Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, is a green peninsula surrounded by three rivers, and at the same time, it is a city on the hills, with karst caves and underground springs. If you put all this in one picture, you will understand the uniqueness of the Bashkir capital – not only cultural, but also geographic. There is a lot of greenery, air, space – a city where you can visit nature without leaving it. We will tell you where to go, what to see in order to get a general picture of Ufa in this article.
Residents of the Samara region, bordering on Bashkortostan, will be interested in spending a weekend in Ufa.
Approximate travel budget for one person: from 4,050 rubles.
- Round-trip train tickets from 1 700 rubles *. Travel time one way from 7 to 10 hours;
- 1 night in a hostel – from 300 rubles * or in a 3 * hotel – from 700 rubles *;
- The average bill in a cafe is 400 rubles;
- Walking around the city, travel by public transport, souvenirs – 800 rubles.
1. Monument to Salavat Yulaev
Bronze Salavat is a monument that meets guests on the banks of the Belaya River. Salavat Yulaev not only supported Pugachev and was a guy with character, but also wrote poetry. “An improviser, a singer, a fearless fighter” – there is such a book about Yulaev. A hockey club, avenue is named after him, there is an opera house of the same name, a business center and millions of variations on the theme of his appearance and character in the local tour industry. The monument to Salavat Yulaev is the point of attraction and the number one place for visiting all tourists: if you didn’t take a picture there, consider that you have not been to Ufa. And around the main attraction of the city is the “Ufa Amphitheater”, where the largest open-airs take place, gathering the whole city to listen to music or watch a movie in the open air. At any time of the year and day, this place clings and does not let go until the next meeting.
2. Park “Vatan”
In the “Ufa amphitheater” on the square there is an ensemble of Bashkir yurts – the Vatan ethno-park. Seven yurts reflect the entire originality of the region, each has its own theme: for example, creative workshops and tea ceremonies are held in the TAMGA yurt, in a yurt of crafts you can see how real Bashkir carpets are woven and listen to the musical instrument kurai or buy souvenirs, an ethnographic yurt and “Nedra” of Bashkortostan present small museum expositions, and in the yurt of “Photostories” you can take pictures in costumes. Also on the square is the “Open Library” with books for bookcrossing, where cozy apartments and various events take place.
3. Center of Ufa. Alley ArtTerria
The main place for walking is the historic center. Be sure to take a walk inside and around the Gostiny Dvor: run into cozy coffee shops, atmospheric restaurants, look at the Seven Girls fountain dancing to the music and make a wish at the zero kilometer near the yellow building of the Central Post Office, after sending friends postcards “From Ufa with Love.” For lovers of contemporary art, at the beginning of Lenin Street there is the ArtTerria alley, created in the summer of 2016 by sculptors from different countries within the framework of an international symposium. There is such a fun in Ufa – “guess the name of the art object” – this process captivates and remains in the memory. There is also a monument to the name of the city in Bashkir – the letters ӨФӨ or “three screws”, as the residents of Ufa call it.
4. Square of two fountains
In summer, be sure to visit the Square of Two Fountains. There is always music here – DJs are playing or artists are performing – they organize various events and film screenings in the open air, and, of course, there is the largest and most varied selection of street food that can be tasted at tables or on comfortable pallets with blankets. Find a small red retro car (can you?). And of course, you can’t do without a photo for memory near the big letters “I love EFE”.
5. Garden to them. Salavat Yulaeva
There are many parks, squares and alleys in Ufa, but the Salavat Yulaev garden is considered the most popular and beloved among Ufa residents. This park on a hill, with old openwork pavilions (“Vera”, “Nadezhda” and “Love”) and a bridge over a ravine with high columns, is the first thing that every guest who enters Ufa sees. The bridge has the fame of the main place for all lovers, which is why it bears this name. They say that here you can not only seal love by hanging a lock and throwing a key into a ravine, but also make wishes for two. To do this, you need to hold on to the handrail with one hand and the hand of a loved one with the other, walk across the bridge. At night, the gazebos and the bridge are beautifully illuminated, and at any time of the day a stunning view of the Belaya River opens from here.
6. Olympic Park: Gummy Castle and Rope Park
On the territory of the Olympic Park complex there is everything: here and the princess castle, and Chinese lions, and a mountain ski, and a rope park, and, most importantly, an incredibly beautiful view of the river. In winter, you can go skiing, snowboarding without leaving the city, and in the summer you can climb trees in the Gummi rope park. There are trails for both adults and children. There are always a lot of events on the territory of the park, and there are no problems with the choice of food: you can eat in the Lido castle with a large food court and karaoke, as well as in the Chinese-style cafe 108 Dummies.
7. Center for Contemporary Art “Clouds”
The Clouds Center for Contemporary Art is a space that has united under one roof an exhibition gallery, handmade shops, workshops, cafes, and quest rooms. Here you can always look at the works of Bashkir and other artists, visit imported exhibition projects, go through quests, take part in various events, master classes, buy something unique as a keepsake, or just have a tasty meal at Pianocafe.
8. Chernikovka and the Lyalya-Tulpan Mosque
The Chernikovka microdistrict is located in the northern part of Ufa. It was built by architects from Leningrad, so it resembles “Ufa St. Petersburg” and is very different from the central part of the city. It is worth coming here to walk along Pervomayskaya Street, look at the first skyscrapers in the city – “eight-story buildings”, take a walk near the palace. Sergo Ordzhonikidze and look at military equipment, monuments and a beautiful view of the river in Victory Park.
Adjacent to the park is an architecturally unusual attraction – the Lyalya-Tulpan Mosque. The mosque is open to visitors, the main thing is to follow the rules for visiting such institutions.
9. Ashkhan “Neneika”
While in the capital of the Bashkir Republic, you must definitely get acquainted with the national cuisine. It is best to do this in Ashkhan “Neneika”, which in translation from Bashkir means “grandmother”. All dishes here are prepared using farm products, so home-style food is delicious and inexpensive. Chak-chak, eremsek, kumys, ayran, vakbelash, echpochmak and other Bashkir dishes accompanied by kurai melodies await you in a cozy modern Ashkhan. In addition to the small ashkhan “Neneika” on Oktyabrya Avenue 4 / 2B, there is also a larger “Zur Neneika” in the Green Grove.
10. Creative coffee shop Esperanto Cafe
Esperanto Café is open for lovers of cozy get-togethers, master classes, homestays, lectures on art and poetry evenings. From food – sandwiches, panini and desserts, from entertainment – creative events of Ufa residents every evening.
* Prices for travel and accommodation are indicated at the time of writing. The cost indicated in the material and the final price may differ, depending on the season and the time for which tickets are purchased.
The authors of the text are Elena Filipova and Dina Mudarisova, photographs are Marina Demchenko.