Attractions

Top Choice Monument in Volgograd

Mamaev Kurgan

Known as Hill 102 during the Battle of Stalingrad, Mamaev Kurgan was the site of four months of fierce fighting and is now a memorial to Soviet fighters who died in this bloody-but-victorious fight. The complex’s ce…
Top Choice Historic Building in Samara

Stalin’s Bunker

Samara hides a creepy piece of WWII history. This was the place Stalin was to be relocated to in the event that the Germans took Moscow. The never-used bunker was built nine storeys below the Academy of Culture and …
Top Choice Historic Site in Nizhny Novgorod

Kremlin

Built on remnants of an earlier settlement, Nizhny Novgorod’s magnificent kremlin dates to 1500–15 when Italian architect Pyotr Fryazin began work on its 13 towers and 12m-high walls. Most of the buildings are gover…
Top Choice Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Memorial Apartment of Andrei Sakharov

The nondescript flat where dissident scientist Andrei Sakharov, father of Russia's hydrogen bomb, spent seven years in exile after protesting the 1979 Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The Nobel laureate was held inc…
Top Choice Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Rukavishnikov Mansion

This exhibition space is located inside a 19th-century mansion once belonging to the Rukavishnikov merchant family. You can wander through the rooms on your own or join one of the hourly 40-minute tours in Russian a…
Top Choice Cable Car in Nizhny Novgorod

Cable Car

Connecting Nizhny Novgorod with the unattractive settlement of Bor across the Volga, this cable car offers a spectacular 13-minute ride. In winter there are views of dot-sized figures fishing on Volga ice below, and…
Top Choice Historic Site in Astrakhan

Kremlin

The kremlin on top of Zayachy Hill is a peaceful green haven. Its walls and gate towers were built in the 16th century using bricks from the ruins of the Golden Horde’s capital Saray, which stood north of Astrakhan.…
Top Choice Historic Site in Kazan

Kazan Kremlin

Kazan’s striking kremlin is home to government offices, pleasant parks, museums, the enormous Kul Sharif Mosque and other religious buildings. Among the highlights are the Hermitage Kazan gallery and the Tatarstan M…
Top Choice Museum in Ulyanovsk

Museum Estate of Simbirsk Urban Life in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Among the museums dedicated to the historic quarter of town known as old Simbirsk, this is easily the most interesting. It consists of a main museum building with period furnishings and pictures of old Simbirsk, and…
Top Choice Museum in Kazan

Chak-chak Museum

Interactive museum dedicated to traditional Tatar food and drink, particularly sweet 'chak-chak', balls of dough that are baked in honey and served on holidays and at family festivities. Call or email in advance to …