The fourth largest city in Russia, Yekaterinburg can be found right in the middle of the Ural Mountains and the Iset River. The city is named after the wife of Russian emperor, Peter the Great; Yekaterina is the Russian form of Catherine. From its name to its many sights and attractions, Yekaterinburg is filled with so much history, culture, and beauty. It is one of the top five most visited cities in Russia and rightly so - there are certain things you can only do there such as visiting the Keyboard Monument, taking in the view from the Vysotsky Viewing Platform, or spending the day on the Red Line Walking Tour. Also, no trip is complete without indulging in the local cuisine, so our list also includes some of the city’s best restaurants.
1.Red Line Walking Tour
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The Red Line Walking Tour in Ekaterinburg is one of the best ways to explore this magnificent city and really see all that it has to offer. The tour is a 3½ mile long walk that takes you through the center. You don’t even need an official tour guide, as an array of volunteers have drawn the tour path directly on to the asphalt. Along the way, you’ll see popular tourist attractions, historical places, stunning architectural sights, unusual monuments, and so much more. Some of the stops include The Square of 1905, The Embankment of Rabochaya Molodyozh, Literary Quarter, Sverdlovsk State Academic Philharmonic Hall, and Ural State University Building.
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Keyboard Monument is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Yekaterinburg; the outdoor sculpture resembles a large QWERTY/ JCUKEN keyboard and is a fun sight to see for visitors of all ages. The sculpture was created by artist Anatoly Vyatkin and was installed on the embankment of the Iset River on October 5th, 2005. You’ll be interested to know that there are 104 concrete keys in total; each regular key weighs 180 pounds while the space bar alone weighs 1,000 pounds. It is also the official site of the internationally recognized annual event, Sysadmin Day, which exists to show appreciation to sysadmins and other IT workers.
Address: Ulitsa Gor'kogo, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Russia, 620075
3.The Pelmeni Club
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The word pelmeni officially translates to ‘dumplings’, which is something that Russia is renowned for in their array of culinary concoctions. The Pelmeni Club restaurants gives patrons the opportunity to indulge in over 30 different types of dumping creations - these also include poses, buzes, and raviolis among other things. Their famed chef and kitchen staff use locally sourced, fresh ingredients in their simplest form so that all of the unique flavors really stand out with every bite. Popular options include the farm chicken dumplings, ural dumplings, the pizza margherita, and the sweet dumplings with cottage cheese.
Address: Krasnoarmeyskaya Ulitsa, 2, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Russia, 620075, Phone: +7-34-33-28-54-44
4.Vysotsky Viewing Platform
The Vysotsky Viewing Platform in Yekaterinburg is a great place for visitors to get stunning panoramic views of the city. Towering over 150 meters high, the skyscraper is the second tallest building in Russia outside of Moscow. It took five years to complete the construction and was open to the public in 2011. The Vysotsky has 54 floors and is even listed in the Guinness Book of Records for having “the tallest multifunctional business center in the Ural-Siberia and Central-Asian region.” The sightseeing platform is situated on the 52nd floor - be sure to bring a camera along because you’ll definitely want to capture the amazing vistas of the surroundings.
5.Church of All Saints
The Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg is a Russian Orthodox church that is also known as the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land. The church was built where the last Emperor of Russia and his family were shot and killed during the Russian Civil War –the Ipatiev House. Today, the completed complex covers nearly 30,000 square feet and houses two churches, a patriarchal annex, a belfry, and a museum that is dedicated to the former imperial family. You’ll get to see so many interesting artifacts as you tour the church and its grounds - including what may be the most expensive commissioned icon in all of Russia.
Address: ul. Tolmacheva, 34, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Russia, 620075, Phone: +7-34-33-71-61-68
Victory Park is one of the top attractions in Yekaterinburg, Russia and has proven to be a wonderful place for people of all ages to spend a day exploring the local surrounding. The park houses a lake, forested areas, and trails to walk through; other aspects also include amenity-filled pavilions and gazebos which can be rented out for events of all sorts. Other aspects of the park that you can make use of include rental stations for cars, bicycles, ATVs, skates, skis, and horses. Be sure to visit the Republican Baths complex on site, as well as cultural and historical objects like the monument to N.I. Kuznetsov.
Address: Respublikanskaya, 1A, Yekaterinburg 620042, Russia, Phone: +7-34-33-01-55-05
7.Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum
The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum is a cultural, social, and educational center which is dedicated to Russia’s first president, who it’s named after, and the country’s contemporary political history. It opened in 2015 and was designed by architect Boris Bernaskoni, who is the founder of BERNASKONI which is bureau focused on art, architecture, communication, and industrial design. There are nine major sections of the museum for you to explore; some of them are Maze, which is dedicated to the history of Russian and the Yeltsin family from 1914 to 1987, the Birth of the Constitution, and the Hall of Freedom.
Address: Ulitsa Borisa Yel'tsina, 3, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Russia, 620014, Phone: +7-34-33-12-43-43
8.Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
The Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, also known as the Ural Opera Ballet, is one of Russia’s four federal music theaters. They have an array of operas and ballets premiering their every year, and even have their very own annual festival dedicated to academic art. The Ural Opera performs a mixture of classical works and new compositions and their repertoire include Tchaikovsky, Puccini, and Mozart. The ballet troupe has been performing since 1914 and has been home to several different Soviet choreographers over the years including Natalia Kasatkina, Igor Belsky, and Vladimir Vasilev. Their children’s choir is also an integral part of the theater troupe; 80 children between the ages of 7 and 18 come together to put on a performance that will blow you away.
Address: Lenina Ave., 46A | Metro Pervomayskaya, Yekaterinburg 620075, Russia, Phone: +7-34-33-50-80-57
Belmesi is a renowned restaurant in Yekaterinburg that serves an array of Russian, Uzbeki, Middle Eastern, Georgian, European, and Eastern European cuisine. Their menu is filled with delicious kosher cuisine that is sure to please the palate of even the most particular patron. The cafeteria-style setting has a wide variety of food to choose from; you can decide to try as much as you want and enjoy your meal in the relaxing and comfortable ambiance of the restaurant. Popular items on the menu are the lamb tongue kebab, the tiger shrimp kebab, chicken shawarma, and their many homemade pastries that come with different types of stuffing.
Address: Prospekt Lenina, 69/1, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Russia, 620075, Phone: +7-98-27-17-03-50
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Gastroli kitchen and pub is an upscale restaurant that focuses on serving delicious comfort cuisine with a contemporary twist. You’ll find their open kitchen right in the heart of the restaurant, open for patrons to see everything that goes on behind the scenes. The main focus within the kitchen are the two stoves - wood and coal - in which concoctions such as hand-tossed pizzas and fresh grilled meats are made. Brunch is one of their most popular meals and the menu has everything from croissants and brioche toasts to salmon topped with their special house spinach sauce.
Address: Ulitsa 8 Marta, 4, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Russia, 620014, Phone: +7-34-33-72-00-39
Nigora is one of the best places to immerse yourself in local culture and try inexpensive Uzbek specialties which are full of authentic flavor. The staff all wear unique attire and are so friendly; they will guide you through their menu based on your culinary likes and dislikes. Some of the foods that have proven to be popular are their soups, sausages, the lamb shashlyk, and manti, which are steamed, palm-sized dumplings that are filled with lamb, chicken, shrimp, or vegetables. Be sure to end your meal with a mouthwatering slice of baklava and a cup of green tea to really bring it all together.
Address: Ulitsa Kuybysheva, 55, Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Russia, 620144, Phone: +7-34-32-95-14-17
If you’re not really sure what you’re in the mood for, then head on over to one of the best restaurants in Yekaterinburg - Maccheroni. They have a variety of pizzas, grilled items, salads, sandwiches, and of course - every imaginable pasta combination you can think of. You can stick to something you know you’ll love such as their pepperoni pizza or have something a bit richer like their delicious risotto with mushrooms. Be sure to keep some space for dessert, which can be anything from Italian cheesecake with raspberry sauce to a dessert pavlova with seasonal berries and fruits.
Address: Yekaterinburg, Lenina, 40, Phone: +7-34-32-22-19-02
Vietnamese cuisine at its finest, Vietmon is a wonderful restaurant that is popular with both residents and visitors of Yekaterinburg. They’ve been recognized for their delicious food and outstanding service for years, so be sure to stop by when visiting. Patrons especially love that the food is authentic and created using original technique and with proper ingredients. Those who prefer vegetarian or vegan cuisine will find several choices from their expansive menu as well. Popular items on the menu include the Vietnamese version of egg rolls which are rice paper rolls stuffed with minced meat, seasoned squid, and rice noodles with their house-seasoned chicken.
Address: Gagarina St., 35, Yekaterinburg 620062, Russia, Phone: +7-96-30-41-53-53
Factory Kitchen is the perfect combination of fast food that is still fresh, healthy, and good for you. All of their offerings are made with locally-sourced ingredients which results in mouthwatering cuisine that is full of flavor. The restaurant is located in the former building of the Iset Hotel, which is a famed monument in its own right; you can still see much of the hotel’s original charm in several aspects of the decor or architecture. Their menu has a bit of a traditional array and include an array of meats, fish, sausages, bread, dumplings, crepes, jellies, pies, berries, and more. Popular items include the ratatouille salad, chicken breast salad, carrot-orange tart, and their chocolate croissant.
Address: Yekaterinburg City, 69/1 Lenin Avenue, Phone: +7-91-26-00-07-28
14 Best Things to Do in Yekaterinburg, Russia
- Red Line Walking Tour, Photo: Mikhail Markovskiy/stock.adobe.com
- Keyboard Monument, Photo: Mikhail Markovskiy/stock.adobe.com
- The Pelmeni Club, Photo: The Pelmeni Club
- Vysotsky Viewing Platform, Photo: Andrey/stock.adobe.com
- Church of All Saints, Photo: Evgeniy/stock.adobe.com
- Victory Park, Photo: janbussan/stock.adobe.com
- Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum, Photo: tihonkalinin/stock.adobe.com
- Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Photo: Anna/stock.adobe.com
- Belmesi, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Gastroli, Photo: Gastroli
- Nigora, Photo: Nigora
- Maccheroni, Photo: Maccheroni
- Vietmon, Photo: WUTTHICHAI90/stock.adobe.com
- Factory Kitchen, Photo: Bodler/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Mikhail Markovskiy/stock.adobe.com