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.
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.
Keyboard monument is an outdoor sculpture featuring the QWERTY keyboard. ⌨⌨⌨ Keys F1, F2, F3, and Y were once stolen and in 2011 were rebuilt. Thanks to the keyboard, new city legends came to life. Rumor has it that if you "type" your wish on the keyboard and then jump on Enter, your wish will come true. If you want to reboot your life, press Ctrl, Alt, Del. #keyboard #keyboardmonument #ekatfoto #ekaterinburg #памятникклавиатуре #клавиатура #екатеринбург #городскаялегенда #urbanlegend
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In front of the Kosmos cinema and theatre, Yekaterinburg pays its respect to a pair of cinematic pioneers, Auguste and Louis Lumière.
Ponder Yekaterinburg’s industrial beginnings when historian Vasily Tatishchev and engineer Georg Wilhelm de Gennin founded the city in 1723.
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.
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.