Astrakhan, located near the place where the Volga flows into the Caspian Sea, is very popular among those who are fond of fishing and camping. There the biggest Russian river is divided into hundreds of canals forming a huge delta. There are a lot of fish in the area. You will have there all you need for comfortable recreation and managed fishing, which are offered by dozens of fishing bases or out-of-town hotels.

Astrakhan also has many interesting historical sights. This city was the capital of the Khanate of Astrakhan. The khanate was created in 15 century, after the collapse of the Golden Horde.

In 1502 it became a fully independent state, but already in 1556, after he defeated Kazan, Ivan the Terrible sent to Astrakhan a party of voivode Ivan Cheremisin. Khan Dervish Ali fled to the Turkish Azov and Astrakhan was annexed to Russia.

In 1557 it was decided to build a new kremlin in Astrakhan. The thing is the old town of Astrakhan was on the flat right bank of the river, so it was very difficult to defend it. The new kremlin was erected on the left bank of the river, on the high Shaban-Bugor island, later renamed Hare island.

Originally, this kremlin was a wooden fortress, but in 1569 the Turks attacked the city. The Turks were defeated but, taking into account a constant military threat, in 1580 Ivan the Terrible gave an order to replace it by a strong stone fortress.

So, the Astrakhan Kremlin is the most interesting place related to the history of Russia. There are also many other interesting sights and museums around the Kremlin, such as: the local history museum, the picture gallery, and the museum of Kustodiev. Beautiful parks and gardens were created along the walls of the Kremlin. The Swan Lake is not far from the Crimea Tower.

You should have a walk on the Volga embankment. Considering that Astrakhan is only at one canal of the Volga delta, the river is relatively narrow there. On the embankment you can see many bronze sculptures, as well as a big monument of Peter I. 

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Assumption Cathedral and Prechistenskaya bell tower in the Astrakhan Kremlin - the main attractions of Astrakhan
Trinity Cathedral built in 1603 - the oldest structure of Astrakhan, preserved to the present day
Two towers of the Astrakhan Kremlin - Crimean and Red Gate
The walls and towers of the Astrakhan Kremlin
Prechistenskaya Bell tower is the symbol of the Astrakhan Kremlin
Assumption Cathedral in the Astrakhan Kremlin was built in 1711
Kirillov chapel near the Trinity Cathedral in the Astrakhan Kremlin
Artillery (Torture) tower and the Astrakhan Kremlin
The Guardhouse in the Astrakhan Kremlin
Fractures of salt mines on Baskunchak lake, where the salt layers go deep for tens of meters
At the site of industrial salt mining, the shore of lake Baskunchak consists of salt crystals that go deep for dozens of meters
Layers of multicolored rocks on the Big Bogdo mountain
Granite embankment of the Volga river in Astrakhan - the best place for evening walks
Volga embankment near the Palace of Marriage - there are plenty of cafes and restaurants
Monument to Peter I on the Volga embankment in Astrakhan
The new Opera house in Astrakhan was built in 2011
Kazan Cathedral with a high bell tower in Astrakhan
The Monument to the Family on the shore of Swan lake in Astrakhan
Kremlin towers near Swan lake in Astrakhan
The monument to the fighters for Soviet power in the Brotherly Garden of Astrakhan
Tetyushinov merchant`s house is the most beautiful example of 19th century wooden architecture in Astrakhan
The House-Museum of the artist Kustodiev in Astrakhan
Lush women - the main theme of paintings by Boris Kustodiev, in the Museum in Astrakhan
Astrakhan picture gallery named after Pavel Dogadin
Paintings by artists of the 19th century in the Art gallery of Astrakhan
Building of Astrakhan Museum of local lore
Saray Batu - the capital of the Astrakhan khanate, existed until the 16th century in the Museum of local Lore of Astrakhan
Fauna of the Volga river delta in the Museum of local lore of Astrakhan
Museum of culture in Astrakhan, in the house where N. G.Chernyshevsky lived 8 years in 1883 to 1889
The house in Astrakhan, where the in the ground floor placed the Museum of Velimir Khlebnikov