Skyscraper "Vysotsky", Yekaterinburg. The skyscraper "Vysotsky" is the tallest building in Yekaterinburg. The roof of the 188-meter tall building has a viewing platform overlooking the entire city. The skyscraper itself has several restaurants, a hotel, a spa centre and the small Museum of Vysotsky.
"Kolyada-Theatre", Yekaterinburg. The "Kolyada-Theatre" and its founder, Nikolai Kolyada, are well-known outside Yekaterinburg. During its tour (in Moscow until the end of January) tickets sell out very quickly. It is easier to find a good seat for a lower price at the "Kolyada-Theatre" while in the capital of the Sverdlovsk region.
"Olenyi Ruchyi" (Deer Streams) Nature Park, Nizhneserginsky disctrict. The "Deer Streams" Nature Park is located 100 kilometres south-west of Yekaterinburg. It has an area of 127 square kilometres, but, if you wish, you can cross it from west to east in half a day. The park is inhabited by elks, wild boars, roe deer and beavers. Natural monuments are also of interest to tourists, such as the Orlovaya mountain sink or Arakaevskaya cave.
Nevyanskaya Icon Museum, Yekaterinburg. The Nevyanskaya icon is considered to be the top iconography masterpiece of the Urals’ Old Believers. You can see other masterpieces of Russian religious painting in this small, yet very intriguing museum in Yekaterinburg. By the way, its founder and owner is the Mayor Yevgeny Roizman.
Museum "War Glory of the Urals", Verkhnyaya Pyshma. The museum of military equipment "War Glory of the Urals" is one of the largest in Russia. It was created in 2005 with only 10 exhibits. Today, there are ten times more, including tanks, artillery, missile systems and civilian vehicles.
The City Pond Dam on the Iset River, Yekaterinburg. The City Pond Dam on the Iset River, or simply "Plotinka", is a popular place for walks among residents and visitors of Yekaterinburg. It is almost always crowded there, and on holidays "Plotinka" hosts city festivals.
Vladimir Vysotsky Museum, Yekaterinburg. The museum attracts fans of the legendary bard from across the country. The exhibits include icons, paintings and decorations, a wax figure of the poet, as well as the pride of the collection – a 1976 Mercedes 350 W 116, owned by Vysotsky. The entrance fee is 100 roubles ($1.6).
Yeltsin Centre, Yekaterinburg. Opened in late 2015, the Yeltsin Centre has caused much controversy. Some praise the museum for its design and exposition, while others complain about the one-sided presentation of the personality of the first President of Russia and the era of his time in office. Nevertheless, one should visit the Yeltsin Centre during a trip to the Urals in order to at least form their own opinion about it.
"Mart" Photography Centre, Yekaterinburg. The "Mart" Photography Centre is one of the most favourite galleries of the residents of Yekaterinburg. The international festival "100 Wonders of the World" is held here until the end of February.
Ganina Yama, Yekaterinburg. This Iset mine, better known as Ganina Yama, is not far from the regional centre. In 1918, the mine, which had already been abandoned by that time, became the grave site of the assassinated royal family. Today, the Holy Royal Martyrs Monastery offers guided tours here.
Asbestos Quarry, Asbest. This is one of the world’s largest deposits of chrysotile asbestos. Trains and huge BelAZ trucks look like ants from the viewing platform. The quarry’s perimeter is about 20 kilometres and has a depth of 300 metres.
Nevyanskaya Leaning Tower, Nevyansk. Located in the heart of the city, the Nevyanskaya Tower is the Urals’ analogue of the Pisa Tower. The tower’s vertical deviation is almost two metres.
Vaynera Street, Yekaterinburg. Vaynera Street, whose length is a little less than a kilometre long, is the local Old Arbat. While walking along the steer, you should pay attention to the constructivist "Fifth House of the City Council", the former building of the Russian-Asian Bank, commodity market and the "Granit" printing house, as well as the mansions and estates that are present on both sides of the street.
Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region rarely make it on the list of the most sought after routes. Nevertheless, the region, according to the National News Service (NSN), has become a leader in domestic tourism development in the past year. The flight to here from Moscow only takes two hours. New points of tourist attraction have appeared in the region (the Yeltsin Centre alone is worth a lot) and historical sites are being restored. Lenta.ru presents the region as part of the continuing series of materials dedicated to the most interesting tourist destinations of the Russian provinces.