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 all who died in this bloody-but-victorious fight. The complex’s centrepiece is…
Top Choice Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhegorodsky State Art Museum

The former governor’s house inside the kremlin is now the Nizhegorodsky State Art Museum. Exhibits range from 14th-century icons to 20th-century paintings by artists such as Nikolai Rerikh and Vasily Surikov.
Top Choice Historic Site in Nizhny Novgorod


Built upon remnants of an earlier settlement, Nizhny Novgorod’s magnificent kremlin dates back to 1500–15 when the Italian architect Pyotr Fryazin began work on its 13 towers and 12m-high walls. Inside, most of the …
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Zhiguli Brewery

This unlikely highlight of Samara is best enjoyed on a warm day. Here you can take your plastic bottle out of the rucksack and fill it up at the kiosk that sells the amber gold from the tap. Rows of stalls sell smok…
Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Sakharov Museum

The Sakharov Museum is in the flat where dissident scientist Andrei Sakharov spent six years in exile. The Nobel laureate was held incommunicado until 1986 when a KGB officer came to install a telephone – when it ra…
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 excursions in Russ…
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…
Historic Building in Samara

Stalin’s Bunker

Stalin’s Bunker, built nine storeys below the Academy of Culture and Art, was never used by Stalin, who stayed in Moscow during WWII. It's almost impossible to get in without booking a group tour with a tour company…
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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 Samara

Samara Art Museum

Easily the most important cultural attraction in the city, the Samara Art Museum exhibits mainly Russian art, including works by those artists who came to the region to paint. Look for Boyarishina, given by Surikov …