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The huge city of Ekaterinburg is very interesting and unique. Compared with many cities in the European part of Russia, Ekaterinburg is quite young. However, for three hundred years of its existence, the city managed to grow into a large metropolis and the real capital of the Urals. The city is located on the banks of the Iset River on the slopes of the Ural Mountains. Ekaterinburg is situated at the border of two continents, absorbing the culture of the East and the West. The exceptionally favorable geographical position of the city made it a major transportation hub of Russia. In terms of population, it occupies the 4th place in Russia. In Ekaterinburg there are large industrial enterprises and cultural heritage sites, modern sports facilities and dozens of museums. On its streets you can see modern skyscrapers and mansions, age of which has exceeded 200 years.
Ekaterinburg was founded as an iron-smelting plant. This iron covered the building of the British Parliament, and from this iron the skeleton of the Statue of Liberty was assembled. Ekaterinburg became the first Russian city where gold ore mining began. But the main thing in Ekaterinburg is people. Through their efforts, Ekaterinburg turned into the pearl of the Urals. Now Ekaterinburg is one of the most comfortable cities in the country. It is a scientific and study center with scores of research institutes, universities of different profiles, so students from all over the country and abroad often choose it.
Ekaterinburg is not only a cultural, administrative, industrial, and commercial center, but also a city with its own history and rich cultural heritage. In Ekaterinburg, there is a unique pedestrian tourist route called “Red Line” (this is really a red line, indicating a route through the streets). A total of 6.5 kilometers of this excursion loop contains 35 historical sights of the city. Next to each historical object there is a telephone number. Dialing it, you can hear a little story about the building or monument.
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The building of the “Glavny Prospect” International Arts Center was constructed around the Refinery Plant, an architectural monument that was built in 1916. The factory building was restored and today has become the International Arts Center.
The “Glavny Prospect” International Arts Center is the modern art space for exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and other cultural events. Today, in the “Glavny Prospect”, various areas of art are represented – from visual art to music and theater. The purpose of the International Arts Center is a dialogue between various cultural and scientific fields, work with the history of our city and its popularization.
Website: https://главныйпроспект.рф (in Russian)
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 20:00, Monday is a holiday
Place: Ekaterinburg, Lenin Avenue, 8
Phone: booking excursions +7 (343) 328-31-44
The Ural branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts appeared in Ekaterinburg in 1999 and became the first urban institution in the field of modern art. In 2005-2011, the center published the magazine ZAART that became the archive and chronicle of the Ural art of the 2000s. At the same time, a collection of video art of the Ural-Siberian region was formed and published. In 2007, the branch became the initiator of the first Ural Museum Night.
Since 2008, the branch has been implementing the program “Ural factories: industry of Meanings” dedicated to the artistic rethinking of the topic of industrial reality in an urban environment: as part of this program, the international festival-laboratory ART-ZAVOD took place in the city for two years in a row. The largest project of the branch has grown from the same program to date – the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, founded in 2010.
In 2011, the organization moved to its own building – a mansion from the beginning of the 20th century, an object of cultural heritage. Since then, the branch has received the status of the Ural and expanded its activities to the whole of the Urals and Western Siberia.
At its own site, EbNCCA holds exhibitions of contemporary art and closely cooperates with Ural artists, implements educational programs in the field of contemporary art, residences and artists' workshops, and also the largest projects – the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art and Bazhov-Fest.
One of the most important activities of the branch is working with the local art community. Ural artists get studios for work for a limited time (the “Masterskaya” project), participate in portfolio reviews, workshops, residences, and competitions of Russian and international levels. In 2018, on the basis of EbNCCA, a new project, “A Young Artist's Lab,” appeared, one of the main tasks of which is the development of the artistic field in the region.
Today, more than ten projects of EbNCCA have become nominees for the All-Russian award in the field of modern art named “Innovation”.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 20:00, Monday is a holiday
Place: Ekaterinburg, Ulitsa Dobrolyubova, 19А
Phone: +7 (343) 289-91-32; +7 (343) 289-91-31
The Boris Yeltsin Museum, the first presidential museum in Russia, opened on November 25, 2015.
If you want to appreciate the significance of 90s for the life of modern Russia, to feel what hopes led the country and its citizens in an era of historical change, then this museum is for you.
The era of Yeltsin is a difficult and romantic time, which is impossible to understand without appreciating the historical role of the first president of Russia.
The idea to organize an exhibition on the principle of “7 days”, where every day is associated with a turning point in the history of the country, belongs to the well-known Russian director Pavel Lungin.
The museum was created with the participation of the museum design agency Ralph Appelbaum Associates Inc. (USA).
The exhibition consists of nine rooms. It is opened by “Labyrinth” – a hall dedicated to the history of the Yeltsin family against the backdrop of the turbulent events of the 20th century. From here you find yourself in a complex of halls under the general title “Seven days that changed Russia” – they tell about the first president of Russia and his era.
Website: https://yeltsin.ru/ (in Russian)
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 21:00, Monday is a holiday
Place: Ekaterinburg, Ulitsa Borisa Yel'tsina, 3
Phone: +7 (343) 312-43-43; +7 (909) 006-70-70
The great popularity of the Ural Geological Museum is unnecessary to talk about. Thousands of enthusiastic entries of grateful visitors in a multi-volume guestbook eloquently confirm this. “Wonderful”, “amazing”, “excellent” – such definitions in different languages of the world can be found on almost every page of it.
The glory of the museum stepped over the limits of the Urals long ago. This unique treasure of mineral resources is known both in Russia and abroad.
The wide popularity of the Ural Geological Museum is primarily due to its purely regional character. If other museums of this kind usually show the geology of the entire globe, the whole continent or country, then this museum tells about the underground wealth of the Urals.
Website: http://ugm.ursmu.ru/ (in Russian)
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 – 17:30, Monday and Tuesday are holidays, last Thursday of the month – cleaning day
Place: Ekaterinburg, Ulitsa Kuybysheva, 39
Phone: +7 (343) 257-31-09; +7 (343) 251-49-38
It is the only state museum in Russia of such a profile, representing such a complete retrospective of the artistic exploration of the unique natural resources of the region, clearly demonstrating the continuity of the traditions of processing gemstones and metal.
The exhibition and methodological work of the museum contributes to the preservation of this tradition and maintaining interest in one of the main image-forming sectors of the region.
Website: http://mikji.ru (in Russian)
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday are holidays, Wednesday 11:00 – 18:00, Thursday 12:00 – 20:00, Friday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Place: Ekaterinburg, Lenin Avenue, 37
Phone: +7 (343) 371-24-62; +7 (343) 371-13-17
The current Orthodox church, built in the city of Ekaterinburg on the site of the Ipatiev house, where the last Russian emperor Nikolai II, his family and four servants were kept under arrest and shot on the night of July 17, 1918. Built in 2000 – 2003 and consecrated on July 16, 2003, it has now become the main tourist sight of Ekaterinburg.
Website: http://hram-na-krovi.cerkov.ru (in Russian)
Opening hours: Daily 07:00 – 23:00
Place: Ekaterinburg, Ulitsa Tolmacheva, 34
Phone: +7 (343) 371-61-68
The museum complex of the Ural Mining Metallurgical Company is one of the world's largest museums of military and automotive equipment and history. Currently, the museum complex includes two exhibition centers and an outdoor exhibition area.
Website: http://museum.elem.ru/ru/ (in Russian)
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, Monday and Tuesday are holidays
Place: Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Ulitsa Aleksandra Kozitsyna, 2
Phone: +7 (343 68) 4-67-84, +7 (343 68) 4-72-18
The open observation deck is located in the Business Center “Vysotsky” on the 52nd floor – at the height of 186 meters. From here a truly fantastic view opens up: the panorama of Ekaterinburg stretches into the distance for 25 kilometers.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 – 22:00; Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 22:00
Place: Ekaterinburg, Ulitsa Malysheva, 51
Phone: +7 (343) 378-45-45
The 1905 Square (part – the old Church, in 1833-1919 – the Cathedral, since 1919 – the Square of the Fifth year, part - the old Trade, Main trade) – the square in the center of Ekaterinburg, the “main” square of the city. The citizens in popular parlance call it “the Square of the Fifth year”.
In its present form, it was formed in 1930, after the demolition of the Epiphany Cathedral standing here, as the common space of two previously existing squares: the Cathedral and the Main Trading Squares. Such streets, as Ulitsa Vaynera, Ulitsa Uritskogo, Ulitsa 8 Marta,
Ulitsa Volodarskogo, and Pereulok Bankovskiy enter this square. Lenin Avenue goes to the square from the west and east.
Opening hours: Daily
Open to the audience on October 2, 1930, at the moment the Sverdlovsk State Academic Drama Theater is one of the leading theaters in the Ural region. Having created for its more than 85-year history nearly 600 performances and having traveled over a considerable space of the former Soviet Union, the collective can now boast a bright creative life and active “traveling” activity.
Today, the Sverdlovsk Drama is more than 30 productions for all tastes and preferences, the “Teatral” and the “Drama Academy” projects, seasonal directing laboratories, cooperation with leading companies in Russia and abroad, various publishing activities, participation in prestigious festivals and competitions, and big tours. In other words, by the will of the architects located in the “heart” of the capital of the Urals, this theater is increasingly becoming the center of events for the city, the region, and, let’s not be modest, the country. The theater offers exclusive products, the appearance of which on the main dramatic scene of the region will strengthen Ekaterinburg’s reputation on the world theater map.
Website: http://www.uraldrama.ru/ (in Russian)
Opening hours: ticket booth opened daily 10:00 – 19:00 (breaks: 13:00 – 13:30, 16:00 – 16:20)
Place: Ekaterinburg, Ploshchad' Oktyabr'skaya, 2
Phone: ticket booth +7 (343) 371-76-17; administrator +7 (343) 371-72-13
Ekaterinburg State Academical Opera and Ballet Theater is a stationary theater of opera and ballet in Ekaterinburg, founded in 1912. The building was designed by engineer Vladimir Semenov. On November 8 (October 26), 1917, the Ekaterinburg Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies proclaimed the establishment of Soviet power in the city and in the Urals at an open meeting in the building of the Opera Theater.
Opening hours: ticket booth opened daily 10:00 – 20:00
Place: Ekaterinburg, Lenin Avenue, 46A
Phone: +7 (343) 350-81-01; +7 (343) 350-80-66
Grott Brewery Bar is located in the famous building of the “Ural Worker” printing house on the area of more than 600 square meters. 300 square meters set aside for 2 plants for the production of beer and food, another 300 square meters – under a full bar, three comfortable rooms, and a demi-season patio. The restaurant is ready to accommodate more than 250 guests.
In the menu you will find both traditional dishes from Scandinavia and the cuisines of many other parts of the world. The pride of the restaurant is their own brewery with the unique and authorial taste of each beer.
The staff treats the service, served dishes, and drinks with great attention. But they paid no less heed to the interior and atmosphere of the restaurant for a truly comfortable rest of the guests.
Website: https://grottbar.ru (in Russian)
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 12:00 – 00:00, Friday – Saturday 12:00 – 3:00
Place: Ekaterinburg, Lenin Avenue, 49
Phone: table reservation +7 (343) 287-70-08
The head chef of Georgian Hmeli-Suneli is from Tbilisi, the spices are from Georgian plantations and even the dough is done only by women, as meant by Caucasian tradition.
In winter, the dining rooms are heated by the blazing ovens cooking flat bread and khachapuri, meanwhile during the summer all activity is moved to a bright, spacious terrace where you can hide in the shade of trees, sit in wicker furniture, and sip juicy homemade lemonades.
In the menu you can find the most popular dishes of Georgian cuisine like dolma and khachapuri, khinkali and kebabs, sulguni cheese, and matsoni with wild berries. And, of course, real Georgian wine, dense and grippy, soaked in the rays of the southern sun.
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 12:00 – 00:00, Friday – Saturday 12:00 – 2:00
Place: Ekaterinburg, Lenin Avenue, 69/10
Phone: table reservation +7 (343) 301-02-06
The history of the building, which houses the cafe “Kalachi”, begins about 120 years ago. The house was built in the 1890s. Since the 1900s, Konstantin Trofimovich Babikin, an architect, engineer, designer, and founder of the Ural architectural school, lived in this house.
Today, the cafe “Kalachi” and karaoke “Blueberry Nights” are situated in the building of the old mansion. The pride of this cafe is a unique tiled stove.
Website: https://www.kafekalachi.ru (in Russian)
Opening hours: Daily 12.00 – 00.00
Place: Ekaterinburg, Krasnoarmeyskaya Ulitsa, 8
Phone: table reservation +7 (343) 223-23-63
Created / Updated: 5 June 2019 / 10 June 2019
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