Over the last years Kazan has become one of the main sports cities in the country. Since 2011, Kazan has received a number of large sports competitions: the World Weightlifting Championships, the Summer Universiade, the World Fencing Championships, the Swimming World Cup. Now the time of big football came — Kazan will host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the modern stadium Kazan Arena. On the 2017 Confederations Cup in Kazan there will be matches of the group stage and one match of the semi-final, in the 2018 World Cup — matches of the group stage, matches of the round of last 16 and the quarter-final.
Kazan Arena Stadium on the map of Kazan:
Kazan by right wears the title of the “third capital” of Russia after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The city has its richt housand-year history, a number of monuments of architecture and historical heritage, the large-scale tourist infrastructure, and also its convenient location. Every year Kazan is visited by over 2 million tourists, and mixture and peaceful co-existence in the city of two cultures (Orthodox and Muslim) adds to a special color Kazan.
Kazan is included into the so-called Volzhsky cluster of the tournament host cities together with Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk and Volgograd. Thanks to the advantageous geographical location, Kazan can be easily reached from the Volzhsky cluster cities (except for Volgograd), as well as from Moscow. Railway transport is well developed in Kazan. It is possible to get by train from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk (about 9 hours on the way), and Saint Petersburg (20 hours). About 10 trains a day go from Kazan to Moscow, it takes 11 to 13 hours.
The Kazan Airport is located 26 kilometers from the city. In 2005 the old building of air terminal was reconstructed and a new terminal was also built. Today, the Kazan Airport is one of the most modern among the regional airports of Russia. It is possible to go from the airport to the city by taxi, aeroexpress train (from the central railway terminal), and also by bus 97. Now, the Kazan Airport is the 16th airport in Russia according to its passenger traffic. It is possible to get from Kazan to any host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by plane.
Directly in the building of the Kazan Airport you can rent a car under a preliminary order on the RentalCars website.
Kazan public transport is presented by buses, trams and trolleybuses. The capital of Tatarstan has its own metro which is the youngest in Russia. Opening took place in 2005. Initially the metro consisted of five stations. Today there are ten stations functioning, and three more lines are under planning.
It is possible to get to the Kazan Arena Stadium from all districts of the city by taxi, and also by public transport. Near the stadium there are two stops of public transport: buses 1, 7, 10a, 18, 33, 35, 35a, 36, 44, 45, 46, 49, 55, 60, 62, 76, trolleybus 7 and trams 5 and 6.
The city uniqueness is in its multi-nationality and peaceful co-existence of two religions — Orthodoxy and Moslem. Therefore, in the city there is a lot of sights of both the Russian and Tatar world. In this article we enumerate only some of them.
The Kazan Kremlin is the main city sight. At the Kremlin area there are the Qol Sharif Mosque and Annunciation Cathedral.
Another feature of Kazan is perfectly preserved the Tatar central part of the city. In the Tatar block there are no high-rise buildings, the most part of the architectural complex was built more than 300 years ago.
A pedestrian street in the center of Kazan. Buildings on this street are built recently but following the architectural style of the center of Saint Petersburg. This street became a gift of the Saint Petersburg Government for the Kazan 1000-year anniversary.
The central pedestrian street in Kazan. Its architectural style reminds the Moscow Old Arbat.
The climate in Kazan is moderate continental. In June-July in Kazan it is warm and dry, daily average air temperature makes 20-23 °C.