Krasnoyarsk Travel Guide
Often overlooked on a Trans-Siberian trip, the prosperous city of Krasnoyarsk, located between Ekaterinburg and Irkutsk, has one of the more attractive settings along the Trans-Siberian route. It is also well known in Russia both for it’s cultural life as well as the fantastic scenery that can be found a short way outside of the city in the beautiful Stolby Nature Reserve. Krasnoyarsk is also the starting point for one of the world’s unsung river trips up into the arctic along the Yenisey River. All in all this destination is well worth a considering as a stopover.
Best Months to Visit Krasnoyarsk
Best Reason to Visit Krasnoyarsk
Usually overlooked in favour of Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, Krasnoyarsk has much to offer including some easily accessible and stunning countryside just outside of the city.
Top Sights in Krasnoyarsk
★ The Stolby Nature Reserve is a highlight of a stop in Krasnoyarsk. As well as plenty of beautiful scenery and views there are unusual rock formations to see and all of this is just outside of the city.
★ The Krasnoyarsk Regional Museum has good exhibits on this part of Russia an the building itself is curiously ancient Egyptian in style.
★ Karaulnaya Gora or “Watch Hill” has views and the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel.
★ The Andrey Dubensky Monument is dedicated to the Cossack leader of that name who founded Krasnoyarsk in 1628. The monument was unveiled in 2003 on the 375th anniversary of the city’s founding.
★ The Vasily Surikov Museums are dedicated to one of Russia’s most famous painters who was brought up in Krasnoyarsk.
★ The Culture and History Center houses changing Russian and international exhibitions covering fine art, photography and performances.
★ The 124 meter high Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Dam is 30km from the city and spans the Yenisey River. It appears on the 10 Ruble Russian note.
★ Open-air concerts are held each Saturday and Sunday from early June to mid-September in the Theatre Square and are a great way to meet locals people.
Weather Averages for Krasnoyarsk
Top Krasnoyarsk Travel Tip from TSTC
Best visited between, or indeed as an alternative to, Ekaterinburg and Irkutsk the city is also the jumping off point for trips to the Republic of Tuva, an overnight train journey to the south east.
TSTC's Hand Picked Hotels in Krasnoyarsk
Traditionally the soviet era Krasnoyarsk Hotel has been the best option. However, in recent years a few newer and smaller hotels have opened up and our favourite is the Soft Hotel.
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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.