Kazan has recently earned the reputation of a sports city due to its recent investments in this domain and in 2018 it staged several games in the FIFA World Cup Finals. Kazan is also a university city hosting Kazan Federal University (KFU - formerly Kazan State University, TGGPU and the Kazan Finance Institute), Kazan State Technological University (KGTU), Kazan State Technical University (KAI) and "Energa" University. Many foreign students study in Kazan, adding colour to the city's tolerant and diverse population. Schools in Kazan and wider Tatarstan tend to be some of Russia's best.
Located between Europe and Asia having both Russian and Tatar populations, Kazan peacefully blends Muslim and Christian cultures. There are also many other religions represented in Kazan, for example, in the city center there is a synagogue and new Catholic church. This vibrant city with over 1,000 years of history is an excellent travel destination and the number of tourists visiting is rapidly increasing every year.
Climate is Continental, but not as severe as Siberia. Summers are pleasantly warm (and wet) and winters drop to around -10 C.
phone: +7 843 267-88-07Serves many cities in Russia and operates charter flights to destinations like Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, India, Spain, UAE. Aeroflot, S7, Transaero and UTAir fly between Kazan and Moscow, Rossiya Airlines and Pobeda also flies to Kazan from Saint Petersburg. The summer schedule has seen a number of local flights to Samara, Saransk, Penza and other cities of the Volga Region. However, these flights are likely to be sporadic and may be interrupted at any time. Turkish Airlines is the only international carrier that has scheduled flights to Kazan. Flights to Western Europe are very scarce while any Asian destination should be reached via Istanbul. As of 2013, all flights depart from Terminal 1A, which has cafes and free wireless connection.
A reasonably priced Polyot hotel (+7(843)267-87-05, 254-01-12) is within walking distance from the terminal building.
The airport is southeast of the city and quite far from the city center. It is served by Aeroexpress trains that depart from the main station (Kazan-1) with a 2-hr interval. Travel time is 20 min, the 2nd class ticket costs (2013). A taxi from the train station to the airport takes about 60–90 minutes and starts from (when ordered in advance), although it may run well above when you hail a random cab at the terminal and refrain from bargaining. You can also take a taxi to the nearest metro station (Prospekt Pobedy) which is 15 min from the city center and continue by public transport. Or, reach this metro station in about 40 min with bus 97 that runs on a somewhat irregular schedule between 05:30 and 18:00 with 30-40 min intervals.
By trainSee Russia#By train 2 for general advice on travelling in Russia by train. Kazan has two major train stations:
Kazan-1phone: +7 843 294-03-00address: Plosch. Pryvokzalnaya / Ulitsa Said Galiyeva (Привокзальная пл., 1/ул. Саид-Галиева, 5)This is the downtown station and the terminus of all trains bound for Kazan (both long-distance and suburban); some but not all through-trains call here. All station facilities can be found in the spacious new building (right hand side as you look from the street) - ticket offices, waiting halls, cafes, left luggage, ATMs, etc. The original red-brick building to the left has waiting areas and a cafe, but no ticketing or other facilities.
Lots of food options close to the station: long-distance trains may halt at Kazan-1 for up to an hour, so if you're slick you should be able to restock en route. As well as the facilities within the station, very close by is Dobraya Stolovaya (self-service cafe) and five minutes walk to the right as you exit brings you to the city market. You can also stock up in the Bakhetle supermarket located on the ground floor of the TsUM mall northeast of the train station. This is also your way to the city center and Kremlin. Kremlevskaya metro station is 10 minutes walk from the train terminal, straight ahead as you exit.
Kazan has good train connections to Moscow (2-3 overnight trains, 11–13 hours) and Saint-Petersburg (daily train, 22 hours). One of the Moscow trains is firmenniy, dubbed Tatarstan, with fancy new double-decker cars and Tatar-style on-board restaurant. Although Kazan is not on the classic Trans-Siberian route (which lies to the north), many trains from Moscow to Siberia and the Far East pass this way, rejoining the classic route at Ekaterinburg (15 hours). Cities like Izhevsk and Ulyanovsk are served at least twice daily (5–6 hours), and there is a suburban train to Yoshkar-Ola (3.5 hours).
By busArriving in Kazan by bus is somewhat less common, unless you travel within Tatarstan, where buses and minibuses are by far the main mode of transportation. When coming by bus, you may find yourself at one of the two city's bus stations:
However, these bus station cater to less than half of bus traffic. Most routes are nowadays served by private-run ("unofficial") buses and minibuses that may terminate in different places, for example, at the train station (Kazan-1), at ploschad Tukaya, at Sovetskaya Sq. in the eastern part of Kazan, etc. The system is haphazard and impossible to track. If you arrive by bus, you will mostly likely find yourself at the train station, which is more or less in the city center. When you leave the city, check where the buses to your destination depart from.
address: Ulitsa Portovaya (Портовая ул.)Main building is closed for passengers due to a never-ending renovation process. Tickets for local boat routes are sold in a small building, which is on the right-hand side of the main terminal when you look from the city side. Same building is the ticket office and info point for buses departing from the river terminal, although they have nothing to do with the boats.
Although not very active, the boat traffic in the vicinity of Kazan is the only local boat service in the whole Volga region. Hydrofoils sail to Bolgar twice daily and additionally serve a number of small boroughs on the western bank of the river. Boats to Sviyazhsk depart from pier 8 (fast boat in summer every day at 08:30, a slow boat departs at 09:00). But the most frequent boat connection to/from Kazan is the shuttle to Verkhny Uslon village on the opposite side of the river (see Go Next section). Navigation starts beginning of May and ends in late September or early October. A large number of cruise boats pass through Kazan or even terminate here. One-way or return cruises may be reserved to/from practically any city along the Volga. Check Turflot and infoflot for information about these tours.
Much of the city centre is walk-able, and the main attractions for tourists - the Kremlin and Bauman Street - are only for pedestrians. Public buses are abundant and cheap, but you need basic Russian to read the signs or ask where the buses are headed. Bus system maps are hard to find. Taxis are available and operate mostly an on-call service, rather than plying the streets for fares. They also congregate at taxi stands in obvious places such as the railway stations. A great option is to install the "Yandex-Taxi" app. It is an easy way to get a reliable taxi for a fixed price. Payment can be made by cash or credit-card. The application is in Russian and English.
Kazan's Metro system has just one line, the red line running from Aviastroitelnaya in the north to Prospekt Pobedy in the south. Visitors are only likely to use it between Kazan-2 railway station (Severny Vokzal «Северный Вокзал») in the north, Kremlyovskaya («Кремлёвская») ie the Kremlin in the centre, and Ploshchad Tukaya («Площадь Тукая») which has eating places and hotels.
Kazan Kremlinaddress: Ulitsa Kreml (ул. Кремль)The Tatar fortress here was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible when he captured the area in 1551. Over the next century, it was rebuilt in Russian style as a magnificent Kremlin, with new fortifications and a cathedral. It nowadays also contains a mosque, museums, galleries, shops and cafes, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Enter through the white clock tower (Spasskaya Tower) at the top of Kremlyovskaya Street. Unlike Moscow's Kremlin, you're free to enter and stroll, but you pay for individual sites within the complex. These are lined along the central boulevard, mostly on the left as the buildings on the right are under reconstruction. They're listed below roughly south to north, in the order you'd come to them. Allow a full day to appreciate them all. Guided tours are available for , but you won't get lost here.
- Just inside the gate to the left is the small
Church of St Nicholas-Ratny
Natural History MuseumHas fossils, minerals, stuffed animals and interactive displays.
address: within KremlinGorgeous mosque, completed in 2005, and named after the 16th-century Tatar imam who died at the hands of Ivan the Terrible's army. Usual dress code; women please cover hair, in prayer areas remove shoes or wear plastic shoe-covers ( tip to attendant). Ground floor prayer hall is only open to men, second floor balcony is for women's prayers. Best view is from the third floor observation balcony. The dome is in the shape of a lotus flower and the many windows flood the prayer hall with light. Note the malachite columns on the minbar (the free-standing pulpit). Some of the 99 names of God are inscribed on the inside of the upper dome and on the window glass, and the name Mohammed is written in a blue disk at the front of the prayer hall. Verses from the Koran, including an incantation against envy, are written on tile in the four corners of the hall, and the names on disks suspended lower in the hall are those of the four rightly-guided caliphs and some of the early prophets. Below ground floor is an interesting museum of Islam in the region, including Tsarist repression, tolerance and more repression, the Tatar language in the Soviet era, and the building of the mosque.
Kazan Hermitageaddress: within KremlinA branch of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, with changing exhibits of material that can't be displayed there.
phone: +7 927 249 8008address: Artillery Yard within KremlinMuseum of archaeological finds relating to the weapons, armour and warrior culture of ancient & medieval Russia.
address: within Kremlin16th-century cathedral in Tsarist style, with blue onion domes and gold tower. With small museum about the cathedral (Tu-Su 10:00-18:00).
- Next to the cathedral is the small
Church of All Saints
- The Palace of the President of Tatarstan may not be visited, except by VIPs in plush limousines. However the Palace Church, entrance next to the Tower, is open.
Suyumbike Toweraddress: within KremlinSöyembikä (various spellings, usually Suyumbike in English; in Cyrillic Сөембикә) was a Tatar princess, and regent of Kazan 1549-1551 during the minority of her son. In 1551 Ivan the Terrible captured the area, and the legend goes that he pressured the widowed princess to marry him. She consented to marry only if he could build the highest tower in Kazan in seven days, which he promptly did; so she jumped to her death from the top of the tower. In truth she was carted off to Moscow, re-married (her third) and died some time around 1554, while the tower was probably built at a much later date. It's 58 m tall, in tiers; it famously used to lean, but was stabilised and straightened in the 20th-century. You can admire it from the outside but you can't enter or climb it.
phone: +7 843 239 45 45address: 56 Baumana St.Museum "Moonshine" will show you in rare exhibits ancient, world-famous folk culture. You will feel the taste of history at the tasting. You will become participants of ancient rites and customs.
National Museum of the Republic of TatarstanExtensive museum of Tatar and local Russian history. The ground floor displays gifts to Tatarstan on the 1000-year anniversary of the city in 2005, a reproduction of the sultan's throne, and a reproduction of the mausoleum of the sultans. The upper floor depicts Tatarstan from the early settlement of the Volga-Bulgars to the early Tatar state to the Soviet Tatar ASSR to the present. With exhibition on the Revolution.
address: Ul. Ostrovskaya 39/6An original and eccentric museum: the exhibits are a jumble of Soviet artefacts and ephemera. But it's more of an interactive nostalgia trip than a museum, with Sunday afternoon jam sessions, stories and personal reminiscences of those dear days.
phone: +7 843 290-91-07address: Bauman street, 51/50
In summer 2013 four double-decker buses began circulating along their routes in Kazan by "City Sightseeing" company. Tourists will ride on them through the city's downtown and see the main attractions, historical landmarks, and architectural beauties of Tatarstan's capital with their own eyes, and not merely see them, but also learn many interesting things about them. The two-level tour buses have been equipped with an audio guide. The audio recording designed to acquaint guests will the city functions in eight languages: Russian, Tatar, English, French, Spanish, German, Turkish, and Chinese. However the busses have not been seen in 2019.
Stroll Bauman Street. The pedestrian zone that stretches between the Kremlin and Tokai Square and the Hotel Tatarstan. This is Kazan's Arbat, with boutiques, souvenir shops and kiosks, cafes, bars, and plenty of opportunities for people-watching. The statuary (such as a bronze carriage) is especially interesting.
Watch football at
Kazan ArenaThe home ground of FC Rubin Kazan, who play in the Russian Premier League. The arena was opened in 2013 and seats 45,379; in 2018, it hosted several World Cup matches. It's in the north-east of the city, at the junction of Yamasheva Avenue and Chistopol'skaya Street. The bus & tram stop right outside is "Football Stadium 'Kazan Arena'" ("Футбольный стадион «Казань Арена»"). It's served by trolleybus 7, trams 5 & 6, and multiple buses.
- International opera festival named after Fedor Shalyapin - annually in February.
- Russian festival of Folklore "Karavon" - annually in May.
- International festival of classic ballet named after Rudolf Nuriev - annually in May.
- Summer tatar festival Sabantuy - annually in June.
- International handicraft festival "Spasskaya Yarmarka" in Elabuga city - annually in August.
- International jazz music festival "Jazz v usadbe Sandetskogo" - annually in August.
- International open-air opera festival "Kazanskaya osen" (Kazan autumn) - annually in September or 30 August. Entrance is free.
- Kazan International festival of Muslim cinema - annually in September.
The most popular souvenir, that each tourist want to buy, is tatar national male headwear "Tubeteika".
Tatar national handicrafts is especially known for its unique leather art and tanning. This kind of very soft, yet long wearing leather called "safyan". Using ancient technologies, craftsmen make amazing items from leather - shoes, bags, slippers, keyfob etc.
Shopping and entertainment centers you can visit are:
- "Mega" is for a family holiday. It's really all organically combined: a relaxing atmosphere conducive to the implementation of the shopping, places for recreation and leisure, entertainment venues.
- "Koltso". The name of the shopping center "The Ring" was due to the location. It is an area that many residents of Kazan call the "Ring." It appeared in the city in 1768, and the project is creating the architect Vasily Kaftyrev. Historical background, and a convenient location shopping and entertainment areas account for its huge popularity.
- "GUM". Updated GUM is a 6 floors, which have clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry and watch showrooms, shops Perfumery and cosmetics. In restaurants and cafes you can find a wide variety of Russian, Tatar, European, Oriental, Chinese, Mexican and Syrian cuisine.
- "TSUM". was founded in 1940. The complex is located in the historical center of Kazan, and has a rich past. TSUM always changes with the city, and today it is a large shopping complex with a convenient location and ample car parking.
- Bazar: between the Kreml and the Railwaystation, you may find everything you nedd (from shoes to hats). Outside there are many fresh fruits and cheap berry sellers. Do not forget to have a try at the bakeryes in the morning and eat some fresh local bread.
Dobraya StolovayaChain of very cheap self-service cafeterias. Food is everyday Russian style. 14 locations around the city, those central are at 21 Baumana St, and 13 Yakhina St near Kazan-1 railway station.
address: 64 Bauman St.They sell tea in the shop, but what this place is better known for is inexpensive Tatar fare: e.g. meat-stuffed pastries (echpochmak, elesh, all baked here on the premises) and horse meat. The first floor is a self-service cafeteria, and the second floor is more like a restaurant.
- There are four student cafes at 22 Universitetskaya St. These are Salad, Marinad, Rita v Ritme and Blyuz-Rok.
Govindasaddress: 79 Chistopolskaya St.Here you can try borscht and the vegetarian version of Tatar ochpochmak pie.
- Syuyumbike is a chain of budget restaurants serving Halal Muslim food in Tatar and Uzbek style. Locals come for lunch, but they're mostly open 24/7. No alcohol. Don't expect something special. Branches include:
address: Baumana Street 51, 3rd FloorSmall Turkish cafe within GUM. Wide variety of Turkish cuisine, which is otherwise hard to find in Kazan: doner or shwarma wraps, Adana Kebab, Beyti Kebab, Kulbasta grilled chicken, beef & lamb shashlik. Deserts include marinated walnuts and dates, vanilla rice pudding and bakhlava. They have a good "business lunch" special. They have other two outlets, at 97 Prospekt Yamasheva near Kazan Arena, and at 61 Chistpolskaya St north of the river.
Paramarthaphone: +7 843 240 3000address: 19 Mayakovskogo St.Indian vegetarian cafe, sort of: strict vegetarians or vegans should enquire closely before ordering. They do serve meat and alcohol. They are a branch of the health center offering yoga courses and similar stuff, hence the name.
address: 42/9 Baumana St.Retro bar recalling the good old USSR, when you quaffed Zhiguli beer and slugged vodka out of a graneny stakan - a tatty beaker. Simple food suitable for Soviet proles.
address: 8 Kavi Nadzhmi St.Reliable Italian restaurant, crowded at weekends.
BilyarAn inexpensive reliable chain restaurant serving Tatar food. Interiors resemble a Tatar log cabin, and some even have salad bars that look like wells. Try their 'echpekmoks' with bullion, salad 'makhebet', and their Tatar version of 'ukha' or creamy fish soup. For desert, try their chak-chak. 3 locations in the city: Ulitsa Butlerova 31 (up the hill behind the Tatarstan Hotel), Ulitsa Vishnevskovo 15 and (some way out) Prospekt Pobedi 50a.
House of Tatar foodphone: +7 843 292 7070address: 31/12 Baumana St.Generally good reviews, but sniffy reactions from locals: to them Tatar food means home cooking, so they find this place tourist-trappy, over-fancy and over-priced. But as a foreigner, if you want to eat horse, it's not your daily bread 'n butter so you may as well gobble it up in style.
- Western fast food: If you're homesick for this, it's available in Kazan most hours of the day:
phone: +7 960 049 3000address: 59 Volkova St.An upscale banquet hall boasting cod-baroque decorations. Hired for corporate and big-bash events, e.g. weddings, it's not clear if smaller parties are accommodated.
Baker Streetphone: +7 843 292 0158address: 25/22 Kremlevskaya St.Eccentric attempt at British cuisine, with Sherlock Holmes references known only to Russians. The game's afoot, maybe stick to chicken?
phone: +7 843 236 7433address: 13 Malaya Krasnaya StWell, it makes for a change. Indian cuisine, sort of, pricey by Kazan standards.
Rubaiphone: +7 843 292 6464address: Universitetskaya 23/12Uzbek cuisine is similar to Tatar and there are several Uzbek restaurants around the city. Rubai is a good example with hearty central Asian fare.
address: Peterburgskaya 1An odd mixed menu, but they're aiming for Moroccan ambience.
address: Ulitsa Chernishevskovo 27aRestaurant with an eclectic menu of European and Russian dishes. Clean, quiet, this is a good place for relaxing and having tea. Its name suggests something sleazy, but no, it's decent.
phone: +7 (937) 779-67-67address: 27 Chernyshevskogo St.A unique style of Art House and an open barbecue will create unforgettable impressions. Here, for the first time for Kazan, dishes of the south and the Caucasus will play in unison with the latest gastronomic trends.
Red Grainaddress: 52 Tatarstan St.Not many other coffee places in the Tatar district of Kazan. In an odd kiosk tacked onto a bland modern block. Turkish-style coffee, no food.
AgafredoA chain of reliable, inexpensive coffee places. Breakfast for gets you coffee or tea, fresh squeezed juice, pancakes or toast, a few vegetables, and then eggs and meat. Lunch is Italian-style. Free wifi, non-smoking sections. Branches are:
6 Galyaktyonova St, just off Pushkinskya St, opposite Kazan Federal University, 09:00-00:00
17 Chernyshevskogo St, central off Baumann St, 08:30-00:00.
28 Chistpol'skaya St, north of river, 08:00-23:00
- IQ Intellect Cafe: see IQ Bar below.
Kapitaladdress: 5 Pushkina StThat's as in Das Kapital, Marx's seminal work on economics. The cafe doesn't refer to Marx, but they do exploit retro style, old newspapers, dated kitchen tools, and the like. Altogether, it's a nice spot for coffee or a meal. Free wifi.
Shokoladnitsaphone: +7 843 292 2712address: 3/36 Pushkina St.Bland chain cafe, safe choice for coffee, a sandwich, or even a full meal at any time of the day and night.
Other branches are at 1 Peterburgskaya, 22 Chistopol'skaya, and 141 Prospekt Pobedy.
IQ Baraddress: 60 Baumana St.IQ offers all types of entertainment, including books, table games, and hookah, as well as a full menu with a decent selection of main dishes. On the downside, there's loud music and obtrusive smoke. For a quiet rendezvous or light bite with coffee, you'll do better next door at 62, the IQ Intellect Cafe. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +7 843 253 5532address: 58 Baumana StPopular central bar claims to serve Cuban revolutionary food: it's basically Mexican. Disco starts around 22:00.
i-Barphone: +7 843 236 9390address: 46/11 Profsoyuznaya St.Meals, cocktails and hookahs. No i-technology is involved and the source of the name is elusive.
phone: +7 843 292 4508address: 13 Baumana StFranchise club with girls dancing on the bar, body-shots, and the like. Guard your wallet very carefully.
phone: +7 843 203-45-54address: 25 Chernyshevskogo St.Exclusive and no one else like the Russian bar for a wide soul. Elite, but not arrogant format of recreation for lovers of Russian culture. With dancing girls on the bar.
phone: +7 843 2922050address: 58 Baumana St.Same building as Cuba Libre, this small club is in the basement and boasts a huge, wall-size image of John Lennon and a vivid rock scene, where mostly local bands are playing.
phone: +7 967 366-69-99address: 27 Chernyshevskogo St.A place where gorgeous girls will stir your imagination with unsurpassed skill to undress while dancing on stage. this is real art that only those who can relax will appreciate
phone: +7 904 762 5123address: Pushkina 3Simple 3-star. Wifi is free.
Oranjin Hostelphone: +7 843 248 0149address: Pushkina 1Closest hostel to train station. Guest kitchen, free Wi-Fi, cosy common room.
phone: +7 843 292 5631address: 18/19 Dzerzhinskogo StSmall 2-star hotel with hostel prices but non-hostel environment, gets fair reviews.
phone: +7 843 292 0616address: 2 Karla Marksa StHard to believe, but this is a decent two-star hotel in the very centre of Kazan. Customer reviews are mostly positive.
phone: +7 843 225 8882address: 39/6 Ostrovskogo StCheap but very cramped.
phone: +7 843 225 8765address: 1/55A Pushkina St.Cramped rooms that barely fit the beds, but scores well for comfort, cleanliness and efficiency. They also offer conference facilities. Free Wifi.
phone: +7 843 292 9992address: Tazi Gizzata 19Clean, quiet 3-star hotel. No elevator to upper floors.
phone: +7 843 292 3309address: Narimanova Street 15Decent 3-star near railway station.
phone: +7 843 292 1469address: 1 Said-GaleevaDecent 2-star option, very central. Not plush but you get what you pay for.
phone: +7 843 567 5800address: 43/1 Pravobulachnaya St.Reliable chain choice in city centre. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +7 843 292 2848address: Khudyakova 7In run-down surroundings, but this 2-star hotel is good value. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +7 843 562-53-83address: Prospekt Ibragimova, 89АVery good rooms, extremely good quality for the prices. Friendly people. However only Russian language. But, Google Translate does miracles. Breakfast costs RUB 300 a person. Rooms have airco, and free wifi. The hotel has a small spa. For RUB 1500 you have a private place for an hour a sauna and a big wirlpool. The hotel has a very good affordable restaurant too.
phone: +7 843 210 0150address: 6 Karl Marx StThe rooms have large windows with Kremlin views. The hotel's Lobby Bar has an innovative setting and relaxed atmosphere and a free Wi-Fi. Breakfast buffet in main restaurant. Roof Bar with city views and tasty cocktails.
phone: +7 800 100 0780address: 1 Peterburgskaya St.4-star hotel dominating Tukaya sq. in the centre of Kazan. Lower floors are connected to a large shopping mall. Upper floors offer panoramic views of the city. Customer reviews are generally positive. Free Wi-Fi in the lobby.
phone: +7 843 235 1890address: 52 Peterburgskaya St.3-star guest house geared to business travellers. Location is not ideal, but this is one of the few hotels offering built-in kitchen. Rooms decorated in a bright whimsical style. Free Wi-Fi connection.
phone: +7 843 279 3000address: 1 Nikolaya Ershova St.4-star hotel, shopping mall and entertainment complex; the hotel gets mixed reviews.
phone: +7 843 278 0505address: 5 Moskovskaya St5-star going on 4, in excellent location near Kremlin.
phone: +7 843 264 5969address: 3 Maksima Gor'kogo St.Boutique hotel with only six rooms. Restaurant & free secure parking.
phone: +7 843 2311000address: 7 Universitetskaya StDecent 4-star, clean & comfortable.
phone: +7 843 2781616address: 55 Peterburgskaya StCentral 4-star.
Internet cafes and restaurants with Wi-Fi are found throughout the city. Probably the most useful internet cafe for travelers is a small one across from the train station. From the main station building, cross through the park and cross the main street. It is at the corner to your left, but hidden behind a newspaper stand and some kiosks.
The post office in Kremlyovskaya St. has seven computers with internet access, for around /hour. Pay in advance at the register. Your unspent minutes will be refunded.
Tattelecom on the corner of Baumana and Pushkina, opposite the Koljco mall, has computers with ok Internet for per hour. Up Pushkina there are a few cafes and restaurants with free unprotected Wi-Fi. Also, outside of the Subway restaurant further up on Pushkina there is free unprotected Wi-Fi. Mcdonalds also has free Wi-Fi (on Baumana and by the train station).
A simpler way to get connected to the big world is to buy a SIM card. SIM cards are cheap and give you a constant fast and reliable connection.
Iranphone: +7 843 526-5849address: Spartakovskaya street, 6
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Netherlands, and Spainaddress: Tazi Gizzata street, 4
- phone: +7 843 5671102address: Ostrovskogo street, 87
The grounds of the monastery are located within the Volga-Kama National Park, where the terrain is a combination of southern taiga and deciduous forests. The park's botanical garden features more than 400 species of exotic plants from North America, Asia and Europe
Ancient city of Bolgar The National Park of Bolgar is one of few historical-architectural complexes left by the Volga Tatars. It is located on the bank of the Volga 120 km away from Kazan. Bolgar is related with the such names as Pushkin, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Kul Gali and many other famous people.
It is a sacred place for all Tatars, a place of pilgrimage for Muslims, and a place generally steeped in legend and history.
The National Park of Bolgar is an object of historical and cultural significance. In 1998 the Bolgar Historical-Architectural Complex was included in the provisional list of UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Russian Federation.
In National Park of Bolgar you can visit Museum of Bakery, museum of archaeology, monuments of Islamic architecture from the 13th-14th centuries.
Island-town Sviyazhsk The place where the Sviyaga River flows into the Volga forms the idea for Push¬kin's lively tale of the Island of Buyan. Sviyazhsk was built by Ivan theTerrible as a fortress for the siege of Kazan, and it went on to become the first Orthodox Christian city in our area, the center of the spread of Christianity. The island also became home to the Uspensky monastery and the Ioanno-Predtechensky nunnery. The architectural composition of today's Sviyazhsk includes perfectly preserved churches, such as the antique wooden Troitskaya Church (built in 1551), Nikols¬kaya Church, and Uspensky Cathedral.
When Alexander Pushkin first saw Sviyazhsk, he was overjoyed. It seems the city was exactly what he imagined for an ideal fairytale setting: beautiful island on a tall mountain, located exactly in the middle of a great river. This island with its surprising history cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Take the fast boat at pier 8 at 08:30.
Elabuga This charming 1000-year-old trade center on the shore of the river Kama and surrounded by natural beauty is one of the oldest cities in Tatarstan. Throughout its history the city was the cradle of Russian trade, where diverse waves of remarkable people flowed together. Most of its buildings have been preserved in their original condition to this day. Examples include the memorial house museum of Ivan Shishkin and the homestead museum of N. Durova, a famous heroine of the Fatherland War of 1812. Tragic circumstances led the city to become the last refuge of the poet Maria Tsvetaeva.
Not far from the Elabuga is the famous Elabuga mound “Chertovo gorodishe” - the remains of a fortified settlement from the Volga tribes of the first millennium ВC. The surviving stone tower is a symbol of Elabuga.
On the banks of the river Toima, five kilometers from Elabuga, archaeologists discovered the Ananinsky burial ground, which lends its name to an entire Iron Age culture.
Kysh-Babay Residence (Tatar Santa Claus) The residences of Kysh Babay and Kar Kyzy are located in the village of Yana Kyrlay, in a pine forest on the bank of the river Iya, 60 km from Kazan. The fairytale journey begins with the forest ”customs” where Shaitan leads you into the estate of Kysh Babay. The map of Shurale leads guests to path filled with adventures. Among the tales, mysteries, miracles, and fairytale characters you will meet Shurale (the Wood goblin), Shaitan (the Devil), Uburly Karchyk (the Witch), Azhdaha (the Dragon), Batyr (the Kinught), Altynchech (Goldilocks), Tahir and Zuhra (Romeo and Juliet).
Chistopol The historic town of Chistopol was founded in the 18th century. This town is truly a living museum, with streets and buildings that preserve the spirit of past days. A walk around Chistopol introduces you to the quiet, very special beauty of the Russian countryside. The Melnikov House, the grounds of Uspensky Monastery, St. Nicholas Cathedral - these places all enhance the feeling that the city was built with care and love. You can find very interesting Boris Pasternak museum here.
A few kilometers from Chistopol you'll find the remains of Juketau, a city of the ancient Bolgar Kingdom which served as a trade center during pre-Mongol period.
Tetushi The pearl of Tetushi is historico-architectural natural park “Dolgaya polyana”. Tourists visited this place say that you feel peace and calm. Local people claim there is anomalous zone with positive energy. Even Khans of Ancient Bolgar used to come to this place for several days to recover peace of mind. There are a lot of old buildings, dated from 1700s. You can even be lucky to see real archaeological excavation!
And of course you can enjoy beautiful and splendid nature of Tetushi.
Fond of historical reconstructions? Then summer reconstruction of battlefield on Vshiha mountain is definitely worth visiting! You can not only watch, but also participate!
Laishevo At the end of May, there is a big ethnic festival called Karavon. For 9 years annually more than 10,000 people come to take part. And according to legend, this festival exists more than 300 years! Here you can dance in a round, have a look at the town of craftsman, take part in national amusements and feel cheerful and holiday atmosphere among wearing national costumes people. This festival is definitely worth seeing!