Yekaterinburg Travel Guide

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Yekaterinburg Highlights

  • Pro
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     People, skying, more people and nature. 

  • Con
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     Not the sort of place for a Tsar 

  • In a nutshell
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     I loved life here 

Yekaterinburg Things to Do

  • Church of the Blood

    The Church of the Blood was built in 2000 on the site where Tsar Nicholas and his family were assassinated in 1918. They are now saints. There are large photos of the family outside the church. Inside, marble plaques for each family member line a wall. The Ipatiev house where they were imprisoned was torn down in 1977 on Yeltsin’s orders, after...

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  • Ganina Yama

    This is the place where - in the night of July 17th, 1918 - the bodies of the Romanov family were hidden after their execution at Ipatev House in Yekaterinburg.It was an abandoned mine, located near the village of Koptyaki, 15 km north from the city.Actually, the Bolsheviks returned one night later and moved the bodies to another cave, not far from...

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  • The City Hall

    This massive building with its evident Stalinist appearance houses today the City Hall an the local Duma. It is placed in the central square named Ploshchad 1905 Goda. The large cathedral which used to stand in this square was demolished in year 1930, as well as a statue of the Czar Alexander II, later replaced by one of Lenin.

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Yekaterinburg Restaurants

  • Eating at Mc Peak/'Mac Pik'

    West of the citycentre on the southside of Prospekt Lenina, (look at the map on this site) you'll find a rather big fast-food restaurant where they sell several chickenmeals, ice-creams and more stuff like Mc Donalds. Nice to have a seat at the window, overviewing the people taking over.

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  • Mini brewery and pub

    Tinkoff is the name of a chain of pubs/breweries across all Russia - today they have around 13 pubs.Great modern design in all breweries and you can see the stainless steel tanks from where you sit. This one in Ekaterinburg has an interesting layout with three stories arrayed around a scene where sometimes music bands play.Tinkoff is a good choice...

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  • Elephant, Ulitsa Malesheva,...

    Elephant, Ulitsa Malesheva, expencive, and sinse almost two years closed!!!Georgian Restaurant, Belinskov, moderated priced, good restaurant!Gradara ulitsa Malesheva 36Joomchoosna, at Dom kino, nice restaurant, trendy placeMc Peak s fast food restaurant, Porspect lenina, 24/8

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Yekaterinburg Nightlife

  • Beatles sounds

    The place really looks a bit like a submarine. It's actually a restaurant which has live music (Beatles songs usually) in the evenings. Relaxed athmosphere and decent prices. casual

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  • Malahit disco

    a nice place with nice people.2 floors:on the lower one there's the disco and a bar, with many tables around the dancing floor;on the upper one, there's a kind of pub, where you can also eat, play billiard or mini-bowling, or ride a mechanical bull.

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  • That's where the city is at night.

    As I said before, it is a place next to the river. There are many benches to sit and just drink beer like everyone does. Or go to karaoke singing, it is almost always next to the weir. But if it is not - you will hear where it is. It is a great place to make fun. Or even sing yourself. One song costs about $3 or less. Sometimes you can even win...

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Yekaterinburg Transportation

  • renting a car in Ekaterinburg

    Renting a car in Ekaterinburg was quite simple and didn't cause much problems. I just contacted a local company offering car rental services, their friendly stuff speak English well. The car was waiting for me at the airport, i signed the papers, payed in cash (credit card accepted only if you take the car from the office in downtown). My car was...

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  • Hailing a Taxi

    getting a Taxi in Yekaterinburg is exactly like hitchhiking, so 1) if you want to get anyplace just hitch, & 2) expect to pay for it, but not really much.Literally just stick your hand out or up, & a car will pull over. Usually not marked as a Taxi Cab, just a car. I never had to negotiate a price myself, but there always seemed to be extensive...

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  • Metro operation

    OperationThe Metro is a typical Soviet design, which when completed will form a triangle from three lines intersecting in the city centre. Currently the seven stations comprise 8.6 kilometres of length and are split between deep and shallow. Of the latter two are pillar-trispans and one is a single vault (built to Kharkov technology). The deep...

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Yekaterinburg Shopping

  • Local crafts in the Alley of Artists

    An open-air exhbition and sale of local crafts some of which are unique even for Russia. Original art works of local painters, handiwork made of wood and Ural stones (malachite, jasper, lazurite, etc.), things made of Russian bast, other souvenires.Also you may have your portrait painted (gouache or coal) in just 15-20 minutes! The prices are...

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  • Shopping line on Vainer Street

    Various shops and boutiques line along the pedestrian part of Vainer Street, a central street crossing Lenin Prospect. You can buy practically everything in the four shopping malls there: GUM, Uspensky, TSUM and Passazh. If you stay with your back to Lenin Prospect, the right side of Vainer Street houses mostly shops of world famous brands such as...

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Yekaterinburg Local Customs

  • Playing chess at the streets

    One of the things people do in Ekaterinburg is playing chess in the open air. Picture was taken along the central lake of the city.

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  • Vodka

    Learn to like it, because that's what you're gonna be drinking.& so, it's real easy to get blackout-drunk, real fast. & I live in a resort / party town, & still....So I guess girls should be especially careful.Some Russian girls have a habit of getting blotto at clubs. There's a lot of smallish beer breweries, although a lot of them are in former...

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  • some more pics of the sculptures

    hey some meore pics, but again you will find them in all citys, some better and some worse, but is is good to visit russia in the winter, i do think it is uniqice

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Yekaterinburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Dangerous after 22h?

    Locals have warned us that after 22h00 groups of young men may assault foreigners, especially outside of the centre of town. Whether this is true or not, we cannot tell, but we have heard this independently from several sources. We ourselves always felt safe and there was no unpleasant event whatsoever.

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  • pickpockets

    This city is a den of thieves when it comes to foreigners getting ripped off, & I hear Moscow is worse.I had someone trying to pick my pockets 5 times, the 5th being successful (they got my wallet).Have fun with that....

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  • It is recommended to stay home after...

    First reason is that public transport stops at this time approximately, so just people who plan to stay out all night or people with cars stay on the streets. Mostly they are drunk.Second reason is that everything is closed, excluding very expensive places. So nothing interesting could be going on.Third reason that police sleeps at this time, and...

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Yekaterinburg Tourist Traps

  • European/Asian border

    Most travel agencies offer trips to see the European/Asian border. Well, these days there are actually two of them, the newer one being a bit closer to town. Unless you you want to say that you had one leg in Europe and the other one in Asia, forget it...it's just too expensive for what there is to see.

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  • Koltsovo airport.

    If you are trying to save your money, call a taxi company in advance and ask someone Russian to make a car reservation for you. Your driver will wait for you next to the luggage area.If you do not care about money, take the first ok loking driver that stands in the same luggage area. It will cost you a lot. About 500 roubles or more.If you are...

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  • Aware of gypsies.

    They are a trap not just for tourists, but tourists may bring their attention to themselves more than citizens.Gypsies are always in groups. You will recognize them from about 100 meters. You have enough time to cross the street or turn around and walk somewhere else. Because that will be better for you.They ask for money and if you stop, they...

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Yekaterinburg What to Pack

  • this is for the girls coming in the...

    girls, when you are planning a trip to come to russia in the winter, bring waterproof mascara. I will tell you why. If it snows, your mascara will run out. But when it starts to freze and the temperatures will get very low, all the hairs in your face will freeze up, and that means your eyelashes too. The things is, when you get insite is very hot...

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  • Packing List

    Backpack, not to big or bags, getting luggaes on a bus can be a problem! good shoes, for ourside inthe winter water resistant, in the ummer sandles, or good walking shoes, comfertable, though the women walk on hihg heels every season. Oh and in the winter taek a very wirm hat, you rally do need it. in the spring to. the wind can be bitterly...

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Yekaterinburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Uralmash

    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...

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  • Europe & Asia

    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.

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  • Victim's Memorial

    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.

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Yekaterinburg Sports & Outdoors

  • boarding in the Urals

    I did go boarding one day, but I didn't plan on it, so I wasn't prepared & everything was rental.The riding itself was actually OK, it was all hardpack but not icy, not really much snow off the trails when I was there so no tree skiing or anything.The mountains are short & sweet. VERY short, but plenty steep, & I'm from Telluride Colorado so I do...

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  • Rent-a-boat station on the city pond

    If you feel like rowing, there's a rent-a-boat station on the city pond in Yekaterinburg. You can sail across the pond up to the Glavny Prospect (the Plotinka) in one direction and to the VIZ district in another direction. The prices are about $2/hour for water bicycles and older boats and about $4/hour for newer boats.Pros: The banks of the pond...

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  • Ural Motorcycling Tours and Russian...

    Our Company arranges the below said feature tours for all who would like to see Russia and have a fun during the vacation in Russia:- Motorcycling tours for enthusiasts of Ural motorcycles and fresh people who are just at the start of getting familiar with this great WWII vintage bike still produced by Irbit Motorcycle Plant;- Motorcar tours for...

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Yekaterinburg Favorites

  • Statue Lenin

    In front of the townhall there's a huge statue of Lenin. The mainstreet of Ekaterinburg is called Prospekt Lenina...

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  • Painting at the ceiling II

    The last Russian czar Nicolas II with his family was assassinated, in Ipatiev house by the Bolsheviks on July 16, 1918. A picture about this also on the ceiling of the train station.

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  • Painting at the ceiling I

    A dramatic episode in the area took place on May 1, 1960 when American U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was hit by a missile launched from the local military base. The city was closed to the outside world until 1990 because of its strategic defense industries.

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