Discover Islamic Architecture. The Hazrat Sultan Mosque is the second-largest mosque in Central Asia and features the largest dome in Kazakhstan and ornately marbled interiors. The stunning building is open to the public, but note that tourists will be asked to don a modest robe before entering.
Blast From the Past. For lunch, take a cab to Epocha Restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience. Modeled after a Soviet-era restaurant, Epocha serves traditional Kazakh and Russian fare alongside live, traditional music in a fun and kitschy environment.
No Small Feat. See all of Kazakhstan in one place at the Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex. The museum shows the entire country’s landscapes and landmark buildings constructed in miniature. Stop by the on-site craftsmen’s workshop to see how the exquisite models are made and browse the selection of souvenirs to take home as a keepsake.
Find Your Peace. Walk through the Presidential Park’s manicured grounds at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. The formidable pyramid represents all of the world’s religions and is the home to educational facilities and national headquarters for Kazakhstan’s various ethnic groups.
Hidden Gem. Upon your arrival in Astana, you might have mistaken the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center’s pointed structure for a circus tent, but what’s inside the neo-futurist building is even more exciting: an indoor park and jogging track, fashion boutiques, movie theaters and even an indoor beach and waterpark.
Dinner With a View. Nestled high above the city of Astana on the 18th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Astana is Selfie, an innovative restaurant by award-winning Chef Dmitrii Solovev. Enjoy panoramic views, an expansive wine list and an incredibly fresh array of seafood to celebrate your final evening in the heart of Central Asia.
Enjoy a Nightcap. Sip a signature cocktail at Өzen in The Ritz-Carlton, Astana and toast to a wonderful weekend. Choose from options like the Orange Blossom (Cointreau, orange juice, lemon and vanilla-jasmine syrup) or The Man Under the Fern Tree (gin, lemon juice, tonic water, patchouli, cider, Vetiver, mint and grapefruit syrup).