After Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Kazan is arguably Russia’s nicest big city and its most multicultural one. The capital of historical Tatarstan is home to the country’s only Kremlin with a mosque inside. Included in Unesco’s World Heritage Sites, it is quite unique. There is plenty to see and do in the city. The place to be is Bauman Street, the pedestrian street lined with neoclassical buildings and churches, cool cafés and lots of street performers. Another pedestrian street is Kayuma Nasyri, home to many colorful wooden houses and old mosques.
The mighty Volga and the Kazanka River surround the city, intersected by several canals and Kaban Lakes in the middle. We biked along the river on a newly built promenade enjoying the views and reached some bizarre newly built luxurious houses. On our last day we witnessed a holiday with locals singing and dancing to their national songs; so much fun!
Happy Frog recommends staying at Shalyapin Palace Hotel