Saransak is the capital of the Republic of Mordovia, straddling the banks of the Insar River. It is a small city with interesting museums, plenty of public city statues, theaters, and large city parks.
Head to the Museum of War and Work Efforts to mug up on your Russian history and learn about the country's participation in various wars of the 20th century. Alternatively The Local History Museum will teach you about traditions to the city and other local historical facts. In and around the city you will find statues of Lenin, Pushkin as well as monuments to soldiers and to family values in modern Russia. A wander around the city will lead you to Millennium Square and its musical fountain, a charming place to watch the world go by. There are 5 theaters in the city, interesting for a small place, and a great chance to see some drama or a ballet, or try the cinema, recently renovated and named in honor of its patron, Gerard Depardieu.
June, July and August have the sunniest and warmest weather for exploring and sightseeing.