City Orientation Walk, Yekaterinburg (Self Guided)

Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in the Russian Federation based on population and is a major center of industrial and cultural life in the Urals. Situated near the center of the Eurasian continent, on the border between Europe and Asia, the city is home to many spectacular sights, which you will see on this tour. Don't miss the chance to visit Yekaterinburg and enjoy an unforgettable experience.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Russia » Yekaterinburg (See other walking tours in Yekaterinburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: damon
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Square of 1905

1) Square of 1905

The Square of 1905, commonly referred to as "the square" by citizens, assumed its current shape in 1930 after the demolition of the Epiphany Cathedral. It is the combination of two pre-existing squares, Cathedral and Main Commercial Square. The square became the center of revolutionary events in the city during the early 20th century. On May 1, 1905, the first political demonstration and rally was held on the square. It was here on October 19, 1905, that the Bolsheviks revealed the Manifesto of October 17. The rally was interrupted by the Black Hundreds and the Cossacks, and the ensuing fight resulted in several deaths. In November 1919, the square was renamed Square of 1905 in honor of the revolutionary events that occurred here.
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Yekaterinburg City Administration

2) Yekaterinburg City Administration

The Yekaterinburg City Administration building stands five stories tall and has an imposing clock tower. It is located on the Square of 1905 and is a major tourist attraction. Built during the Soviet Union period, it is to this day a spectacular sight to behold due to its marvelous architectural design.
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City Dam

3) City Dam (must see)

The City Dam, more commonly referred to as Plotinka, is located in the heart of the city and is a must see attraction. It was built in 1723 and served as the base for the industrial expansion of the city. Today, it is home to a prominent monument of the Industrial Age, the statue of Tatishev and De Gennin. Due to its important historical value and its picturesque square, the Dam hosts numerous events.
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Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum

4) Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum (must see)

The Sverdlovsk Art Gallery was founded in 1936 and was later renamed the Sverdlovsk Fine Arts Museum. In 1992, when the city returned to its historic name, it was renamed the Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum. The Ural Society of Naturalists provided the core of the museum's collection, and items were later added from the State Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum. The museum is known for its unique collection of Kashlinski art moldings and the world famous Kashlinski Iron-cast Pavilion, which received the Grand Prix award at the Paris Expo in 1900. Over the years the museum has grown into a major cultural center in Yekaterinburg.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm; Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm.
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Keyboard Monument

5) Keyboard Monument (must see)

The Keyboard Monument, created by Yekaterinburg artist Anatoly Vyatkin, is located on the second floor of the Iset River embankment. 86 concrete keys, weighing about 80 kilograms each, are arranged in the shape of a standard QWERTY keyboard. Many people visit the site, taking photos of this unique sculptural composition. This project cleverly combines the values of Western and Eastern civilizations. It represents Western technological culture, but maintains the tradition of Eastern stone gardens. The Keyboard Monument is thus perfectly situated, as it stands on the border of Europe and Asia.
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State Stone Cutting and Jewelers Art History Museum

6) State Stone Cutting and Jewelers Art History Museum (must see)

The State Stone Cutting and Jewelers Art History Museum was founded in 1992. It is located in the city center on the former site of the Mining Drugstore, which is now preserved elsewhere as an important example of national architecture. The museum was designed by renowned Ural architect Michel Malakhov in 1821. The incredible mineralogical riches of the Urals have attracted the attention of local stone cutters for centuries. The earliest stone cutting tools in the museum date back to the 18th century. Multiple halls showcase the modern art of stone cutting, which continues to preserve the traditions of the past.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 12 pm - 6 pm.
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State Academic Philharmonic

7) State Academic Philharmonic (must see)

The State Academic Philharmonic is one of the best in Russia. On the opening day of the Philharmonic, the State Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of U.S. conductor Vladimir Savich, performed Tchaikovsky's "Sixth Symphony" and Respighi's "Pines of Rome". The latter was performed for the first time in the Soviet Union. The Philharmonic holds several music festivals throughout the year.
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Church of All Saints

8) Church of All Saints (must see)

The Church of All Saints is a Russian Orthodox church, built from 2000 to 2003 on the site where the former Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and several members of his family and household were executed following the Bolshevik Revolution. The church commemorates the Romanovs, and its name is identical to that of the Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma, where the Romanovs ascended the Russian throne. The complex includes two churches, a belfry, a patriarchal annex and a museum dedicated to the imperial family. It covers a total of 29,700 square feet. The main church was consecrated by patriarchs from all over Russia on June 16, 2003, 85 years after the execution of the Tsar and his family.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rastorguyev-Kharitonov Palace

9) Rastorguyev-Kharitonov Palace (must see)

The Kharitonov Palace is arguably the grandest palatial residence in the Urals. This Neoclassical townhouse was commissioned in 1794 by Lev Rastorguyev, an Old Believer merchant and landowner. The main house was built on the so-called Annunciation Hill in Yekaterinburg. The nearby Annunciation Church was built at the same time. The palace takes its present name from Pyotr Kharitonov, Rastorguyev's son-in-law. He inherited the property in 1824 and employed architect Mikhail Pavlovich Malakhov to connect the buildings with a series of covered passageways. An English park on the grounds was also commissioned by Kharitonov. His harsh treatment of the serfs gave rise to a bevy of legends about a network of underground chambers and passages where his peasants were tortured. In 1837 Kharitonov was officially censured for his cruelty, put on trial and condemned to life imprisonment in Kexholm Fortress.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Church of Ascension

10) Church of Ascension (must see)

This temple, built in honor of the Lord's Ascension, is one of the oldest Orthodox churches in Yekaterinburg. The temple was founded in May 1770 and was consecrated on September 19th of the same year. Originally the church was a small wooden structure. By 1789, however, the church building had fallen into disrepair, and, at the request of the parishioners, it was decided to build a two-story stone church. The ground floor was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the top floor to the Lord's Ascension. Throughout the 19th century, the temple was repeatedly reinforced and expanded. In 1834, the clergy and parishioners decided to attach two chapels on the southern side and two chapels on the northern side of the temple and to add a new porch. In 1926 the church was closed. It subsequently served as a school and later as a museum. On February 15, 1991, during the Feast of the Purification, the liturgy was once again served.
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Black Tulip Memorial

11) Black Tulip Memorial (must see)

The Black Tulip Memorial is a recreated cargo space of a military transport plane that used to transport the bodies of dead Russian soldiers back home from the Afghan war. Such aircraft were called "Black Tulips" by the Afghan veterans. In the center of the memorial is the figure of a seated soldier with a gun, surrounded by metal pylons engraved with the names of the soldiers killed during the war in Afghanistan. The monument is made of metal with a special coating. The central figure of the monument weighs 4.5 tons and stands 4.7 meters tall. The height of the pylons is 10 meters. The names of the 240 soldiers killed in Afghanistan are carved on the ten pylons of the monument. After the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya, granite plates with the names of servicemen killed in Chechnya and Dagestan were added to the memorial.
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Ural State University

12) Ural State University

Ural State University was founded in 1920. It was an exclusive educational establishment composed of several institutes, which later became independent universities and schools. In 1936 the university was named after one of its founders, Russian author Maxim Gorky. It is the second oldest university (the oldest being Urals State University of Mines) in the Middle Urals and one of the most prestigious universities in Russia. It offers degrees in dozens of scientific and educational fields and has 53 graduate programs.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Statue of Yakov Sverdlov

13) Statue of Yakov Sverdlov (must see)

Yakov Mikhaylovich Sverdlov, also known under the pseudonyms "Andrei", "Mikhalych", "Max", "Smirnov", "Permyakov", was a Bolshevik party leader and an official of the Russian Soviet Republic. After the 1917 February Revolution he returned to Petrograd from exile and was re-elected to the Central Committee. He played an important role in planning the October Revolution. Research in 1990 by the Moscow playwright and historian Edvard Radzinsky uncovered Sverdlov's role in the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. Sverdlov ordered their execution on July 16, 1918, which took place in the city of Yekaterinburg. A close ally of Vladimir Lenin, Sverdlov played an important part in persuading leading Bolsheviks to accept the controversial decisions to close down the Constituent Assembly and to sign the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Opera and Ballet Theater

14) Opera and Ballet Theater (must see)

The Opera and Ballet Theater was established in 1912, and it remains a significant cultural venue in Yekaterinburg. It was built on Drovyanoy Square (now Paris Commune Square) on the former location of a wooden circus building, which had stood on the site since 1896. The facade of the Opera and Ballet Theater faces Lenin Avenue. Over the entrance there is an ornate balcony with balustrades and a sculpture of the three Muses. Inside, the auditorium is in the shape of a horseshoe. The theater (known in Soviet times as the Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of A. V. Lunacharsky) was designed by civil architect Vladimir Nikolaevich Semenov in a style similar to the Vienna and Odessa Opera Houses.

Walking Tours in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Yekaterinburg

Create Your Own Walk in Yekaterinburg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Yekaterinburg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Yekaterinburg Art Galleries Tour

Yekaterinburg Art Galleries Tour

Yekaterinburg is often considered the main cultural center of the Urals, with its many exquisite galleries and art centers. Take this tour to learn more about famous regional artists and to admire their wonderful pieces of artwork.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Yekaterinburg Cultural Tour

Yekaterinburg Cultural Tour

Yekaterinburg is one of the largest centers of cultural life in Russia, after only Moscow and St. Petersburg. The city is home to many theaters, cinemas, libraries and concert halls. This tour will guide you to the finest cultural venues in Yekaterinburg and will teach you about the cultural heritage of the Urals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Yekaterinburg Museums Tour

Yekaterinburg Museums Tour

Yekaterinburg, the capital of the Urals, is home to numerous museums that focus on a variety of subjects, including folk art, natural history, photography, military history and more. This walking tour will guide you to the most notable museums in the city where you will learn why Yekaterinburg is known as the cultural center of the Urals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Yekaterinburg Places of Worship Tour

Yekaterinburg Places of Worship Tour

Yekaterinburg is a beautiful city with a rich religious history. Many churches managed to survive the wrath of the Soviet Union's anti-religious campaigns, and some have been renovated so they are more splendid than ever before. Take this tour to discover the striking architectural beauty of Yekaterinburg's churches and cathedrals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Yekaterinburg for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Yekaterinburg has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Yekaterinburg, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.