Where to go in Samara and what to see - photos and descriptions of attractions and interesting places


Samara is a picturesque city on the Volga, where it is pleasant to stroll along the longest embankment in Russia, relax in green parks or go to one of the local museums. Samara architecture is diverse - it presents both traditional classics embodied in urban mansions and temples, as well as more modern Art Nouveau and socialist constructivism.

The tourist pearls of the city are the Samara Cosmic Museum, the Iversky Monastery, the Zhiguli Brewery and the secret Stalinist bunker. For a change, you can go to the Samarskaya Luka National Park or admire the Volga from the Helicopter observation deck. In a word, each guest will find something to his liking.

What to see and where to go in Samara?

The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.

1. Samara embankment

The city embankment is considered the longest on the Volga, its length is about 5 km. Beautification of the coastal territory began in the 19th century, before that there was only a heap of plain buildings. The modern promenade consists of four sections (by the number of construction phases), terraces descending to the river. It often hosts festive city events.

2. Zhiguli brewery

One of the oldest breweries in Russia, founded in 1881 by A. von Wakano, a native of Austria. Here you can try not only the original varieties of a foamy drink, but also go on an excursion and watch the production process. The plant stopped working only in the period 1915–1923, when local authorities launched a campaign to combat drunkenness, the rest of the time it functioned without interruption.

3. Stalin's bunker

The secret headquarters of the Supreme Commander, created for the "case of nuclear war." Such shelters in Soviet times were organized in different cities. Only in 1990, the Samara object was declassified. The bunker lies at a depth of several tens of meters under the building of the Academy of Culture and Art. It is reliably protected from any harmful consequences of the most terrible bombing. Today in the shelter you can go on a guided tour.

4. Museum "Samara Cosmic"

The museum opened in 2001 on April 12 on Cosmonautics Day. It is a whole architectural ensemble, consisting of a rocket monument and a thematic exhibition, which includes aircraft, equipment, spacesuits, samples of "space" food. Part of the exhibition is decorated in the style of a science fiction film, which allows visitors to immerse themselves in the world of the future.

5. Samara Museum of Art

The collection was created in 1897 with the direct participation of Samara painters. It contains the works of local artists of the XIX – XX centuries, as well as samples of Russian art of past centuries, including works by avant-garde artists of the early XX century and representatives of Soviet art from 1920–70. The exposition occupies two buildings - the mansion that once belonged to the Volga-Kama Bank, and the estate of the merchants Shikhobalovs.

6. Children's art gallery

The museum is located on the territory of the merchant's mansion, owned by I.A. The-Klodt. This house is an architectural monument of the 19th century. The exhibition started working in 1990, it was specially created for young viewers. The works of children, students and graduates of art schools are exhibited here, as well as paintings by professional painters. For a relatively short history of its existence, the museum has taken a large number of international opening days.

7. Kurlin's mansion

The house of the beginning of the XX century in the Art Nouveau style, built by order of the merchant A. G. Kurlin for his wife. He became one of the first buildings in Samara, erected in this architectural manner. Since the 1970s, it was not in its territory that the local history museum was located. After the reconstruction of 2008-2012, the Art Nouveau Museum is located in the mansion, which soon became one of the most popular galleries in the city.

8. House with elephants

Another Art Nouveau structure that adorns the cityscape. It was erected in 1909 according to a joint project of the architect V.V. Tepfer and K.P. Golovkin - an artist, philanthropist and merchant, who acted as the customer of the building. The mansion is made with reference to the style of the Vienna Secession, which is quite atypical for provincial town planning in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century.

9. Samara State Philharmonic

The main concert hall of the city, where the performances of the local symphony orchestra and visiting music groups are held. There are also lectures from time to time. Until 1940, the Philharmonic was located in the building of the Olympus Circus Theater, on the stage of which F. Chaliapin, A. Blok, V. Mayakovsky, I. Kozlovsky and L. Sobinov performed. The modern hall was erected in 1988.

10. Opera and Ballet Theater

The scene was founded in 1931. The premiere performance was chosen by the famous opera of M. Mussorgsky “Boris Godunov”. Two years later, the theater acquired a ballet troupe. The building of the musical theater on Sq. Kuibyshev is a striking example of the monumental architecture of the 1930s. Before the revolution, this place was called Cathedral Square. Here was the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, on the site of which is now an opera.

11. Samara Drama Theater named after M. Gorky

Drama theater has existed in Samara since the mid-19th century. At first it was located in a wooden building, and in 1888 he moved to a picturesque stone mansion, erected by the project of M. N. Chichagov in an elegant pseudo-Russian style. Both classical and contemporary works are staged on the stage, as the leadership tries to please the audience of different ages and views.

12. Iversky Monastery

An Orthodox women's monastery, founded in 1850 and successfully developing before the events of the 1917 Revolution (by the beginning of the 20th century, about 400 nuns lived in it). There was a hospital, a school and craft workshops at the monastery. After the closure in 1925, the religious complex gradually fell into decay. The revival occurred in 1992 - the preserved churches and buildings were restored, divine services were resumed.

13. Intercession Cathedral

The temple adorns the central part of the city, which at the beginning of the XIX century was considered the outskirts. The cathedral was built in 1861 at the expense of the merchants Shikhobalov. The building is designed in the style of Moscow stone architecture, the walls inside are painted with frescoes in the Italian style. The interior of the church is decorated with artificial marble, which at that time was valued even more than natural.

14. Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Catholic Church, built in 1906 in the Neo-Gothic style, designed by F.O. Bogdanovich-Dvorzhetsky. The temple operated until the early 1920s, after which it was closed. Since 1941, the Samara Museum of Local Lore was located on its territory. In 1991, the building was returned to the Catholic community, after which restoration began. Inside are relics from St. Martin de Porres.

15. The sculpture "Barge Haulers on the Volga"

The sculpture group was created based on the painting of the same name by I. Repin. The composition was set on the embankment in 2014 on the day of the 170th anniversary of the painter. The sculpture is an almost complete copy of the canvas (it is even “dressed” in the picture frame), only now the viewer will be able to see the voluminous figures of the hounds from all sides. The author of the work was the Samara sculptor N. Kuklev.

16. Monument to Chapaev

The monument was erected in 1932 on the square to them. Chapaeva. The composition depicts a group of Red Army soldiers led by a textbook hero of the Civil War. The opening of the monument was timed to the 15th anniversary of the October Revolution. The image of Chapaev was written off from his son, who posed for the sculptor during the creation of the statue. It is interesting that in St. Petersburg there is an exact copy of this monument.

17. Monument to Prince Grigory Zasekin

Prince Grigory Zasekin is considered the founder of Samara. A monument in his honor was erected on the waterfront in 2014 on the 428th anniversary of the founding of the city. The sculpture was made according to the project of the Moscow master K. Sarkisov at the Smolensk foundry. The figure of the prince is riding a horse, in his hands he holds a banner with the face of Christ. The composition is mounted on a square pedestal weighing 40 tons.

18. Monument "Samara Rook"

The opening of the monument was timed to the 400th anniversary of Samara. The monument is a Russian boat with a sail. The ship is a symbol of the city, whose history is inextricably linked with the great river Volga. Samara Rook decorates the embankment and is a place for wedding photo shoots, meetings, festivities and other events. Near the monument there are benches on which to relax after a walk along the coast.

19. Monument of Glory

The memorial monument is dedicated to the workers of the aviation industry of Kuybyshev, who made a huge contribution to the 1945 Victory. It is made in the form of a 40-meter stele, crowned with a 13-meter figure of a man with a conventional model of the aircraft in his hands. To create the composition, each worker of the Kuibyshev plant donated 1 ruble from his salary. O.S. Kiryukhin and P.I. Bondarenko worked on the project.

20. Leningradskaya street

Tourist alley in the historical center of Samara. Its length is 1.7 km. One of its sections between the streets of Galaktionovskaya and Kuibyshev is pedestrian. The street appeared in Samara in the 19th century; since then it has changed its name several times. Here are the mansions of the XIX – XX centuries and modern buildings. Some of these structures still retain their historical names.

21. Railway station

The modern station building was erected in 2001. It is a multifunctional complex with waiting rooms, a museum of the Kuibyshev Highway and an observation deck. That is, passengers can dilute the boring expectation of visiting the exposition and admiring the cityscapes. The station is considered the highest among all European railway stations.

22. Strukovsky garden

Square on the banks of the Volga, founded in 1851. Previously, there was a forest owned by state official G. N. Strukov. In Soviet times, the garden was renamed the Park of Culture and Rest named after A.M. Gorky. There were attractions, a cafe, a concert venue and a swimming pool. Today the place is returned to its historical name. Strukovsky garden is perfect for walking.

23. Park named after Yuri Gagarin

The park appeared in 1976 in the Industrial District, on all sides it is surrounded by residential buildings. In the years 1930–40, the cottages of the NKVD officers stood here, as well as the burial places of those executed during the repressions. Until 1997, the city zoo was located on the territory. The park has attractions, visitors are invited to the ice rink in winter, and horse and boat rides in the summer.

24. National Park "Samara Luka"

State reserve in the bend of the Volga. On its territory are the Volga Upland and the Zhiguli Mountains. The national park was founded in 1984 to preserve the flora and fauna of the region. The plant world is represented by more than 1000 species, the animal world by several hundred mammals, fish and birds. Among them there are wild boars, ermines, weasels, badgers, green woodpeckers, house sparrows.

25. The observation deck "Helicopter"

The Helicopter offers the best views of the enchanting landscapes of the Volga. Perhaps this is the best observation deck in the Samara region, equipped with everything necessary for the convenience of visitors: there is a restaurant, cafe, parking, terraces, benches. The place got such a name due to the fact that in the past there was a service helicopter of the chief designer of SNTK them. Kuznetsova.

Samara Arbat

Another popular place in the city where young people often gather. Despite the fact that this street is Leningradskaya, residents call it Arbat. There are many options where to go on the Arbat and what to do.

It offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, shops and shopping centers. Admire the ancient architecture and performances of modern musicians, take part in a fun flash mob. In the evening, a beautiful view of the sunset opens from here.

  • Where is: st. Leningrad.
  • Cost of visit: is free.

Samara Regional Art Museum

This museum (more precisely, the museum complex) is recognized as the oldest in the Samara region. The main building is located in an architectural monument of federal significance. A characteristic feature of the interior is the palace style.

One of the branches of the museum is in the village of Shiryaevo. The Repin house-museum was opened there, because it was here that he wrote "Barge Haulers on the Volga". Also in the complex is Shiryaev’s house. Due to its location near the Zhiguli Mountains and interesting exhibits that recreate the atmosphere of peasant life, cultural events are often held in this branch.

  • Where is: st. Kuibyshev, 92.
  • Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Tuesday.
  • Cost of visit: 80 rubles.

Art Nouveau Museum

At the end of XIX century, modernism fascinated many cities in most countries. Samara was no exception. In it you can find a lot of architecture in this style. But the most beautiful building is the merchant Kurlin. It was built in 1903 according to the project of A. Zelenko. In 2012, the Art Nouveau Museum was opened in the mansion.

The exposition is located on the ground floor in three rooms: a dining room, an office and a boudoir. Each of them is recreated in Art Nouveau, filled with unique things and household items. Temporary exhibitions are held in the basement and on the second floor. The museum is actively involved. He constantly arranges various cultural events that are suitable for guests of any age.

  • Where is: st. Frunze, 159.
  • Working hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday - from 13:00 to 21:00.
  • Cost of visit: 80 rubles.

Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

This institution is recognized as one of the largest musical theaters in Russia. It opened in 1931. For the first time, Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov was staged here. For many years, performers who have become famous throughout the country have entered their names in the history of the academic theater.

During the Great Patriotic War, the USSR State Academic Bolshoi Theater was evacuated to the theater building. It was his performers who took the artistic initiative in their hands. After the war, the State Academic Bolshoi Theater team more than once came to Samara with their work as a thank you for their help in difficult times. The Academic Theater pays great attention not only to productions, but also to festivals. Many of them are international.

  • Where is: Kuibyshev Square, 1.
  • Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 19:00.
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Samara Academic Drama Theater. M. Gorky

One of the oldest drama theaters in the country. It opened in 1851, and its foundation was marked by the comedian N. Gogol "The Examiner". In 1888, the theater moved to a beautiful building on the banks of the Volga. Today, performances are held in it.

In 1941-1945, performances on the military theme were played on the stage. Many of them "lived" in peacetime. Actors performed in villages with concerts, worked in hospitals. Today, international festivals are held on the stage of the theater, and the acting troupe performs in many cities of Russia and countries of the world.

  • Where is: Chapaev Square, 1.
  • Working hours: daily - from 11:30 to 18:30, a break - from 14:00 to 15:00.
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To summarize

The sights of Pskov, of course, are impressive. But interesting places in Samara are no worse. In this city you can visit a brewery and taste a fresh drink, admire the European architecture and completely immerse yourself in performances on the stages of theaters.

Seeing everything in one day will be quite difficult.Therefore, we suggest you familiarize yourself with the production schedule and spend more time in Samara.

Historical reference

The date of foundation of the city is considered to be 1586 g.although a certain marina with a settlement was marked in these places by the Venetians back in 1367. The first fortress was built by Prince Grigory Zasekin, according to the version for the Nogais living here to protect them from “dashing people”, but in fact, of course, to ensure safety trade routes between Kazan and Astrakhan.

The inhabitants of the fortress were originally “service people” who performed a security function. At the turn of the XVII - XVIII centuries, as a result of fires, the fortress ceased to exist, and only in the 1986 anniversary year a log house was made as an imitation of one of the towers, and an element of the wall with a memorial plaque.

Peasant unrest of the 17th and 18th centuries did not go around these places. With the battle in 1670, the soldiers of Stepan Razin captured Samara, but when the uprising of Emelyan Pugachev began in 1773, Samara became the first city to come over to its side.

From 1929 to 1991, the city bore the name Kuybyshev. During the Great Patriotic War, the USSR government, a number of important departments and, of course, defense enterprises were evacuated here. The move of Stalin was expected, for which a special bunker was built.

Kuibyshev’s contribution to the victory over fascism amounts to tens of thousands of aircraft built here, a huge amount of weapons and ammunition fired at the city’s enterprises.


She happens to be the longest in Russia, along the Volga coast stretches for more than 5 km. At one time there were only berths for ships, warehouses and markets, only in 1935 they decided to create a walking recreation area.

Near the water there are sandy beaches, especially in demand in the summer in the heat, and above the embankment itself.

It became far from immediately so beautiful and elegant, but today, walking on a tiled pavement, there is not only an opportunity to admire the beauty of the river, but also many other impressions:

  • Sail Fountain created for the 400th anniversary of Samara, it has 620 jets, exactly as much as the Jung did not return from the Great Patriotic War,

  • burlak monument, or rather, the canvas I.E. Repin's "Barge Haulers on the Volga", made in the form of a picture in a frame where the background is a real river, was installed on the occasion of the 170th anniversary of the birth of the artist who painted the famous painting in s. Shiryaevo, located near Samara,

  • monument to comrade Sukhov - the hero of the "White Sun of the Desert" very similar to the artist A. Kuznetsov,

  • navy monument it was not posited here by chance - more than 700 boys who graduated from the Jung school in the Solovetsky Islands went to defend their homeland from the River Station, 620 of them did not return,
  • monument "Cradle of mankind"very peculiar.


One of the obligatory places to visit is the Helipad (Helicopter), located 18 km from Samara (settlement Administrative). Open from here unusual species to the Volga, Sokolly and Zhiguli mountains, Zelenenky island, the city itself and the right bank of the Volga, and all this, in fact, from a bird's eye view.

Once a forest was cut here and rafted down the river, and when in the 30s of the last century they decided to build a hydroelectric power station, they built a management village for management. Construction was prevented by the war, and after the war, a plant was designed that designed engines (rocket and aircraft). The chief designer flew here by helicopter, and they called it “Helipad”.

You can get here on Volzhsky highway. by car. Municipal transport is more complicated with transfers: bus No. 1, 45, 50, 78, 79, minibus No. 1, 1k, 113, 210 and others. Transplant in the village. Managerial on 1k or 210 to the stop. Branched, then 400 m on foot.

Von Wakano Mansion

The creator of the famous Zhiguli beer was a resident of Samara, an Austrian nobleman Alfred von Wakano. In 1914, a mansion was built for him in the style of German Art Nouveau ("Art Nouveau"), architect D. Werner.

The building fits perfectly into the ensemble of Theater Square. Unfortunately, the landlord was charged with espionage in 1915.

The Red Army club and even communal apartments were located here in turn, today government agency. The building has been restored and protected by the state.

Address: Shostakovich street, 3.

Temple of the Heart of Jesus

The Catholic Church was built in 1906 in neo-gothic style. It was decorated very richly, organ music accompanied the service. In the 20s of the last century it was closed, it was used as a cinema, technical school, anti-religious and local history museum.

Today the church is returned to the Diocese, restored, here the altar fresco is a copy of the painting by Salvador Dali, and this is the pride of the temple. A new organ has been brought from Austria. The temple is open to visitors, you can listen to the tour for free.

Address: st. Frunze, 157.

Monument V.I. Chapaev

At the place where 12 Red Army soldiers were buried, in 1932 the most expressive Samara monument was erected - a monument to V.I. Chapaev. is he decorates the square in front of the drama theater.

The sculpture group consists of 8 people, where, in addition to the heroic commander, a woman with a rifle and a machine gunner, a commissar, a soldier, and a peasant are represented on a war horse.

Address: Shostakovich street, 3.

Art Museum

One of the largest provincial museums in Russia. The building of the beginning of the twentieth century is a monument of architecture. Exists since 1897. His collection is constantly replenished, and currently totals over 35,000 exhibits dating from the 16th - 21st centuries, among them the works of I. Aivazovsky, K. Bryullov, A. Kuindzhi, K. Malevich and others.

The museum is open to visitors daily, except Tuesday, from 10:00 to 18:00, on Thursday from 13:00 to 21:00.

Tickets cost from 40 to 120 rublesThere are preferential categories of citizens. Address: st. Kuibyshev, 92.

Manor A.N. Tolstoy

The author of "Pinocchio" and "Peter I" red count A.N. Tolstoy was born in Samara province in 1893, his father was the mayor in Samara. Since 1898, the writer lived in Samara, where the family acquired a house whose modern address is st. Frunze 155.

The building was built in 1882 - 83 years. Since 1983, here a literary museum workswhere the archives of A.N. Tolstoy and his mother, the writer A. Bostrom, but the apartment where they lived was restored, which allows you to plunge into the life of a provincial city of the late XIX century.

Kuibyshev Square

Kuibyshev Square is rightfully considered the largest in Europe (17.4 ha). This is not only the venue for all public events of the city, but also a recreational area. In the corners of the square are beautiful squares with benches.

On this territory is a monument to V. Kuibyshev and the Samara Opera and Ballet Theater, which was renovated several years ago. The theater is striking in its beauty and sophistication.

Drama theatre

The theater is named after A.M. Gorkyexists since 1851. A modern building in 1888 in a pseudo-Russian style, for which the locals call it the "tower". In 1901 A.M.'s plays were first staged on this stage. Gorky. Today the theater has a rich diverse repertoire and a worthy troupe. Stars from both capitals often come on tour.

The large and beautiful city of Samara is rich in attractions. There are monuments and temples, museums and theaters, monasteries and pretty mansions of the beginning of the last century.

And also such amazing monuments as:

  • monument to the battery (heating),
  • a monument to the Internet provider,
  • a monument to the tram car
  • smoking crocodile and much more, important or not very, serious or playful, but always made with a soul for the joy of people.

We can only wish you good excursions in Samara, because now you know what natural and historical sights there are in this city.

Zhiguli Brewery

  • Address: Volzhsky Avenue, 4.

Few middle-aged and older Russians do not remember the taste of the real "Zhigulevsky" - the most popular beer in the whole vast territory that sunk into oblivion of the USSR. But the birthplace of the famous brand is Samara. Back in 1913, more than 3 million buckets of excellent Vienna beer were produced at the local brewery founded by Alfred von Wakano. The rebranding of the brand in Zhigulevskoye was made personally by Anastas Mikoyan, delighted with the taste of the foamy drink, tasted in 1934 during a visit to the enterprise. Be sure to visit here to admire the architecture of the brewery erected in 1881 and buy excellent fresh beer in the shop at the factory.

Singing Fountain "Extravaganza"

  • Schedule: from May to October inclusive. The light and music show continues from 21:00 to 23:00.
  • Address: Volzhsky Prospekt 10. Bus stop "Hotel Volga".

The fountain near the pool of the Central Air Force was built for a long time and did not work for a long time, but after the reconstruction carried out in 2011, it managed to become one of the main attractions of Samara. Then more powerful pumps, the latest lighting and acoustic equipment were installed, the arrangement of geysers was changed. Now look at the amazing show, when the height of the jets of water emitted by dozens of nozzles of different diameters changes synchronously with the melodies of music, and the spray shimmers in the light of multi-colored spotlights, hundreds of townspeople and tourists gather.

Dacha K. Golovkina

  • Address: st. Soviet Army, 292. Stop transport "NFS".

Many consider the most original architectural monument of Samara a magnificent mansion built in 1909 for the merchant K. Golovkin, designed by architect V. Tepfer. At the same time, the author of two sculptures depicting the life-size of Indian elephants was the successful businessman himself. Several legends are associated with the mansion, built of brick and concrete blocks in an eclectic style, combining the elements of Art Nouveau and the Vienna Scession, so popular at the dawn of the last century. They say that the drawings of the house are walled up in the elephant’s figure, and the graceful sculpture of a charming girl drowned due to unrequited love is molded from one of the merchant’s passions.

Mansion I.A. Klodt

  • Address: st. Kuybysheva, 139. Stop of transport "House of Industry".

In one of the most original buildings of the city, built for the successful merchant Ivan Klodt in 1898, there is now a children's art gallery. The stone mansion, more like an amazing palace from a fairy tale, captivates with its grace of architecture. Elegant outbuildings with a balustrade, an intricate tower with a curly pointed dome and an openwork weather vane leave a stunning impression. Over its rather long history, the mansion managed to visit a residential building, a kindergarten and even a consulate. Today, tourists can admire not only the amazing exterior of the building, but also view the expositions of an interesting gallery located in its premises.

Monument V.S. Vysotsky

  • Address: st. Molodogvardeiskaya, 222. Stop of transport "Sports Palace".

The monument dedicated to the remarkable poet, singer and actor was inaugurated in Samara in 2008. The place for its installation was not accidental. It was in the Sports Palace of CSKA Air Force that for the first time in his life, Vysotsky gave a concert for thousands of fans, who filled the stands to failure. The dominant composition is the image of Vladimir Semenovich, dressed in antique toga and resting his hand on a guitar. Behind him is a bas-relief depicting Marina Vladi, the overseer, locking the prison bars and the Lady of Death.

The Swan Princess Fountain

  • Address: Park them. 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. Stop of transport "66th quarter".

The real gem of the city’s favorite vacation spot - the park “50th Anniversary of the October Revolution” is the amazing fountain “Tsarevna-Lebed”, whose bowl is located in the center of the small Peschanoe lake. The dominant feature of the composition is a 17-meter sculpture - a stylized image of the heroine of a Russian fairy tale holding two hemispheres with small fountains on outstretched arms. The main nozzles that spew jets up to a height of 15 m are located at the base of the statue. The main bowl is surrounded by 12 sculptures of white swans spreading their wings, from whose beaks geysers beat. At dusk, when the backlight turns on, the fountain looks fantastic.

Sculptural composition "Barge Haulers on the Volga"

  • Address: Volga Embankment. Bus stop "Nekrasovskaya Street".

In anticipation of the celebration of the city's day in 2014, an original monument was erected on the embankment, immediately loved by Samara residents. The background of his appearance is as follows. At the end of the XIX century. the great Russian artist Ilya Repin traveled along the Volga and stayed in Samara. Here he repeatedly watched the grueling work of the hacks, which he subsequently captured in the famous painting. In memory of this event and in honor of the 170th anniversary of the painter, the sculptor N. Kuklev created his creation. The monument is a life-size bronze frame of Repin's canvas, mounted on an easel. A sculptural composition is placed in front of her, exactly repeating the plot of the painting “Barge Haulers on the Volga”.

Stone Zoe

  • Address: st. Chkalova, 84. Stop transport "Field Street".

Talking about the sights of Samara, one can not help but mention the house with which one of the most mysterious urban legends is associated, whispered by the whispers of the citizens of the atheistic Soviet Union. According to rumor, it was here, as if petrified, that it stood 128 days in one pose without the movement of Zoya Karnaukhova. Such punishment was prepared for her unprecedented audacity. A friend of an ordinary factory worker named Nikolai was late for the New Year feast and the Komsomol member decided to waltz with the icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Despite all the efforts of the doctors, the girl could not be brought back to life, but her heart continued to beat. On Easter 1956, miraculous healing took place, returning Zoya to her usual life. Today, on the site of the house burned down in May 2014, a rotunda chapel with a statue of St. Nicholas is installed, which is a place of pilgrimage for believers.

Exhibition Museum Center Samara Space

  • Schedule: from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00, on Sunday from 11:00 to 15:00, Monday is a day off.
  • Ticket price: adult 150 p., Student 100 p., Children's 50 p.
  • Phone: + 7 846 263-39-35.
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  • Address: Lenin Avenue, 21. Stop of transport "Shopping Center Zvezda".

The visit to the museum, established in 2007, will leave unbelievably vivid impressions even for travelers who have traveled half the world. Only here you can see in the immediate vicinity of a real spaceship. An almost 70-meter rocket seems ready to launch into outer space right now. The museum-center exposition includes models of satellites and other equipment that helps to learn the secrets of the universe. A separate section is devoted to the life of astronauts in orbit. Most of the exhibits are interactive, which delight young visitors.

Zoo museum

  • Schedule: Monday to Friday inclusive, from 10:00 to 16:00, on Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00.
  • Ticket price: for all 100 r.
  • Phone: +7 846 207-43-13.
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  • Address: st. Antonova-Ovsienko, 24. Stop of transport "Karbysheva Street".

A wonderful museum is the place where you should definitely go with your children in Samara. Its exposition is divided into four parts devoted to fish, mammals, birds and invertebrates. Among more than 20 thousand exhibits, there are a number of rarities: stuffed needle echidna and platypus, giant squid architeutis, whose tentacle span is about 14 m.The unique collection of butterflies from tropical countries and mollusk shells brought from around the world is of particular interest.

Museum "Motomir Sheyanova"

  • Schedule: on weekdays, from 9:00 to 17:00.
  • Ticket price: adult 250 rubles, student and children 150 rubles.
  • Phone: +7 846 374-99-40.
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  • Address: st. Klimova, 26. Stop taxi "Petra Dubrava."

Another unusual museum in Samara, located in the suburban village of Petra Dubrava, was created on the basis of a private collection of motorcycle enthusiast Vyacheslav Sheyanov, who devoted more than 20 years to her life. Each of the exhibits has been carefully restored and is in excellent condition. Here you will see real rarities - “Harley” and “Indiana”, released in the golden age of the incredible popularity of motorcycles in the middle and second third of the last century. Equally interesting are visitors to tricycles and motorcycles, which were in service with different countries of the world. In addition, here you will be offered to perform a test drive and a photo shoot on the background of a particularly liked model.

Academic Drama Theater

  • Schedule: submissions are given from Tuesday to Sunday inclusive. The performances start at 18:00.
  • Ticket price: ticket price from 200 r. up to 700 p.
  • Phone: +7 846 333-33-48.
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  • Address: Chapaev Square, 1. Bus stop “Palace of Pioneers”.

Admirers of stage art will be able to enjoy the magnificent performance given on the stage of the city drama theater, founded as far back as 1851. His troupe is housed in an incredibly elegant mansion erected at the end of the 19th century, reminiscent of the architecture of a fabulous gingerbread mansion. The repertoire of the theater is very diverse. It presents productions of plays of various genres, up to a musical comedy. Representations are given in bright scenery, are colorful.

Iversky Convent

  • Schedule: daily, from 7:00 to 19:30.
  • Phone: +7 846 332-37-14.
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  • Address: Volzhsky Prospekt 1. Bus stop “Iversky Monastery”.

The magnificent temple complex, which includes several churches, chapels and a nunnery, is a pilgrimage site for the Orthodox of the entire Volga region. Its history goes back to 1850, when a community of four dozen sisters was organized, to which the rich merchant merchant Marikhin bestowed the icon of the Iveron Divine Matter. The nuns later embroidered a banner that overshadowed the Russian troops in the battles for the liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke. The main relic of the monastery are the relics of Alexander Chagrinsky, numbered among the saints of the Russian land.

Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul

  • Schedule: daily, from 8:00 to 19:00.
  • Phone: +7 846 333-55-00.
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  • Address: st. Buyanova, 135A. Bus stop "Buyanova Street".

One of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the city in the name of the apostles Peter and Paul, was erected in 1865, and acquired its current exterior after reconstruction, carried out at the end of the XIX century. The church with tented domes and a high bell tower is an excellent example of Russian architectural style. During the time of the persecution of religion, it was closed, used as stables and a warehouse of military equipment. However, already at the end of the Second World War the church was returned to believers. For many years, pilgrims from all over the country come here, because the prayers of local priests have saved a lot of alcohol and drug addiction.

From visiting a wonderful city, even a tourist spoiled by curiosities will have wonderful impressions. The colorful, cultural, historical and architectural sights of Samara are undoubtedly worth seeing at least once in their life.

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The main attractions of Samara

The first acquaintance with the city is worth starting from the Samara embankment - this is the best five-kilometer promenade in the Volga region, going down directly to the beach, which is crowded with tourists in the summer. It is pleasant to walk both in the afternoon (you can see local sights) and in the evening (there is a fountain with evening lights, cafes and bars work) - it depends on which route you take.

If you want breathtaking views of the Volga, go to the Helicopter observation deck.

Another promenade, only now not on the shore, but in the center of Samara, is Leningradskaya Street. It is affectionately called “Leningradka” and “Samara Arbat”. The car-locked section stretches from Kuibyshev Street to Galaktionovskaya Street. There are many outlets, cafes and shops. A great option for a midday rest.

Fans of a foamy drink probably know the taste of light "Zhigulevsky." It was in Samara that this famous variety appeared, and at the same time it is still brewed. The Zhiguli Brewery was founded in 1881, which is noteworthy in itself. It is considered one of the oldest in the country, and the factory building stands out from the surrounding buildings.

Many people want to get into the Stalin Bunker (and this is not easy to do). It was declassified and partially opened to the public only in 1991. In less than a year, builders erected an underground structure 37 meters high. Inside are not only numerous classrooms, but also a meeting room for up to 115 people.

The spiritual center of Samara is Iversky Convent. The flow of pilgrims increases during church holidays. Also it is impossible not to mention Pokrovsky Cathedral.

The architectural ensemble of the Square of Glory is dedicated to the difficult war years. The Monument of Glory is installed on it - one of the symbols of the city.

What else can surprise Samara? The largest square in Russia is Kuibyshev Square. The highest railway station in Europe.

Children's art gallery © Victoria Sarkisova

Where to go with a child in Samara

The city welcomes young travelers with a lot of entertainment and educational places. Older boys and girls should be reduced to the breathtaking museum "Cosmic Samara." The most interesting thing is that a three-stage Soyuz launch vehicle is installed in front of the museum - where else can you see this?

The technical theme is continued by the Volga Museum of Railway Engineering. You can climb into the cabin of one of the locomotives.

A trip to the Zoological Museum, which presents a huge variety of flora and fauna, can be fascinating. Even adults leave there impressed.

Definitely worth a visit to the Children's Art Gallery: there are so many unexpected discoveries waiting inside! And the building itself is more than noteworthy; it is not for nothing that it is called the “gingerbread house”.

Traditional places for families with children are the zoo and the water park.

If you want to stay longer in the fresh air, go to Zagorodny Park - the best park for family pastime. There are various attractions for children of all ages - classic and more modern. There is also a rope park where you can climb for your pleasure.