Trans-Siberian Destination Kazan
The Trans-Siberian’s Unsung Destinations - Kazan
Most people have heard of St Petersburg, Moscow and Beijing and many are aware that the highlight stops along the Trans-Siberian include Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk and Lake Baikal and Ulaanbaatar as a launch pad for a trip into the Mongolian grasslands. However, what other cities are there which are well worth a stopover of a few days?
Our first choice would be Kazan – exotic capital of the Republic of Tatarstan which sounds like it should be more Central Asian than Russian but is on one of the Trans-Siberian lines and located half way between Moscow and Ekaterinburg. Kazan has long been a strategically placed city at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka rivers and is today the eighth most populous city in Russia with well over 1 million inhabitants in this 1,000 year old city.
Don't Miss Kazan's Unique Kremlin
Kazan’s highlight is the impressive Kremlin which is not only an UNESCO World Heritage Site but is unique in that it contains both an Orthodox church and a Mosque symbolizing the peacefulness and mutual respect between the city’s Muslim and Christian communities. The Kremlin was once a Tartar fortress and has a superb strategic location on a hill by the river making for a very picturesque sight. A tour to the Kremlin is included in all our Kazan stopovers.
Kazan as host city for the 2018 World Cup
The city centre is also an attractive place to to walk with the largely pedestrianized Bauman Street the social centre of the city with the best shops, cafes and bars as well as many beautifully restored buildings funded by the provinces oil wealth. The city is lively due to it’s large university population and has a reputation of being a “Sports City” in Russia as it will be hosting the Universiade in 2013 and is also a host city for the Football World Cup in 2018 which should really put it on the map.
We at The Trans-Siberian Travel Company recommend a 2 night stopover tour in Kazan and you can see more details of a typical tour program by clicking here. We also have a section in our destinations guide which you can view by clicking here.
We at The TransSiberian Travel Company look forward to helping you reach Kazan.
Article originally posted by Phil Stanley: 17th May 2013