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A modern Russian city with an ancient Tatar past, Kazan has a plethora of sights and attractions. If you’re in town for the World Cup 2018, you’ll need to know how best to navigate the city. Here’s our ultimate neighbourhood guide packed with tips, hints, and insider info.
As the most central area, Vakhitovskiy District is the one packed with the most sights, and is therefore busy with tourists, professionals and students going about their day. Bordered by the Volga and Kazanka Rivers, here you will find the Kremlin, the Ministry of Agriculture building, the central train station and Smena Centre of Culture. Also your best bet for accommodation and dining options, not only does the district contain Bauman Street, with all of its bars and restaurants, such as Tatar dining stalwart Dom Tatarskoy Kulinarii it has several back street cafés worth discovering too, like Gudini.
Kazan Kremlin – Kazan, Russia
Ministry of Agriculture – Ulitsa Fedoseevskaya 36, Kazan, Russia
Zheleznodorozhnyy (Central Station) – Ploshchad 1, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 294 03 00
Dom Tatarskoy Kulinarii – Ulitsa Baumana 31/12, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 292 70 70
Smena Centre of Culture – Ulitsa Burkhana Shakhidi 7, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 249 50 23
Gudini – Ulitsa Kavi Nadzhmi 3, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 259 36 06
While Kazan is generally a safe city, Aviastroitelnyy has a reputation for being a little rough. Essentially a residential suburb, there really isn’t too much here to put it on the tourist map. The old Rubin FC stadium is here, and while Rubin FC home games are now played at the Kazan Arena, the old stadium still hosts local league games. Out here however, is lovely countryside, ideal for walking through and the Berezhok recreation centre, where you can take paddle boats out onto a picturesque part of the River Kazanka.
Rubin Stadium – Kazan, Russia, +7 843 510 04 57
Berezhok Recreation Centre – Ulitsa Dement’yava 70A, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 297 23 03
North-west of the Kremlin is the expansive Kirolvskiy neighbourhood, where intrepid travellers can find the Temple of All Faiths, near the banks of the Volga River. Mostly just a forest covered green zone as the city sprawls into satellite villages and suburbs, there are industrial estates and residential apartment blocks closer to the Volga Kazanka Rivers confluence.
Temple of All Faiths – Old Arakino 4, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 526 85 83
Another large, residential area, Privolzhskiy district doesn’t have much to lure tourists in. However, if you are in town during June, one of Kazan’s biggest Sabantuy, the festival marking the end of the sowing season is held in the little satellite suburb of Mirnyy, on the outskirts of the region. There is also the beautiful Shamil Mosque, right on the banks of the Verkhniy Lake, and to the west of the region there are lots of green inlets to discover and bathe in, along the shores of the Volga River.
Shamil Mosque – Ulitsa Boriskovskaya 64, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 203 42 09
Another central neighbourhood, across the banks from the Kremlin. Home to Kyrlay Amusement park, which offers unbeatable panoramic views from the top of the ferris wheel. Just north of the fun fair is Uritskiy Park, the oldest park in the city and one of the most tranquil spots in Kazan.
Kyrlay Amusement Park – Ulitsa Odnostoronka Grivki 1а, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 562 47 62
Park Uritskiy – Kazan, Russia
East of the Moskoveskiy district lies the Novo-Savinovskiy region, another area well worth a walk through, and one that will be particularly pumping when the World Cup comes to town. Home to the city’s host stadium, Kazan Arena, as well as the Fan Fest zone, Kazan Family Centre, which will televise games on a big screen n the centre’s grounds, on the river bank. The Rivyera Complex is half way between the arena and centre, and has hotels as well as a water fun park. Relab, one of the city’s finest cocktail joints is also here, as is Mambochino, a larges and friendly cafe that is open early till late.
Kazan Arena – Prospekt Khusaina Yamasheva 115 А, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 245 34 34
Kazan Family Centre – Ulitsa Sibgata Khakima 4, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 590 11 53
Rivyera Complex – Prospekt Fatykha Amirkhana 1, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 526 57 57
Relab – Ulitsa Chistopolskaya 19А, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 253 59 40
Mambochino – Ulitsa Musina 1, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 237 62 77
The North easterly Sovetsky neighbourhood is one of the most built up residential areas of Kazan. Still fairly central, it spreads north to include quaint, parkland, riddled with waterways and ponds, ideal for taking a dip in on warm summer days. Home to several universities, inner Sovetskiy draws a younger crowd. A few temples of note lie this way as well. Bulgar Mosque is as imposing as it is splendid and the less grandiose Gail Mosque is still charming.
Bulgar Mosque – Ulitsa Musina 10, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 522 33 14
Gail Mosque – Ulitsa Cawdat Fayzi 2, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 223 06 62