Uralmash is a residential area located at the north of the city, built for workers of Uralmash heavy machine production facility since 1930s. A few fine examples of Constructivist architecture worth seeing as well as some pieces of Stalin’s empire style and large blocks of old residential housing that make sharp contrast with modernized central Yekaterinburg.
A nice place for a half-day walk or longer if you want to discover more hidden treasures. Very green in summer, with a few shops and outdoor adverts, it carries you back to soviet era.
Although accessible by metro (Uralmash station), the district is better to reach by tram 5 which terminates at 1st Five-Year Plan Square (площадь 1-й пятилетки) near the Uralmash plant gateway.
I didn’t explore much of Uralmash so here’s just an incomplete listing of worthy objects:
- The White Tower, a constructivist water tower, district’s landmark, now abandoned and vandalized, although local architecture activists attempt to remove garbage and restrict access inside.
- Residential building at Ordzhonikidze 3 is rich in decorations including colonnades in archways, prominent balcony railings with hammer and sickle and a fountain in the yard. Was it really built for workers?
- School no. 22 at Krasnykh Partizan 4 featuring communist bas-reliefs on façade.
- Constructivist former club for Uralmash plant workers at Bulvar Kultury 3.
The border between Europe and Asia is just west of town. There are big symbols for each continent, and there is a spot where you can stand with one foot on each. It is very nicely landscaped, and mercifully free of souvenir stands.
Just west of town there is a memorial to Purge victims. There are 18,500 names running alphabetically on a series of walls, plus a grave that symbolizes all the unidentified people. It is a very solemn place.
A lot of bodies were found in a mass grave when the road was constructed. Our guide said there are about 19 other places like this.
On the third weekend of August there is a so called day of the city in Yekaterinburg. This is a festival with lots of interesting things going on around the town. One of the events that most of the tourists miss is an aviation show that takes place in a small Uktus airport. If the weather is good, several thousands of local gather on the airport to watch various plains and helicopters show interesting things in the sky. The entrance is free, but unless you have a special pass, you'll have to drop you car several kilometers away and walk to the field. This is due to the fact the airport is too small and there is no place to park for so many cars.
The show usually starts on Sunday at 10am and lasts until about 4pm.
To get to the airport you need to go south from Yekaterinburg (route to Chelyabinsk) and follow Uktus airport sign in about 10 km after you leave the city.
Talk about hidden, "Off the Beaten Path", this was about as obscure as it could get, no sign age, a real "side street" location, in an area that does not look at all inviting to the wary eye. Right across the street was a house that was falling in, the roof was collapsed, the windows broken, the door sagged off the hinges, it was about as derelict as anything you could find. and it's "neighbors" across the street were the US and British Consulates!!
The only real "give away" was the US flag!. The breeze had caught the flag and it was right out stiff, but by the time I got my camera out for a nice shot, the wind had died down. Perhaps it was all my pawing around for the camera in my bag that caught the eyes of the Russian guards. They intercepted me about a block from the consulate and "REQUESTED" my passport! I was not thinking as clearly as I should have been when I dressd that morining, I was wearing a black sport coat, black slacks and black turtle neck sweater, (about as close as you can get to a "uniform" for the Russian "man about town"!!) given that I have been mistaken for a Russian more than a few times, I noticed the guards amazment when I produced an American passport and spoke English without any hesitation. (I did remember to say спасибо (spaceba = thanks) when they returned it!!), again with a touch of uncertainty, but they did let me continue on my way.
Monuments to General Zhukov abound in Russia, he was the hero who saved Russia from the nazi invasion, General Eisenhower, the American commander in Europe is quoted as saying:
"One day there is certain to be another order of the Soviet Union. It will be the Order of Zhukov, and that order will be prized by every man who admires courage, vision, fortitude, and determination in a soldier." -Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1945
The Museum has a very large collection of semi-precious stones, many of them come from the Ural mountains. It's also a good place to buy some souvenirs to take home.
There aren't many visitors there, we wandered around alone. Entrance fee is 25 Roubles. It's open from 10am-7pm, except on Mondays.
The address is ul. Krasnoarmeiskaya 1A, next to the Bol'shoy Ural Hotel.
And than go back. But remember the station you got on it and tram´s number.
The reason I sugest you take a tram is that trams go on the railways. If you waited too long for it to go back to your station, you can guess the direction somehow. With buses or trolleybuses it will be almost impossible.
It will be a nice excursion and cost you almost nothing.
In rush hours stay next to the windows and do not get nervous.
This is (I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong) the Sverdlovsk Oblast about 20 km out of Eburg in the Ural Mts. It marks the boundary between Europe and Asia. You haven't seen Russia till you have ridden on the highways. :-)
In the last posting I ment do not worry about accomodation!!
If you go in the summer you will find lots of activitys going on,holidyas like days of the town, some will be small but some of them will have lots of folklore, singing and dancing it is a great way to see 'real'russian life.
again try to get traveling in the urals, by bus, bike or train, do worry about accomodtion, people will be happy to put you up, In the small towns people will be gratefull you visiting, and a change to practise their german or english!!
Just get on the bus and train and go in the country side of the Oural it is beutifull, people are nice. Just go any whwere
There is always a place to sleep, but try to learn a couple of wors of Russian! And have a dictionary with you! Plus your pasport
A few kilometres outside town you find this memorial dedicated to the victims of the Stalin era. It was bulit on a place where many bodies were discovered.
The Mafia has bulit their memorial site here. The members of a gang are buried unter huge grave stones depicting scenes from their life. It's indeed a very bizarre place...
again what do I have to add to this picture,
the veterans of all kind of wars,and the history of Russia, but this tells all!