Yekaterinburg Cultural Tour, Yekaterinburg (Self Guided)

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.
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Guide Name: Yekaterinburg Cultural Tour
Guide Location: Russia » Yekaterinburg (See other walking tours in Yekaterinburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: damon
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Belinsky Library

1) Belinsky Library

Sverdlovsk Regional Universal Scientific Library, named after V.G. Belinsky, is the largest library in the Sverdlovsk region and is a well-respected cultural, educational and informational center. It opened on May 26, 1899, on the 51st anniversary of V. G. Belinsky's death. The library's collection currently exceeds 2 million items and includes books, microfiche, audio and videotapes, CD-ROMs and DVDs. Every year, the collection grows by 25,000 items, 1,500 of which are magazine and newspaper titles. A unique collection of manuscripts and historic books are stored in the library's department of rare books. The library also has the largest collection of foreign language publications in the Urals.
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Yekaterinburg Municipal Puppet Theater

2) Yekaterinburg Municipal Puppet Theater

The Puppet Theater was founded on November 6th, 1932, as part of the Sverdlovsk Youth Theater. Its first show, "Letter from Italy", premiered on November 7, 1932. From 1996 to 1998, the building underwent a significant renovation with the help of architect Alexander Dolgov. An additional floor was added, making the theater a five-story building. Also, the stage was significantly enlarged and mechanized, and a small hall was added. There is now both a large and small hall that seat 280 and 100 spectators respectively. As part of the renovation, the interior of the theater was altered and a new logo, designed by artist A. Zolotukhin, was chosen. The performances of R. Vinderman, V. Garanin, M. Yaremchuk, A. Boraca, S. Plotov, I. Lifanov have garnered many awards at prestigious Russian and international theater festivals.
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Opera and Ballet Theater

3) 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.
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State Academic Musical Comedy Theater

4) State Academic Musical Comedy Theater (must see)

Founded in Sverdlovsk, the State Academic Musical Comedy Theater didn't change its name even after the city was renamed Yekaterinburg. Sverdlovsk Comedy is more than just a name, it is a creative brand, crafted by its legendary actors and directors of the past. Over the years, the theater has received multiple awards from the government, which has helped cement its fine reputation.
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Salute

5) Salute

Salute is one of the oldest cinemas in Yekaterinburg. In 2001, Salute was the first cinema in Russia to show the movie "Moulin Rouge". It received permission from the film's director Baz Luhrmann to screen the film three weeks before its official premiere. In 2002, the Association of Russian filmmakers recognized Salute as the best regional cinema in the country. Today, Salute is a multiplex with six theaters that are equipped according to the highest modern standards. The total number of seats currently exceeds 900. In addition to showing commercial movies, it hosts regular festivals featuring international and independent movies.
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State Academic Philharmonic

6) 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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Cosmos

7) Cosmos

Cosmos is a cinema, as well as the main concert hall in Yekaterinburg. Cosmos was built in 1967 and seats 2,386 people, which was considered huge by the standards of the time. In 2003, a large-scale renovation project was carried out, which resulted in a completely redesigned exterior and interior. Also, the main hall was equipped with the latest technology. Cosmos hosts virtually every performance in Yekaterinburg by well-known international artists.
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State Academic Drama Theater

8) State Academic Drama Theater (must see)

Sverdlovsk State Academic Drama Theater was founded in Yekaterinburg in 1930. A milestone in the history of the theater was its 1974 Moscow Tour, where its performances of “Boris Godunov”, “Mindaugas” and “A Captive of Time” were highly appreciated by the critics. On October 2nd, 1980, the theater was awarded with the Red Banner of Labor by the Presidium of the Supreme USSR Council. The theater's repertoire has always included classical pieces, such as plays by Maxim Gorky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, E. De Filippo and William Shakespeare. Works by regional playwrights, such as D. N. Mamin-Sibiryak , A. Salynsky, B. Ocheretin, D. Medvedev, A. Grebneva, E. Verigo and N. Kalyada, have also been performed.

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.
Museums and Galleries Tour

Museums and Galleries 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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 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.