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    Samara – a brief overview

    Sprawling along the banks of the Volga River, Samara comes into its own in summer, when a party atmosphere pervades on the sandy beaches that line the riverbank. The city was earmarked to be Russia’s emergency capital during WWII, but Stalin kept operations in Moscow, and Samara grew instead into a major hub for the Russian space programme.

    It’s one of the more easy-going Russian cities, with a collection of interesting museums and monuments and a famous brewery which made the nation’s most popular beer in Soviet times. In June, music fans flock to Samara for the Rock on the Volga festival, Russia’s largest one-day music festival.

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    Samara Art Museum

    Ulitsa Kuibysheva 92
    443099 Samara
    Russia
    Tel: +7 846 332 3309
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Wed and Fri-Sat 1000-1800
    Thu 1300-2100

    The city art museum is Samara’s premier cultural institution. It boasts an impressive collection of Russian art spread over an imposing neoclassical mansion on ulitsa Kuibysheva, an exhibition space on ulitsa Ventseka, and two historic houses in the nearby village of Shiryaevo formerly occupied by the Russian artist Ilya Repin and poet Alexander Shiryaevetz.

    Stalin’s Bunker

    Ulitsa Frunze 167
    443010 Samara
    Russia
    Tel: +7 846 333 3571
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    Opening times:
    Tours by appointment

    Hidden away five storeys below the Academy of Culture and Art, Stalin’s bunker was never actually used by the Russian leader, who elected to direct Russia’s campaigns in WWII from Moscow instead. Now accessible on organised tours, the bunker is an atmospheric warren of chambers and war rooms.

    Volga Beaches

    Corner of ulitsa Maksima Gorkovo and ulitsa Leningradskaya
    Samara
    Russia
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    The area of waterfront stretching north from the junction of ulitsa Leningradskaya and ulitsa Maksima Gorkovo is lined with sandy beaches, running into the cool waters of the Volga River. This is where locals come to unwind, and there are public changing rooms for those who fancy a dip.

    Zhiguli Brewery

    Volzhsky prospekt 4
    443010 Samara
    Russia
    Tel: +7 846 332 4175
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1700
    Sun 1000-1600

    The name ‘Zhigulevskoye’ has a special place in the hearts of many Russians – during the Soviet era, the beers made by the Zhiguli brewery were the only brews available in many parts of the country. Visitors come to sample the house beers fresh from the tap and snack on smoked fish at street-side kiosks while admiring the handsome 19th-century brewery buildings.

    Ploshchad Slavy

    Chapaevskaya ulitsa
    Samara
    Russia
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    Samara’s war memorial square is dominated by the towering Monument of Glory, topped by a gleaming silver statue of a naked figure bearing a pair of steel wings, celebrating the work done by the aviation workers of Samara in WWII. From the square, there are spectacular views across the Volga.

    Iversky Women's Monastery

    Volzhskiy prospekt, 1
    Samara
    Russia
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    Founded in 1850, this handsome convent, also known as the Iver monastery, once housed 500 nurses, before it was converted into housing for brewery workers during the Soviet era. With its red brick facade and gilded domes, it’s one of the most evocative buildings in the city, but currently, visitors can only view the complex from the outside.

    St George Cathedral

    Chapaevskaya ulitsa
    Samara
    Russia
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    Opening times:
    Open for services

    The attractively proportioned Orthodox cathedral of St George was actually a modern creation, erected in 2001 to replace an ancient cathedral that was destroyed in the Soviet era. In contrast to the graceful facade, the interior is rather austere, intended as a memorial to the war dead of Samara.

    Alabin Museum

    Ulitsa Leninskaya 142
    443041 Samara
    Russia
    Tel: +7 846 333 6423
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800
    Thu 1300-2100

    The city’s museum of natural and cultural history is packed with interesting exhibits covering everything from medieval armour to dinosaur skeletons unearthed in the Zhiguli hills. It offers an entertaining walk through several hundred million years of Russian history.

    Samara New Space Museum

    Lenina prospekt 21
    443110 Samara
    Russia
    Tel: +7 846 263 3935
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1500

    The Samara Space Centre played a major role in the Russian space race, and it continues to launch government satellites. As a result, the actual launch site is closed to the public, but the Samara New Space Museum explores the centre’s many achievements, with plenty of space hardware on display.

    War History Museum

    Ulitsa Rabochaya 1
    443041 Samara
    Russia
    Tel: +7 846 232 0970
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri and Sun 1000-1700

    There is plenty of weaponry and military memorabilia on display at this interesting museum, but it’s the propaganda-style war paintings that steal the show. The museum focuses on Samara’s role in WWII, when the city served as the reserve capital of Russia.

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    Country overview

    Russia is at once breathtaking, baffling and stunningly beautiful. Monumental in every respect, it’s a land where untamed wilderness sits alongside bustling urban centres, and adventure lurks around every corner. From imperial splendour to icy Siberian tundra and from time-worn Soviet-era monuments to über-hip urban culture, Russia is a land of contradiction and superlatives.

    For the first time in its history, Russia is now wide open for foreign visitors to experience, and exploration beyond Moscow and St Petersburg is well advised. The Golden Ring, a collection of ancient gems, transports the traveller back to a bygone age.

    Geography

    The Russian Federation covers almost twice the area of the USA, and reaches from the enclave of Kaliningrad in the west over the Urals and the vast Siberian plains to the Sea of Okhotsk in the east. The border between European Russia and Siberia (Asia) is formed by the Ural Mountains, the Ural River and the Manych Depression. All in all Russia has 16 international borders with countries including Finland, Lithuania, USA, Japan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and China.

    European Russia extends from the North Polar Sea across the Central Russian Uplands to the Black Sea, the Northern Caucasus and the Caspian Sea. Siberia stretches from the West Siberian Plain across the Central Siberian Plateau to the Lena River and takes in the Sayan and Yablonovy ranges in the south.

    East of Siberia stretches the Russian Far East, a region almost as big as Siberia itself, running to the Pacific coast and including the vast Chukotka and Kamchatka peninsulas.

    Given the vast size of the country, Russia’s terrain is hugely variable. From the Siberian tundra to the mountains of the Urals, the beaches on the Black Sea coast, and the plains of western Russia, such variable geography means one can experience many different Russias.

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    Population: 142500482

    Population Density (per sq km): 8

    Capital: Moscow.

    Language

    Russian is the official language, although there are over 100 other languages. English is widely spoken by younger people as well as some educated older people.

    Currency

    Rouble (RUB; symbol руб) = 100 kopeks. Notes are in denominations of 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 10, 5 and 1 kopeks.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Russia uses a standard two-pin European plug.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 1000-1800, with a lengthy lunch break, usually from 1200-1400, during which no work is done – even telephones are left unanswered.

    Public Holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Russian Orthodox Christmas Day: 07. January 2015
    Defender of the Fatherland Day: 23. February 2015

    International Women’s Day: 08. March 2015
    Spring and Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Victory Day: 09. May 2015
    Russia Day: 12. June 2015
    Unity Day: 04. November 2015

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    Nightlife in Samara

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    Nightlife in Samara is busy and boisterous, particularly in summer when bar tents set up along the Volga beaches serving cold beers and shashlik kebabs.

    At other times of year, take your pick from ritzy clubs and cocktail bars with dress codes and face control, or more down-to-earth theme pubs and music venues.

    Art Terrace

    Volzhsky prospekt 19
    443071 Samara
    Russia
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    A funky terrace bar with Balearic aspirations and live DJs spinning tunes till late at weekends.

    Shannon Irish Pub

    Ulitsa Krasnoarmeyskaya 1А
    443010 Samara
    Russia
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    A convivial theme pub that always pulls in a crowd, with beers on tap and plenty of Irish bric-a-brac on the walls.

    Podval

    Ulitsa Galaktionovskaya 46
    443099 Samara
    Russia
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    The rock comes hard and heavy at this boisterous guitar bar, which often hosts live bands.

    Polet

    Ul. Lukacheva 44
    Samara
    Russia
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    A lively student club with colourful drinks, enthusiastic DJs, energetic dancing and nightly dance parties.

    Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

    Kuybysheva ploshchad 1
    443010 Samara
    Russia
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    The most sophisticated night out in Samara, with classical dance and opera in a grand setting on Kuybysheva ploshchad.

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    Restaurants in Samara

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    Russian eateries dominate in Samara, but it’s easy to find pasta, pizzas and sushi, the fad that never seems to go away in Russia.

    As elsewhere in Russia, prices are high across the board and upscale places expect smart attire.

    Yar

    Ulitsa Lesnaya 23
    443110 Samara
    Russia
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    Price: Expensive

    Set in a huge Hansel and Gretel cabin by the waterfront, this ritzy hotel restaurant is the place to come for a lavish dinner with a view.

    Kipyatok

    Ulitsa Leningradskaya 40
    443099 Samara
    Russia
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    Price: Moderate

    A reassuringly old-fashioned restaurant in the centre, serving classic Russian dishes, washed down with traditional Russian drinks such as kvas (rye-bread water).

    Marlin

    Ulitsa Leningradskaya 32
    443099 Samara
    Russia
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    Price: Moderate

    A giant fish tank sets the scene at this Italian-influenced seafood restaurant, open 24 hours.

    Frau Muller

    Ulitsa Novo-Sadovaya 184A
    443029 Samara
    Russia
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    Price: Moderate

    A little piece of Bavaria transplanted to Samara, with draught beers, hearty German stews and other bierkeller favourites.

    U Palycha

    Ulitsa Kuibysheva 100
    443030 Samara
    Russia
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    Price: Cheap

    The folk theme at U Palycha extends to live Russian music in the evenings, but most people come for the authentic Russian food.

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    Opera Festival

    24 – 30 April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre

    In spring, Samara’s opera lovers are treated to a terrific musical programme, which follows a new theme each year. Typically, the festival starts off with three different operas and culminates in a grand gala concert, where audiences can enjoy arias and choruses from a huge variety of operatic works.

    Grushinksy Festival

    30 June – 3 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Lake Mastryukovo, around 50km north of Samara

    There’s a hippy feel to this music festival, which first took place in 1968. Originally set up to stage bard songs (often with anti-Soviet lyrics), the festival now includes all types of music. Tens of thousands of people camp around Lake Mastryukovo, where a giant guitar floats on the water.

    404

    9 – 12 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Holiday Inn

    It may be small, but this specialist IT festival is attracting increasing numbers of movers and shakers from across Russia to share ideas, run seminars, and attend workshops on everything from mobile apps to startups to people management. Big-name speakers have included Bill Buxton, a principal researcher at Microsoft.

    Salt of the Earth Documentary Film Festival

    15 – 19 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    A prestigious jury of academics and filmmakers awards archangel statuettes to the best documentary films across several categories at this unique film festival. The event’s overarching aim is to support documentary cinema and to promote and preserve Russian Orthodox traditions.

    International Volga Theatre Festival

    September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Theatre companies from Russia and further afield, in particular youth and local theatre groups, compete for awards in this week-long festival. Prizes are up for grabs in the categories of best actor, actress, director, ensemble and scenic design in a passionately performed programme of plays.

    Startfest

    September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Promenade

    Samara’s young, fit and beautiful mingle on the promenade for this multi-activity festival. Around 3,000 participants show off a whole smorgasbord of skills, from yo-yo moves and finger skateboarding to parkour and breakdancing. There are prizes aplenty, and huge crowds cheering everyone on.

    Alla Shelest Classical Ballet Festival

    October – November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre

    Named after one of Russia’s 20th-century ballet greats, Alla Shelest, who performed over 40 leading roles, this annual festival showcases many of the country’s finest dancers. Audiences can expect to enjoy exquisite productions of favourite and lesser-known ballets over several evenings.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Samara

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    The arrival of international chains in Samara has pushed local hoteliers to up their game, and the city has growing numbers of comfortable business-class hotels.

    Most are out of the centre, in the modern suburbs that sprawl northeast along the Volga.

    Ost-West Club

    Ulitsa Sadovaya 210A
    443001 Samara
    Russia
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    Category: Expensive

    A sleek boutique hotel in the north of the city, with designer rooms decked out in earthy tones and neat grey pinstripes.

    Holiday Inn Samara

    Ulitsa Alekseya Tolstogo 99
    443099 Samara
    Russia
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    Category: Expensive

    Guests are drawn to this thoroughly modern hotel by smart rooms with clean lines and a superior restaurant, gym and pool.

    Meridian

    Ulitsa Revoliutsionnaya 3
    443086 Samara
    Russia
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    Category: Expensive

    A tall glass tower full of bright, inviting rooms in fresh spring colours, in a quiet location northeast of the centre.

    Green Line Samara

    Ulitsa Sovetskoy Armii 251/3
    443011 Samara
    Russia
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    Category: Moderate

    Quiet, clean and comfortable rooms with a colour scheme that fits the name perfectly.

    Oktyabrskaya Hotel

    Ulitsa Avrory 209
    430800 Samara
    Russia
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    Category: Cheap

    A towering Soviet-style hotel near the city botanical gardens, with surprisingly comfortable rooms behind the austere facade.

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    Climate & best time to visit Russia

    As you’d expect Russia’s climate is hugely dependent on where in the country you find yourself. With temperatures known to hit a tarmac-melting 37°C (99°F) in the cities and fall to -30°C (-22°F) and lower during the Siberian winter, there’s no point generalising about Russia’s weather except to say, be prepared. The most favourable temperatures are found along the Baltic coast, where many Muscovites decamp for balmy summer holidays, whilst the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, also doubles as a beach resort, due to its tropical climate, earning it the epithet ‘Florida of Russia’. Minus the overly tanned pensioners of course.

    While the notion of visiting a snow-blanketed Moscow or St Petersburg has a definite romance, most tourists prefer to come calling in the warm summer months of June, July and August. This means the “shoulder seasons” of April, May, September and October are good options for visitors keen to avoid the peak crowds – prices are generally lower from September to May, and tourist sites almost invariably less crowded. Spring is often characterised by slushy roads. And if your heart’s set on that winter wonderland? December’s the best bet. Seasonal climates apply elsewhere in Russia – Siberia can have devastatingly cold winters, while its summers are generally fairly pleasant, if a little rainy. The region of Russia near the Black Sea has mild winters, but again attracts a fair amount of rain.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +7

    Telephone

    When dialling the Russian Federation from abroad, the 0 of the area code must not be omitted. Most Moscow hotels have telephone booths with IDD. For long-distance calls within the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), dial 8 then wait for the dial tone before proceeding with the call. Collect calls, calls placed using credit cards and calls from direct dial telephones in hotels can be extremely expensive. International calls can be made from phones in the street and phonecards are available from many shops and kiosks in the street. For enquiries regarding Moscow private telephone numbers dial 09; for businesses, dial 927 0009.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. All major cities are covered by at least one operator. Handsets can be hired from some companies and local SIM cards are easily purchased for use within Russia if you have an unlocked handset.

    Internet

    Wi-Fi is available within most hotels in larger cities (although they may charge) and at internet cafes. Most connections will be either via dial up or broadband. Although Russia does not ostensibly censor the internet, there is an internet blacklist of sites which you will not be able to visit from inside Russia, which includes some independent news sites.

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    Shopping in Samara

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    Key Areas

    Shopping in Samara is concentrated in the centre, particularly along Leningradskaya, the main shopping street.

    Markets

    You can find plenty of local produce in the bustling Troitsky Market on ulitsa Galaktionovskaya, with stalls piled high with smoked fish and local cheeses. Also look out for bits and bobs of old Soviet memorabilia.

    Shopping Centres

    Malls are proliferating around Samara, with the usual mix of Russian and international chain stores and franchises. Megacity Mall on ulitsa Novo-Sadovaya and the Park House centre on Moscow Highway 81A have the best selection of stores and places to eat and drink.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    It is customary to shake hands when greeting someone, though never across a threshold. Company or business gifts are well received; if you’re invited to someone’s home do bring a token gift, but avoid clearing your plate when eating; leaving some food is considered as a good sign.

    Conservative wear is suitable for most places – women will need to cover shoulders and wear long skirts to enter an orthodox church – and the seasonal weather should always be borne in mind. Smoking and drinking is acceptable unless stated otherwise.

    Russian society is still highly patriarchal and hierarchical; this may be reflected in chivalrous acts (men holding doors open for women for example) but it may also mean that women are taken less seriously, and engaging in ‘unfeminine’ behaviour may be interpreted wrongly, although being a visitor may get you some leeway.

    Be careful with gestures – in Russia, giving the ‘thumbs up’ sign is an insult not an ‘OK’.

    Photography

    It is prohibited to take photographs of any military installation and/or establishments or sites of strategic importance. Failure to abide by this could result in police arrest.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    In general, Russia does not pose any serious health risks when it comes to food. Use common sense and caution when deciding what might be safe to eat. Tap water is drinkable, although those with sensitive stomachs may want to stick to bottled water. Similarly, some may want to make sure that water used for brushing teeth or making ice has been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Be mindful that eating salads may have vegetables washed in tap water; you may want to stick to well-cooked meals for the duration of your stay. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations are sometimes recommended for Japanese B encephalitis, meningococcal meningitis and tick-borne encephalitis.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Pismenny, Andrey
    443095
    Tashkentskaya St. 159
    Samara
    Russia
    Tel. +7-846-956-2272

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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