The dragon snake Silant, a mythical creature from the Russian-Tatarian folklore, is the heraldic animal of the city of Kazan.© City of Kazan

Kazan, Russian Federation – A vibrant city on Volga river

Kazan, the city on the Volga, is located 800 km away from Moscow in the easternmost European part of Russia. 1.2 million people from 115 ethnic groups live in the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Tatarstan.

Volgabulgarians founded Kazan over 1000 years ago. Today, it is one of the largest industrial, scientific and cultural centres of the Russian Federation. Compressors, measuring instruments, medical equipment, optical devices and aircraft are produced here. Kazan also offers a famous university, founded in 1804, 29 colleges with more than 100,000 students, three theatres, a state music conservatory and several museums.

The fascinating architectural mixture reflects the peaceful coexistence of the Muslim and Russian Orthodox population. The most beautiful example is the Kazan Kremlin, UNESCO World Heritage Site and seat of the government of Tatarstan. The “Peter and Paul Cathedral”, the temple of all religions and the picturesque surroundings on the banks of the Volga are also particularly worth seeing. Kasan's large harbour offers summer cruises on the Volga.

In surveys, Kazan has been voted Russia's most liveable city several times.

The friendship agreement reached in 1988 was preceded by ­lively school- and youth exchanges, the first ever to take place between the Federal Republic of Germany and the then USSR. The agreement was signed in Kasan on 7 August 1988 and in Braunschweig on 5 October 1988. Since then there have been annual exchanges of pupils between schools in the two cities. Activities between the two cities are many and various.


  • Youth Exchange
  • Cultural events e. g. exhibitions, theatre, dance and music 
  • Student exchange with two schools (Ricarda-Huch-Schule and Wilhelm-Bracke-Gesamtschule)

To learn more about the current activities with Braunschweig’s twin cities, please click here: 


Kazan City Council, Municipality of Kazan

International Relations Department


Ul. Kremljewska 1
4200 Kazan/Russian Federation

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  • City of Kazan
  • Stadt Kasan