Yekaterinburg started as an regional, industrial hub and has grown into a ritzy city with an edgy, artsy underbelly. The mix of sparkling skyscrapers and bright new buildings with parkland, gritty Soviet design and historic churches make this sprawling metropolis a dream to visit. If you come to this city for World Cup 2018, you may never want to leave. See for yourself with these Instagram snaps.
A sprawling, glittery metropolis, Yekaterinburg is the unofficial capital of the Ural Mountain range and is not far from the Europe-Asia border.
Yekaterinburg State Circus
The geometry of the dome topped state circus building is impressive close up and from a distance.
Iset River Embankment
Anytime of year, the Iset River Embankment is ideal for strolling about and soaking up the city atmosphere. Manicured lawns line the pedestrian thoroughfare which has loads to look at including a public art sculpture that, on occasion, has been turned into an angry bird and pokemon go.
Church upon the Blood
Marking the site where Bolsheviks executed Russia’s last royal family, heralding a new era for the nation, is the stunning gold dome topped Church upon the Blood.
On the other side of Lenin Avenue from the Iset River Embankment are the serene city lakes that have some of the best city views in town.
One of the tallest skyscrapers in Russia, the sparkling Vysotsky building offers unbeatable panoramas from the observation deck on the 53rd floor.
Constructivism in Yekaterinburg
Telling of Yekaterinburg’s industrial beginnings and Soviet past are the constructivist buildings scattered across the town, including the well known Russia Post building.
Above the rooftops, Yekaterinburg’s industry dots the city’s skyline.