General City Information
Temple on the spilt blood
The Ekaterinburg region is the industrial, political, and cultural center of the Urals. Its the third most important region in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is situated 40 km away from the boundary between Europe and Asia. An obelisk marks this boundary. The region around the town is still called Sverdlovskaya Oblast. This is its old Soviet name, kept by the vote of people of the region.
The region is one of the oldest industrial areas of Russia. In 1598 the first town was founded. It was called Verhoturye and became the first capital of the Urals. In 1723 Ekaterinburg itself was founded and named after Tsarina Catherine the Great. The industrial development begun at the end of the 17th century and was connected to the name of Petr Demidov, who had mining and milling sites. In the 18th and 19th century the Urals were the chief site for metal and steel industry in Russia.
In the 20th century the history of the region was connected with the history of the last Tsar Nicolas II. In 1918 he and his family were killed in Ekaterinburg. After the fall of the Soviet regime the monument that marks the place of execution was erected. The first president of the Russian Federation Boris Yeltsin was born in Ekaterinburg.
Today the region is one of the most urbanised and industrialised regions of the country. 1.3 million live in Ekaterinburg and it is the 5th largest city in Russia. Since 1999 the town has got a Metro system. Ekaterinburg is a financial cultural and industrial center of the Urals today.
Monument to the symbolic border between Europe and Asia
There are two universities, seventeen institutes of the Russian Academy of Science, dozens of other research institutes, several theatres (opera, ballet, comedies, and a philharmonic concert hall). In addition there are art galleries, a circus, a zoo, a great number of museums and other places of sightseeing (such as the old so-called "old mining chambera concert hall today, and the Svyato vosnesenski Cathedral). In the national park called Deer Brook there is over 1900 different plants and 212 animal species. All these institutions provide thrilling cultural and social life for the residents and the tourists alike.
- Hotels in Ekaterinburg
Here you will find a list of hotels in Ekaterinburg with a reservation option. You may book any of the listed hotels via our agency and get a reduced price. If you book your hotel with us, your visa support (letter of invitation for a Russian visa) will be free of charge. If you are interested in booking a different hotel in Ekaterinburg, please, contact us.
- Sightseeing in Ekaterinburg
Ekaterinburg is the third largest city in Russia so there are a lot of exciting things a tourist might do. Here you will find a list of excursions and day trips we recommend. On request, extra excursions can be organised. If you are interested in this option, please, contact us
- Transfer in Ekaterinburg
Here you will find a list of our transportation services (including the rent-a-car option). We offer individual transfers by private car and group transfers by bus. Usually the transfer does not include a guide, but it's possible to arrange this. The guide (who speaks one of the available languages) will accompany you to your accommodation and will generally show you around.