Kazan's main pedestrian street starts at the Kremlin and ends near the Ploschad Tukaya (Tukay Square) metro station. It's often called ‘the Arbat of Kazan’, because the numerous restaurants, souvenir shops and fashion boutiques attract hundreds of tourists and locals.
The length of the street is almost 2 km, and almost every building or temple located on it has its own special story. Formerly it was called Prolomnaya because during the capture of Kazan Ivan the Terrible's cannons broke the Kremlin wall exactly from the direction of this street.
Two well-known Orthodox cathedrals of the city – the Nikolsky Cathedral and the Epiphany Cathedral – are also located on Baumana. The bell tower of the latter is one of the highest bell towers in the world and can be seen even from near the Kremlin. When walking along Ulitsa Baumana, you will surely notice the buildings of the Kachalov Russian Drama Theatre and the National Bank of Tatarstan that contained the gold reserve of Russia in the period of the October Revolution of 1917.
The street is also decorated by a replica of Empress Catherine II's carriage that is often surrounded by crowds of people wanting to take a picture with it. Tourists especially love the Kazan Cat Statue and the numerous fountains located throughout the length of the street. Baumana also has the so-called Kilometre Zero that shows distances from that point to several major cities of the world: Moscow, Rome, Paris and a few others.
Ploschad Tukaya Metro Station
Kremlevskaya Metro Station
Ploschad Tukaya Metro Station stop
Bus No: 10, 10а, 29, 30, 35, 35a, 54, 63, 71, 90, 91
Trolley-bus No: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8