Samara the city and
the region :
formerly know as Kuybishev during Soviet era, is the
fifth largest city in Russia with 1,2 million inhabitants.
It is situated in the east of European Russia on the
confluence of the Samara and Volga rivers, about 700
miles south-east of Moscow. Despite its dimensions,
Samara remains relatively unknown abroad, as this city
used to be closed for foreign visitors due to a high
concentration of aerospace plants, military and other
defense related companies on its region. Now, since
the fall of Soviet Union, Samara is finally open to
How to reach Samara
is no much choice if we're talking about direct flights
from U.S. or European Airports to Samara. Both from
Europe and the U.S.A., you will generally have to stop
in Moscow and take a new flight to Samara. Traveling
by plane from Moscow to Samara takes a little bit more
than one hour. You may also proceed by train (rather
pictoresque.... but it's 17 hours!)
There are regular direct flights to Samara:
From Europe: Direct flights from Europe are serviced
by Lufthansa, which links directly Frankfurt and Samara.
There are regular flights to Prague, Sharjah and Tel Aviv.
From the U.S.A.: there are no direct flights serviced
at any time of the year.
International Airport (KUF) isn't really close
to the city and at least 50 minutes by car is needed
to get there, so it's better to have somebody pick you
up once you land in Samara rather than having to hire
What to see in Samara:
we already said, Samara's women are considered the finest
ladies in the whole Russian Federation. Take a walk
on the Naberezhnaya (promenade) in any summer day and
you'll get what we're saying here.
Leave women alone for a minute and don't forget to visit
these points of interest once you're there:
The Drama Teathre: Samara's inhabitants will probably
take you to visit in first place the old theatre, whose
project dates back to 1886. The Drama Theatre was eventually
re-built in 1965 and it is highly characterized by a
mixture of features belonging to two different styles
(classicism and Russian medieval style). This theatre
hosts especially classical music concerts. It is situated
near the Naberezhnaya (promenade), which is another
point of interest especially in summer days.
Bunker: Yes, you read it correctly, we're talking about
a bunker here, more precisely the so called Bunker of
Stalin. In 1942, with German Army at the doors of Moscow,
Samara (then Kuybishev) was named USSR second capital
and it would have become the capital city, had Moscow
fallen to the German Army. Due to the gallant and fearless defence mounted against the Nazis by the Soviet Army, Moscow never fell and Samara was not required to be the capital city.
is no evidence that Stalin ever worked here, the bunker
is an important historical heritage and you will have
the feeling to smell the very essence of former Soviet
Power here, a bit like in Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow's
Volga's greatest panorama: enjoy a breathtaking
view on the Volga river from this fine site (most commonly
known as 'Vertoletnaya Ploschadka', Helicopters' little
square) a fancy resort in the outskirt of Samara. You'll
get there from the center of Samara in about 20 min.
by car. Yes, those tiny points down there in picture
3 enlargement are boats, so now you are aware how large
the Volga is. That's where you can acknowledge the vastness
of Russian countryside. Also don't forget to take a
cruise on the Volga river, it's a must for every visitor.
Parachuting in Samara
First time jump, tandem skydive with Samara Region Aviation club ... more info
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