Walking tour The Old Center of Almaty - A Mirror of the History


Duration of the sightseeing tour: 1.5 hours

Languages: Russian, English

Price: 10000 KZT per hour


The guided walking tour will uncover rich history of Almaty, which harmonically combines different styles and characters of all past times and events:
- Tsarist colonial times
- Communist revolution of 1917
- Stalin repression and industrialization years
- World War II
- Khrushchev's Thaw
- The era of developed socialism and Brezhnev stagnation
- The period of independence and modern development


In this walking tour you will visit the following sights:

The Dostyk Hotel, which was built by communists in the end of the era of developed socialism. The hotel is now reconstructed as a modern luxury 5-star hotel.

The monument dedicated for A.Margulan, the founder of kazakh archaeology of XX.

The monument for Shokan Walikhanov, kazakh enlightener of democracy, ethnographer, specialist in folklore, traveller, explorer of history and culture of Central Asia, Kazakhstan and East Turkestan of the middle of XIX.

Academy of Science, the center of science and enlightenment of the republic, which was built by japanese prisoners.

The Oriental Fountain was built in the second part of XX and represents the Eastern philosophy of time.

The monument for A.Pushkin, a great russian poet, who lived in the period of Imperial Russia.

Monument for T.Shevchenko ukrainian poet of the XIX century, humanist, who was exiled to Kazakhstan by tsarist government.

The Kazakhstan Hotel, the first tall building in a seismic zone.

The monument for Abay Kunanbayev, a poet, enlightener, humanist, the founder of kazakh literature of the second part of XX.

The Republic Palace, the hall for concerts and conferences, which was built in 1970 for the 100 Anniversary of Lenin.

The cableway that connects the city center with Kok-Tobe, the maximum height above the sea is 1727 m, the highest point from the ground is 80m. The mount and park Kok-Tobe, which open the panoramic view to Almaty.

TV-tower, the tallest tower in a seismic zone above the sea level.

Arman cinema, which was built in 1967. In 1976 the first 3D film in the republic was shown there. In 2009 it was awarded as the best cinema in the CIS.

KIMEP, ex Party School of the Heads of the government, now ― a university that prepares managers.

Abay street ― central highway of the city, connects the sleeping, entertainment and business districts.

The first street with the bike path.


Agrarian Academy, one of the oldest scientific and research centers, built in the Stalin times in 1930.

Abay metro station, the deepest station in the city. Its depth is 78 m, and the escalator’s length is 92 m.

Republic Square, formerly known as New Square, or Brezhnev Square. The monument of Architecture, opened in 1980. The unique composition was awarded by the State Prize of the USSR in 1982.

The monument of Independence, opened in 1996 represents an ensemble of architectural monuments with the 28 m high sculpture of the “Golden Man” ― an ancient Scythian warrior, buried not far from Almaty.

“Almaly” shopping mall, a modern underground shopping center occupying 25000 sq.m.

National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In the Soviet times was named after Pushkin. Now it contains more than 6.3 mln books.

Russian Drama Theatre, named after Lermontov is one of the oldest academic theatres, founded in 1934.

State Film and Photo Archive, which was founded in 1943, during the Second World War, represents the gloomy monumentalism of the Stalin years.

The monument M.Tulebayev, Soviet composer, People's Artist of the USSR and public figure of the middle of the XX century.

Semirechye Fountain, the symbol of the region, the name comes from the seven rivers in the area: Ili, Karatal, Biyen, Aksu, Lepsy, Baskan, Sarkand.

Museum-House of Auezov, writer, classic of kazakh literature of the second part of the XX, laureate of USSR Lenin Award.

The Friendship House, kazakh society of friendship and cultural relations with foreign countries, was built in 1972. The historical moments, such as the collapse of the USSR and the formation of the Сommonwealth of Independent States in 1991 was announced in this building