Samara, one of the largest cities in Russia, is situated on the high bank of the Volga. During the last war Samara (then it was called Kuybyshev) was the second capital of the Soviet Union. Governmental institutions and embassies, as well as many major industrial enterprises, were evacuated just there.

Volga Embankment is considered the most interesting place in Samara. For over 7 kilometers it stretches along the river, which width is reaching several kilometers. In the summer there are always a lot of walking people, cafes and restaurants on the embankment. In many places of the embankment there are sand beaches creating the atmosphere of a resort. The busiest place of the embankment is near the Zhigulevsk Brewery. It is just there that the stall is located where they have sold the Zhigulevsk beer on tap for many decades. The informal name of the place is «Dno» (Bottom).

The Zhigulevsk Brewery itself can also be considered as the sight of the city. It was built in 1881 and now is one of the oldest acting breweries in Russia. It was just there that the most famous in the Soviet Union Zhigulevsk beer was produced. The production buildings of the 19th century are the magnificent example of the industrial architecture of that period.

When in Samara you should visit the Stalin`s Bunker. It was constructed in 1942 and had the depth of 37 meters. By 192 steps you can go down into the bunker, which was large enough to accommodate up to 600 people. There is a Stalin`s study, a meeting room, and many other rooms.

In the Old Town of Samara there are many picturesque quarters where you can see how the trading cities of the Volga region looked. Bread Square and Kuybyshev Square are the biggest squares of Samara. There are always a lot of walking people on the pedestrian Leningradskaya Street. Near Kozlov Square you can see the model of the launch vehicle ‘Soyuz’. This is a genuine rocket similar to those, which are launched from the space port Baikonur. The rockets are assembled at the factory ‘Progress’ in Samara.

In order to see the magnificence of the Volga, the longest river in Russia, you should go to the Helicopter Pad. It is located near the settlement Upravlenchesky. From it you can see most part of Samara City, the bend of the Volga in the district of Samara Luka National Park, Zhigulevsk Mountains and Hawk`s Mountains.

Samara Luka National Park is on the opposite bank of the Volga. This is an area of several thousand hectares, which is enveloped by the Volga. There are many picturesque places along the Volga mainstream where the low Zhigulevsk Mountains are overgrown with leafy and pine woods. The most beautiful places of the Samara Luka are near the city of Zhigulevsk.

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Sunset view over the Volga river from the high embankment of Samara
Churches of the Iviron (Iversky) Convent in Samara
Zhigulevsk Brewery was built on the bank of the Volga in 1881
Conference room of the State Defense Committee – the main room in the Bunker of Stalin in Samara
Samara Academy Opera and Ballet Theatre on Kyubyshev Square
Monument of Glory on Samarskaya Square
Abandoned tunnels in Popova mountain, where limestone was mined, in the Samarskaya Luka reserve
The rocky slope of white limestone mountain Type-Tyav in the suburbs of Samara
View of the bend of the Volga at the Volga gate from the helicopter pad
Rocky hill with a crater inside is Tsarev mound in the suburbs of Samara
Rocky cliff of the Popova mountain overlooking the village Shiryayevo in the Samarskaya Luka national park
Space rocket Soyuz in the launch assembly – the original rocket in full size
«Dno» is a local singularity near Zhigulevsk Brewery where one can buy fresh beer (and then drink it on the street)
There are many sports grounds all along the Volga Embankment
Clean water of the Volga on the beaches of Samara
Promenade over the Volga beach in Samara
Stalin bunker is located in the court of Samara Academy of Culture and Arts
«Dno», a stall where fresh beer is sold on tap, can be considered one of the landmarks of Samara
Two main churches of the Iversky Convent: the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God of Iviron (left) and the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God of Jerusalem (right)
There are many benches, flowers and fountain putting you in a resting mood on Leningradskaya St. in Samara.
Kuybyshev monument is in front of Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre built on the site of blown up cathedral
Zhukov House on Leningradskaya St. has survived from 19 century
Eternal Flame Memorial on Samarskaya Square
House of Rytikov – here Ulyanov family lived for 3 years in 1890-1893
The room Vladimir Ulyanov in House-Museum of Lenin in Samara
Church of Sacred heart of Jesus in Samara, also known as the Polish Church
Large halls of the permanent exhibition in Regional Museum of Samara