Places in Volga Region
Kazan (meaning a cooking pot in Tatar) is the Istanbul of the Volga, a place where Europe and Asia curiously inspect each other from the tops of church belfries and minarets. It is about 150 years older than Moscow and the capital of the Tatarstan Republic (Республика Татарстан) – the land of the Volga Tatars, a Turkic people commonly associated with Chinggis Khaan’s hordes.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Historic Kazan: exploring the multi-coloured capital of Tatarstan
On a quiet roadside in Kazan, a cluster of sky-blue towers and polka-dot domes erupts seemingly out of nowhere...
The Golden Ring: a road trip through the heart of Russia
East of Moscow lies the land of small historical towns, ancient onion-domed churches, gingerbread cottages and largely unspoilt countryside, all in sharp contrast with the imperial megalomania of Moscow and St Petersb...
The new Hermitage
Fresh from celebrating its 250th birthday in 2014, St Petersburg’s Hermitage has completed the bold conversion of its General Staff Building, the neoclassical masterpiece facing the Winter Palace across Palace Square...
Russian Arctic: Exploring the Kola Peninsula
The 24-hour daylight gives the forested landscape an otherworldly sheen as the train rattles north, past several white-water rivers...