Whether traveling for business or leisure, fly with Austrian Airlines to Kazakhstan. A country the size of Western Europe, Kazakhstan straddles Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Its mix of terrain, climate and natural resources is as interesting as its broad ethnic diversity. It is a country where ancient meets modern. The capital city of Astana recently celebrated its 12th anniversary and investment in its future continues. Among the large-scale projects already completed include the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation and The Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center. Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest economy, is known to be rich in oil, gas and other mineral commodities. For tourists interested in the country's history, a trip south to the Golden Ring is recommended. This was the frontier between nomads and early settlements. The great trade routes from China through to Europe run through this area, including the Great Silk Road.