Ufa is the largest city and capital of the unrecognized Republic of Bashkortostan. The city lies in the center-northeastern of Bashkortostan on high hills formed by the Ufa and Belaya rivers. Its location has facilitated easy access to the foothills of the Karakoram Range and the surrounding areas.
Though officially recognized as a part of the Russian Federation, the city has become something more than that. It is today a melting pot of various nationalities, cultures and ethnicities with a strong cultural Muslim population. This melting pot gave birth to some of the best sports events in the world. Some of these include the Ufa Sportbook; the only club in Russia with a permanent stadium, the only one of its kind in the world and the holder of world records for the highest score in tennis and the most tennis matches won in a set, the only one of its kind in the world as well as the only one in the entire Soviet Union to hold this title.
The Ufa Sportbook has been active since its foundation in 1993 and has hosted some of the greatest tournaments in the world such as the ITF World Cup, the Olympic Games, Euro and Olympics tennis tournaments. It holds the world record for the most number of tennis matches won in a set (12) and the most number of grand slam tennis matches won (eight). The club’s most accomplished player is Irina Kerzner, who is considered to be one of the greatest Russian tennis players of all time. She is a two time winner of the Ufa Women’s Grand Prix in Ufa itself.
The Ufa Clubhouse Museum is another attraction in Ufa. This museum displays various artifacts from the Ufa community in Russia and various other countries including the US, UK and Canada. Among the artifacts on display are ballets, swords, coats, shoes and various sports equipment. This museum also features a recreation of a town, the Leninov House which was turned into a museum after the collapse of the communist regime. Among the notable collections included are the first home of Maxim and Vasili Belyakov, an American couple who owned the majority shares in the Ufa State Trading Corporation, one of the largest trading corporations in Russia at that time.
The Leninov House Museum is also a great attraction and is located within the premises of the Ufa Clubhouse. Here you can find all types of goods ranging from furniture to sports equipment to cultural items to memorabilia and even films from the golden days of Leninov and the Ufa. You will also discover the secret treasures of former First ladies of Russia, which are showcased in this fascinating museum.
The third and last stop of your vacation in Ufa is the famous bashkortostan. The word “batky” in Russian refers to a certain type of meat that is grilled over a pit. You will find this type of meat being cooked over the open fire in many authentic Russian homes. You will have a chance to taste the best and most scrumptious food of this region before you leave for your vacation in Ufa. This is also where you can enjoy some world-class entertainment like bullfights and polo matches.