Where You Should Stay in Yekaterinburg, Based on Your Interests
Dinamo Sports Centre | © EhayDy / Shutterstock
One of Russia’s many sprawling cities, Yekaterinburg‘s sights and attractions are spread out. As the Ural’s cultural capital, the city is a wealth of museums, clubs, music, art, architecture and history-soaked sights waiting to be discovered. With so many things to see and do, tailoring your visit to your interests means you won’t miss out on the things you like. So get the most out of your trip by planning where you want stay, based on what you want to do.
For the Sports Fan
The central stadium already hosts many international football games, however for World Cup 2018 the stadium is getting a make-over, which will increase its capacity from 27,000 up to 45,000. So if you’re in town for a game, you’ll want to stay west of the city centre, around Moscow Street, or Tatishcheva Street, for an easy stroll to the stadium and easy access into the central sights.
Central Stadium, Ulitsa Repina 5, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 311-05-05
Just north of the centre, around Boris Yeltsin Street, much of the city’s historical landmarks are within arm’s reach. The Yeltsin Centre documents contemporary Russian political history and the legacy and achievements of the Russian Federation’s first president. Across the city ponds, the Dynamo sports complex, one of Yekaterinburg’s iconic constructivist buildings, juts out along its banks and is essential viewing for anyone interested in Soviet architecture, as is the Church upon the Blood, the site where the Romanov family, Russia’s last royals, fell to the Bolsheviks, heralding in the Soviet era.
Church upon the Blood | © Carnby/WikiCommons
While the city attracts tourists on its own merits, many people arrive in town breaking up the epic Trans-Siberian journey. One of the major stops on the trip, Yekaterinburg is a great spot to stretch the legs for a few days. However, the onwards train won’t wait for latecomers, so it might be best to stick near the station, north-east of the city ponds, but still near to unmissable landmarks like the Ural Literary Museum and Church upon the Blood.
Ural Writers Museum | Yekaterinburg Department of Culture and Administration / Wikipedia Commons
Staying on Lenin Avenue means you will be right in the thick of the action. The city’s main thoroughfare has a wealth of shops, restaurants, bars, and excitement that you can roll right out your hotel door and discover. Amble up to Plotinka, where the Iset River crosses Lenin Avenue or catch a gig at the Press House, another fine example of the city’s constructivism that has turned into a multi-purpose venue.
Iset River embankment | © Paul Paladin / Shutterstock
For the High-Flyer
So not much an area as a building, but if you want a weekend of living the (literal) high life, you can’t miss Visotsky Tower. Not only do they offer an unbeatable view of the city, but its hotel is one of the swankiest in town. Flashy and ornate, and 50 odd stories up, the hotel offers glitzy rooms, lavish apartments, and an indulgent restaurant all with a spectacular view and not far away from the central sights.
Visotsky Tower, Ulitsa Malysheva 51, Yekaterinburg, Russia, +7 343 378-45-45
If you want to hit the galleries and the museums with convenience and ease, stay fairly central, close to Iset River embankment, along Malysheva Street or 8th of March Street. Around here, you will be able to walk to several of the main museum sights, such as the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts and 1905 Square. Along the Iset River, you can also find the Beatles statue and the Keyboard monument, and the area has heaps of restaurants, cafés and bars to try out, such as New Bar or Dr Scotch.
Monument to the Beatles | © yachmenev/ Wikipedia Commons