The 25 best Things to do in Kazan

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Kazan is not only a decoration of the Volga region, but also the pride of all of Russia. The capital of Tatarstan has long caught up with St. Petersburg and Moscow in terms of its tourist attraction. A trip to this wonderful city can delight you with a huge number of cultural, historical and entertainment sites. We have selected the 25 best sights of Kazan and reflected them in the rating, for convenience, divided into nominations.

Top attractions in Kazan

Nomination a place Sight rating
The best religious sites in Kazan 1 Annunciation Cathedral of the Kazan Kremlin 5.0
2 Temple of all religions 4.9
3 Peter and Paul Cathedral 4.8
4 Kul-Sharif Mosque 4.7
5 Epiphany Cathedral 4.6
The best military-patriotic sights of Kazan 1 Monument to Musa Jalil 5.0
2 Museum-memorial of the Great Patriotic War 4.9
3 Memorial to the Heroes of the Second World War 4.8
4 Monument-temple to the defenders of Kazan 4.7
5 Soldier's Mother Monument 4.6
The best entertainment sights of Kazan 1 Amusement park 'Kyrlay' 5.0
2 Waterpark Riviera' 4.9
3 Zoo botanical garden 4.8
4 City of professions 'KidSpace' 4.7
5 Circus 4.6
6 National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan 4.5
7 Hippodrome 4.4
The best architectural sights of Kazan 1 Kazan Kremlin 5.0
2 Tower Syuyumbike 4.9
3 Millennium Park 4.8
4 Monument to the Cat Kazan 4.7
5 Farmers' Palace 4.6
6 Island-city Sviyazhsk 4.5
7 Alexandrovsky passage 4.4
8 Millennium Bridge 4.3

The best religious sites in Kazan

Believer tourists tend to get to the temples and cathedrals of Kazan. They will be discussed in the first nomination.

Annunciation Cathedral of the Kazan Kremlin

Attraction rating (Kazan): 5.0

Annunciation Cathedral of the Kazan Kremlin

The rating is opened by the main temple of Kazan, which attracts pilgrims, travelers from all over the world, and lovers of beautiful architecture. The cathedral was illuminated in 1562. It was rebuilt several times. Inside there is a famous shrine – the room of Archbishop Gury, which was preserved in Soviet times due to the fact that it was bricked up.

3 archbishops and 5 metropolitans are buried in the cathedral. The area around the building is ennobled, which is pleasant to walk around at any time of the year. Address: Kremlin, bldg. 2.

Temple of all religions

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.9

Temple of all religions

We gave the second place in the rating to a unique building. The temple of all religions began to be built in 1994. It appeared thanks to Ildar Khanov, an outstanding artist and architect. The cultural center of spiritual unity has become a symbolic symbiosis of religions. The architecture of the building combines Catholic and Orthodox churches, a Muslim mosque, a Jewish synagogue, a Buddhist temple and many other iconic elements of various nationalities.

A gallery of paintings, a concert hall and an art school are open inside. Today, the construction of the temple continues, restoration work is underway after the fire in 2017. It is worth getting here at least once to get charged with amazing energy and admire the external beauty of the building. Address: Art. Arakchinskaya, 4.

Peter and Paul Cathedral

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.8

PETROPAVLOVSKY CATHEDRAL .

Next in the ranking is a unique gem of Kazan's monuments – the Cathedral of the Supreme Apostles Paul and Peter. It was erected in the period from 1723 to 1726 and became a unique structure that combines many facade ornaments and exquisite color scheme. Here you can see a gilded iconostasis 25 meters high, the miraculous icon of the Smolensk Mother of God, the myrrh-streaming icon of the Iberian Mother of God.

Throughout its history, the cathedral has experienced several fires, during the Soviet Union it was closed. The restoration of the building continues today. Tourists who want to visit this place should take care of their appearance in advance. Girls should wear scarves and skirts, shoulders and knees should be covered. Address: Musa Jalil, 21.

Kul-Sharif Mosque

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.7

Kul-Sharif Mosque

The legendary Kul-Sharif mosque is named after the last imam of Kazan rudeness. He died while resisting the troops of the king. The building of the mosque is striking in its grandeur and luxury. It is built of white marble. The turquoise dome windows resemble the shape of tulips. The arch is decorated with openwork ligature.

Inside the mosque there is an Islamic museum, a guest hall, male and female prayer halls, and special balconies for tourists. You can get here absolutely free. Address: Sheinkman, the territory of the Kazan Kremlin. The doors of the mosque are open until 17-30.

Epiphany Cathedral

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.6

Epiphany Cathedral

One of the most important Kazan sights is the Epiphany Cathedral. It is a blue baroque building. The bell tower at the temple is especially popular. For a long time, it remained the tallest building in the city. It was built in 1897.

In Soviet times, the cathedral was turned into a sports hall; it lost its decorations. Today, it houses a modern interior, and restoration work continues. Address: Bauman, 78.

The best military-patriotic sights of Kazan

Many monuments of Kazan are dedicated to the military exploits of heroes and revolutionaries. 67 of them were erected in memory of the events of the Great Patriotic War.

Monument to Musa Jalil

Attraction rating (Kazan): 5.0

Monument to Musa Jalil

The second nomination of the rating is opened by one of the most recognizable monuments of Kazan. The monument depicting the poet Musa Jalil was installed in 1966. The Hero of the Soviet Union was a member of the anti-fascist underground. He was executed by the Nazis in 1944.

A bas-relief dedicated to Musa Jalil's associates is unveiled on the granite wall near the monument. In the center of the composition there are a flower garden and benches made of granite stone. Guests of Kazan admire the brevity of the monument, which depicts a strong man who is trying to free himself from the bonds with his head held high. Address: 1 May Square.

Museum-memorial of the Great Patriotic War

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.9

Museum-memorial of the Great Patriotic War

On the territory of the Kazan Kremlin there is a museum dedicated to the courage, bravery and valor of the soldiers. Here are the letters of soldiers, banners, newspapers. The advantages of the museum include a consistent chronology, a large number of exhibits. It hosts a series of events for preschoolers called 'War through the Eyes of a Child'. It is focused on the specific age of children and their special perception of military topics. Animated films are offered to the attention of kids.

The museum has an electronic database that helps to find information about a relative who disappeared during the Second World War. It is permissible to leave a request to search for information about a specific person. Address: Kremlin territory, 12. Ticket price – 80 rubles.

Memorial to the Heroes of the Second World War

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.8

Memorial to the Heroes of the Second World War

At the crossroads of Yamasheva Avenue and Bondarenko Street there is a memorial to the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War. This place is a pantheon. Here, on marble tables, the names of the Heroes of the Soviet Union, who were natives of Tatarstan, are displayed.

An eternal flame burns in the center of the memorial. Wedding corteges often stop at him, newlyweds lay flowers. The memorial complex of Victory Park is a wonderful place for walking. People come here to view military equipment of different years and take a photo for memory.

Monument-temple to the defenders of Kazan

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.7

MONUMENT-TEMPLE TO THE DEFENDERS OF KAZAN

The rating continues to be a temple-monument to the defenders of Kazan, who fell in 1552. It is a truncated pyramid 20 meters high. There are entrances to the premises from 4 sides. They are decorated with Greek porticoes. Inside is the Church of the Savior Not Made by Hands. From here there is an excellent view of the Kazan Kremlin.

It is believed that several thousand people are buried in this place. Previously, there was a wooden monastery, which was flooded with water every spring. In Soviet times, services ceased, the church was destroyed. All information about the monument can be found on the Internet, but it is much more interesting to hear it from the guide. Address: Kirovskaya Dam, 2.

Soldier's Mother Monument

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.6

MONUMENT TO THE MOTHER OF THE SOLDIER

The monument dedicated to the mothers of soldiers who did not return from the war is part of the memorial complex on the Walk of Glory. It was installed in 2005 and is a 4-meter-high figure of a woman. She holds a golden flower in her hands. The mournful female figure froze forever in anticipation. In the face of the mother is grief that will never subside, the tragedy of millions of parents.

The monument is installed on a granite pedestal and proudly rises above the square. It can be found behind an exhibition of military equipment. Several thousand people came to the grand opening of the monument, among them were WWII veterans.

The best entertainment sights of Kazan

The next nomination includes entertainment places in Kazan. It will be interesting for both adults and children.

Amusement park 'Kyrlay'

Attraction rating (Kazan): 5.0

ATTRACTION PARK 'KYRLAY'

To recharge with positive energy and have fun with children, residents of Kazan go to the amusement park 'Kyrlay'. It is open from May to the end of October and delights visitors with the presence of 30 newest attractions. For younger guests, there is a children's area, a ride on a fairytale train, trampolines and a Ferris wheel. There is an autodrome, a chain carousel and extreme attractions.

The advantages of the facility include the presence of parking, a lot of well-groomed vegetation, a large selection of entertainment. On weekends, there are a lot of people here, there are long queues at cafes and attractions. The ticket price starts from 80 rubles. The park is open from 10 am to 11 pm. Address: One-sided Grivki, 1A.

Waterpark Riviera'

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.9

WATERPARK RIVIERA'

Next in the ranking is the Riviera water park. Play water slides, pirate ships, waterfalls await visitors. Children are delighted with the variety of attractions. They are happy to shoot from a water cannon, splash under a tropical downpour. Daredevils can ride an artificial wave on a board or a giant funnel sitting in a donut.

This is one of the largest water parks in the world, which has only grown in popularity over the years. About 2 million people visit it annually. Working hours: from 9-00 to 22-00. I am glad that there are discounts on birthday tickets. Address: Fatikh Amirkhan, 1.

Zoo botanical garden

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.8

ZOOBOTANICAL GARDEN

The oldest zoo-botanical garden in Russia is located on the shore of Lake Kaban. In one place you can see the diverse world of animals and plants. Children and adults alike enjoy watching wild animals and pets. Kids can ride a pony, and those who wish can arrange photo sessions against the backdrop of palm trees and flowers.

In total, the garden's collection contains more than a thousand plants from different parts of the world. Children under 3 years old can enter free of charge. The garden opens at 8-30. The price of an adult ticket is 200 rubles. Address: Hady Taktash, 112.

City of professions 'KidSpace'

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.7

CITY OF PROFESSIONS 'KIDSSPACE'

The city of professions 'KidSpace' continues the rating, which offers its guests more than 20 different platforms for creativity. This is a great place for entertainment, where children from 4 years old can master the skills of well-known specialties, gain experience and decide on the choice of the future path. They are happy to fold constructions, bake pies, fill mannequins' teeth, and do the work of a car mechanic.

During the whole process, the young guests are accompanied by a personal Cosmonian. On weekends, the city of professions is open from 10 am to 8 pm. The prices seem too high for many visitors. For 3 hours you need to pay 500 rubles (for children from 4 to 7 years old). Address: Yamasheva Avenue, 115A.

Circus

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.6

CIRCUS

Kazan's cultural pride is the city circus, the appearance of which resembles a space dish. For over 50 years it has been delighting guests and residents of the city with delightful performances. Every month new programs appear here with circus gymnasts, clowns, jugglers, animal trainers.

The room can accommodate about 2300 places. They are divided into several sectors. They praise the modern interior of the circus, spacious toilets and wardrobe, a beautiful view from the window. The ticket price starts from 400 rubles. Children under 5 years old are admitted free. Address: Millennium Square, 2.

National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.5

National Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan

The rating continues to be one of the most beautiful, informative and oldest museums in Kazan. Visiting tourists often come here. Previously, there was a wooden Gostiny Dvor in its place. Exhibits tell about the history of Tatarstan, customs and cultures of the peoples inhabiting the republic. The collection of the museum has over 900 thousand exhibits. It will not be possible to consider all of them in one visit.

Here you can see national costumes, ancient coins and kitchen utensils, a royal carriage, letters and scrolls. One of the halls displays stuffed animals that live in the region. The museum regularly hosts thematic events, master classes and concerts. Address: Kremlevskaya street, 2.

Hippodrome

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.4

Hippodrome

The nomination is completed by the largest hippodrome in Russia. Visitors to the equestrian sports complex Kazan will witness horse races, enjoy excursions and sports shows, will be able to learn horseback riding under the guidance of an instructor, ride a carriage drawn by a frisky troika.

In winter, the Khan's yard is open here, where they show exciting performances. The racetrack is open from 8 am to 5 pm. The cost of a horse riding lesson is 700 rubles, a visit to the museum with a guided tour costs 200 rubles. Address: Patrice Lumumba Street, 74A / 1.

The best architectural sights of Kazan

The last nomination contains the best objects of Kazan, suitable for pleasant walks and photo sessions. The architectural structures are striking in their splendor and centuries-old history. Every visitor should visit these famous places.

Kazan Kremlin

Attraction rating (Kazan): 5.0

Kazan Kremlin

The main archaeological complex of the city is the Kazan Kremlin. There are monuments of the 12-20 centuries here. The Kremlin itself is the seat of the government. It is a whole complex of cultural and architectural objects and is spread over an area of ​​1500 sq. m.

Here you can see the Governor's Palace, 8 defensive towers, the Annunciation Cathedral, the cannon yard, the Kul-Sharif Mosque and the Junker School. In addition, the Museum of Islam and a branch of the St. Petersburg Hermitage have been opened. The development of the territory began in the 10th century. In the 90s, the Kremlin received the status of the residence of the president of the republic. A short excursion around the Kremlin lasts about 1.5 hours; it will take about 1.5 days to see all the sights.

Tower Syuyumbike

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.9

TOWER SYUYUMBIKE

The Syuyumbike watchtower continues the rating. The amazing thing about the structure is that its spire deviated from the vertical by almost 2 meters. The tower was built between 1645 and 1650. Its total height reaches 58 meters. The building combines Tatar and Russian architecture of the 14-17th centuries. It resembles the construction of the Spasskaya Tower in Moscow.

Many legends are associated with this place. You can see the tower on a sightseeing tour. Tourists admire the architectural structure both day and night, when it is illuminated by powerful searchlights. On the territory of the Kazan Kremlin, you can buy souvenirs depicting the famous landmark.

Millennium Park

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.8

MILLENNIUM PARK

Not far from the historical center of the city, there is a beautiful park with alleys, benches, flower beds and a fountain. It became a present from the city authorities to the residents of Kazan for the 1000th anniversary of the republic. Also the green zone is called 'Millennium'. At the entrance, guests are greeted by winged snakes sitting above the gate. A cauldron-shaped fountain is installed at the intersection of park alleys.

Newlyweds constantly come here to throw a coin into the water, make a wish and take gorgeous pictures against the backdrop of natural beauty and architectural structures. There are free toilets at the exit and a coffee shop. Address: Spartakovskaya, 1.

Monument to the Cat Kazan

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.7

MONUMENT TO THE KOTU OF KAZAN

We simply could not ignore the amazing monument located on the central street of Bauman. The metal sculpture rises 3 meters and depicts a well-fed cat lying on a couch under a domed dome. There is a mouse on the roof. The structure, worth 1 million rubles, was made with the finances of sponsors with the support of the city authorities in 2009.

It is impossible to pass by a well-fed cat lying imposingly on a pillow. Residents of Kazan believe that to attract good luck, you need to stroke his belly. The monument to the Kazan cat was opened in the courtyard of the restaurant, which is famous for delicious dishes and unique interior. The decoration is complemented by a collection of samovars, old photographs and paintings with cats.

Farmers' Palace

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.6

PALACE OF FARMERS

The Palace of Farmers is located near the northern wall of the Kremlin. There is a square in front of him, and nearby you can see the Kazanka embankment. The exterior of the building looks monumental and majestic. The palace evokes a sense of identity. It has a huge dome, and a bronze tree about 20 meters high grows right in its center.

You want to look at this building for hours. Guests of the capital of Tatarstan are surprised at the restraint of the interior design of the premises. Despite the external chic and luxury, the decoration is simple, but tasteful. Address: Fedoseevskaya, 36.

Island-city Sviyazhsk

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.5

ISLAND-GRAD SVIYAZHSK

In 1550 Ivan the Terrible ordered to build a city-island on Round Mountain. Today it resembles the fabulous island of Buyan. You can get here by motorboat to admire the architecture of the 16-19 centuries and the picturesque nature. On both sides, the island is washed by rivers.

Guests of the small town can learn about the history of the capture of the Kazan Khanate, visit the Temple of All Religions, a craft settlement, and take part in master classes. The tour is carried out by private guides in Kazan any day. The disadvantages of this place include poorly developed infrastructure. Only a few eateries are open, and the prices are clearly overpriced. It will take almost the whole day to explore the entire island. This attraction will appeal to lovers of fishing and solitude. The price starts from 5000 rubles (up to 9 people). Address: Sviyazhsk village, Uspenskaya, 22.

Alexandrovsky passage

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.4

ALEXANDROVSKY PASSAGE

Alexandrovsky Passage is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th century. It was built by a wealthy merchant in 1883. The building strikes the imagination with its luxurious Baroque and Art Nouveau interiors. Before the revolution, a famous restaurant and theater worked here. At the end of the 20th century, the Alexander passage was completely dilapidated. In the 2000s, work began on its reconstruction.

Judging by the reviews, the gaze of any passing person stops at a magnificent architectural structure. This place is advised to visit all guests of Kazan in order to admire the works of builders. Address: Kremlin, 17.

Millennium Bridge

Attraction rating (Kazan): 4.3

Millennium bridge

The rating is completed by a modern landmark of the city, which has a spectacular illumination at night. The Millennium Bridge crosses the Kazanka River from Amirkhan Avenue and Vishnevsky Street. It was opened in 2005. Its total length is more than 1.5 km. According to official data, the price for the construction of the facility was 3.4 billion rubles.

Residents of the city love to ride across the bridge at sunset and watch fireworks from here. “Milenium” offers a gorgeous view of the Kremlin and is a true decoration of Kazan. It is advised to definitely visit the bridge and admire the lights of the evening city.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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