Bohemia Park Hotel
Ogorodnaya Str., 33 _B_, Saratov, 410001, Russia
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Travel to Saratov
Next wednesday I'll arrive in Saratov for a 2 days touristic visit.
My (probably stupid) two questions are:
- at the airport can i easily find a taxi service (i'll arrive late in the evening and i don't speak Russian but only English and a little bit of Spanish)?
- At the airport will i find an information desk?
Thank you in advance.
Re: Travel to Saratov
I was in Saratov in 2001 and I really enjoyed it there. The airport was very quiet. When a plane came in, the taxi drivers waited outside like predators waiting for a bounty of new-found prey. Planes = money to taxi drivers, so you will probably be able to get a ride.
I recommend you use either an online translation program or a Russian-speaking friend to write out your destination on a sheet of paper. Then you just show the paper to the driver and say "Skolka." (How much.) Know the price of the ride before you get in.
Another thing you could do is call the hotel and ask them to get you a driver.
Re: Travel to Saratov
Thank you so much for your replies. I'll keep in mind your suggestions.
The hotel should be near to the airport, i think between 4 and 6 km, so the price should be not more than 300 Rubles (probably lesser). Am i worng?
Ok, before anything else, hotel name written in cyrillic letters and "skolka".
Thanks a lot.
Re: Travel to Saratov
Hi!!!Its already middle of june and you already been there.
Wery interessting of what you tinking about life in Saratov now?
Im was born in Saratov but leave far ebroad for almost 20 years now.
I gues there is still no information desk at Saratov airoport but taxi mast be not a problem,and do you find a english speaking peaple easily?
I would apprisiated your responce.Vera.
Travel Tips for Saratov
The Children's Train in Saratov
I was taking a break in front of Saratov's Circus building in a small square.
Suddenly, this little train came chugging through the square. On board were many happy children.
I do not know where this train is based but obviously the children love it. If you happen to have children on your trip with you, keep this in mind as it would be an unique experience for them to have while they visit in Saratov.
Visit Victory Park in the hills above Saratov
In 1975, Victory Park was laid out on Sokolovaya Mountain above Saratov city proper.
It is an unusual open air museum. It is a picturesque, natural place providing a gentle green and pleasant oasis from the rush of the city.
A crowded city bus or a taxi can bring you to the rough street that leads into the park.
Once there, beautiful views of Saratov and the Volga are available from an observation point. Near the entrance is a memorial monument in honor of Saratov’s fallen soldiers during the many wars. This impressive monument, opened in 1982, is on the highest peak above Saratov. There are five flights of a grand staircase leading to three skyward pylons depicting Crane’s in flight.
The park is full of military war vehicles from trunks and tanks to fighter jets. In fact, the unique Yak-1 fighter plane is the park’s showpiece. There are also exhibits of various cultures that have now blended together to compose the population of Saratov today.
The park provides serenity in the high ground above the hustle and bustle of Saratov. Roads in the park lead to overlooks of both the city and vistas of the Volga River. This is a great place to take pictures and to relax in a very unusual museum setting.
Off the path again, we're off the... no same road
This street seemed to sum up Saratov, old, new and inbetween, it all seemed to be there somewhere along that street!
A fastenating "time capsule" of Saratov!
This house was about as old as anything I saw. Yet it had "elements" of "today", electric wires, and a TV antenna that had been there long enough to get old and collapse!
The bridge to Engles from Saratov is the longest bridge in Europe. I had the "privelage" of seeing just what car traffic is doing to modern Russia one afternoon when there was an accident on the bridge half way across. Traffic was tied up on the bridge for HOURS. If it had not been several days since my arrival, I migth have dreamed that i was still stuck in New York City!! It must have been a rather serious accident because i saw several emgency vehicles enter going the wrong way in the west bound lane and then return later seemingly to only deliver a "load" and then return to the scene. A man in the hotel with binoculars said he could see emergency vehiles approaching from the Engles side also, truning around and going back that way. Certianly if there were any accoutrements of "westren" life I would have spared Russians at least one of them would have been traffic jams!
The mist seen here is just the river rising to meet the car traffic, which in fact, migth contribute to traffic woes on the bridge, it was bright sunny day but no wind, so the haze hung right over the river.
The Intercession (Pokrovskiy) Cathedral
While I was in Saratov, I actually did not go to this cathedral. I saw it from a distance while I was visiting Victory Park. With my camera I was able to get a few good shots of it. But in my short time at Saratov, I never made the trip to visit it.
But it is so visually appealing that I wanted to include it here along with a little history that I researched about it on the internet.
In 1859 a wooden cathedral was built and then replaced in 1882 by the five cupola cathedral on that site today. In 1895 a bell tower was constructed but consequently destroyed by the soviets in 1930 at the same time the cathedral was closed. In 1992 the cathedral resumed operations and began restoration projects including the rebuilding of the bell tower.