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Saransk Introduction

Set on the Saranka and Insar Rivers, the capital of the Republic of Mordovia is home to some distinctive ethnic groups, including the Erzia and Moksha peoples, and is most famous for its vibrant folk culture. With a reputation as a beautiful city, Saransk features a large number of historic buildings, places of worship and museums, and is also a centre for performing arts in the region. The city has a distinctly European vibe, and among Saransk's most famous registered residents is French actor Gerard Depardieu.

Hotels in Saransk

There's a fairly limited range of hotels in Saransk, with most accommodation catering to the upper middle range. These hotels almost always offer free Wi-Fi, while many also feature extra perks like free continental breakfast or parking. Some have their own restaurants, and may have additional amenities like indoor pools, fitness facilities or game rooms. There aren't any high-end hotels in this city. Cheap Saransk hotels tend to focus more on communal areas, with guest kitchens, lounges and self-service laundry facilities available. Even discount hotels in Saransk still usually offer private bathrooms.

Where to stay in Saransk

The centre of Saransk is quite small compared to many other Russian cities, and most distances are walkable. Many visitors to Saransk will want to try and stay in the Gorodskoy Park area. This green, centrally-located district is well-placed for visiting attractions like the Cathedral of St Theodore or the city's theatres, and it's also within easy reach of football matches at the Mordovia Arena. Slightly further north, there are accommodation options round Saransk rail station. Nearby attractions include the Republic of Mordovia State Puppet Theatre and the Mordovian Erzia Museum of Visual Arts, but many other sites are within easy reach too.

Things to see in Saransk

Among its many historic buildings and monuments, Saransk features a large number of ornate churches, and the Cathedral of St Theodore is one of the city's major landmarks. Built in the early 2000s, it features striking gold-topped towers and an observation deck providing panoramic city views. Saransk is also well-known for its strong folk culture, which travellers can explore at the Museum of Mordovian Folk Culture, the Mordovia Local History Museum and the Mordovian Erzia Museum of Visual Arts. The last of these is centred around famous local sculptor Stepan Dmitrievich Erza, and painter Fedot Sychkov. Saransk also has a lot of performing arts venues, including the Mordovian Drama Theatre and the Mordovia Republic Russian State Drama Theatre. Families might enjoy a show at the Republic of Mordovia State Puppet Theatre, or a trip to Gorodskoy Park, complete with a visit to the amusements and Saransk's compact zoo.

How to get to Saransk

Saransk airport is relatively small and isn't served by any international carriers, though it does have decent connections to Moscow and other major Russian cities. Rail is one of the most convenient ways of getting to the city, and Saransk train station features regular direct services to Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, among others. Travel in Saransk itself is mainly via bus and trolleybus, with frequent, cheap services running till late. Taxis are a slightly more expensive option, while the city's relatively compact centre means that many major attractions are within easy walking distance of one another.