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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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