City-Attractions. 5 Entertainment Spots in Kazan
The thousand-year-old Kazan is the Land of 1,001 Pleasures. In addition to walking along the cozy streets scattered with architectural and historical monuments and gastronomic choices, there are many opportunities to let your hair down and have some fun. Here’s just five of the many entertainment options you should add to your list.
You don’t have to travel far to get a true European resort experience – just head over to the “Kazan Riviera”. Arrive with the whole family or with a loved one for a romantic getaway. Inside the hotel and entertainment complex on the banks of the Kazanka River, you’ll find many opportunities to relax. Check into the 26-story hotel, where the rooms boast views of the white-stone Kremlin. If you’re staying at the hotel, your passes to the Water Park and Spa located within the complex are included without extra charge.
The Water Park features over 50 attractions, so you’re bound to find at least one you like. The adrenaline seekers will love the rollercoasters, the inner surfer in you can try your skills in the wave simulator pool, relax and surrender to the stream in the “Amazon” attraction, or order a cocktail in the pool’s aqua-bar. The outdoor swimming pool is open year-round regardless of the season, so you can even swim here comfortably in winter. For the park’s younger visitors, the Riviera offers a pirate fort with water cannons, a helm and waterfall.
After a trip to the Water Park, we recommend a ride on the Ferris Wheel which is open year-round. Each of the booths is dedicated to a different city – you’ll see Paris, Moscow, New York and many others represented here. If that’s too much, you can still gaze at Kazan from high-up at the Riviera viewing platform located within the hotel building.
You can also dine at one of “Riviera’s” many restaurants. The menus include dishes of Russian, European, Mediterranean, Japanese, Asian and national Tatar cuisines.
If you are in Kazan during summer, be sure to visit the “Kyrlay” amusement park. It’s located in the centre of the city on the opposite bank of the Kazan Kremlin, so you can easily get there by bus, metro or on foot.
The park features attractions for any age: from children's trains to an extreme flying saucer for adults. We recommend taking a ride on the ferris wheel, from the highest point of which at a 55 metre height, you’ll witness a beautiful view of the city. In addition to the dizzying attractions in the park, there are numerous cafes and souvenir shops. In summer, “Kyrlay” is in full swing and many concerts and city festivals are regularly hosted here.
Not one for skydiving? Then try the aerodynamic wind tunnel at “Vetrolet”. This is an exciting ride-simulator, the feelings of which are comparable to flying through the sky. Everything is completely safe with the required overalls and helmet all participants must wear, and all “flights” are supervised by an instructor. You can ensure this to be a new experience as you get a rush from the free falling feeling.
In this trampoline park on Moskovskaya Street you can jump, climb and tumble as much as your heart desires. “Vnebopark” consists of several zones: 60 trampolines of various shapes and sizes, a climbing wall, a foam rubber pit and a ropes course. The experienced instructors will prompt you to begin jumping on the trampoline to test your skills, and hold a warm-up and safety briefing. If you decide to master the technique of a specific type of jump, make sure you book in a session with a personal trainer. After a fun afternoon, have a snack in the "Vnebobar" cafe on the third floor. The menu consists of four types of hot dogs, cheesecakes, tea, coffee and milkshakes.
Another unique entertainment place is located within the suburbs of Kazan between the village of Zalesny and Lake Izumrudnoe in Yudino village.
The children's railway is not only entertainment, but also a type of school, where they teach children about railway careers. Trains run all throughout summer, and their staff consists of children and adults. The railway has two terminal stations (Molodezhnaya and Izumrudnaya) and two landing platforms in between (Sportivnaya and Berezovaya Roshcha), where the train stops for a few minutes. The train makes short stops at each station, so you can leave the car behind and enjoy the beauty of the forest, and if you decide to get off at “Izumrudnaya”, take a walk along the shore of the beautiful lake or sunbathe on the sandy beach before heading back.
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