Along the Volga – Day 2: Saratov stories

You will get acquainted with Saratov, which is closely connected with the history of human space exploration: here Yuri Gagarin studied at a technical school. Near the city there is a place where the first astronaut of the planet went down from the sky by parachute, a memorable stele is installed. Unfortunately, it is on a grandiose repair till April 2021, but you can still walk the streets of the city, where Yurochka ran to study and walk along the embankment of the Cosmonauts, perhaps, remembering his childhood dreams. In addition to the astronaut Saratov region is also famous for Vasily Chapayev, whose family lived in a small village, you will definitely go there and imagine how difficult it was for them during the war.
Along the Volga
Travel distance by car: 470 km.Travel distance on foot: 5 km.Visiting: Saratov, Balakovo, Engel's, Zaton, Yablon'ka, Samara

Trip duration: 2 days

Anna Semochkina

Pioneer Luxe Hotel

Have breakfast at your hotel. Many hotels serve breakfast from 7am.

Площадь Кирова


On Kirov Square the Nikitin brothers opened the first circus in Russia, now it is the main shopping area of the city.

Памятник "Парней так много холостых"

Outdoor Sculptures

As many times as we heard the phrase "guys so many blanks" from the song "The lights so many golden" from the movie "It was about Penkovo", that the inhabitants of Saratov immortalized it in the monument. A single guy stands under the clock, and if the girls are photographed under the arm with a bronze statue, they should soon marry according to the legend.

Саратовский академический театр оперы и балета

Opera Houses

Then take a walk towards the Opera House, which is located in a historic building from 1875.

Набережная Космонавтов


Once a very important part of the city, the quay was built up with barns and shops. Now it's a modern walkway zone, one and a half kilometers long.

Саратовский государственный художественный музей им. А. Н. Радищева

Art Museums

The Radishchev Museum is one of the oldest museums in Russia and the first public museum in the province. The real wealth of the museum is the collection of Russian art. The museum has a collection of Old Russian art, which includes icons from the XV-XX centuries and old printed books. The doors of the museum are open at weekends and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 to 18 hours, and on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 20 hours.

Соколовая гора


Falcon Mountain is the highest point of the city. It is also home to the Victory Park. The entrance to the park is as if guarded by Yak-38, go inside, here you will find a huge open museum of military equipment, part of which was produced here in Saratov. Last Thursday of every month at the museum is a sanitary day. Working hours are from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:30, on weekends from 10:00 to 18:30.

National Village of Peoples of Saratov Region

After the Victory Park you'll find some culture in the national village of Saratov region peoples. Here you can get acquainted with different nationalities inhabiting this region. This is one of the first such museums in Russia.


Asian Restaurants

Lunch is served at a popular local restaurant offering Pan Asian cuisine. Please note that the cafe is open from 12 o'clock.

Monument to Gagarin and the Queen

When walking along the quay, you should definitely visit cosmonaut Gagarin and Academician Queen. The monument depicts Gagarin and the Queen sitting on a bench, surrounded by four art objects decorating the lanterns. They depict a rocket spinning around the Earth, the first artificial satellite of the planet, an astronaut in outer space. And Yuri, meanwhile, is preparing to fly into space.


Pedestrian Plazas

The promenade is an attractive place for locals to walk, there are many gazebos and a beautiful view of the bridge connecting Saratov and Enegels.


Monuments / Landmarks

The bull is a symbol of the city. Once upon a time a path from a salt lake was laid here - it led to the formation of a settlement, which later became the city of Engels. They were used to serve as a primordial salt.

Усадьба Мальцева


One of the main and most beautiful places in the city is Maltsev Manor. Central to the architectural appearance of the mansion is the Greek amphora with flame, which in the language of art criticism means the flame of love. Legend has it that the mansion was built for her beloved Paisius Mikhailovich Maltsev - a foreigner from a noble rich family - who, in response to Paisius Mikhailovich's proposal to move to Balakovo, set him a condition: to build a house for her as good as her father had. And Maltsev did exactly that: the beauty of the mansion is evident at first sight. The doors of the estate are open daily except Monday, from 8 am to 5 pm.

Дом Чапаева

History Museums

Chapaev's parents used to live in this house. Now the place has turned into a museum, where you can see a small memorial exhibition, telling about the life and work of V.I. Chapaev. The museum also has an ethnographic collection of clothes and household items of Tatar, Chuvash and Russian peasants. The doors of the museum are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (till 5:30 p.m.).



I advise you to stop here and have dinner in front of the long drive home and enjoy the small provincial town a little more.

Gazpromneft filling station #118

There's a gas station ahead! It will be possible to make a comfortable stop, resupply fuel and drink coffee.