It's located up the hill behind the Oceanarium, though we didn't find any tourist info. here, and quite stumbled upon here by accident.
Atop the Naval Fortress, there are spectacular views of the city and the bay. We saw lectures given to young military recruits!
This was quite an amazing experience for us, especially considering that outsiders were not even permitted access into this city until 1992!!!
It is not that it is unown or something, but usually poeple miss it out. To me, I personally think, that you can visit huindreds museums in Russia but Vladivostok is the only place where you can see such large Forts. First of all they are REAL, secondly they are BREATHTAKING! Where wil you have a chance to go 25 meters underground and see places where GULAG prisoners were shot to death? Amazing view and wonderful pictures are availibale from upper frontier lines. DON"T MISS IT!
Don't confuse it with museum of forts locate din downtown, these are two completely different things!
This amazing mansion houses the oldest city drugstore and was built in 1885 and owned by Axel Valden, one of the city founders. You can see the first letter of his name "B"above the archway.
Go through this arch to get into a fascinating inner yard - you will see two towering aisles occupied by apartments and offices nowadays.
As you are not likely to do by yourself, ask your local friends to take you out on a picnic to the suburbs. It is a good way to get more closely acquainted with local nature. There are lots of wild flowers in the forests in spring, while autumn turns maple trees all a-blaze - quite a spectacle!
In addition to so widely known Russki Island connected by a regular ferry service with the mainland, there is a lot of smaller uninhabited islands that will stun you with their primeval beauty.
The best way to work out your voyage is to find a local friend with a yacht :)P
This fortress was built in 1898 to defend the city from a possible attack from the open sea.
Though the giant canons disappeared long ago, the concrete fortress structures are still impressive.
On the top of the fortress you will have eye-opening views of the of the OPEN SEA, Ulysses Bay, Russki Island and the Egersheld peninsula. You will also witness a bridge construction in Patrockle bay.
Ask your local friends to take you there.
Location: the other side of Golden Horn Bay, Churkin residential district, Ulysses Bay.
Vladivostok is a place full of market activity. You could think about a grey sad post-soviet militar harbour. Nothing further away from reality. You hardly find militar acitivity at harbour but you find wide coastal walks and nearby ancient streets. At the very center you may find some modern places as the B-Laser multi-center, a modern place where you find any kind of shops full of occidental marks and even modern cinema multi-halls. But the real market is some far away from center.
The main markets are thematic and you have to find them in the surroundings of the city, going by car. If you can find them, you may see a full market of drinkings, another one of perfumes, colonies and so, another of home furnitures, a place for second-hand japanese cars (90% of cars in Vladivostok) and so. They are not the modern clean buildings in the center but crowds of wooden small shops, anarchically distributed in an open area without services and where you can only arrive by car. They are the hart of the commercial trading of the city, authentic Russia of course.
Located right in the heart of the city, it hides itself in the quaint yard of Arseniev Museum.
Portmay was the name the English were going to give to what is now Vladivostok. But the Russians proved to be quicker about it.
Opened in 2004 it houses exhibitions of local artists and is a place to rub shoulders with local beaumonde. Do not forget to check out its upper level. Drop down on embroidered chairs, look at the pieces of local contemporary art and muse a little.
When leaving, ring the ship bell at the entrance /and run away/ :)P
I really recomend to visit museum of FENU (Far East National University) - used to be called FESU university. This museum is really new , it has wonderful collections of animals, fishes, old artifacts and etc. One of the best museums in the city!
It is located on bus stop called Gorpark, right in the historical bulding of FENU.
Like in Virginia Woolf's novel "To the Lighthouse" you can actually set out for the lighthouse on the Egersheld Peninsula located on the strip of land that juts towards Russky Island.
At low tide on can walk right to the lighthouse via this strip of land. You will be half-way to Rusiki island, with Holden Horn Bay on your left, and the Amur Bay on your right.
While standing there altogether enchanded do not forget to check the TIDE! Walking back might turn to be rather WET :)P
To get there take bus N60, 62, or 58 in the downtown area, as МАЯК (Lighthouse) is their terminus. Then find your way to walk down to the bay.
For some more unexpected views try to get to our "Manhattan" - Churkin residential district located on the other side of Holden Horn Bay.
Numerous buses link it to the downtown area, though you'd better ask your local Russian friends to take you there as they MUST know some scenic spots.
In case they do not, be the first to throw a stone at me...
If you are into music it is a must-visit venue, a spot to listen to the musicians from all over the world. Its newly restored turn-of-the-XX-century ambiance adds up to your exprerience.
Check out its web page for interior photos.
If you ever get there you won't regret it: from up there you will have the best view of both shores of Golden Horn Bay - the one to your left being the downtown side, the other to your right being the biggest residential district of Churkin. It is also the best place to watch the busy life of the harbor: ferries, ships and floating cranes make a real bustle at your feet.
And by the way, there is an Orthodox cross set up there - hence comes the name of this hill.
To get there take either Bus #60 or #62 by the railway station in the direction opposite to the downtown area, get off after Kazan Bridge and always go to the lerf passing by residential buildings. This way you are DOOMED to get to that hill :)P
Beaches on the Sea of Japan, travel by ferry or faster (1 hour) hydrofoil boat to
Slavianka across Bay of Peter the Great. Sandy beaches, warm water, super budget 'resorts', sleep anywhere in the open or cheap hotels with no hot water. This is Siberian tiger habitat and Amur leopard habitat. There are deer farms with Sika deer to visit. Stones throw to China border crossing and North Korean border that cannot be crossed but can look across. Fishing is great because commercial fishery is shut down. People swim with dolphins and seals that summer there in the warm currents. Hills to hike and possible to see bear leopard and tiger tracks and scat. Young students to hire as translators with poor engklish but passable. Be prepared to be dependent on newly made local friends for hire to get around. Can get a car hired with driver for $50/day. Beautiful undeveloped wide open land and beaches between high rocky promontories. Latitude 43 degrees.
You can see many fleets of naval equipment here, and there is a daily noon cannon salute.
This entire city was considered sufficiently strategic location to warrant the closure of this city to outsiders during the Soviet era, and has been re-opened only since 1992.