Two fascinating days along the Volga cities await you. First, you will visit one of the oldest cities of the Middle Volga region - Syzran, walk its small streets, get acquainted with some merchant houses, look into the Kremlin. Further your way lies down along the Volga to Saratov region, where typical Volga provincial towns and the very center of the region - Saratov, which dates back to 1586, are waiting for you. You are waited by the embankment of cosmonauts, acquaintance with Gagarin and Queen himself, because how many of us in the childhood dreamed to go into space too, and here between Saratov and Engels it seems that space is so close. Besides astronauts, these places are also famous for Chapaev, who lived here for a long time.
Today the road down the Volga River through Syzran and Khvalynsk to Saratov awaits you. You will learn the history of the Syzran Kremlin, which was built to protect against Senka Razin and his team, visit the merchant buildings of the Middle Volga region and get to the regional center of Saratov - Saratov.
Start your journey by refueling at Gazprom Neft filling stations, grab coffee and fresh pastries on the way to make your trip more comfortable!
The Kremlin was built at the end of the XVII century to stop Cossack vatagas wandering this land. Only the stone Spasskaya Tower with its fortress gates survived from the old Kremlin. All wooden buildings were burnt, but even this gives you an idea of the past grandeur of this place. The Spasskaya Tower of the Syzran Kremlin is open to the public only in summer, daily from 11:00 to 17:00, except Monday. But you can walk and assess the building outside.
This cathedral, built as far back as 1872, stands out from the city.
Martinian Chernukhin was the head of the city from 1902 to 1917, he was actively involved in the restoration of Syzran after the fire, under him were built many buildings that you will see today. For example, here are a couple more places to look at the architecture: Sterlyadkin Mansion, 66 Sovetskaya Street; Syromyatnikovs' mansion, Sovetskaya ul., 44/20; House of merchant Revyakin, Sovetskaya ul., 100.
It's time for a refreshment at one of the city's modern facilities. Please note that the restaurant is open from 12 o'clock.
Three types of Kraft beer are produced here on a permanent basis: light 10% density, light 12% density and dark camp type. You deserve a short break to eat, as dinner will be late today.
A very beautiful cathedral is located right in Khvalynsk. It is made of red brick and stands out very brightly against the blue sky.
Another stop will be a typical town of provincial Russia. You can leave your car near the theatre and go to explore the city. Stop at the following points: The central square is a very pleasant square with several merchant houses; The building of the Gostiny Dvor; The Picture Gallery; A fire kalancha.
One of the best restaurants in town is waiting for you for dinner, you deserve a glass of wine.
After dinner, take a short walk around the evening Saratov and go to the hotel.
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.
On Kirov Square the Nikitin brothers opened the first circus in Russia, now it is the main shopping area of the city.
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.
Then take a walk towards the Opera House, which is located in a historic building from 1875.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lunch is served at a popular local restaurant offering Pan Asian cuisine. Please note that the cafe is open from 12 o'clock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's a gas station ahead! It will be possible to make a comfortable stop, resupply fuel and drink coffee.