Ulyanovsk is the capital and principal city of Ulyanovsk Oblast in Russia. Located at 893 kilometres (555 miles) east from Moscow on the Volga River, the city has a population of approximately 614,000, according to the 2010 census. Ulyanovsk, a Simbirsk, which means an administrative division of the Russian Empire, originally bore the name Ulyanov before it was renamed in 1924. The city is home to the famous writers Ivan Goncharov, Nikolay Yazykov, and Nikolay Karamzin as well as to the painters Arkady Plastov and Nikas Safronov. The city experiences hot summers and cold winters with an average temperature of −11°C (12°F) in January and +19°C (66°F) in July. Falls are generally warm while Winters are cold with moderate amount of snowfall. Summer arrives in May and is usually sunny and bright – perfect for a tour around town. The city is an interesting hub for aircraft and auto industries and houses numerous manufacturing facilities of foreign corporations.
What to see & do
Depending on the time of your visit to the city, there are fun activities you can engage yourself on. During summer, going around the city and visiting places will be a breeze. As a seasonal treat, you can try having a boat ride over the reservoir. During winter, you can opt for a more extreme and adrenaline-pumping activity like trying cross-country skiing along the Sviaga River. Cultural centres, museums, and parks are also aplenty in the city. Most of these museums are built in honour of the famous people, native from Ulyanovsk, who have made their way into history books and discussions. One museum in particular is dedicated to the poet Goncharov, showcasing his works. If you want to have a breathtaking view over the Volga, there is a war memorial at the end of the main street called, Ulitsa Goncharova.
How to get around within Ulyanovsk
It’s a delight to know that public transportation in Ulyanovsk is rather extensive. However, this can also be confusing for tourists, especially those that don’t speak the native tongue. You can get around the city aboard buses, trolleys, and trams although most fee collectors don’t speak English. Cheap and often congested, there are also no set schedule or route maps for any destination even on bus stations. Express buses can be your saving grace when navigating through the Ulyanovsk traffic. They are semi-private, more comfortable, although more expensive as well. You can also take a taxi which is relatively cheap considering the convenience and the chance of riding one with a driver who can speak English.
How to get there
Ulyanovsk is serviced by two airports – Ulyanovsk Baratayevka Airport, located nine kilometres from the city centre, west of the Volga, and Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport, located 28 kilometres from the city centre, east of the Volga. These airports provide flight services from various airlines. UTAir connects the city to Moscow Vnukovo Airport twice a day while Volga Dnepr Airlines flies to Ulyanovsk from Moscow Vnukovo Airport once daily. POELET Air Company, on the other hand, connects the city and the Moscow Domodedovo Airport once daily and the AviaNova flies from and to Moscow Sheremetyevo on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can also enter the city by train from Moscow. The Trans-Siberian Railway, or Transsib, is a three rail route that passes through Siberia from the capital city of Russia. Branded as the longest railway in the world, it connects Moscow and the Far East city of Vladivostok, passing through Perm, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Chita, and Khabarovsk. During summer season, you can also enter the city via boat coming from Kazan, Samara, as well as other interesting destinations on the Volga River.
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