Outside Ekaterinburg

Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs (25 km)

The history of the city contains some tragic pages. It was in Ekaterinburg where the family of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II has spent the last 78 days of their lives. In 2000, at the place of their initial burial at Ganina Yama a monastery in honor the Holy Royal Martyrs was established. Altogether, 7 churches (by the number of the murdered members of the Royal Family) were built at this site. In 2003 Vikentiy, then Archbishop of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, consecrated the last church of the monastery in honor of Saint Job. Everyday repentant processions of the cross around the former burial pit are performed by the monks. The same year, Church-on-the-Blood in the Name of All Saints Shone Forth in the Land of Russia was consecrated at the site of the infamous Ipatiev’s House, in the basement of which Nicholas II and all his family were executed in summer of 1918. Every year on July 16-18, in memory of Emperor Nicholas II and his family Ekaterinburg holds the Royal Days festival of Orthodox Culture. Pilgrims from all over Russia and abroad traditionally then participate in the procession from the Church-on-the-Blood to the Monastery of the Holy Royal
Martyrs at Ganina Yama.

Ekaterinburg, Ganina Yama
+7 (953) 007-18-45 pilgrimage service
10:30–17:00
ganinayama.ru

             


Olenyi Ruchyi (Deer Springs) Nature Park (120 km)

Olenyi Ruchyi Nature Park located in a specially protected area, is one of the most visited natural sites of the region. Visitors are attracted by its beautiful forests, clear waters of the Serga, numerous picturesque rocks, grottoes, and caves. Many caves here have a historical importance. Prehistoric paintings and settlements of about 15 thousand years old had been found here. The central part of the park has several well-developed routes about 40 km long all together. One of the few manmade attractions here is the sculpture of an angel, installed here by the Swedish artist Lena Edwall. Similar sculptures appeared in different countries around the world, they are believed to create a circle of hope around the planet and protect it from fears and catastrophes. There’s a tradition for all visitors passing by to touch the Angel’s left wing and make a wish

Bazhukovo, Nizhniye Sergi District
+7 (904) 7-255-65
olen.ur.ru

 

           
 
 

Beryozovskiy (15 km)

The first gold rush in the world history started in the Urals after a local peasant Yerofey Markov on May 21, 1745 (150 years before the Klondike discovery described by  Jack London) found the first Russian vein gold here. The town of Beryozovskiy symbolizes the history of gold mining, thus it is called the homeland of the Russian gold. At the moment, the mine in Beryozovskiy is considered the longest active in the world. The town has the only in the country Museum of Gold. During the tour you can also visit the monument at the site of the first Ural gold mine and travel down the training shaft of the mining rescue rangers.

Museum of Gold

4 Kommuny St., Beryozovskiy
+7 (34369) 4-93-47
11:00–17:00 Wednesday — Sunday
uole-museum.ru

Nevyansk (90 km)

The old town of Nevyansk was the capital of the Demidovs’ empire. The family’s  private armories and mining companies had started the active development of the Urals. Located in the very center of the town is the Leaning Tower of Nevyansk — a symbol of the power the most famous manufacturers dynasty the Urals once had. It’s a unique exemplar of industrial architecture of the first half of the 17th century. The tower is also known for its mysterious “hearing room” where a word whispered in one corner is clearly heard in the opposite diagonal one. The history museum in Nevyansk displays almost 300 icons and offers a tour of the icon painting workshop. The town is also known for Nevyansk school of icon painting that originated in the Old Believers community of the mining Urals of the 18-19th centuries. Villages of Verkhniye Tavolgi and Nizhniye Tavolgi in the vicinity of Nevyansk are known for their pottery craftsmen. As part of the tour, visitors may take a direct part in the process: work on a potter's wheel, learn the techniques using plaster molds, and the art of painting the ceramics.

Nevyansk Museum of History and Architecture

3а Demidovykh Sq., Nevyansk
+7 (34356) 4-45-09
09:00–19:00 Tuesday — Sunday
first tour starts at 10:00, last — at 18:30
museum-nev.ru

 
       
       

Sysert (45 km)

Sysert is the hometown of a writer Pavel Bazhov who was born here in 1879 to the family of an ironworks welding shop master. The town is pleasantly located on flanks of the Sysert River valley, near the ponds among conifer forests. Bazhov House Museum includes a two-storey outbuilding with a living room, kitchen, storeroom, a porch and some other structures. The museum exhibition reflects the distinctive features of the Ural workers lifestyle.
From an early age Bazhov traveled a lot around the Urals.The images of mysterious and severe nature of these lands were subsequently embodied in many of his tales, essays, and novels. In the vicinity of Sysert you can hike to the unique natural monument — mountain lake Talkov Kamen, located on the territory of The Bazhov’s Places vast nature
park. You can also visit Kholzan Center for Rehabilitation and Monitoring of Birds of Prey with many unique birds (goshawk, kestrel, peregrine falcon, sparrow hawk, buzzard, steppe eagle, white-tailed eagle and others). The Hawk Hunt show demonstrates the falcon flight with lure (bird simulator) attack, flight and landing of steppe eagle from and on hand, guiding the flight of a bird of prey.

Pavel Bazhov House Museum

16 Volodarskogo St., Sysert
+7 (34374) 6-16-18, + 7 (963) 0321-801
10:00–18:00 Monday — Saturday
ompural.ru

The Bazhov’s Places Nature Park

+7 (34374) 7-48-70
bm-park.ru

Kholzan Center

Sysert District, near Kashino (beyond Sova Sport Complex)
+7(34374) 6-32-29 visit reservations
holzan.falconer.ru

 

 

Alapayevsk (150 km)

Alapayevsk is an old Ural town founded in the 18th century. Peter Tchaikovsky, a famous Russian composer, spent some of his childhood years here. You can visit the Tchaikovsky family house museum and see its collection of rare musical instruments from all over the world. To continue the tour, you can visit the village of Nizhnyaya Sinyachikha, a unique open air museum park of wooden architecture. There’re over 20 exclusive constructions gathered in the park. You can feel the authentic atmosphere of the 17-19th century village life and see one-of-the-kind collection of folk mural on wood here. The museum complex of Koptelovo includes a curious pavilion of national crafts and authentic Russian “izba” built without nails, with a genuine Russian stove, wooden cradle, samovars, stove fork, sledge and much more. Performances by folk groups, traditional Russian games, and horse sledge riding are a part of the program as well.

 

       

Nizhny Tagil (140 km)
The city of Nizhny Tagil is the heart of the mining area, a place where the first steam locomotive was invented and the legendary tank T-34 was constructed. The legendary Museum Plant located here consists of six expositions (stages of metal production): blast-furnace shop, rolling shop, open-hearth shop, energy department, mechanical treatment and casting equipment.
Nizhny Tagil is also well known far beyond the region for its craft of painted metal trays. Located in a house previously owned by the Hudoyarovs, a family of serf artists, there’s a Museum of the Painted Tray Craft History — Russia's only museum dedicated to this unique art of lacquer painting on metal.
On the way from Ekaterinburg to Nizhny Tagil you will
pass Mount Belaya, one of the most beautiful mountains of the Middle Urals. Use the chairlift to go on the top and see in a distance the cities of Sverdlovsk Oblast: Nevyansk, Kirovgrad, Verkhny Tagil and even Ekaterinburg. In winter, a popular alpine ski resort works here.

       
Museum of Armored Vehicles

28 Vostochnoye Hwy., Nizhny Tagil
+7 (3435) 33-21-07.

08:30–17:00 Wednesday — Sunday
uvz.ru
       


Peter Tchaikovsky House Museum

30 Lenina St., Alapayevsk
+7 (34346) 3-40-72
10:00–17:00 Wednesday — Sunday
http://uole-museum.ru

Nizhnyaya Sinyachikha Open-Air Museum of Wooden Architecture
and Folk Art


20 Pervomayskaya St., Nizhnyaya Sinyachikha,
Alapayevsk District
+7 (34346) 75-1-18
10:00–17.00 daily (except national holidays)

Koptelovo, Alapayevsk District
+7 (34346) 73-3-31 (tour reservations)
09:00–16:00 Wednesday — Sunday

нс-музей.рф

Nizhny Tagil Tourism Development Center

56 Goroshnikova St., offices 521-522, Nizhny Tagil
+7 (3435) 25-26-52, 42-11-18
turizmnt.ru

The Mining Urals Museum Preserve of Nizhny Tagil

1 Lenina Ave., Nizhny Tagil
+7 (3435) 41-64-01
museum-nt.ru

Museum of the Painted Tray Craft History

24 Tagilskaya St., Nizhny Tagil
+7 (3435) 24-25-74, 24-63-47 tour reservations
10:00–17:00 Tuesday — Friday
10:00–16:00 Saturday

тагильский-поднос.рф

 

           

Zlatoust (260 km)
The highest elevated city in the Urals, the birthplace of the Russian damask steel. In the 19th century, the world famous school of cold weapon decoration was formed here. The local history museum displays collections of cold weapons of the 19-20th centuries, including the blades of the renowned damask steel with one of the most complex types of decorations. At the armory, you can learn the secrets of blade engraving and see with your own eyes a metal piece taking shape and becoming a true work of art.

Oruzheinik Armory

139/6 Poletayeva St., Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Oblast
+7 (3513) 62-70-30
oruzheinik.ru


Zlatoust Local History Museum

1, 3 Internatsionala Sq., Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Oblast
+7 (3513) 62-10-32
10:00–17:30 Tuesday — Friday
zlatmuseum.ru

 

           


Verkhoturye (300 km)

Verkhoturye is an old town in Sverdlovsk  Oblast founded in 1598 on the banks of the Tura. Today,  it is one of the main centers of Orthodox christian culture in the Urals. The main attraction is church complex of St. Nicholas Monastery, where the relics of St. Simeon of Verkhoturye are preserved. Krestovozdvizhenskiy (Exaltation of the Holy Cross) Cathedral of the monastery is one of the largest churches in Russia. Located on a hill above the Tura there’s also a stone kremlin fortress with five historic monuments: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Voivode’s House, Prikaz Chambers, Uyezd Treasury, and the State Strehouse.  In the vicinity, you can also visit the village of Merkushino where in 1692 the coffin with relics of Saint Simeon of  Verkhoturye revealed itself from under the ground and the holy spring arose here.


Verkhoturye Museum Preserve

8 Sovetskaya St., Verkhoturye
+7 (34389) 2-21-70, 2-24-21 (tour reservations)

vgiamz.ru

Thermal Springs (83 km)

A Wellness complex with thermal pools located in an ecologically clean area. The indoor swimming pool is 10 m long with maintained water temperature of +33 °C, the outdoor swimming pool is 25 m long with temperature of +39 °C. All Visitors are offered massage equipment, saunas, Russian baths and cold water bath.

Baden-Baden Thermal Complex

               



118 Lenina St., Rezh
+7 (952) 146-34-56
уральский-источник.рф

 

 

Kungur Ice Cave (280 km)
 

Kungur Cave is one of the largest karstic caves in Russia,  it is a unique natural geological site about 10-12 thousand  years old. The ice cave is about 5,600 m long, of  which about 1,500 m is equipped for visitors — with walking  paths, reinforced arches in some grottos, as well as electricity and spotlights along the route. During the tour,
visitors get a chance to not only learn the secrets of one of the oldest monuments created by nature itself, but also watch an exciting laser show.  There are many legends about the cave. According to one of them, in 1578-1579 Yermak’s troops spent the winter in this area during their long journey to explore and conquest Siberia on behalf of the Russian merchants and the Tsar himself. Today at the territory of the tourist complex near the cave there’s the Yermak’s Village theme park, which tells about history,
ethnography,  and culture of the Russian people. The venue organizes traditional Russian holidays and theme tours for children.

Filippovka, Kungur District, Perm Krai
Tour duration: 1.5–2 hours
 +7 (34271) 6-26-01
kungurcave.ru

Chortovo Gorodishche (Devil’s Settlement) Rocks (25 km)
Chortovo Gorodishche is a sheer vertical wall consisting of  granite slabs of volcanic origin. The age of the natural monument is about 300 million years. The rocks are beautifully weathered, which provides an endless scope for an artist’s or photographer’s imagination. A wide panorama of the surrounding mountains, forests, and lakes opens from the top of the rocks.
Car or train to Iset Station (Nizhny Tagil direction),
7 km on foot.