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Kazan Introduction

Sometimes called Russia's answer to Istanbul, Kazan is the capital city of the Tatarstan Republic. Combining Orthodox Christian and Islamic influences, the city is a melting pot of Russian and Turkic cultures and is set on the Volga river. Bilingual Kazan is a buzzing port and university city that in more recent years has made its name hosting major sporting events. The standard of living is among the highest in Russia, and there's a full programme of annual festivals covering everything from jazz and opera to ballet and Tatar culture.

Hotels in Kazan

There are plenty of hotels in Kazan, from plush suites in high-end modern hotels, to straightforward hostels. The majority of the accommodation is in the mid to low range. Kazan hotels almost always offer free Wi-Fi. Luxury hotels in Kazan usually feature restaurants, bars, spas and pools. Many are set in high-rise towers with panoramic city views, while some add enhancements like hair salons, full health clubs or nightclubs. Cheap Kazan hotels often still have their own restaurants, and sometimes offer free breakfast. Discount hotels can occasionally be a little further out of the city centre.

Where to stay in Kazan

Most of the main sights in Kazan are located in the central Vakhitovsky district, and the action is focused around Bauman street - the long, pedestrianised boulevard leading to the Kremlin. It's home to shops, cafes and bars, as well as a number of statues. There's a good amount of accommodation in this core area, mostly in the mid and upper ranges, with most of the high-end hotels set in the vicinity of the picturesque Bolaq canal. There's also an enclave of hotel accommodation across on the north side of the Kazanka river, mostly clustered around the water park and the entertainments of Kirlay Park.

Things to see in Kazan

The Kazan Kremlin is one of the city's most popular visitor attractions. This grand citadel includes a whole host of galleries, museums, public buildings and green spaces, but the architectural highlights are the 16th-century Annunciation Cathedral, the famous leaning Suyumbike Tower and the spectacular Kul Sharif Mosque. The Kremlin is also home to the Tatarstan Museum of Natural History and the Hermitage Kazan gallery, with exhibitions that often feature works from the collections of its more famous cousin in Saint Petersburg. More unusual destinations include the quirky Soviet Life Museum and the Chak-chak Museum, a hands-on experience which celebrates Tatar food and drink. North of the centre, across the Kazanka river, the Kazan "Riviera" is a sprawling entertainment complex, the centrepiece of which is an extensive water park with slides, rides, pools and its own beach. Neighbouring Kirlay Park features rides and a ferris wheel.

How to get to Kazan

Kazan International Airport is about 20 miles outside the city, and access to and from the centre is by taxi or train. The handsome red-brick Kazan–Passazhirskaya train station is located right in the city centre, and has good rail connections to other Russian cities including Moscow and Yekaterinburg. Travel in Kazan itself is mainly by bus, tram, trolleybus and taxi, though there's also a new underground metro system that's still expanding. In general, central Kazan is compact enough that travellers can get between most of the major attractions on foot, or the city's Veli'k bike sharing system.