Best Cities in Kazakhstan To Visit | Major Cities in Kazakhstan 

The Republic of Kazakhstan is a unitary dominant country located in the central region of the Asian continent. You will find many famous cities in Kazakhstan for tourists. This beautiful country has many beautiful cities. The capital is Nur-Sultan, formerly known Astana while the largest city is Almaty. The country has an estimated population of 17,993,500 with a population density of 16.82 people per square mile. Cities of Kazakhstan are comprising of the predominant ethnic groups, making up 63.6% of the total population. Kazakhstan has a very high literacy level with compulsory secondary level education, and the adult literacy level stands at 99.5%. Here are some of the best cities to visit in Kazakhstan. 

List of Cities in Kazakhstan

1. Almaty

Top Cities to Visit in Kazakhstan


Almaty was founded in the 10th century BC and got designated city status in 1867. It covers an area of 263 square miles with a population of 1,703,481 square miles. The city served as the capital of the country from 1929 to 1977 when the government relocated the capital to Astana. Today this major city in Kazakhstan still the great commercial and cultural city of the nation. In 1887, a major earthquake destroyed the entire city in less than fifteen minutes. Almaty is a relatively cold city with the average temperature being 10 degrees Celsius. You would love to see here the popular attraction like Charyn Canyon, The Last Wild Apple Forests, Big Almaty Lake, Kok-Tobe Hill, Kolsai Lakes, Beatles Statue of Almaty,  Almaty Central Park, Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, Panfilov Park, The Arasan Baths, and Lake Issyk, etc.

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2. Aktau

Top Cities to Visit in Kazakhstan


Aktau is the almost 40-year-old city overlooking the great Caspian Sea. It fascinates tourists with its beauty and among the most serene visiting places and most beautiful cities in Kazakhstan. Aktau offers its visitors some of the rare Kazakhstan tourist attractions and more of ancient architectural ensembles. Cultural centers, concert halls, cinemas, and libraries from ancient times are spread all over the city and must be explored for a local feel of the place. It is one of the major cities in Kazakhstan. The World War II Memorial, Botanical Garden, Regional Museum, Costa Cafe, seafront, Taras Shevchenko Statue, multi-colored mountains in Altyn-Emel National Park, etc. are the popular and major tourist attractions in Aktau.

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3. Nur-Sultan or Astana

Top Cities to Visit in Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan or Astana

Nur-Sultan is the capital of Kazakhstan. This city is counted in one of the best cities in Kazakhstan. It is located in the northern parts of the country on the Ishim River. It was established in 1830 as Akmoly and has changed the name several times. It was named Astana in 1998 and then Nur-Sultan in 2019. The city covers an area of 274.2 square miles and a population of 860,368 people. It was made the capital in December 1997.  You would love to see here the popular tourist attractions in Astana like Khan Shatyr, Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, Bayterek Tower, National Museum of Kazakhstan, Nur-Astana Mosque, Hazrat Sultan Mosque, City Park, Independence Square and Kazak Eli Monument, Assumption Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

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4. Taraz

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If you ‘re looking ancient sites, mysterious places, and admire ruins, then you must head to Taraz.  it used to happen to among the famous Kazakhstan tourist spots and one of the largest cities in Kazakhstan. You will love to see plenty of secrets from the past century and one of the popular Kazakhstan tourist attractions worth your time. Akyrtas, Stonehenge, Mausoleum is Sha-Mansur, Aisha Bibi Mausoleum, Aisha Bibi village, Taraz Regional Museum, Shakhristan Market, etc. are the places in Taraz worth visiting.

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5. Baikonur

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Baikonur is administered by the Russian Federation. Baikonur is the world’s oldest, largest space launch facility and one of the top cities in Kazakhstan. Baikonur Cosmodrome that is situated in this city was one of a secret missile testing site.  Baikonur happened to be a strategically important place for Russians. Beautiful tourist attractions in Baikonur you will get like Cosmonaut Grove, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Yuri Gagarin statue, Tribute to Yangel, and Nedelin catastrophe.

6. Shymkent

Top Cities to Visit in Kazakhstan


Shymkent was founded in the 12th century as Chimkent and the name was changed in 1993 in a bid by the government to apply Kazakh names to cities. In an area of 134 square miles, the total population is approximately 854,500 living here. Shymkent is traditionally known to produce lead, and a lead-smelting plant was established in 1934. The cities of Kazakhstan are as beautiful as Shymkent.  The air pollution in the city is very high due to the smelting of lead. Other industries include those producing zinc, karakul pelts, textiles, foodstuffs, and pharmaceuticals.

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7. Semipalatinsk

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Semipalatinsk also is known as Semey. It is another one of the renowned historical places and famous cities in Kazakhstan in the eastern region that presents popular tourist attractions. This beautiful city is also epitomized by the monuments and fascinating architecture that it has preserved from ages ago. In fact, there’s a lot of places with historical monuments and architectural around and must be visited during a trip to Semey. The popular Kazakhstan points of interest for history enthusiasts are the Dostoevsky Museum, Nevzorov’s Art Museum, Tarnybai Kaukenov mosque, Orthodox Resurrection church, and ‘Stronger than Death Monument’ – in memory of victims of Semipalatinsk.

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8. Karaganda

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If you see the cities in Kazakhstan map Karaganda illuminates like a firefly. It was founded in 1931, and today has a population of 459,778 people. It is the capital of the Karaganda region and is the fourth largest city in the country in terms of population. The name Karaganda emanates from caragana bushes which are found in abundance in the area. In 1962, the city experienced the worst ever electromagnetic pulse (EMP) effects after its electrical power plant was set ablaze by currents induced from a USSR power cable which was shallowly buried.

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