"A guided walk with the company Walking Almaty can be one of the best ways to uncover Modernist mosaics and Imperial-era buildings across the historic centre."
"Visitors rave about walking tours of Almaty run by enthusiastic Central Asia expert, polyglot and California expat Dennis Keen."
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"The highlight of my trip" - Khairul A., Guest
URBAN FIELD GUIDE
Documenting everything from painted trees to irrigating aryks, this unusual resource is your guide to the elements that make Almaty so special
Founded in 2014, Walking Almaty was a blog before it blossomed into a business. Strolling every street in the city with his camera and eye for detail, Dennis Keen collected photos and created this "field guide" to Almaty's unusual urban landscape.
Use the Urban Field Guide to familiarize yourself with the everyday texture of Kazakhstan's greatest city, answering some FAQs along the way: Why are the trees painted white? Who spray-painted all those flying rhinos? And what's up with all the yellow pipes?
Whether you're joining a Walking Almaty tour or setting out on your own, these are the best neighborhoods to explore on foot in Almaty.
Maps & Articles
From 19th century Tsarist records to Soviet-era tourist resources, these historic maps can help us understand how the city of Almaty has developed over the years.
Only have a few hours to spend in Almaty? You might not be able to make it into the city, but you can explore "Airport Village," the quirky slice of Kazakhstan right near your terminal.