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Yekaterinburg Introduction

Russia's fourth largest city, this former industrial powerhouse is a vibrant, modern city, with a distinctive skyline of towering skyscrapers. Originally built on iron and copper production, Yekaterinburg is still an industrial and manufacturing centre, but it's also famous for its thriving cultural and music scene. There's good cross-country and downhill skiing in the area, and some travellers use Yekaterinburg as a base for exploring the Ural mountains, which form the border between Europe and Asia.

Hotels in Yekaterinburg

Hotels in Yekaterinburg span the full range of accommodation from upscale to budget, including a good number of hotels right at the top end of the scale. Luxury hotels in Yekaterinburg usually feature pools, spas and fine-dining restaurants, with some adding multiple dining options and full health clubs. Many of them are located in high-level modern towers with city views. Even cheap Yekaterinburg hotels tend to be of a comparatively high standard, and almost everywhere offers free Wi-Fi. Discount hotels tend to focus on wallet-friendly amenities like guest kitchens and lounges, and many of them are set in stylish, modern properties.

Where to stay in Yekaterinburg

The majority of Yekaterinburg's accommodation is focused around the city centre. The hotels round the Yeltsin Center, down by the Iset river, tend to be at the more luxury end of the scale, and the same goes for those near the Church on Blood and the zoo. The main museum district has a good range of upper- and mid-range options. Travellers looking for hotels right at the cheapest end of the spectrum might find their options slightly limited in the centre, but there are good options further south round Chkalovskaya, or over to the west in the vicinity of the Geological Museum.

Things to see in Yekaterinburg

With its shining gold domes, the great Byzantine-style Church on Blood is one of Yekaterinburg's major sights. Built in the early 2000s, it sits on the site where the Russian royal family was executed in 1918. Further out, there's also the former Romanov grave site at Ganina Yama, which now has chapels dedicated to the deposed royals. For more modern history, the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is dedicated to Yekaterinburg's best-known political heavyweight, and contains an informative museum. There are several other museums dealing with art, architecture, geology and local history, while the city's zoo is popular and centrally located. Yekaterinburg's also well known for some of its more eccentric monuments, including a statue of Michael Jackson and a much-loved monument to the QWERTY keyboard. Some of the best views of the city come from the viewing platform at the top of the Vyotsky skyscraper.

How to get to Yekaterinburg

Koltsovo International Airport is the main entry point for Yekaterinburg, with a good range of domestic and international flights. It's around 11 miles outside the city, and transportation into the centre is by bus or taxi. There's also Yekaterinburg train station, which is located on the main Trans-Siberian line, and has good connections to most other major Russian cities. There are plenty of options for travel in Yekaterinburg itself, including trams, buses, taxis and a limited but fast underground metro line. Most transport is fairly cheap, but traffic can get congested in the city centre.