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Yekaterinburg (English)
Екатеринбург (Russian)
—  Inhabited locality  —
Yekaterinburg-city.jpg
The skyline of Yekaterinburg
Location Yekaterinburg.png
Yekaterinburg on the map of Russia
Coordinates: 56°50′N 60°35′E / 56.833°N 60.583°E / 56.833; 60.583Coordinates: 56°50′N 60°35′E / 56.833°N 60.583°E / 56.833; 60.583
Coat of Arms of Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk oblast) (1998) HIgh Res.jpg
Coat of arms
Flag of Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk oblast).svg
Flag
Holiday 3rd Saturday of August[citation needed]
Administrative status
Country Russia
Federal subject Sverdlovsk Oblast
In administrative jurisdiction of Sverdlovsk Oblast[citation needed]
Administrative center of Sverdlovsk Oblast[citation needed]
Municipal status
Municipal Status Urban okrug
Head[citation needed] Arkady Chernetsky[citation needed]
Representative body City Duma[citation needed]
Statistics
Population (2002 Census) 1,293,537 inhabitants[1]
Rank 5th
Population (2008[2]) 1,323,000 inhabitants[citation needed]
Time zone YEKT/YEKST (UTC+5/+6)
Founded 18 November 1723[citation needed]
Postal code(s) 620000[citation needed]
Dialing code(s) +7 343[citation needed]
Official website http://www.ekburg.ru/
Aquamarine apartment complex

Yekaterinburg (Russian: Екатеринбу́рг, also romanized Ekaterinburg), formerly Sverdlovsk (Свердло́вск) is a major city in the central part of Russia, the administrative center of Sverdlovsk Oblast. Situated on the eastern side of the Ural mountain range, it is the main industrial and cultural center of the Urals Federal District. Its population of 1,293,537 (2002 Census);[3] which is down from 1,364,621 recorded in the 1989 Census, makes it Russia's fifth largest city. Between 1924 and 1991, the city was known as Sverdlovsk (Свердло́вск), after the Bolshevik party leader Yakov Sverdlov.

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History

An old church (built 1792-1818)

The city was founded in 1723 by Vasily Tatischev and named after Saint Catherine, the namesake of Tsar Peter the Great's wife Empress Catherine I (Yekaterina). The official date of the city's foundation is 18 November 1723.

Soon after the Russian Revolution, on 17 July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and their children Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexei were executed by the Bolsheviks at the Ipatiev House in this city. In 1977 the Ipatiev House was destroyed by order of Boris Yeltsin, who later became the first President of the Russian Federation. President Yeltsin represented the people at the funeral of the Tsar in 1998.[4]

On 24 August 2007 BBC England reported Russian archaeologists found the remains of two children of Russia's last Tsar, executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The remains found in 2007 were in ground close to the site in Yekaterinburg where the tsar, his wife and their three other daughters were found in 1991 along with the remains of four servants. The 2007 discovery are thought to be those of Prince Alexei and his elder sister Maria. Archaeologist Sergei Pogorelov said bullets found at the burial site indicate the children had been shot. He told Russian television the newly unearthed bones belonged to two young people: a young male aged roughly 10-13 and a young woman about 18-23. Ceramic vessels found nearby appear to have contained sulphuric acid, consistent with an account by one of the Bolshevik firing squad, who said that after shooting the family they doused the bodies in acid to destroy the flesh and prevent them becoming objects of veneration.[5] The Tsar's remains were given a state funeral in July 1998.[6]

In the 1930s, Yekaterinburg became a large industrial center of Russia. It was the time when the famous Uralmash was built, becoming the biggest heavy machinery factory in Europe.

During World War II, many government technical institutions and whole factories were relocated to Yekaterinburg away from the war-affected areas (mostly Moscow), with many of them staying in Ekaterinburg after the victory. The Hermitage Museum collections were also partly evacuated from Leningrad to Sverdlovsk in July 1941 and remained there until October 1945.

In the 1960s, in the days of Khruschev's government, a number of lookalike five-story apartment blocks sprung up all over the city. Most of them still remain today in Kirovsky, Chkalovsky, and other residential areas of Yekaterinburg.

On 1 May 1960 an American U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers while under the employ of the CIA, was shot down over Sverdlovsk Oblast. The pilot was captured, put on trial, and found guilty of espionage. He was sentenced to seven years of hard labour, though he served only about a year before being exchanged for Rudolph Abel, a high-ranking KGB spy, who had been apprehended in the United States in 1957. The two spies were exchanged at the Glienicke Bridge in Potsdam, Germany, on 10 February 1962. Since the end of World War II, the Glienicke Bridge was the most popular captive-trading place when the west and the east felt it necessary to negotiate.

Statue of the city founders – Vasily Tatishchev and Georg Wilhelm de Gennin

There was an anthrax outbreak in Yekaterinburg (then Sverdlovsk) in April and May 1979, which was attributed by Soviet officials to the locals eating contaminated meat. However, American agencies believe that the locals inhaled spores accidentally released from an aerosol of pathogen at a military microbiology facility. Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov's account of the Sverdlovsk anthrax leak in his book Biohazard agrees with the American agencies' view. In 1992 Boris Yeltsin admitted that the anthrax outbreak was caused by the military. In 1994, a team of independent American researchers led by Matthew Meselson concluded based on a number of sources of evidence that it was conclusive that the illnesses were a result of an anthrax release from the Sverdlovsk-19 military facility.[7]

During the 1991 coup d'état attempt, Sverdlovsk, a home city of President Boris Yeltsin was selected by him as a reserve capital of Russian Federation in an emergency if Moscow would became dangerous for the Russian government. A reserve cabinet headed by Oleg Lobov was sent to the city, where Yeltsin enjoyed a strong popular support at that time.[8] Shortly afterwards the failure of the coup and followed USSR dissolution, the city got its historical name (Yekaterinburg).

Geography and climate

Yekaterinburg is situated in Asia, 1,667 km (1,036 miles) east of Moscow, on the eastern side of the Ural mountains on the Iset river. It is surrounded by partially-wooded plains, mainly cultivated for agricultural purposes, and small lakes. The winter lasts for about 5 months — from November until the middle of April — and the temperature may fall to minus 45 degrees Celsius (minus 49 Fahrenheit), though rarely lower than minus 20 to minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 4 to minus 13 Fahrenheit). The summer in the Urals is short and lasts an average of 65–70 days with an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Due to the city's location "behind" the mountain range and to differing winds, the weather is quite changeable from day to day and from year to year.

Climate data for Yekaterinburg
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 5
(41)
6
(43)
15
(59)
27
(81)
30
(86)
36
(97)
35
(95)
31
(88)
29
(84)
21
(70)
7
(45)
5
(41)
36
(97)
Average high °C (°F) -11
(12)
-8
(18)
0
(32)
8
(46)
16
(61)
21
(70)
22
(72)
19
(66)
13
(55)
4
(39)
-3
(27)
-8
(18)
6
(43)
Daily mean °C (°F) -14
(7)
-12
(10)
-4
(25)
3
(37)
10
(50)
16
(61)
18
(64)
15
(59)
9
(48)
1
(34)
-6
(21)
-11
(12)
2
(36)
Average low °C (°F) -15
(5)
-16
(3)
-8
(18)
-1
(30)
5
(41)
10
(50)
13
(55)
10
(50)
5
(41)
-1
(30)
-9
(16)
-14
(7)
-2
(28)
Record low °C (°F) -42
(-44)
-37
(-35)
-27
(-17)
-18
(-0)
-7
(19)
-1
(30)
3
(37)
1
(34)
-5
(23)
-22
(-8)
-33
(-27)
-43
(-45)
-43
(-45)
Precipitation cm (inches) 1
(0.4)
1
(0.4)
1
(0.4)
2
(0.8)
4
(1.6)
6
(2.4)
7
(2.8)
6
(2.4)
4
(1.6)
2
(0.8)
2
(0.8)
1
(0.4)
42
(16.5)
Source: Weatherbase[9]

Economy and education

The main areas of the region's industry are machinery, metal processing, and ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy.

The Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (UB RAS) and numerous scientific research institutes and establishments are situated in Yekaterinburg. With its 16 state-owned universities and educational academies, as well as a number of private higher education institutions (as of 2005), Yekaterinburg is considered the leading educational and scientific center of the Urals. These institutions include Ural A.M. Gorky State University, Ural State Technical University, Ural State Pedagogical University,Ural State University of Forestry, Ural State University of Mines, Ural State University of the Railways, Russian State Vocational Pedagogics University, Ural State University of Economics, Military Institute of Artillery, Ural State Conservatory, Ural State Agricultural Academy, Ural State Academy of Law, Ural State Academy of Medicine, Ural State Academy of Performing Arts, Ural Academy of Public Service, Institute of International Relations, and Ural Academy of Architecture. Recently commercial business has improved, and business centres like Yekaterinburg-City have been planned. one of the tallest buildings in yekaterinburg Antey 3 is a skyscraper which is now complete, it is the tallest structure outside of moscow.

Transport and accommodation

Old railway station.

Yekaterinburg, still called by its Soviet name Sverdlovsk in rail timetables, is an important railway junction on the Trans-Siberian Railway, with lines radiating to all parts of the Urals and the rest of Russia. As the economy grew stronger after the slump of the 1990s, several European airlines started or resumed flying to the city's Koltsovo International Airport (SVX). These include Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Malév, Austrian Airlines, Czech Airlines and Finnair.

Yekaterinburg is also served by the smaller Yekaterinburg Aramil Airport.

Yekaterinburg's public transit network includes the Yekaterinburg Metro which opened in 1991, and many tram, bus, trolleybus, and Marshrutka routes.

Culture

The city has several dozen libraries, including the V. G. Belinsky Scientific Library, which is the largest public library in Sverdlovsk Oblast.

A Neo-Palladian palace (built 1794-1820).

Yekaterinburg is famous for its theaters, among which are some very popular theater companies: the Yekaterinburg Academic Ballet and Opera Company, the Sverdlovsk Academic Theater of Musical Comedy (a notable company known in Russia and in ex-Soviet republics as Свердловская музкомедия - Sverdlovskaya muzkomedia), the Yekaterinburg Academic Dramatic Theater, the Yekaterinburg Theater for Young Spectators, the Volkhonka (a popular chamber theater), and the Kolyada Theater (a chamber theater founded by Russian playwright, producer and actor Nikolai Kolyada). Yekaterinburg is the center of New Drama, a movement of the contemporary Russian playwrights Nikolai Kolyada, Vasily Sigarev, Konstantin Kostenko, the Presnyakov brothers, and Oleg Bogayev. Yekaterinburg is also often called the capital of contemporary dance for a number of famous contemporary dance companies residing in the city: the Kipling, the Provincial Dances, the Tantstrest, and a special department of contemporary dance at the Yekaterinburg University of Humanities.

A number of popular Russian rock bands, such as Urfin Dzhyus, Chayf, Chicherina, Nautilus Pompilius, Nastya, Trek, Agata Kristi and Smyslovye Gallyutsinatsii, were originally formed in Yekaterinburg (Ural Rock is often considered as a particular variety of rock music; Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg are considered to be the main centers of rock music in Russia). Also, some famous opera singers - Boris Shtokolov, Yuri Gulyayev, Vera Bayeva - graduated from the Urals State Conservatory. The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra (currently conducted by Dmitry Liss), founded by Mark Paverman and located in Yekaterinburg, is also very popular in Russia and in Europe, as well as the Ural Academic Popular Chorus, a famous folk singing and dance ensemble.

There are more than 30 museums in Yekaterinburg, including several museums of Ural minerals and jewellery, art galleries, one of the largest collections anywhere of Kasli mouldings (a traditional kind of cast-iron sculpture in the Urals), and the famous Shigirskaya Kladovaya (Шигирская кладовая), or Shigir Collection, which includes the oldest wood sculpture in the world: the Shigir Idol, found near Nevyansk and estimated to have been made about 9,000 years ago.

Yekaterinburg also has a circus building, and one of the tallest incomplete architectural structures in the world, the Yekaterinburg TV Tower.

Sports

International relations

Church on the blood stands on the site of the Ipatiev House, where the Romanovs - the last Royal Family of Russia - were executed
Snow-covered statue of Yakov Sverdlov

The largest city in the Urals and one of the top five in Russia, Yekaterinburg has a number of consulates of major countries. For people wishing to make a visa application and needing to attend interview, this can easily take a half-week off the traveling time to get to the interview (in the event that there are internal flights to Yekaterinburg, they may only be once per week).

Consulates

  • United States Consulate—15 Gogol Street; the first consulate with a visa section in the Urals, established in 1994.
  • United Kingdom Consulate—-established 1997 as a full consulate with a visa section, on 15a Gogol Street.
  • The Federal Republic of Germany Consulate—-a full consulate with a visa section, on 44 Kuybysheva St.
  • Czech Republic Consulate—general—consulate with a visa section, on 15 Gogol Street.
  • Kyrgyzstan Consulate—general—consulate on 105 Bolshakova Street.
  • Bulgaria Consulate—general—consulate on 74 Lunacharskogo Street.
  • The People's Republic of China Consulate—general—consulate with a visa section on 52 Mamina-Sibiryaka Street.
  • The Republic of Hungary Consulate—-a full consulate with a visa section, on 15a Gogol Street.
  • The Republic of Austria Consulate—-honorary consular representation on 16 Turgeneva Street / 13 Pervomayskya Street.
  • The Republic of Armenia Consulate—-honorary consular representation.
  • The Italian Republic Consulate—-honorary consular representation on 28 Kirov Street.
  • The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Consulate—general—consulate on 22 Karl Libknehta Street.
  • The French Republic Consulate—-a full consulate with a visa section on 22 Karl Libknehta Street.
  • Spanish Visa Application Center, 36 Gogol Street.

Twin cities

Yekaterinburg is a sister city of

Notable citizens

This is a short list of the most notable citizens of Yekaterinburg/Sverdlovsk:

Other

A ballistic missile submarine of the Project 667BDRM 'Delfin' class (NATO reporting name: Delta IV) has been named "Ekaterinburg" (K-84/'807') in honor of the city.

The asteroid 27736 Ekaterinburg was named in the city's honor on 1 June 2007.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Федеральная служба государственной статистики (Federal State Statistics Service) (2004-05-21). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек (Population of Russia, its federal districts, federal subjects, districts, urban localities, rural localities—administrative centers, and rural localities with population of over 3,000)" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002). Federal State Statistics Service. http://perepis2002.ru/ct/html/TOM_01_04_1.htm. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  2. ^ Государственный комитет статистики, 2008
  3. ^ Федеральная служба государственной статистики (Federal State Statistics Service) (2004-05-21). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек (Population of Russia, its federal districts, federal subjects, districts, urban localities, rural localities—administrative centers, and rural localities with population of over 3,000)" (in Russian). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002). Federal State Statistics Service. http://www.perepis2002.ru/ct/doc/1_TOM_01_04.xls. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  4. ^ President Yeltsin speaks about Tsar Murder
  5. ^ BBC News Report Tsars Body Found
  6. ^ President Yelsin's speach
  7. ^ Matthew S. Meselson, et al., "The Sverdlovsk Anthrax Outbreak of 1979", Science 266:5188 (18 November 1994): 1202-1208.
  8. ^ Martin McCauley, "Who's who in Russia since 1900", Routledge, 1997: p.133.
  9. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Yekaterinburg". http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=4482&refer=&units=metric. 

External links and sources


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Russia : Urals : Sverdlovsk Oblast : Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg (Екатеринбург, also Ekaterinburg) [1] is an important industrial and cultural center of Russia. It is official capital of Urals region of Russia.

Understand

Yekaterinburg is the 4th largest city in Russia after Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk and is the capital of the Urals region. It was founded in 1723 by the order of Peter the Great as the metallurgical factory and by the 20th century it had become one of Russia's largest and most important financial, industrial and cultural centers. Between 1924 and 1991, the town was known as Sverdlovsk (Свердловск). The city is often said to be situated on the border of Europe and Asia (on the Asian side) and (at least) three symbolic monuments of this can be found near the city.

Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) Station
Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) Station
.

Yekaterinburg has an international airport called Koltsovo and a number of direct international flights from Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf,Prague, Vienna, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Tashkent, Helsinki, Beijing and several seasonal international charter flights, mostly to Turkey and Spain. There are daily flights to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport by Ural Airlines, S7 and TransAero and Sheremetyevo airport with Aeroflot. Skyexpress and Vladivostock Air also connect to Moscow Vnukovo There are also connections to Saint Petersburg with Rossiya and Ural Airlines. Ural Airlines also fly to a wide number of internal Russian cities such as Vladivostock, Novosisbirsk and Nizhny Novogrod

Yekaterinburg is also a major stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway. There are daily trains to Moscow and many other cities and towns in Russia from the central Railway station. The ticket office can be found on the ground floor of the new railway station building. There is an extensive network of local trains serving the surrounding region.

Information stand.
Information stand.

The central part of Yekaterinburg has problems coping with traffic. Getting around the center of Yekaterinburg by car is a real pain. The public transport system, however, is efficient. There is a wide tram network that is inexpensive and reliable. Trams can be quite crowded and the ticket is purchased onboard. Buses and trolleybuses (electric buses) experience the disadvantage of heavy traffic during peak hours.

Yekaterinburg is a very compact city for its population (1.3 million). One can drive from one side of the city to the other in some 30 to 40 minutes, provided there is no traffic. Yekaterinburg has a single metro (underground train) line, connecting the central part (stop is near the Circus) to Uralmash - a large industrial and residential area, having stops near main railway station and further down to Uralmash. The metro (natives say it is the shortest metro in the world) has proved to be popular with locals because it is quick and inexpensive (2008: 11 RUB/ride). The stations are impressive, decorated with native Ural stones, granite and marble.

You can get free walking maps published by the "Ekaterinburg Tourist Information Service" at their office on 8 Marta St. 21, office 2 (620014 г. Екатеринбург, ул. 8 Марта, офис 2). Those include sightseeing and culture.

To get there take a metro train to ploshchad' 1905 goda (площадь 1905-ого года, square of 1905 year), walk away from the square, go straigth across ploshchad' Malysheva (площадь Малышева) and it is the second house on the left hand side. They have merchandise in their windows (even GPS navigators) and you can enter from the court after you pass the house. There is an English speaker at hand and they can book tours as well.

If you can read cyrillic then you might get a good map from the railway stations and many street magazines called "Городской транспорт Екатеринбурга - карта с каждым домом" (city transport map of Yekaterinburg - map with all houses) which includes subway stations, all bus and elektrichka routes as well as three maps (inner city, big city, Koltsovo airport and surroundings) as well as a street register. By the same publisher, Urals Cartographic Company, Malysheva St. 122ze, 2nd floor, room. 207 (Уралская Картографическая Компания, ул. Малышева 122з, 2 этаж, к. 207), there is also a map called "достопримечательности Екатеринбурга" (Sights of Yekaterinburg) for about the same price of about 500 RUB.

If you get lost, there are information stands in the inner city aroud Square of 1905 that will show you your current location, a map of the inner city and possibly help you to find addresses, restaurants and sights. Though they are in Russian only, it should be enough to help you out.

The Church on the Blood.
The Church on the Blood.
QWERTY Monument.
QWERTY Monument.
"Mafia Cemetery".
"Mafia Cemetery".

Sights include:

  • Church on the Blood, (Near the metro station dinamo.). Church on the Blood built in 2003 at the site of the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.  edit
  • QWERTY Monument, (On the river bank near metro station ploshad' 1905 goda.). Easily one of Russia's weirdest attractions is the gargantuan keyboard monument in this city. Big white stones rise from the earth, and as you approach, you see engraved upon them, words like "Q" and "SHIFT."  edit
  • Circus, (Near the metro station Cirk (Цирк)). Richly ornamented building which hosts all sorts of circus shows. Nearby is the abandoned television tower.  edit
  • Ural State University, (To the east from 1905 square along Lenin avenue), [2]. It's a wonderful building situated in a neighborhood full of beautiful old buildings. Makes for a pleasant stroll in the direction of Square of 1905.  edit
  • Ural State Technical University, (Take trams 4, 8, 13, 15, 18, 22, 23 or buses 5, 10, 50, 50a to UGTU (УГТУ)), [3]. Another wonderful building. Alma mater of Boris Yeltsin.  edit
  • Opera and Ballet Theatres. There are many theatres situated in the inner city around Square of 1905. For ticket information you might consult with the Ekaterinburg Tourist Information (see above).  edit
  • Shirokorechenskoye Kladbishche Cemetery (Широкореченское Кладбище), (Take buses 14, 22, 24, 37к, 048, 69 to Kontrol'naya (Контрольная).). This is the infamous "Mafia cemetery" where there are dozens of gaves ornated with big life-size images in stone of former Mafia members.   edit
  • Ledovyj Gorodok (Ледовый Городок), (Right on Ploshad' 1905 goda). During New Year's. A whole city block under the eyes of Lenin made out of ice. On the central Square of 1905.  edit

Do

Yekaterinburg offers plenty of cross-country skiing, with trails stretching for miles. There are some downhill skiing resorts as well. It will take you approximately 25 minutes to get to the nearest of them from the center of the city.

  • Limpopo [4] - the largest water park in Europe

Buy

When in Yekaterinburg, make a visit to the "Chinese Market" or Bazaar. The market consists of many hundreds of small outdoor stalls, selling everything from toilet paper to fur coats, all at the best prices in the city. But this kind of market is not really the right place to buy souvenirs. Vaynera Street, in the center of the city, has a lot of shops with a wide range of small things to buy. Usually this street (it's pedestrian only) is called The Urals Arbat, after the famous Arbat in Moscow.

Leather in Russia is considered some of the best in Europe; handbags and wallets are of especially high quality. Gold jewelery, while expensive, is also very good. Markets, such as the Chinese market is good for cheap bargains.

Eat

During recent years many new cafés and restaurants have opened in Yekaterinburg, providing all kinds of cuisine. The Yamal Restaurant is perhaps the best one to visit if you have a chance. This restaurant is ready to introduce the world of northern Russian cuisine to you. The best international cuisine can be found in the newly opened Morrison lounge on the corner of Khokryakova and Malisheva Street in the city centre, very friendly staff too. And of course, don't forget to drop into a pelmeni-house.

Drink

There are a number of friendly bars in the city, but for homesick visitors look out for the English, Scottish, and Irish pubs; especially 'Old Dublin' in the centre of the city (with genuine English & Irish ales and stouts). There is also a Tinkoff brewery in the city, 64 Krasnoarmeiskaya ul. which does a fantastic business lunch as well as an all you can drink offer for around $20.

  • Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg, 8, Borisa Yeltsina Street, +7 343 253 1234 (), [5]. 296 rooms & suites with views of Cathedral-on-the-Blood and Iset River. Amenities: ergonomic work area, open bath concept, wireless internet access, tea and coffee making facilities. Regency Club Lounge for free continental breakfast, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  edit
  • Yekaterinburg Hostel, (From Ploshad' 1905 goda (Площадь 1905ого года) go west until Marshala Dzukova St. (ул. маршала Жукова) on your right. Go along that street, turn left at the first intersection into Antona Valeka St. (ул. Антона Валека) and go to the second big building on your right labelled 18), [6]. checkin: 09:00h*. A decent hostel (the first in Yekaterinburg) situated in the middle of the city centre next to Square of 1905. It's the shared flat of three Russian students, who speak decent English. There is a computer with internet and WLAN for free and a shared kitchen. Bookable via common hostel sites on the internet. 770 RUB/night.  edit
  • For budget accommodation, you can get hourly rates at the Komnaty Otdykha. at the main train station. To get there, walk to the eastern end of the station to the last and small set of glass doors. First door on the right should lead you to a set of stairs which will take you there. Rates are approximtely 10 RUB/hour.  edit
  • For the seriously budget conscious, you can sleep in the waiting area on the top floor of the main train station building. . Metal chairs are abundant, but the ones to look out for are rows of 2-3 chairs without armrests in between. The sign seems to say it costs 20RUB to wait in these areas, but feigning ignorance seems to get you in (and out) for free. The official waiting room on the ground floor of the station in the main railway building is a steep 70 RUB/hour, however it is heated, there's a TV and security is there. There is also internet access on the side of the building (the door reads "Интернет") that has a flatrate for 100 RUB/hour or a selective price per minute and megabyte (combined, take the 100 RUB deal if you are unsure about your data volume). Price information in English available.  edit
  • Host Families Association (HOFA) (From 22 eur. per night), 5 Tavricheskaya str., +7 (812) 275 1992 (, fax: +7 (812) 275 1992), [7]. Since 1990 HOFA provides visa invitations, homestays, apartment rentals, packages in friendly homes in 60 cities in Russia and CIS . from 22 EUR per night.  edit
  • Europe Asia Yekaterinburg Hostel, Tchaikovskogo 75/216, 620142, Yekaterinburg (From railway station also it is possible to reach by subway to the stationary subway «Geologicheskaya». And then along the street 8 Marta walk for 15-20 minutes .), [8]. checkin: 14-00; checkout: 14-00. City centre. Kitchen, Friday cocktail parties, free Wi-Fi and laundry. 500 RUB.  edit
  • Ganina Yama (Ганина Яма). You can visit this wooden monastery semi daily by bus tours offered right in front of the main train station building. It is situated in the north direction from the city, near the village Shuvakish (Шувакиш). You can get there by train from the main station in the direction Nizhni Tagil (Нижний Тагил). When you get off the train, go to the bridge over railways and turn right (not to the station). From the bridge turn to the right again, go, go, go and after a while you will get to the asphalt road. There turn left and go some two kilometres.  edit
Monument "Europe-Asia".
Monument "Europe-Asia".
  • Europe & Asia border monument, (Take a tour or buses 150 or 180.). There are semi-daily offered tours from the main trains station. If you can't make the tour, you might take the bus 150 from the northern bus terminal (Северный Автовокзал) near the metro station Uralskaya (Уральская). Ask the driver to let you get off at the border. This is common practice. When you get off the bus, there is a small (somewhat historically looking) stone monument that has a red brick line where the border is. Go up a bit thru the patch of wood and you will be at the big monument where the tour buses go on the big tour. It is a spot for weddings, so usually you will find a bride or two. After you are done taking pictures, go back the way you came, go on the other side of the high way and signal a bus driver to pick you up. Buses 150 or 180 take you back, however 180 takes you only near metro station Tsirk (Цирк). If no bus driver happens to be willing to pick you up outside of a station (though this is common practice), you can walk into Pervoural'sk up to the second bus stop you encounter (buses 150 and 180 do not regularly stop at the outermost bus stops) and then get on a bus. From the outermost bus stop there is a little marshrutka going to the next one for 10 RUB. 50 RUB (bus 180) or 55 RUB (bus 150) one-way, or 300 RUB and upwards with a tour.  edit
  • Deer Streams National Park (Prirodniy Park Olenji Ruchji), Nizhnie-Serginskiy rayon, posyolok Bazhukovo (150km West from Ekaterinburg, take tour or by bus/train), +79022550062 (), [9]. A hiking tour in a national park "Deer Streams". A picturesque river, cliffs, deepest cave of Sverdlovkaya Oblsat region, beautiful forest. A very popular place to go among Russians both in summer and winter. Several different routes to choose from, depending on difficulty. To get by bus: take any bus that goes to Mikhailovsk (Михайловск), Arty (Арти), Urmikeevo (Урмикеево), Tulgash (Тюльгаш). Leave at the "prirodniy park Olenji Ruchji" stop. Then walk 2 kilomiters according to sign directions. By train: from the central train station take a suburban train to Druzhinino (Дружинино). From Druzhinino take another train to Bazhukovo (Бажуково). From Bazhukovo station - it is 5 minutes walk to the Park. The train goes 3 times/day. The road by bus takes 2,5 hours. By train: 4 hours> entry ticket 100 RUB.   edit
  • Tours and Excursions bureau (Visit-Ekaterinburg), 22 Engel'sa Str. Ekaterinburg (city center), +7(343)290-88-06 (), [11]. 09:00-19:00 daily.  edit
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Yekaterinburg

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Yekaterinburg

  1. A city in the Sverdlovsk oblast of Russia, the fifth-largest in the country by population.

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Yekaterinburg (English)
Екатеринбург (Russian)
—  Inhabited locality  —
File:Ekaterinburg at
Yekaterinburg at night
File:Location
Yekaterinburg on the map of Russia

Coordinates: 56°50′N 60°35′E / 56.833°N 60.583°E / 56.833; 60.583Coordinates: 56°50′N 60°35′E / 56.833°N 60.583°E / 56.833; 60.583
File:Coat of Arms of Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk oblast).svg
Coat of arms
File:Flag of Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk oblast).svg
Flag
Holiday3rd Saturday of August[needs proof]
Administrative status
Country Russia
Federal subject Sverdlovsk Oblast
In administrative jurisdiction ofSverdlovsk Oblast[needs proof]
Administrative center ofSverdlovsk Oblast[needs proof]
Municipal status
Municipal StatusUrban okrug
Head[needs proof]Arkady Chernetsky[needs proof]
Representative bodyCity Duma[needs proof]
Statistics
Population (2002 Census)1,293,537 inhabitants[1]
- Rank5th
Time zoneTemplate:RussiaTimeZone
FoundedNovember 18, 1723[needs proof]
Postal code(s)620000[needs proof]
Dialing code(s)+7 343[needs proof]
Official websitehttp://www.ekburg.ru/

Yekaterinburg is a big city in Asian part of Russia (Ural mountains), with a population of 1,293,537 people. The city was started in 1723 by Vasily Tatischev and named after Saint Catherine. There was killed Nicholas II of Russia, there lived Boris Yeltsin. Citizens are known by their love to Mayonnaise and film "Titanic". This city is one of the dirtiest in Russia and has the shortiest rapid transit line. Lizard is unofficial symbol of the city.

Twin cities

File:Yekaterinburg - Duma with Lenin
The city duma building with the Lenin statue.

Yekaterinburg is a sister city of

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