Aspiring adrenaline junkies need look no further. Today on the Park Inn blog, we’ll explain why the beauty and mystery of Astana will awaken your inner adventurer.

When it comes to adventure tourism, Central Asia is the place to be. With its diverse terrain and extreme climate shifts, you can’t get much better than Kazakhstan for an active outdoor holiday. Check out our top recommendations in and around Astana, and book your excursion today!

Life cycle

Home to the Astana Pro Team, the road racing squad best known for the feats of 2009 teammate Lance Armstrong, the Kazakh capital is cyclist’s paradise. Bike-riding fiends who want to work up a sweat should take the 16.7 km journey through the Yesil District, while more relaxed riders should pedal around the Ethno-Memorial Complex, an easy 2.67 km trail.

Awaken your inner child

A recent redevelopment of Astana’s Left Bank is all about creating more green space. Explore. Central Park is home to waterworks, fun fair rides, and a viewing wheel for panoramic views of the city. Why not have some good old-fashioned fun riding the roller coaster?

Hit the trails

There’s no shortage of hiking trails in Astana, but before you lace up your hiking boots, start with a stroll along the Ishim River. Taking in the views is an ideal way to situate yourself within the city, and there’s plenty of amusement to be found along the way. Uncover your playful side. Pedal boats are available for waterfront adventure. Why not make a day of it and relax on the municipal beach?

Then get out of town. A few hours east, you’ll find a cluster of worthy trails at Bayanaul National Park. Surrounded by still lakes and black alder forests, you’ll be stunned by the country’s natural beauty. Get in touch with a guide if you’re inclined to check out the caves. 

“Nightmares from the USSR”

Play historian for a day – or six, if you opt for this guided journey with Kazakhstan Tours. It’s not an excursion for the faint-hearted, but if you have a passion for the past and you don’t mind roughing it – we’ll be waiting on the other end with a warm bed at our Park Inn by Radisson Astana Hotel – this might be the adventure for you. It’s a real life journey into the past, exploring the history of the Soviet Union – and its atrocities. Departing from Astana, you’ll spend some time at the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site, the USSR’s primary nuclear weapons testing facility. There’s no risk to your health, but the visit is sure to have a lasting impression. The tour also includes a trip to the ghost town of Shagan and a visit to the eerie Spassk memorial, where prisoners of war were once held.