Ulyanovsk is in a wonderful location. The city lies between the Volga and Sviyaga rivers flowing in opposite directions. There is no other place like this in the world. Ulyanovsk has something of interest for everyone—the Lenin Memorial museum, the Museum of Civil Aviation, unusual monuments to the Russian letter yo (ё) and to the fairy tale character Kolobok. Ulyanovsk's villages have preserved unique monuments of archeology and traditional paganism. Natural monuments: Selishcheva Balka, where wild peonies and other endangered plants flower, Skripinskie Kuchury and the Tushna Hills are a paradise for photographers and artists.
The city previously known as Simbirsk was renamed in honor of the famous 20th century political activist—Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin. In Soviet times, his name made Ulyanovsk Oblast a real Mecca for visitors. The Homeland of V. I. Lenin Museum Reserve is located in the historical part of the city; it still contains unique exhibits that not only describe the history of the establishment of the communist idea, but also global events of the 20th century.
Simbirsk was once known as the Lord of the Volga Cities for its beauty and uniqueness. Today, Ulyanovsk is a modern developing city, successfully combining industrial development and its rich cultural and historical heritage.
In summer you can visit natural monuments or walk along the embankment with its wonderful view of the endless space of the beautiful Volga, while in winter you can take part in dog sled races and celebrate Maslenitsa in Sengiley, the pancake capital of the Volga. Spring is the perfect time to take a trip on the river and view the city flooded by the pink colors of bird cherry and apple trees blossom. Ulyanovsk can also be beautiful in autumn; this is the best time to walk through the city's historical center, where you can feel the breath of pre-revolutionary Simbirsk.
Ulyanovsk is also famous as an aviation capital—the largest Russian aviation construction complex Aviastar, the Ulyanovsk Institute of Civil Aviation and one of the largest civil aviation museums in the world with its unique open-air exhibitions are all located here.
There are numerous resorts along the banks of the Volga offering all types of therapeutic and rehabilitation programmes. The treatments use sulfur water extracted from local springs at a depth of 400 meters and sulfide mud from Saksky Lake, rich in therapeutic organic and mineral substances.
Even the youngest visitors to Ulyanovsk will find something to keep them busy: several years ago, the city was placed on Russia's fairy tale map as the home of the famous Russian fairy tale character—Kolobok. The city has a wide range of children's attractions: theme parks and outdoor activities, a hippodrome and the Ulyot water park with one of the fastest and highest slides in the Volga region—a 17 meter high water loop.
Every year Ulyanovsk Oblast hosts more and more interregional and international events that attract thousands of visitors from around the world. They include the International Air Show, the All-Russian Pancake Festival, the International Festival of Living History Volga Route, all kinds of fairs, and cultural, historic, and entertainment programmes.