The Top Attractions in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg | © Pawel Maryanov / WikiCommons
Yekaterinburg | © Pawel Maryanov / WikiCommons
Photo of Zita Whalley
11 August 2017

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.

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

Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

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

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

The Black Tulip War Memorial

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The Black Tulip War Memorial, Yekaterinburg
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.

City Ponds

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

Church upon the Blood

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Church upon the Blood
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.

Museum of Military Equipment

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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.

Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre

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

Rastorguyev-Kharitonov Palace

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

Lumière Brothers Monument

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

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.

The Sevastyanov Estate | Óðinn / Wikimedia