The Top Attractions in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg | © Pawel Maryanov / WikiCommons
Zita Whalley

As a modern city seeped in historical significance, Yekaterinburg in Russia has a feast of sights to discover. From ornate architecture through to monuments of respect and fandom, explore the best the city has to offer with our top twenty picks of unmissable buildings, statues and sights.

1. Kirillov's House

Not far from Yekaterinburg, in the village of Kanara, is the fantastical Kirillov’s House. Ornately decorated with fairytale and soviet iconography, the house was built mid-century by Sergey Kirillov, the local blacksmith.

Kunara, Russia

Kirillov’s House | © Sergei Afanasev/Shutterstock

2. Keyboard Monument

Along the Iset River embankment lies an oversized keyboard, created perfectly to scale. To make a wish, locals say type it in and press enter to make it come true.

ul. Gorkogo, Yekaterinburg, Russia

3. Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
© Angelus_Svetlana / Shutterstock

The building itself is as impressive as the performances it hosts. Watch modern and classic ballet and opera productions in lavish baroque glamour.

Lenin Avenue 46А, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 350 80 57

Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre | © Angelus Svetlana/Shutterstock | © Angelus_Svetlana / Shutterstock

4. Iset River Dam

In the heart of the city, the Iset River Dam or plotinka, is the perfect place to take a break from exploring the city. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the manicured gardens or take a stroll along the pedestrian boulevard.

Prospekt Lenina, Yekaterinburg, Russia

5. The Black Tulip War Memorial


The Black Tulip War Memorial, Yekaterinburg
© Jason Eppink/WikiCommons
Pay your respects to the soldiers who lost their lives during the War in Afghanistan and the Chechen War. Named after the aircrafts responsible for transporting bodies back to Russia, the names of fallen service personnel are inscribed on the monument.

6. City Ponds

6. City Ponds
Yampi / Shutterstock

Just up from the Iset River are the city ponds, another great place to watch the world go by. Stroll around them in summer or skate across them in winter.

Yekaterinburg, Russia

View of Yekaterinburg’s City Ponds | © Yampi/Shutterstock

7. Ganina Yama Monastery


Contemplate this gentle tribute to the Romanov family who were thrown unceremoniously down the Ganina Mining Pit upon their execution. Just out of town, the monastery is a conglomerate of wooden chapels, statues and photographs commemorating the fallen family.

8. Church upon the Blood

Church, Memorial, Museum

Church upon the Blood
© Carnby/WikiCommons
This church was built on the site where the the Romanov family, Russia’s last royal family, were executed by the Bolsheviks under Lenin’s orders. Completed in 2003, the basement of the original home, the Ipatiev House, has been incorporated into the design.

9. Vysotsky Viewing Platform


© Эрлинг/WikiCommons
Gaze across Yekaterinburg’s sweeping skyline from the Vysotsky Viewing Platform and get your bearings as you take the city in.

10. Museum of Military Equipment


Museum of Military Equipment
© Vadim Smalkov / WikiCommons
Found on the city outskirts, this museum has an impressive collection of vintage and retro military vehicles. Educate yourself with one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of army boats, planes, tanks and artillery pieces in the world.

11. Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre

Library, Museum

Learn about the federation’s first president in this expansive complex. Containing a bookshop, gallery, library, and museum, the centre is a wealth of knowledge regarading Russia’s contemporary political history.

ul. Borisa Eltsina 3, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 312 43 43

12. The Beatles Monument

Relish youth counter-culture of the 1960s and consider the risks teenagers took to listen to Western pop music. One of the quirkier statues around town, this monumnet pays tribute to a band so influential, they were able to push through the Iron Wall and into the hearts of soviet teenagers.

ul. Malysheva 33, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Monument to the Beatles I © yachmenev/WikiCommons

13. Museum of Stone-Cutting and Jewellery


The Ural Mountains are one of the most plentiful sources of gems and precious stones in Russia. Delight in the craftsmanship that goes into turning raw emeralds, diamonds and malachite into works of art.

14. Rastorguyev-Kharitonov Palace

14. Rastorguyev-Kharitonov Palace
Mikhail Markovskiy / Shutterstock

Bask in the beauty of one of the finest palatial homes in the Urals. Built in the late 1700s, and once home to Lev Rastorguyev, one of the wealthiest merchants at the time, this old neoclassical estate’s use is currently in flux.

ul. Karla Libknekhta 44, Yekaterinburg, Russia

The Rastorguyev-Kharitonov Palace | © Mikhail Markovskiy/Shutterstock

15. Literary Quarter


Celebrate the Ural Mountain’s rich cultural heritage in a city pocket dedicated to the authors and literati of the region. The enclave is a collection of wooden houses-cum-museums about local writers including Dmitry Mamina-Sibiryak and Pavel Bazhov.

ul. Proletarskaya, Yekaterinburg, Russia

The United Museum of the Urals Writers I © anagoria/WikiCommons

16. Monument to AS Popov

16. Monument to AS Popov

Thank the physicist whose work contributed to the invention of the radio, Alexander Stepanovich Popov. Accredited for creating the first radio receiver in 1895, Russia claim Popov invented radio, not Marconi.

Prospekt Lenina 39, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Monument to AS Popov I © Тара-Амингу/WikiCommons

17. Lumière Brothers Monument


17. Lumière Brothers Monument
Mikhail Markovskiy / Shutterstock

In front of the Kosmos cinema and theatre, Yekaterinburg pays its respect to a pair of cinematic pioneers, Auguste and Louis Lumière.

ul. Dzerzhinskogo 2, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Lumière Brothers Monument | © Mikhail Markovskiy/Shutterstock

18. Monument to the Founders

Ponder Yekaterinburg’s industrial beginnings when historian Vasily Tatishchev and engineer Georg Wilhelm de Gennin founded the city in 1723.

Ploshcad Truda, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Monument to the Founders | © Yuri Loginov/Pexels

19. Yekaterinburg's metro stations

Explore Yekaterinburg’s subway system and be in awe of the stately station designs. While they may not be as epic as Moscow’s metro stations, they are well worth discovering.

Ploshchad 1905 Goda Metro Station, Ploshchad 1905 Goda, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Ploshchad 1905 Goda metro station | © Kostya Wiki/WikiCommons

The Sevastyanov Estate

Arguably the most opulent building in the city, the estate dates back to the early 1800s. Now, it serves as a presidential residence, accommodating both Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.

Prospkt Lenina 35, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 379 47 47

The Sevastyanov Estate

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