How to make the most of 48 hours in Yekaterinburg

Settled in the shadows of the Ural Mountains, Yekaterinburg is an intriguing city of contrasts. Today, it’s a high-rise economic hub, home to some of Russia’s tallest skyscrapers. However, look beyond the sparkling skyline and you’ll discover a city cloaked in history. These two worlds co-exist in close quarters, so you can experience the highlights of both in just 48 hours.

Day One - Architecture and History

With a list of landmarks as long as your arm, you’ll easily fill your day with historic sights and monuments. For a real taste of Russian history, we’ve picked out a list of must-sees in this wonderful city.

Church on the Blood

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Yekaterinburg has many tales to tell, but it played host to a particularly turbulent chapter. Built on the site where Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed, the Church on the Blood - a proud white building crowned with glistening golden domes - is a poignant reminder of the tragedy the city has witnessed.

Ascension Church

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Just five minutes’ walk away is another must-see landmark, the Ascension Church. Built in the 18th century and recently restored, this picture-perfect blue and white building is the oldest church in the city and a colourful stop on your tour.

Yekaterinburg History Museum 

Pause for lunch at Pashet, a charming restaurant with homely furniture, delicious pâté and a friendly resident cat. From there, stroll over to the Yekaterinburg History Museum and find out what life was really like in Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. The entry fee is a very reasonable - $3 and many of the display boards are translated into English.

Day Two – A Cultural City

Now it’s time for a taste of the city’s modern culture. Eclectic and sometimes peculiar, there really is a surprise around every corner.

Yekaterinburg Arboretum

Enjoy a refreshing morning walk around Yekaterinburg Arboretum, a leafy park on the eastern banks of the Iset River. Swing by Donna Olivia, on the south border of the park, for a hearty egg breakfast and a cup of coffee.

Keyboard Monument 

Cross over the bridge, follow the footpath north and you’ll soon see the Keyboard Monument – a famous spread of super-size computer keys overlooking the meandering river.

Beatles Monument

Continue along the footpath and stumble upon another surprise – a homage to The Beatles. Perhaps unexpected, this colourful mural sheds light on the band’s loyal, underground following which flourished in Russia during the 1960s and 70s.

Vysotsky Viewing Platform 

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Finish your trip on a high at the Vysotsky Viewing Platform. Towering above the streets on the 52nd floor of the Vysotsky skyscraper – the second tallest in the city – this open-air balcony offers the most breathtaking view over the city. For a final foodie treat, head round the corner and grab a seat at Pelmeni Club. A delicious dish of Russian dumplings – known as pelmeni – is the perfect way to end your stay.

There’s so much to explore in Yekaterinburg, 48 hours just scratches the surface. One taste of life in this quirky place, and you’ll soon be coming back for more – not least in the hope that the incredible Psychedelic Salt Mines, which twist and turn below the city, will one day be opened to the public.

To experience the wonders of Yekaterinburg for yourself, pack your bags and book a trip with flydubai.

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