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Yekaterinburg, often romanized as Ekaterinburg, is regarded as one of the major gateways between Europe and Asia and is an important stop along the famous Trans-Siberian Railway. Many who make the epic overland journey across Russia use the city as a welcome break from the train's bunks. The city center has plenty to offer, keeping short-time visitors occupied for at least a few days.
This modern, industrialized city is in fact the fourth-largest in Russia behind Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. Despite its shiny new appearance full of 21st century office blocks, towering apartments, and new government buildings, Yekaterinburg actually dates back as far as 1721, when Peter the Great ruled the territory.
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Taking on a classic Russian appearance with a series of white-washed dome structures capped off in bright gold, this church stands at the site of the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family – hence the gory name. Worshippers and tourists are free to explore the church grounds and venture inside to see more impressive Christian architecture.
Museum of Fine Arts
Ranking among Yekaterinburg’s most popular cultural venues, the Museum of Fine Arts is located on the west bank of the river which cuts through the city center. Here you’ll find a range of superb works from well-known 18th and 19th century Russian painters, as well as some pieces dating back to the 16th century from lesser-known artists.
Limpopo once held the title of being the largest water park in Asia. Although now a little aged, the massive complex outside the city center still has a decent range of water slides, pools and entertainment zones to keep the kids (and bigger kid inside you) occupied for half-a-day.
Those jumping off the train for a day needing to stock up on supplies usually make a beeline for the ‘Chinese Market’, the biggest in town. Expect the daily bazaar to comprise hundreds of stalls, selling everything from mink coats to toiletries and fresh food.
One of Yekaterinburg’s more unusual attractions, this monument comes in the form of a giant keyboard built into the side of a small grassy hill. It’s probably not worth a special trip on its own, but worth a look if you’re in the area and fancy grabbing some funny Facebook snaps.
Ride the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway across beautifully picturesque and dreamlike landscapes over 16 days, stopping off at exquisite destinations en route. From Moscow to Vladivostok, enjoy a boundless experience while catching a glimpse of striking scenes as they sail past your window.
Embark on the world’s most famous overland journey from Moscow to Beijing, delving deep into the Siberian wilderness along the way. Cross three countries and two continents - accumulating almost 3,500 miles, all whilst bunking down for the night in the train, waking up to an ever-evolving landscape each morning.
The Atrium Palace building, home to one of the city’s financial centers and an impressive solarium, is also home to a first-class hotel with over 130 rooms. Whether you opt to stay in one of the double or twin rooms here, you’ll be guaranteed comfort and convenience with free WiFi access, air conditioning, cable TV and spacious en-suite bathrooms which come with plenty of facilities and toiletries. Guests can also enjoy a massage on-site, relax in the hotel’s sauna or hit the well-equipped gym for a workout. Although there are many restaurants, bars and shops walking distance away from this city center hotel, Atrium Palace does have a restaurant of its own, ‘La Ronde’, which serves local and international dishes throughout the day. There is also an additional café specializing in Austro-Hungarian cuisine.
Located in the city center, the huge range of 293 smoke-free rooms come well-appointed with large comfy beds, cable TV, air conditioning, spacious en suite bathrooms and a separate seating areas. Yekaterinburg’s Hyatt Regency boasts no less than two restaurants and three different bars for guests to relax in, and there’s also an impressive indoor swimming pool, health club, 24-hour reception desk and spa. Well-located near some of the city’s key attractions, the prominent 1905 Square and Ural State Conservatory are a short walk away, and the immediate neighborhood has plenty of bars, restaurants and shops for those looking to venture away from the hotel.