Yekaterinburg is the fourth-largest city in Russia and the administrative center of Sverdlovsk Oblast. It is located in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the border of Europe and Asia. The city is alternatively romanised as Ekaterinburg.
The Church Upon the Blood is a huge Byzantine-style church, dominating the site where Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and children were murdered by Bolshevisks on the night of July 16, 1918. Nearby is the wooden chapel honoring the Imperial family’s great-aunt and faithful friend.
The lovely wooden Chapel of the Revered Martyr Gran Dutchess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna pays honor to the Imperial family’s great-aunt. She was a pious nun who after her relatives were murdered was thrown down a mineshaft, poisoned with gas and buried.
Rastorguev-Kharitonov is located across the road from the Church of Upon the Blood. This mansion dates from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There is a lovely park behind it.
Vysotsky is a business center that offers panoramic views of the city. There is an open observation deck on the 52nd floor. The building rises up to a height of 186 meters and opens up for a view of impressive architecture, historical buildings, motorways and parks. Couples looking for some romance can reserve one of four comfortable cabins for a most romantic evening.
Visit the exclusive Vertikal Restaurant which opened in 2013. It is located on the 51st floor of the Vyotsky business center. This restaurant offers European cuisine and fine wine. This is elegant dining with a wonderful view of the city’s skyline.
The highlight of the Museum of Fine Arts is the
elaborate Kasli Iron Pavilion, that won prizes in the 1900 Paris Expo. The museum offers visitors a good collection of icons, paintings and decorative art.
The oldest church in Yekaterinburg is the restored late 18th century Ascension Church. It is located by some parkland that is a great place to take a stroll.
The loveliest and most lively square in the city is Istorichesky Skver. People enjoy spending time at this landscaped park especially in the summertime.
Here you’ll also find the beautiful City Pond. This is the spot where Yekaterinburg began back in 1723.
The Monument to the Founders of Yekaterinburg stands on one side of this square and depicts the founders Vasily Tatishchev and George Wilhelm de Gennin. The Old Water Tower pictured above is one of the city’s oldest structures.
The Literary Quarter is located just north of skver Popova. Here you can enjoy viewing wooden houses, some of which are now museums about celebrated local writers like Dmitry Mamina-Sibiryak and Pavel Bazhov.
Take the Red Line Walking Tour. This is a pedestrian tourist route in the historic center of Yekaterinburg. It is designated by a special red marking on the asphalt. The route stretches for six and a half kilometers and is circular so you return back to the place where you started out. Along the way are 35 interesting sites, marked by specific numbers. You’ll see monuments, merchant estates, interesting streets and squares. Red Line Tour is a national project that began in 2011.
The Cinema Theater Kolizey is housed in a building dating back to 1845 and became the first municipal theater. It was restored in 2002 and its grand opening became known as the Day of Russian Cinema. The Coliseum Theater has two cinemas both with 291 seats. The host different film festivals, including a cartoon festival for families. On the second floor you’ll find a free library. The walls are decorated with artwork by local artists and the cinema bar in the lobby offers great popcorn and refreshing drinks.
Victory Park is a forested park right in the center of Yekaterinburg. The park features little gazebos so people can gather together with friends. You can pick up the keys to your own private gazebo and you’ll be given rubbish bags and disposable white tablecloths. The park is clean and well-taken care of. There is an artificial pond in the middle of the park where for a fee you can do some fishing. The park has benches for relaxing and BBQ spots. During the summertime people can rent bikes, play mini golf or beach volley ball. In the winter people can rent skis.
The House of Kirillov once belonged to a self-taught blacksmith named Sergei Kirillov. It is located near Yekaterinburg in the small village of Kunara. It is like a fairy-tale house and for over 15 years Kirillov worked on his house. There are patterned paintings and traditional ornaments and the design is done using Orthodox symbols, flowers and stars of the Soviet Union. Today tourists from all over the world come to see this house.
The Yekaterinburg State Academical Opera and Ballet Theater is one of the main cultural attractions in the city and is one of the oldest opera houses in Russia. It is located on the main avenue, Lenin Avenue and its facade is lit up at night. It was built in the style of the classical theater found in Vienna and Odessa. The Opera Theater offers many well-known productions among them The Marriage of Figaro.
Yekaterinburg Zoo is a most pleasant place to visit. You can find friendly raccoons ready to shake your hand.
Visitors enjoy the polar bears like snow-white Umka who loves to play with water streams in the swimming pool and enjoys seeing visitors.
You can see wolves roaming about their space. Otters enjoy playing and resting at their pool. There is an elephant that enjoys humming to itself and dancing.
There are martens going about their day and squirrels running about while lynx lazily watch them from a distance.
You’ll see rare white tigers, hippopotamus and other animals. The hippopotamus usually get annoyed by birds flying about.