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A reinvention of this once political city has seen it turn into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Eastern Europe. Even though it has changed in some ways, it continues to be an important centre of both commercial and industrial businesses in Kazakhstan.
It’s not necessary to visit Almaty only for business purposes. It’s a great destination choice for those seeking a truly different holiday experience. Almaty is a modern city where traditional Middle Eastern living is not evident. Every city street corner is filled with fast food restaurants and familiar named coffee shops.
Keep in mind that the summer months of June to September are times of overwhelming heat, which is something to bear in mind when choosing your flights. It just so happens that the typical off-season months are the best time to go to Almaty, which could mean great travel deals.
One of the most amazing highlights of the city is the Zenkov Cathedral, which is near Panfilov Park. This entire area is striking with the massive cathedral surrounded by an incredible natural surrounding of tall grasses and trees. One of the things that make the cathedral so remarkable is that it survived the 1911 earthquake and that is it constructed completely without nails.
The most significant festival to Almaty is the Jazzystan, which is held in October and December. This annual international music festival has more than 40 participating musicians from around the UK, France, the USA, Japan, Germany and Kazakhstan.