Ekaterinburg Travel Guide
Ekaterinburg (previously known as Sverdlovsk) is an important and prosperous Siberian city located in the rolling Ural mountains that divide the continents of Europe and Asia. It lacks the glamour and glitz of Moscow and St Petersburg but, in doing so, is a far more representative experience of the real Russia. The city itself is surrounded by beautiful countryside dotted with traditional Siberian villages perfect for home stays and hiking. It is also a good winter stopover with dog-sledging and cross country skiing being popular.
Best Months to Visit Ekaterinburg
Best Reason to Visit Ekaterinburg
Ekaterinburg is becoming an increasingly popular stop off along the Trans-Siberian route offering a good chance to see the real Russia and experience the Siberian countryside.
Top Sights in Ekaterinburg
★ Romanov Death Site – A must see for anyone interested in the Russian Royal Family and their gruesome end at this spot. Best to visit with a guide who can bring the story to life as there is only a small memorial to see.
★ Shirokorechenskoye Kladbishche Cemetery – Known as the “Mafia Cemetery” this curiosity is visited for the elaborate graves of local mafia.
★ Church Upon the Blood – A new church to commemorate the Romanov’s and reputedly containing the most expensive icon in Russia.
★ Chapel of the Revered Martyr Grand Duchess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna – Pretty wooden chapel to this friend of the Romanovs.
★ Europe Asia Border – You chance to straddle two continents at the monument just outside of Ekaterinburg.
★ Ural Mineralogical Museum – The Urals are rich in precious stones and this museum has a fantastic display.
★ Ural Geology Museum – A more academic display of the regions mineral wealth as well as some meteorites.
★ Railway Museum – A must see for anyone interested in the Soviet rail system.
★ Military Museum – Worth a visit for military enthusiasts.
★ Around Ekaterinburg – the rolling hills of the Urals provide excellent village visits and hiking opportunities.
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Top Ekaterinburg Travel Tip from TSTC
Being a major stop on the Trans-Siberian makes getting to and from Ekaterinburg quite simple – in fact there are even international flights out of the city to various destinations in Europe.
Other Destinations in Russia
Click on any of the destinations below to explore other places in Russia that can be incorporated into your Trans-Siberian tour.
By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.