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A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains. A major industrial and economic center, the city grew around a military outpost founded in 1586. The setting of several dramatic uprisings during the 17th and 18th centuries, Samara witnessed the violent outbreak of the Russian Civil War in 1918, when it became a stronghold for the growing White Army. Due to Samara's strategic industries, in the post-World War II period the Soviet government kept the city closed to foreign tourists. Today, Samara boasts a lively nightlife scene, with its picturesque riverfront luring both local and visiting pleasure seekers. Samara is in Samara Oblast. Plan your vacation with our Russia trip planner and discover the best things to do in Samara.
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Where to stay in Samara

Samara has long attracted visitors with its laid-back riverside atmosphere and surrounding natural beauty. A city of over one million residents and a popular destination especially during the summer when beaches are packed, Samara offers a selection of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. The city boasts quite a few luxury hotels, as well as more economical options. Many of these are in the center, close to the riverbanks or the train station. For more tranquil lodging, check out the several hotels, pensions, and bed and breakfasts just outside the city along the Volga. Budget travelers can choose between several hostels, and you can also get a great deal by renting a self-catering apartment.
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