Kostanai is set on the Tobol River and offers a chance to discover the rich history, culture and heritage of Northern Kazakhstan. Visit one of the top museums in the country and enjoy a show at the popular drama theatre. The food is excellent, with a mix of restaurants and street food stalls that make it easy to enjoy Kazakh cuisine.
Things to do in Kostanai
Discover art, fossils, folk costumes and more at the Kostanai Regional Museum of Local History. Exhibits cover a wide range of themes, with a special focus on modern art. The natural history gallery features taxidermy animals, wildlife dioramas and bones from a woolly mammoth. Other highlights include traditional needlework and embroidery by Kostanai women.
The Kostanai Regional Kazakh Drama Theatre performs a mix of classic and contemporary productions. A night at the theatre is a great chance to experience the city’s flourishing arts and cultural scene.
Kostanai is dotted with historical monuments that celebrate famous figures. In Central Square, the Ybyrai Altynsarin Monument honours the legacy of the beloved Kazakh scientists and teacher. The Akhmet Baitursynov Monument pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. Stroll through Victory Park and admire more monuments and memorials dedicated to World War II and the Great Patriotic War.
Kazakhstan is famous for its meat-heavy diet and Kostanai is a great place to try local dishes like “quyrdak” fried kidneys and “qazy” horse meat sausage. If you’re a less adventurous eater, you’ll enjoy classics like “sorpa” lamb stew and Kazakh rice pilaf flavoured with spices and dried fruit. Sugar-dusted “baursak” donuts sold at street food stalls make great snacks.
Getting around Kostanai
Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get around Kostanai, while local buses are also a good option. Airport Kostanai is a 15-minute drive from the city centre.