The Top Attractions in Samara, Russia

Volga River, Samara |©RaymondZoller/Flickr
Volga River, Samara |©RaymondZoller/Flickr
Photo of Zita Whalley
26 September 2017

As the gateway to the Volga region and a major transport hub, much of the old port city of Samara’s charm lies in its surroundings and historical relics. Russia’s sixth biggest city is an ideal place to soak up the impressive Volga, or get out to the nearby Zhiguli Mountains. Here’s our pick of the top attractions in town.

Stalin’s bunker

The equivalent of a 12-storey building, Stalin’s bunker – one of several – extends 37 metres (121 feet) below the ground. Built over multiple levels, with the ability to hold over 115 people for five days, it was only discovered by locals in 1991

Ulitsa Frunze, 167, Samara, Russia, +7 846 333 35 71

Stalin’s bunker, Samara | © ET1972 / Shutterstock | © ET1972 / Shutterstock

Chapaev Monument

Another impressive memorial dedicated to another war hero. A Red Army Commander during the Russian Civil War, Vasily Chapaev has been immortalised through literature and propaganda film, and is considered a hero of the people.

Ulitsa Chapaevskaya, Samara, Russia

Chapaev Monument | © photowind / Shutterstock

Volga River lookout

A former helipad, the observation deck here offers one of the best views of the Volga imagineable. A short trip out of town, it is the perfect point to see the Samara bend, the point where the river hairpins through the Zhiguli Mountains.

Ulitsa Vetvistaya 1, Samara Region, Russia

View of Volga River Bend | © ansharphoto / Shutterstock | © ansharphoto / Shutterstock

Stella Rook

Quietly graceful, this public art sculpture is locally known as ‘the boat’, as its elegant neck juts out towards the Volga.

The October Quay, Samara, Russia

Stella Rook| © tam_odin / Shutterstock

Iversky Women’s Monastery

Near Zhigui Brewery, this nunnery dates back to 1850 and was home to 38 Russian Orthodox sisters. Over the years it has also been a girls’ school and orphanage, run by the nuns who served there.

Volzhskiy Prospekt, Samara, Russia, +7 846 332 81 46

Iversky Women’s Monastery | © FotograFFF / Shutterstock

Peter and Fevronia Monument

A tribute to the Russian Orthodox patron saints of family and marriage, this statue can be found in the park near the Church of George Victorious.

Ulitsa Mayakovskogo 11, Samara, Russia

Peter and Fevronia Monument | © FotograFFF / Shutterstock

Samara Embankment

Stroll down this lakeside promenade, relax in the gardens to watch daily life go by, or gaze out across the Volga. With monuments, kiosks and the occasional busker, it’s the ideal place to while away a sunny afternoon.

Volzhskiy Prospekt 43, Samara, Russia

Konstantin Golovkin’s cottage

Two life-sized elephants flank merchant and artist Konstantin Golovkin’s eccentric summer residence. Built in the early 20th century and now in disuse, the estate features a design embellished with unconventional Art Deco touches.

5th Section 293, Samara, Russia

Konstantin Golovkin’s cottage | © karnaval2018 / Shutterstock