This eighth most populous city in Russia which is home to over one million people depicts a deep culture, rich history and a strong economic influence. Unofficially proclaiming as the ‘Third Capital of Russia’, Kazan is presently booming as the capital city of Tatarstan. Located at the confluence of the Kazanka and Volga Rivers in European Russia, Kazan is the chosen capital of sports within the country.
Flourished as a Tatar fortress at one time which was largely destroyed by ‘Ivan the Terrible’, the Kazan Kremlin was eventually reconstructed by the Russians. Other popular tourist attractions at Kazan include the Suyumbike Tower, the Kul-Sharif Mosque, the Annunciation Cathedral, and a couple of museums. Apart from sight-seeing visitors can take boat trips on Volga River from the river station. Featuring a decent collection of bars, cafes and restaurants alongside boutiques, souvenir shops and kiosks, Kazan provides plenty of opportunities for people-watching.