The city is clean and well-maintained, with large pedestrian areas. The pale blue, gold-domed cathedral is the city’s most picturesque building, which overlooks a little river and lies a short walk from the city’s two largest squares. Sovetskaya Square will host 25,000 supporters when it serves as the Fan Zone during the World Cup.
Despite already having a few nice restaurants, there will be temporary food stalls erected for the duration of the tournament, to cope with increased demand. A charming local restaurant, made entirely of wood sits on the banks of the river. Serving local dishes, Russian classics and showcasing the region’s typical wooden sculptures, it is well worth a visit.
Saransk is a little-known city internationally, but it may well be a highlight for visiting fans. In terms of discovering Russian culture, meeting local people and experiencing the Russian people’s generosity and hospitality, Saransk may well be the pick of the bunch.
Meet the locals! Saransk is by far the least known of all of the Russian host cities and whilst all Russians are inquisitive about their foreign guests, the people of Saransk are especially keen to give off a good impression to the Danish, Japanese, Peruvian and Colombian fans that will arrive here.
Read before coming:
The Gulag Archipelago – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Saransk, and Mordovia more generally, is renowned for its large concentration of Soviet, and now Russian, penal colonies).