Kazan is a very beautiful town founded in 1005 at the junction of the rivers Volga and Kazanka. Ivan the Terrible conquered the town for Russians in 1552. Kazan has different cultures intertwined, Tartars and Russians live peacefully together. Kazan has been made one of the most tourist-friendly Russian towns as it hosted World University Games in 2013 and will host FINA World Championship in 2015 and FIFA World Cup in 2018. Please, use this map for Kazan attractions and places to eat https://goo.gl/hKkL8Y. Kazan attractions are:
Kazan Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage site and dates back to XVI c. Opening hrs: 1 October – 30 April 8-20, 1 May – 30 September 8-22. For guided tours +78435678073, +78435678142, +78435678141 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t recommend their audio guides. There are several sites and museums at the Kremlin.
Tatarstan’s Natural History Museum (Музей естественной истории Татарстана). Opening hrs: T,W,Thu,Sat,S – 10-18, F – 12-21. Ticketing office closes 1 hr before closing time. Guided tours in English for a group of 20: 2000 RUB, book here email@example.com.
Museum of Islamic Culture (Музей Исламской Культуры) to be found in the Kul-Sharif Mosque. Opening hrs: M,T,W,Thu,Sat,S – 10-19.30, F – 10-21. Ticketing office closes 30 min before closing time. For guided tours +78435678125, +78435678152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum of the History of the Statehood of the Tartar People and the Tatarstan Republic (Музей истории государственности татарского народа и республики Татарстан)is about archaeological excavations. Opening hrs: T,W,Thu,Sat,S – 10-18, F – 12-21. Ticketing office closes 1 hr before closing time.
‘Hermitage-Kazan’ Centre (Центр «Эрмитаж-Казань») is a must as St-Peterburg’s Hermitage has its collection displayed here. Opening hrs: T,W,Thu,Sat,S – 10-18, F – 12-21. Ticketing office closes 1 hrs before closing time.
Hazine Gallery (Галерея Хазинэ) Opening hrs: T,W,F,Sat,S – 10-18, Thu – 10-21. Closed on Monday and on last Tuesday every month. Ticketing office closes 30 min before closing time.
Gun Yard Museum (Музей Пушечного двора) Opening hrs: T,W,Thu,Sat,S – 10-18, F – 12-21. Ticketing office closes 30 min before closing time.
National Museum of Tatarstan (Национальный музей Республики Татарстан) I recommend visiting this museum. Komsomolskaya St. 2. Opening hrs: T,W,Sat,S – 10-18, Thu – 13-21, F – 10-17. Closed on Monday and last Wednesday every month. Ticketing office closes 1 hr before closing time.
The Temple of All Religions (Храм всех религий) is a unique building by a unique artist, Ildar Khanov, who built it in his yard. Now he is dead and his child is being built by volunteers. The temple is located in Staroe Arakchino settlement. Take bus 2 from the stop opposite Kamal Theatre (one stop from the metro station Tukay Square). Use this great website http://wikiroutes.info/en/kazan for public transport. When you go back the stop is opposite the shop, just stand on the road there and the bus will stop.
Evgeny Baratynsky Museum (Музей Е.А. Баратынского) Maksima Gorkogo St. 25/28. Opening hrs: T-S – 11-17.
Fine Arts Museum (Музей изобразительных искусств) Karla Marksa St. 64. Opening hrs: T,W,F,Sat,S – 10-18, Thu – 10-20. Closed on Monday and on last Tuesday every month. Ticketing office closes 30 min before closing time.
Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines (Музей советских игровых автоматов) Kremlevskaya St. 21. Opening hrs: 11-20 daily. You can play there.
Soviet Lifestyle Museum (Музей социалистического быта) Universitetskaya St. 6. Opening hrs: 10-20 daily. Tickets: 200 RUB.
Gabdulla Tukay Museum (Shamil’s House) (Музей Г.М. Тукая (Дом Шамиля)) Tukaya St. 74. Opening hrs: T-S 10-17. Closed on Monday.
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The Raifa Bogoroditsky Monastery (Раифский Богородицкий монастырь) Take buses 552 or 554 from the Severny Sation (Северный вокзал) which pass Raifa. Timetable:
Kazan-Raifa 552,554 – 8:15, 10:05, 12:00, 14:10, 16:00, 17:30
Raifa-Kazan 552,554 – 6:35, 7:40, 10:25, 12:20, 14:00, 15:05
Zilantov Convent (Успенский Зилантов монастырь)
Blue Lake Take buses 40 or 78 from the Severny Sation (Северный вокзал) which pass Blue Lake. But be prepared to wait for an hour or more as they ride with 30-80 min intervals.
You can take a boat trip on the Volga from the river port. If you know Russian you can give them a call about the timetable +78432330808 or write to email@example.com. Trips to Bulgar will start in May, in 2016 they leave at 8 a.m. and leave Bulgar at 3.40 p.m. Better buy tickets in advance. It is also possible to get to Bulgar by bus. Many tourist agencies offer such excursions, e.g. +78007757741 (Kazan excursion Bureau http://goo.gl/m9i1rR), +78007757541 firstname.lastname@example.org (Tatartours https://tatar-tours.ru/), +78005006083 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (Kazan Tour http://goo.gl/fV6dd4). The price is usually 1600 RUB for 10 hrs day excursion.
How to get to Kazan
Several trains can bring you to Kazan from Moscow, I can offer this overnight journey by train to you as the time passes swiftly and you find yourself in Kazan/Moscow early in the morning.
Take M7 motorway which is a continuation of Shosse Entuziastov in Moscow. The distance is 812 km.
You can get to Kazan from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Simferopol, Sochi (Adler), Saratov, Samara, Perm, Penza, Kirov, Orenburg, Larnaca, Barcelona, Helsinki, Istanbul, Baku, Hurgada, Almaty, Bishkek, Fergana, Samarkand, Tashkent, Dushanbe, Fergana. Kazan International Airport is located 26 km from Kazan. You can get there by car or by aeroexpress.
How to get around in Kazan
You can check out this website on public transport in Kazan http://wikiroutes.info/en/kazan.