The Top Attractions in Kazan, Russia

Kazan Cathedral  | Drozdin Vladimir / Shutterstock
Kazan Cathedral | Drozdin Vladimir / Shutterstock
Photo of Zita Whalley
15 August 2017

Situated where the Volga meets the Kazanka River, the eclectic city of Kazan is a modern day melting-pot of both Eastern and European cultures. From azure topped mosques to baroque cathedrals, the city’s rich Tatar and Russian history is evident in the architecture and its people. Lose yourself the the diversity of this glorious city with our tips on how to best discover Kazan.

The Kazan Kremlin

Take in the splendour of this World Heritage listed gem. It is the only remaining Tatar fortress in Russia and includes sections which date back to the 10th Century.

Kazan Kremlin, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 567-80-73

Kazan Kremlin | Denis Larkin / Shutterstock | © Denis Larkin / Shutterstock

The Hermitage – Kazan

Be inspired by the incredible collections at the Hermitage-Kazan. The world-class exhibitions often travel from St. Petersburg’s Hermitage with a focus on classicism.

The Hermitage-Kazan,Proyezd Shaykmana 12, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 567-80-34

Kazan Arena

Playing no small part in Kazan earning the title as Russia’s sporting capital, the stadium will host 2018 FIFA World Cup games including a quarterfinal. A word-class arena, it was designed by the same team behind the Sochi Olympic Stadium.

Kazan Arena, Prospekt Khusaina Yamasheva 115 А, Kazan, Russia, +7 843 245-34-34

Kazan Arena | Courtesy of Government Press and Information Office

Central Market

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Woman in Market Kazan
Woman in Market Kazan | © Adam Jones / Wikimedia
Reminiscent of Tartar bazars of yesteryear, the central market is the place to go for an on-the-ground hit of culture. Filled with vendors and babushkas selling everything from clothes to home grown vegetables, it is a feast for the senses.

Zilant the Dragon

Kazan’s insignia, Zilant, is part dragon, bird, canine and snake. Multiple and conflicting stories make up its legend, but Zilant has been coming and going as the city’s official symbol since Ivan the Terrible.

Monument to Zilant the Dragon, Kremlin Metro, Kazan, Russia

Zilant the Dragon | Eillen / Shutterstock