Things to do in Yekaterinburg

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Things to Do in Yekaterinburg

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  • Maryam N
    St. Petersburg, Russia19 contributions
    this is one of the reason I travelled to this area. whole the family of Nikolai the 2 were berried in this place on 1918
    Written 5 August 2020
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,167 contributions
    A good way to start sightseeing in Yekaterinburg is to go to the Visotsky Business Center, a skyscraper in the corner of Malyshev and Karl-Liebknecht streets, which was opened in 2011. It used to be the city's tallest building for a few years, but has been surpassed by 24m with the completion of the 213m tall Iset Tower four years later.

    Once at the Visotsky Tower one buys a ticket for 350 RUB, which allows one to take a rather small elevator up to the 52 floor at an altitude of 186m. There is a circular platform, protected by glass windows, with views in all direction. Good boards in Russian and English explain all the main buildings one can see from up here, also the Church on Blood.

    It is an impressive way to look at a large modern city in the West Siberian plains with the low Central Urals in the background. Also visible are the Iset river and the City Pond. There are a few benches, telescopes and vending machines for soft drinks. Not a place though to visit in rainy weather.

    The skyscraper was named after the very popular Muscovite singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky ('vysoky' also meaning 'tall' in Russian), who passed away in 1980 at age 42. There is a museum dedicated to him with some personal belongings on the 3rd floor. At the back of the building is a bronze sculpture of him and his wife Marina Vlady, the French actress of Russian origin.
    Written 4 June 2020
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  • Anthony R
    Northampton, UK23 contributions
    The Boris Yeltsin centre is housed in a modern looking building and houses among others a number of shops an art gallery and a museum devoted to the ex russian president Boris Yeltsin. Whilst the shops are mostly small but trendy boutiques, the museum devoted to Boris Yeltsin was surprisingly entertaining and should engage anyone with even just a passing interest in russian or indeed world politics over the last 30 plus years .
    Written 12 November 2021
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  • Tatiana B
    Florida102 contributions
    Just imagine for the moment: you spend all day shopping, visiting museums, and galleries or just was surrounded by many human bodies for some time of your day and need the break. This is the good place to make the rest stop and enjoy the view of something green, quiet and pleasant piece of nature on the middle of busy center. This is not place for architecture lovers, or history buildings but for somebody who can appreciate the simple nature of trees, grass, and clouds. You can observe local birds and small animals, smell the spring or just do yoga.
    Written 10 November 2017
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  • olegl28
    139 contributions
    This theatre was open 1912. We always call this theatre - Bolshoy theatre in miniature. Nice opera and beautiful ballet. Best high professional dancers and opera singers. Enjoy every visit this theatre. I love it since 1981
    Written 19 December 2019
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  • Jolly-Stranger
    Riga, Latvia99 contributions
    I was surprised to discover such a great museum in Yekaterinburg. You can feel the devotion of the museum's founder to Vysotsky's work. A lot of original items on display. A must visit.
    Written 24 April 2019
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  • Demetrios65
    Athens, Greece312 contributions
    A huge cathedral which is more a memorial place for the place where Tsar Nicholas and his family were murdered by the bolshevik soldiers. The place is new build, so don't expect to see something old and historical apart that.
    Written 15 October 2021
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  • Demetrios65
    Athens, Greece312 contributions
    Like all cities in Russia, there is a war memorial in Yekaterinburg to remind the massive losses in WW2
    Written 15 October 2021
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  • olegl28
    139 contributions
    This beautiful museum in Ekaterinburg Art Gallery where you can see metal pavilion Kaslinsky which one received Gold medal on Paris exhibition 1900. Very unique. Also you can enjoy beautiful paintings from different artists. Recommend to visit in Ekaterinburg
    Written 28 December 2019
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,167 contributions
    When in the city center by the Historical Public Garden, where the river Isset had been dammed to form the actual City Pond, one will not miss to see the eye-catching mansion in green, white and some terracotta-red colours in an odd, rather overloaded mix of styles. Very different to the rest is the rounded corner extension with round arches below and gothic ones on top. Mainly here the terracotta-red has been used as well.

    An information board says that the building dates form the early 19th century, but in fact the mansion had been redone, changed and renovated several times. It is named for Nikolay Sevastyanov, a clerk in the mining department, who made a fortune selling Ural products during the Crimean War. Apparently he never lived in his palace, but leased it to wealthy people and then sold it to the state.

    For a while a district court, in Soviet times a 'House of Unions', it still belongs to the government and has been used by the Russian president, when staying in the city. It definitely cannot be visited, so all that is left to the tourist is to admire its exterior and take photos, best from the corner of the City Pond.
    Written 25 June 2020
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,088 contributions
    Beautiful Orthodox Easter decorations on Vaynera Street. We especially loved the Easter Egg decorations made of magnificent roses. As can been seen of the frost on the roses, it is a cold Easter Day in Yekaterinburg.
    Written 2 May 2021
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,167 contributions
    The weir on the Iset river was the beginning of Yekaterinburg. It was built in 1723 by the orders of Vasily Tatishchev (see the nearby monument to him and his successor Georg de Gennin) to provide power to the iron works established here. Today the low dam, which separates the city pond from the historical square, is a favourite meeting place for locals, but also beloved by individuals, who just want some quiet, seated on one of the benches or steps here and meditating by looking over the water.

    The weir here is called 'Plotinka' and the busy Lenin Avenue goes over it. At the park behind the dam can be visited the Water Tower, built in the 1880's for the railway factory that had replaced the iron works. Next to it is the Monument to the City's Founders, unveiled in 1998.

    By the city pond are stalls selling ice cream or corn cobs, there are lone fishermen, flowerbeds, a cast iron rotunda and further back the richly decorated Sevastyanov's House.
    Written 16 July 2020
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,167 contributions
    There is more than one Europe-Asia border marker in the Urals, also near Yekaterinburg. The historically most interesting is the one 2km before the town of Pervouralsk, since it had been visited in 1837 by crown prince, later czar Alexander II, famously drinking one glass of wine in Europe and one in Asia.

    The closest to Yekaterinburg, in a distance of just 17km by the highway to Perm, dates from 2004. It is the place I saw, when I came by taxi, since I had it combined with a visit to Ganina Yama and Chertovo Gorodische, all in all a 5 hours tour.

    From the car park with some souvenir stalls it is a walk of about 200m to the rather small monument. It is in a wooded area with mainly conifers. Some rocks had been brought here from other parts of the world, like a serpentine from the Valtellina in the Raetian Alps of Italy. There are also several decorative leftovers from weddings that had taken place here. Tourists love to stand in front of the border marker with one foot in Europe, one foot in Asia for a good photo.

    It is only since the beginning of the 18th century that the Urals, an about 2500km long mountain range, which never gets higher than 1895m asl, are considered as the boundary between Europe and Asia. It had been first proposed in a book by Philip Johan von Strahlenberg, a Swedish army officer of German origin, who as a Russian prisoner of war spent more than 10 years in Western Siberia, having enough time and freedom though to study Russian geography. The founder of Yekaterinburg, Vasily Tatishchev, later declared that the notion of the Ural as continental border had originally been his idea.

    Russia is thus together with Turkey the only country on two continents. Since Yekaterinburg and surroundings are in the Central Ural, the lowest part of the mountain range, the border marker looks as if in a rather flat, not very exiting spot and one wonders, why this monument had just been erected here.
    Written 1 June 2020
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  • Carli M
    Canada199 contributions
    So i thought the entry price was a bit steep for what you got but I still enjoyed it and by western standards it isn't expensive to visit. I liked seeing all the rocks and jewelry and stuff. Having seen some of the photos here they have to change the displays fairly often as I didn't recognize a lot of them but some I definitely did and the photos of the location showed it was the same place so I think they change it up. Some of the jewelry was amazing and some of it was ugly as all get out but it was all interesting. But only if you like geology, rocks and jewelry, of course. Very little English. You will be lucky to get what kind of rock it is out of the signage.
    Written 17 June 2019
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  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,167 contributions
    When going to visit the Church on Blood one will also see the nearby Church of the Ascension of the Lord with its light blue and white exterior. It stands on Yekaterinburg's highest hill (290m asl), where in the first half of the 18th century the city's founder, Vasily Tatishchev, had his house built. After it had fallen into disrepair the Voznesenskaya Tserkov (Ascension Church) was constructed, today considered to be the oldest church of Yekaterinburg.

    Work on the church began in 1792, but lasted several years. It was built in the then popular late baroque style, but since then several alterations have taken place, trying to give it a more Russo-Byzantine appearance, wich can be seen for example in the gilded onion shaped tops above the bell tower, the central dome and the apse.

    The church has now given its name to the hill and the square, where it stands: Ascension Hill and Ascension Square. It is a popular church for Russian believers. Women can help themselves to scarves by the entrance, which are compulsory to wear inside. Services are held here again since 1991. In Soviet times the building had been turned into a school, later a Museum of Local History.
    Written 3 June 2020
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