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Located in the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains, Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan until 1997. Founded in 1854 as a Russian military outpost called Zailiyskoye, it was then renamed in 1855 as Verny, a Russian city. It later was changed to Alma-Ata and became the capital city of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic from 1929 until 1997. Kazakhstan did not become an independent country until 1991. The area was renamed again to Almaty, which translates literally to Father of Apples. Despite having such a storied past, Almaty is probably not the first place you think of when deciding where to take your next vacation.
Almaty is home to some incredible landmarks like the Zenkov Cathedral and the Central State Museum, and just outside the city is the Ile-Alatau National Park. You will not be bored when you visit Almaty and will want to experience as much as possible while here. Remember, Bounce has partners throughout the city where you can drop your things while you hit the streets exploring.
Bounce offers short-term storage for locals and tourists throughout Almaty by partnering with several different businesses. Almaty can become crowded quickly, especially closer to the touristy attractions, leaving you vulnerable to pickpockets when carrying large bags. Spend time planning an itinerary and use the Bounce app to find a location to drop your bags for safekeeping while enjoying local highlights.
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You may not think of Almaty as a fantastic tourist location, but the history of the city is reason enough to visit. You do not have to be a history major to truly enjoy everything offered here. Enjoy time wandering through museums or pack a picnic and spend the day at the nearby national park. Learn about the Kazakh traditions and cuisine while mingling with locals at some hot spots in the city. Bounce has come up with a few places to get you started on your journey.
Get out and experience Almaty. Whether you have a long layover, a weekend jaunt, or a week-long vacation, there is something to grab your interest. Nature lovers will enjoy the parks and outdoor excursions, and history buffs will be drawn to the museums and historic architecture. Art lovers can immerse themselves in the art scene of Almaty.
Zenkov’s Cathedral: Also known as Ascension Cathedral, this majestic Russian Orthodox cathedral was finished in 1907 and stands in Panfilov Park. Come marvel at the architecture of the building, made completely without nails. It is the second tallest building made of wood in the world. Walk around the outside of the cathedral and then step inside and enjoy the relics that are proudly displayed.
Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Stroll through the biggest museum in the city and be transported back in time to travel forward through the history of Kazakhstan. One of the largest history museums in Central Asia, this museum is home to thousands of archaeological, historical, and modern artifacts. Sign up for a guided tour or take a self-guided turn through the museum.
Ile-Alatau National Park: If you love spending time outdoors, this national park is the place for you. Plan for hours hiking through the park, strolling along the Chemolgan River. Pack a picnic and choose to spend the day among the flora and fauna of Almaty. Bring along your binoculars and search for some of the 300 different bird species that call Ile-Alatau National Park home.
You may not come to Almaty with the idea of spending time at shopping malls or hitting the boutiques, but once you are here, you will inevitably find yourself combing the shops for one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts. Almaty has several artisan shops, malls, and shopping centers to check out.
Villa Boutiques: Spend a day at the Villa Boutiques, a unique shopping mall filled with amazing shops. Sit down and watch one of the exhibitions or concerts put on throughout the day or stroll through the market filled with fresh produce and essentials. Centrally located in Almaty, the Villa Boutiques is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.
Dostyk Plaza: This modern shopping mall is home to hundreds of shops and is located in the entertainment center of the city. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will want to explore every inch of this mall. Relax in the food court and enjoy local fare or sample something a little more international.
Esentai Mall: Looking for something slightly more upscale than the local market or artisan shops? Look no further than the Esentai Mall, an upscale shopping mall. Stroll through this fantastic mall and look out the sparkling windows to beautiful views of the mountains. Sit down to a leisurely meal at one of the charming restaurants, or drop in and check out the gourmet supermarket. Once you are finished exploring the shops, sit back and relax a movie at the IMAX movie theater inside the mall.
Don't miss the chance to check out some of the traditional dishes found in Kazakhstan. One of the most diverse culinary areas, Almaty offers traditional and exotic cuisine. Even if you are not adventurous when it comes to food, you will probably find a dish or two that become your new go-to comfort dishes.
Local Cuisine: You may not think some of the local dishes sound appealing, but give them a try anyway and be prepared to have your taste buds dance with joy. U Adanasicha is located in the heart of Almaty, where you can dine on local Kazakh dishes such as beshbarmek or try their take on American fare. The menu is mostly in Russian, but some dishes are listed in English.
Seafood: Sometimes you just want delicious seafood, and nothing else will do. Almaty has several seafood options, including Ocean Basket in Dostyk Plaza. Sit down and listen to live classical music. Munch on traditional fish and chips or try something a bit more interesting such as the prawns in garlic butter sauce.
Steakhouse: Even when halfway around the world, you may find yourself craving a great steak cooked to perfection. Beefeater Almaty has you covered. Whether you order the steak, burger, or ribs, you will be amazed at the flavors coaxed from the meat. Pair your meal with a great glass of wine or beer.
How much does luggage storage cost in Almaty?
The price for luggage storage in Almaty is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Is it safe to store your bags in Almaty?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Almaty.
Are there storage lockers in Almaty?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Almaty. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Almaty where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
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