needs to be paid in cash in the bus.

After roughly 15 mins we reached the centre where we took a walk through the rather newly build CBD towards Khan Shantyr shopping centre.

The tower has a height of 97 meters and celebrates Astana becoming Kazakhstan’s capital in 1997.

As Astana was planned and built as capital everything is very organised and built in a special style. As per chief architect; to combine traditional Kazakh style with modern architecture.

Unfortunately after a quick walk it was already time to head back to the airport to catch the flight on Kazakhstan’s national airline: Air Astana, which I will portrait in my next post.

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