Formerly known as Astana, Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan exists as one of Asia’s most progressive cities. Named after former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s second largest city is home to over one million people and in recent years has experienced rapid economic and cultural growth similar to cities like Baku and Dubai. The origins of Nur-Sultan date back to the 1830s when Siberian Cossacks established a settlement along the Isham River, while in later years, the region was part of the Russian Empire. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the city has been designated a UNESCO City of Peace and continues to deliver a progressive outlook of Asian modernity, while the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan will provide insight into the historic transformation of the city.
Nur-Sultan’s architecture is sure to rival anywhere across the world with a selection of unique structures showcasing the modern outlook of the city. The Bayterek Monument and the Khan Shatyr are the best examples of this, while the Palace of Peace and the impressive Hazrat Sultan Mosque built in 2012 highlight Kazakhstan's muslamic culture and heritage.
While an array of European foods are available across Nur-Sultan, it’s worth sampling some famous Kazakhstan cuisine during your visit. Head to traditional restaurants like Vechnoe nebo Astana to enjoy authentic delicacies like boiled meets and curds with beautiful views of the cityscape from a rooftop terrace.