Gorky Park

Egor Aleev/TASS

This place, now the main park of Kazan, has a rich history. Almost three centuries ago this was where those sent for hard labour departed from via the Siberian tract. And yet in the second half of the 18th century country houses were scattered all over the area. In early 19th century there was a population of German academics here.

The park began to shape into what it looks like after the revolution.

A new life was breathed into the park in 2014-2015. Following a large-scale renovation project, the park was enriched with bike lanes and ski tracks, areas to play chess, soccer and work out. There are restaurants and a fountain that provides a light and sound show.