Kazan and Republic of Tatarstan
Kazan (Kazan) – capital of the Republic of Tatarstan (Tatarstan), regions of the Russian Federation in the Volga district, in the centre of the European part of the country, at the confluence of the Kama with the Volga (Kazan in Russia). From Moscow to Kazan, 800 km Area of Tatarstan – almost 68 thousand sq km, slightly larger than the size of the Moscow region (44 thousand sq km) population 8-th place among the subjects of the Russian Federation (over 3.8 million inhabitants).
Kazan and Tatarstan as a whole, is a popular tourist destination. Visited by tourists all year round.
History of Tatarstan dates back to the 8th century BC, when the area formed the state of Volga Bulgars. By the way, the Kazan Tatars, who mistakenly considered by most of the inhabitants are direct descendants of the Mongols, in fact they are not. Their roots go much deeper in the Turkic tribes living on this territory. The very same Kazan was founded in 1005, and only in the 13th century, when the territory of the future Republic was captured by the Mongols and incorporated into the Golden Horde, there was a religious and cultural assimilation of the descendants of the Bulgars with Mongols. Two centuries later, the sovereign formed the khanate of Kazan. In 1552 Kazan was conquered by Ivan the terrible and incorporated into the Moscow state. Since 1992, the subject of the Federation received the status of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Stay in Kazan
Since the days of the USSR, Tatarstan and its capital is a popular excursion destinations. Geographically and historically the region is situated at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations. The diversity of its cultural heritage attracts not only foreign tourists but also Russians. Kazan is consistently in the top five popular Russian tourist routes. For example, in 2015, the city was visited by 2.1 million visitors, and this despite the population of the city of 1.2 million.
The main directions of tourism associated with historical and cultural objects, to a lesser extent with natural attractions. Popular sports tourism (water sports, skiing, bike trails), quickly developing the health resort.
Arriving in Kazan, guests from the Russian regions seem to fall into another country with its own traditions, culture, religious and linguistic characteristics. In Tatarstan the spread of Islam (although many local people profess Christianity). Along with the Russian language of the state is considered to be the Tatar, the Chuvash and Udmurt common.
The Republican tourist industry and is active to modern requirements and standards, the impetus for which have been the various international events. And the city continues to develop, the planned new international event that only the best should affect the tourist image of the city and the region.
The tourist infrastructure in Kazan is well developed. There's tourist district, formed in the old city of Kazan along the pedestrian Bauman street. Tourists are offered a lot of excursions around the city and region, boat trips on ships, operates a tourist bus on the system of Hop On Hop Off. It offers more than 800 hotels of various classes in different districts of the city. Cm. read more about the areas and hotels of Kazan here....
On walks visitors can eat in restaurants and cafes. All points catering to more than 550, and they are located across the capital. It is impossible to come to the main city of the region and taste the local cuisine – echpochmak, belish, bishbarmak, tarmac, Tatar pilaf, Mare's milk, traditional milk tea and, of course, the famous chak-chak.
You can get to Kazan is easy. The capital of Tatarstan is one of the largest transport knots of the Russian Federation. On its territory operate the airport, two railway stations, a river port and public transport (including metro). Also the town is the Federal highway. Cm. read more, how to get to Kazan here...
Sights and activities in Kazan
Almost all the attractions tourists can visit all year round. Here there are monuments of history, architecture, culture and religion, from medieval buildings to buildings of the Soviet era and the present day. They are located in the historical centre and in the outskirts of the city. The pedestrian area of Kazan in the most part, landscaped, so Hiking is popular along with the bus. The main tourist area has developed around the pedestrian Bauman street. To walk around it, you can watch here at any time of the year is interesting and is something to see. Liveliest street on summer evenings and during holidays.
In addition to the tours to the unique buildings of the past, the main city of Tatarstan Republic offers rich cultural and entertainment program. Agency works more than 40 museums, art galleries, nine theatres, a zoo, a circus, water Park, night clubs and bars. Open to the public parks and beaches on coast of Volga. There are numerous national festivals and events to mark Muslim and national holidays.
For fans of extreme sports in Tatarstan, too, there is fun for everyone. You can go diving, rock climbing and parachuting or jump on the rope from the bridge "Millennium". And you can paraglide or just play paintball.
As for shopping in Kazan, as in other major cities of the country built huge shopping malls (like international chains and local). Brisk trade comes in small gift shops and markets. In General, arrived in Tatarstan, any tourist will organize leisure according to your taste. Cm. read more about the sights of Kazan here...
Weather, tourist seasons in Kazan
The best time to visit Kazan – summer. That is from June to August accounts for the high tourist season and the most comfortable time to visit the region. Some of the activities and attractions are only at this time, like river cruises to tourist attractions of the Republic on the banks of the Volga.
In winter it is cold, but this does not mean that it is time to come here is not necessary, because almost all attractions and infrastructure work all year round. A great time to travel in the winter holidays November 4 new year holidays on 1 and 9 January, 23 February, March 8, may holidays.
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Hotels and accommodation in Kazan
In recent years Kazan has a huge number of new tourist facilities, and after the Universiade in 2013 opened many new hotels. There's no problem to find a bed in a hostel from 300 rubles, a room in a cheap hotel for two people for 1 200, and if finances allow, then a five star hotel for 10 000 rubles per day. A huge selection of really affordable price.
You can also rent a room or apartment, their rent very much in the center of the city, and in other areas. The apartment is more convenient and cheaper to travel with children, because the number of hotels for the most part is based on double occupancy. Price in tourist area, close to Bauman street or the Kremlin about 1600 rubles, further from the centre you can find housing from 1200 rubles.
Regarding the choice of places to stay, for tourism purposes, it is best to settle in the tourist area of the city. This district was established pedestrian Bauman street and the Kremlin (tourist area on the map). It is advisable to have your hotel or accommodation was in walking distance from Baumana, or the Kremlin, because most of the time tourists spend in the walks along Bauman street, and here is most of the attractions. Cm. read more about hotels and accommodation in Kazan here...
How to get
Kazan is located in the Central part of Russia in any form of transport place (Kazan on the map of Russia). You can get here by plane, train, bus, car. Also tourists visit Kazan during river cruises along the Volga from Astrakhan, Volgograd, Samara, Nizhny-Novgorod and other cities of the Volga. There are even mixed (boat+bus trip) cruises from Moscow, St. Petersburg and other big cities, lying on the banks of the Volga. Cm. detail about all the ways how to get to Kazan.
Security in Kazan
Thanks conducted in recent years international and national events, Kazan became one of the most safe cities of Russia. Tourists here can calmly walk through the main streets at any time of the day or night without fear. Police on the streets a lot, especially during events, and especially in the tourist centre of the city.
At the same time, Tatarstan has become one of the best regions for equipment of road network systems autocommit, so the sleeper to break the rules of the road are not profitable.