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What To Do In Samara, Russia?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:34 am

Hi all

In mid-August, I'll have one-and-a-half spare days in Samara, Russia. Does anyone have any good tips about what to do there and how to kill some time?

I've been thinking about the Stalin's bunker, perhaps a few museums, maybe a boat ride on the Volga (are there any?). Does anyone have any other good ideas?

Thanks in advance,
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RE: What To Do In Samara, Russia?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:47 am

Im not sure many of us have been there, if any at all.
 
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RE: What To Do In Samara, Russia?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:51 am

Here is a website with information about the city. I just saw that there is even an Aviation and Space Museum, sounds interesting.

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RE: What To Do In Samara, Russia?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:36 am

Hi

Samara's main attractions are sandy beaches along the Volga river. There are also some nice parks.

Some other attractions are:

-Ploshchad Slavy, a memorial statue for WW2
-St. George Cathedral (honouring the heroes of the Great Patriotic War)
-Iversky Women's Monestary founded in 1850
-Strukovsky Garden
-Stalin's Bunker
-Alibin museum (archeology)
-Ulyanov family house-museum
-Samara Art museum
-Pokrovsky cathedral
-Troitsky market (large food market)

For entertainement there is for instance:

-Opera and ballet theatre
-"Draft" (live music)
-"Star" (complex with cinemas, bowling, billiard, pubs etc.)

Around Samara there is Shiryaevo (3 hours away) and on the other bank of the Volga there are the Zhiguli hills, a national forest reserve (for hiking and stuff).

If you like beer, you should go to the Zhiguli brewery. You can fill your bottle with fresh beer there for only 15 roubles a litre (approx. 40 Euro cents!).

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RE: What To Do In Samara, Russia?

Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:20 pm

I was in Samara for over three years. But I have not been back since 2003.
RJ100 covered most of it already but...

I recommend the Smuishlyaevka airport. It will take alot of hiking to get around but there is a Tu144 and other awesome airliners to see. Yak42, Tu154, etc.

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The aviation museum at the aerospace institute

Stalin's Bunker

Trip down the Volga at the boat station

If you were there in winter you could spend 50 rubles and take a MI-8 across the Volga (that's how much it cost a few years ago at least)

I hope you are able to take Samara Airlines. They always are very nice!
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RE: What To Do In Samara, Russia?

Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:37 am

Thanks a lot for your help.  Smile

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 3):
If you like beer, you should go to the Zhiguli brewery. You can fill your bottle with fresh beer there for only 15 roubles a litre (approx. 40 Euro cents!).

Now that's what I'm talking about. Big grin Spasibo!

Quoting Sushka (Reply 4):
I recommend the Smuishlyaevka airport. It will take alot of hiking to get around but there is a Tu144 and other awesome airliners to see. Yak42, Tu154, etc.

If it's difficult to get to, then it'll prolly not be on my list, as time is somewhat a limiting factor. Nevertheless the examples sound very interesting and I'll probably going to regret that I didn't go...

Quoting Sushka (Reply 4):
I hope you are able to take Samara Airlines. They always are very nice!

Yup! While a business trip, I managed to convince my employer to book me on E5. Two rides on Tu-134 will certainly bring back nice memories.  Smile

Thanks again!

Cheers,
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