I'm often asked what to do in Vladivostok - this is what I wouldn't miss if I were a tourist
If it is sunny go to fish market (located on Naberejnaya, across Oceanarium) and enjoy fresh seafood and good bear. Feel yourself in maritime city! Enjoy your life!
Go to Chinese restaurant! They are especially nice in Vladivostok
If you enjoy fresh beer go to "Hans" Pub (25-A Fokina St) — they have good German cuisine and home made beer at very good prices or "Gutov" restaurant (23 Posietskaya St)
If it is Friday or Saturday, "Porto-Franko" (13 Svetlanskaya St) offers good shows in the evening! Prices for meals are very affordable and admission fee is 300 rubles (10 USD)
If you didn't take a train take suburban train (electrichka) and have a ride on famous Trans Siberian Railroad
Go to Chinese flee-market! It is a chance to make a small trip to China and buy cheap stuff!
Best Strip Shows are definitely in "Bottomless Barrel" (2 Fontanaya St)
Find some time and enjoy peaceful atmosphere and delicious food in Oasis Restaurant (Vlad Motor Inn Hotel). Then simply take a walk in quite suburbs and its beautiful park. Don't forget to feed squirrels!
Award yourself with visit to Russian steam bath (Russian banya). It is very relaxing especially after spending couple of weeks in the train!
Go to botanical garden if it is sunny! Relax and tske your time to think about your life!
If you've already visited everything — come to "Discovery' Travel Club and have a cup of coffee or read some newspapers and books in English. Be our dear guest!
HAVE A GOOD TIME IN VLADIVOSTOK!
There are only two funiculars in Russia, one of them being in Vladivostok.
It will take you from its lower section in Pushkinskaya Street up close to the top of Eagle's Nest Hill, which rises 180 meters above the sea level. This ride lasts about 1 minute, have your camera at hand as the views of Golden Horn Bay and downtown will be spectacular.
Another option: conquer this hill by yourself, climbing some 300 steep stairs up lol Halfway through your leg muscles will tell you that this is quite an exercise.
Within a stone's throw from the funicular upper section is a viewing platform atop Eagle's Nest Hill.
Scattered around the lower funicular section in Pushkin Street are:
1) the historic red-brick building of the Far Eastern State Technical University, have a look the 100-year-old basalt Chinese lions vigilantly guarding its entrance,
2) adjacent to it is St Paul's Lutheran church in Gothic style built by German architect Junghendel (the one who also designed the GOUM)
3) St Tatiana's Chapel and its belfry: it is a custom to walk under the belfry arch making a wish.
4) Pushkin Theater, constructed in 1908: an amazing facade, (and a nice free toilet!)
5) Statue of Pushkin himself, with a book between legs, standing in quite a posture.
This is the terminal station of the Trans-Siberian Railways. To the rear of the photo is a wharf on Zolotoy Rog Bay, where there are many ships (such as passenger, goods, and naval) are docked, so this is a fairly busy part of town. It is of course a main bus terminal as you can see, and one of the few places where it is easy to find a taxi.
The viewing platform is located atop Eagle's Nest Hill that rises 180 meters above the city.
There are neither eagles, nor their nests left, but you will find breathtaking panoramic views, as well as a monument to Cyrill and Methodius, "equal to the Apostles, Enlighteners of the Slavic people", as its plaque says.
So from the above you will contemplate the city panorama including
1) Golden Horn Bay (which never freezes in winter) in front of you;
2) Churkin residential district (the hugest one with a population of 230.000 people and where I was blessed to live for a couple of years) across the bay;
(and now imagine a bridge that will have linked this side with that side by 2012)
3)Russky Island in the background, that will host the APEC-2012 Summit;
4) the Egersheld Peninsula on the left and Amur Bay further on the left.
One of multiple Vladivostok fortresses turned into a museum in 1996 and put on the State protected area list.
It houses an impressive collection of historic military objects.
Check out the pics of the external expositions here:
Internal expositions to see in the bunkers of the fortress:
Built as the Imperial Navy headquarters it was housing KGB offices during Soviet times. Secret underground passages were dug beneath the building into the hill.
Go inside in case you need to visit a currency exchange point (on the first level) or to use an ATM.
Some original interiors are well preserved and you will see that this is quite a bank.
And it has a webpage available in English (!)
Check it out for exchange rates.
At the waterfront off Ul. Admirala Fokina, and down the steps, you can see a city beach with lots of open bars and cafes.
There are actually large pieces of old broken glass on the shore, so do be careful if you take your shoes off!
Take your time to walk around our downtown area:
browse into its shops, cafes, bookstores, admire its historic buildings, and feel its bustling port-city ambiance.
is the main downtown street, it is 6 km long and goes along Golden horn Bay. Its first 3 km are worth walking along to spot some amazing buildings, shops, and patches of green. As there is no Tourist Office in Vladivostok, the best option is to buy your Vladivostok map in ENGLISH (!!!) in Flostky Universmag (Navy Store). They specialize in selling military uniform and stuff, but there are also souvenir and book sections. Seen on the pic #2 it is on the right where the jeeps are parked (Svetlanskaya 16/18).
goes from the Railway station towards the central bus terminal. It is absolutely worth walking along after being given a good face-lift in 2010.
(Have a look at all the 5 pics)
Quite a Soviet thing right in the heart of the city.
And 80% of locals would prefer to have it knocked down. Anyway, it is still there and foreign visitors love it, revealing a tendency of finding Soviet era scraps all over the city and taking pictures of them.
Have a closer look at the monument to find a Soviet emblem - a sickle and a hammer - to take a picture of.
Mind Soviet stars woven into the tram wires above Svetlanskaya Street in that area.
(see the PICS)
Dedicated to the Far Easterners who perished during the WWII this memorial comprises:
1) St Andrew's Chapel - drop in to have a look around; taking pictures in there is not recommended, though. If you come over on a week-end morning or in the afternoon, you may hear some amazing bell-ringing.
2)The Memorial Wall with plaques listing names of perished locals.
3) Canons and the eternal flame.
4) C-56 Submarine that sank 12 Nazi ships, now being a museum - getting inside it is a must-do.
This site is a very popular wedding place. Foreign visitors seem to like taking pictures of the beautifully dressed Russian brides.
Being closer to Japan then to Moscow cars all are imported from Asia rather then to ship them right through the country. Problem cars in Japan have the steering wheel on the right hand side and not on the left. So in Vladivostok most of the cars drive on the right with right hand side steering wheels.
An historic mansion built in 1906 and originally owned by a merchant in now housing the Arseniev Regional Museum.
Named after Vladimir Arseniev, the explorer of the Russian Far East and prominent writer, this place is a must-visit as it gives an insight into the history of the region and Vladivostok in particular. Lots of things are on display - from local flora and fauna species to various historic objects.
Mind its historic doors and staircases among the interiors.
When our last Tzar Nikolas II came to Vladivostok to supervise the final stage of the Trans-Siberian Railway construction, the locals were so exhilarated that they built up this arch.
Later on it was blown up, as Imperial symbols were not quite appreciated by the Communists.
Then sometime in 2000 the drafts of the original arch were found in the Arseniev Regional Museum archives, and and the original arch was reconstructed.
Have a thorough look at its top: there are old city/region coats-of-arms on each side, along with the icon of St Nikolai - the patron saint of our last Tzar.
Built in 1876 as a facility building by the the adjacent Cathedral of the Dormition, it survived the Revolution while the latter was demolished.
After the USSR collapsed, the facility building was converted into an Orthodox church. It has undergone some major renovations, the altar part and the belfry were built up, while the roof was topped with domes.
Have a look at pic N2 to compare the modernized church building with what it looked like 100 years ago, and imagine the dimensions of the Cathedral towering nearby.
Drop into the church, listen to the choir, have a look at the interior with its icons, giant gilded chandeliers, and relics of Orthodox saints in shrines. You may also be lucky to hear some stunning bell-ringing .
There is a icon-shop on the lower level with lots of icons and other Orthodox objects, as well as Orthodox music CDs.
A new belfry that makes a perfect architectural ensemble with the church was commisioned in 2010.
In front of the bay you may visit the submarine C-56 -I think really S-56 due to the cyrillic alphabet-, a true WWII veteran that sank over 14 enemy german ships. Inside you find a brief history of russian and Vladivostok navy and you can feel the way of life of those sea men who were here. At the ending, at torpedoes camera, you may take photos dressed as a true russian navy commander after payment of some rubles to the gifts seller who you find there. Interesting.