Astana became recently the capital of Kazakhstan. One big part of the city is currently in construction. The crazyness of the projects doesn't stop. The south of the city is concentrated on one axis whith a lot of modern construction. This is maybe this part of the city the most intersting if you visit Astana. You will find the Baiterek Monument with the amazing view of this district and the Presidential Palace. The better moment is at the sunset with this red light which reflects on the windows of the buildings. Otherwise, you will find as well big malls and hotels. One curious and original place is the Khan Shatyr Mall. However Astana is a quiet and safe city.
In the past Almaty was the capital of Kazakhstan. The city is old and the infrastructures are very used like the roads for example. There is a contrast with Astana which develops quickly and modernizes the city. Although the city is old, Almaty keeps her charm. You will find a lot of pretty things like terraces of restaurants opened the summer, street food, small streets with green trees, old monuments and old houses ... People are welcoming and the city is totally safe. One place I advice to visit absolutely is Kokthobe. You need to use the cable car near the Republic Place. The place is totally amazing and familial (mini zoo, attractions, shops, restaurant). One of the place to do around Almaty is the Cheryn Canyon. There is others places to visit but this one deserves to be seen. You will find information with this company "Track Kz" who takes pleasure to guide you.
Places to see
Business Disctrict of Almaty
Eiffel Tower Replica
Capital City Astana Languages Kazakh, Russian Currency Tenge