With a spectacular view of a mountainous horizon, Almaty is a city filled with history and surrounded by beauty. It is Kazakhstan s largest city and major commercial center despite losing its status of being the capital. Best times weather-wise to visit are April to May, and August to October when the weather is just right. Over 1.3 million diverse people call this metropolis home. The city boasts lovely green spaces, beautifully lit fountains, and European feel architecture. Live and breathe the culture by going to Almaty s excellent museums, theatre, and fine dining experiences. The night life is alive and vibrant with chic lounges, all night clubs and cafes. Take a plunge in an Arasan bath, get tickets to a sporting event at the Central Stadium or take in a horse race at the Hippodrome. Just outside the city enjoy top notch ski resorts, visit the Sunkar Eagle Farm and see highly trained birds, or take an adventure on one of the many hiking areas. If you like astronomy, or are curious about the heavenly bodies above, be sure to stop in at the Tian Shan Astronomical Observatory for a tour and peek at the stars. This city has something for everyone to enjoy.