by Wojciech Fedoruk - 12 months ago
The guidebooks warn that Ulyanovsk is an uninteresting Soviet city, where time stopped many years ago. But when I came there I was pleasantly surprised. Railway station is very far from the centre but the ticket is only 14 rubles - the lowest price among many cities I visited. The centre is being renovated, but some buildings are finished and look very nice (like the house and museum of a famous Russian writer Goncharow). Of course, as the city name suggests, the biggest attractions are connected with Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, who was born here. Lenin's house, along with few others that belonged to Ulyanov family, are protected as momunents within a huge Lenin memorial centre. But the whole city centre is interesting, park on the Volga river bank (probably the nicest view of the river of Russian big cities) is bustling with people. Even communist style buildings are nice looking - among them I liked most white headquarters of Pedagogical University, named, not surprisingly, after Lenin.
After spending a few hours in Ulyanovsk I took a night train to Ryazan.