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Around the Iset tour

Traditional easy walking tour around the city pond. Everything you need for a nice walk and a lot of attractions. One of the citizens' favourite routes.

Around
the Iset tour

Traditional easy walking tour around the city pond. Everything you need for a nice walk and a lot of attractions. One of the citizens' favourite routes.
Welcome
Traditional easy walking tour around the city pond. Everything you need for a nice walk and a lot of attractions. One of the citizens' favourite routes.
Start: 11:00, from the Ekaterinburg Guest Centre (4v, Gorkogo street).

How to get there
    How to get there:
    • If you arrived by train or bus to the Northern bus station. Take the underground (Uralskaya station) for 28 rubles, go to 1905 Square station, walk for 700 m and you are there.
    • If you arrived by bus to the Southern bus station. Take the underground (Chalovskaya station) for 28 rubles, go to 1905 Square station, walk for 700 m and you are there.
    • If you arrived at the Koltsovo airport: take a taxi. If you get popular Yandex, Gett, Uber taxi the journey will cost you around 300 rubles. But you can also take Bus No. 1 for 28 rubles. You should get off at Academy of Architecture station, walk for 700 m, and you are there.
    Route
    Water tower → Plotinka → Tsoi Crossing → Sevastyanov House → Ural instrument-making plant → Yard of culture and labor and Ural Souvenir shop → Stolle and Literary quarter → Cosmos and Temple-on-Blood → Dynamo → Makarovsky bridge → Yeltsin Center → drama Theater and photography center "March" → "Tours" and " Jay»
    The Dam
    Go down the stairs. In front of you there is the Dam – the heart of Ekaterinburg, its oldest construction. This is the place where the city began. Previously, there was a plant, and water flowed through three dam outlets, setting giant mechanisms in motion. In one of the outlets there is now an underground passage – this is where you are going now.
    Tsoi's passge
    Tsoi's passge
    This underground passage is called the "pipe" or the "Tsoi's passage". You probably have already seen numerous graffiti with the portrait of the rock musician on the walls. Street musicians, Russian rock lovers, traditionally gather here and play music. If it's evening and it's not too cold outside – you will most likely meet them there.

    In Ekaterinburg, we even have our own Tsoi – an Asian-looking guy who plays and sings songs of Kino on the streets. Most often you can meet him right near the "Pipe". On warm summer evenings, he is there almost every day. It's easy to recognize him: a crowd of listeners quickly circles him.
    The Sevastianov's House
    35, Lenin Ave.
    Leave the passage and turn right. Near the exit from the passage, when it's warm, you can notice several regulars of this place: elderly chess players and book sellers. You can play a game or two with the chess players; they are always happy to see new faces. But they play like grandmasters!

    Go on to the right to the bright colorful house. Visitors from the capital often compare this building with the Hermitage. Indeed, the Sevastyanov's House is one of the brightest and most beautiful mansions of Ekaterinburg. It was built in the Neo-Gothic style (the only house in such style in the Urals!). Now it is the residence of the Governor.

    There is an urban legend about the former owner of the house, Sevastyanov, a flamboyant rich man. They say that he wanted to cover the dome of his house with gilding and repeatedly entered pleas to do so. But his whim was denied, since only the domes of churches could be covered with gold. As a punishment for his insolence, he was forced to walk in iron shoes to the St. Catherine's church nearby.
    Ural Instrument-Making Plant
    17 Gorky street
    Having made a couple of photos of this beautiful house, we set off further – to the building with the words on the roof saying "Who are we? Where are we from? Where are we going?".

    Do you wonder how this philosophical slogan-question appeared here? Here's how: to your right there is a building of the former secret institution – the Ural Instrument-Making Plant. Now the production has been taken outside the city, so the building is empty. In 2015, a large exhibition was held here – the V Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. The Biennial is held in Ekaterinburg every two years, and we definitely recommend attending this event. And the sign is an art object of the world-famous Ural street artist Timofey Radya.

    Now the building is being prepared for demolishing, and either a block of apartments will be built in its place, or the St. Catherine's Cathedral, which used to be in the Square of Labor behind the monument to the founding fathers of the city, will be restored.
    The Courtyard of Culture and Labor and the Ural Souvenir Shop
    1A Pervomaiskaya street
    Let's go a little further along the embankment and turn left. In the building of the former gold melting laboratory, an original Ural souvenir shop with the brief name Ural Souvenir is located. Be sure to stop by and buy something to remember, the souvenirs there are really cool. The Guest card will allow you to get a nice discount.

    10% discount

    Now let's look around the yard of the gold melting laboratory. There is an impromptu Ural creative centre, consisting of many different workshops. A lot of craftsmen all came together and decided to decorate the laboratory's yard and hold events there. On a summer Friday night, there is music and dancing here, and the rest of the time you can admire the art objects built by the Ural masters.
    Stolle and the Literary Quarter
    7a Gorky street
    Go out of the yard and return to the embankment. If you go a bit further along, you can have some very nice and tasty pies in Stolle. It is a very popular pie cafe in Ekaterinburg, so you can be sure – it's got delicious food! And with the Guest card it is also cheap — as always you have a discount!

    7% discount

    After having a snack at Stolle, turn right around the corner of the building, and then right again. Thus you will get to the Literary quarter. This is a small square where you can find quite a few interesting museums: Literary Life of the Urals of the 20th Century Museum, the United Museum of Ural Writers, Museum of Dolls and Children's Books, as well as the Literature and Memorial Museum-House of Reshetnikov. You can spend several hours looking through the exhibits, and with the Guest Card you will also have discounts on tickets to each museum.

    Free
    Kosmos and Church on the Blood
    2 Dzerzhinsky street
    10 Tsarskaya street
    After visiting the Literary Quarter, let's go back to the embankment. You have probably already noticed the church to your right. This is the famous Church on the Blood, one of the symbols of the city. The church was built on the place where the royal family had been killed. If you are interested in religion and the history of the royal family, you can go there and have a good look at the complex. There is a museum next to the Church.

    Further along the embankment there is the Kosmos cinema and concert theatre – a large venue built in the style of Soviet modernism (however, due to the reconstruction, this is not so clear). In the 90s there was a casino and the Globus business centre in this building. It's where the Ural criminal gangs gathered. It is good that all of this is now in the distant past.
    Dynamo
    12 Vasily Eremin str
    Move further along the water and get to the spit of the city pond and the park near the Dynamo sports complex. It's a constructivist building which reminds you of a ship. Walking around it, you will see some details that are peculiar for ships. The Velostart bike rental is located in this building, so you can continue your journey on the bike.
    The Makarov Bridge
    Let's go further along the river to the Makarov bridge. On your way you can enjoy the views of Ekaterinburg City on the other side of the river.

    On the Makarov Bridge you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ekaterinburg, the beauty of the city pond and take a few cool photos.
    Yeltsin Centre
    3 Boris Yeltsin street
    When you are on the other side, you should go straight along the embankment to the famous Yeltsin Centre. Many people call it a place of attraction No. 1 in Ekaterinburg. The Museum of the First President of Russia is located in the Yeltsin Centre, and you can easily spend several hours there — the exposition is huge and highly impressive. In the Yeltsin centre you can also find such places as El souvenir shop, Piotrovsky bookstore, Barboris restaurant and 1991 cafe

    VISITING THE MUSEUM IS FREE
    DISCOUNTS IN RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS

    Drama Theatre and March Centre of Photography
    2, October square
    1, 8 Marta str.
    After the Yeltsin Centre, take a walk around the square near the Drama Theater and go to March Centre of Photography. This is a private exhibition photo centre, and now and then there are fascinating expositions. If you still have some energy, go there for a tour.

    VISITING THE MUSEUM IS FREE

    On the other side of the street there is the Second House of Councils (another name: the Chekist's House) — 12-storey skyscraper in the constructivist style, built in the 30s. This is the first skyscraper in Russia outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is here that the first elevators in the city appeared. Later, Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin lived in the lower part of this building – on the second floor, in the part with the corner entrance.
    Gastroli and Soika
    4, 8 Marta str.
    6, 8 Marta str.
    Let's cross the road to the House of the Soviets and go a little further. You will find yourself near the unique Gastroli restaurant, and next door there is Soika restaurant, which will be appealing to lovers of Asian cuisine. This is a great place to finish this route, relax and have a bite to eat. You can get a discount in Gastroli with the Guest Card.

    10% discount

    If it's getting dark, but you still have some energy, go downstairs: there is the "secret" bar Shalom Shanghai where you can dance after a nice dinner.
    The Dam
    Go down the stairs. In front of you there is the Dam – the heart of Ekaterinburg, its oldest construction. This is the place where the city began. Previously, there was a plant, and water flowed through three dam outlets, setting giant mechanisms in motion. In one of the outlets there is now an underground passage – this is where you are going now.
    Tsoi's passge
    Tsoi's passge
    This underground passage is called the "pipe" or the "Tsoi's passage". You probably have already seen numerous graffiti with the portrait of the rock musician on the walls. Street musicians, Russian rock lovers, traditionally gather here and play music. If it's evening and it's not too cold outside – you will most likely meet them there.

    In Ekaterinburg, we even have our own Tsoi – an Asian-looking guy who plays and sings songs of Kino on the streets. Most often you can meet him right near the "Pipe". On warm summer evenings, he is there almost every day. It's easy to recognize him: a crowd of listeners quickly circles him.
    The Sevastianov's House
    35, Lenin Ave.
    Leave the passage and turn right. Near the exit from the passage, when it's warm, you can notice several regulars of this place: elderly chess players and book sellers. You can play a game or two with the chess players; they are always happy to see new faces. But they play like grandmasters!

    Go on to the right to the bright colorful house. Visitors from the capital often compare this building with the Hermitage. Indeed, the Sevastyanov's House is one of the brightest and most beautiful mansions of Ekaterinburg. It was built in the Neo-Gothic style (the only house in such style in the Urals!). Now it is the residence of the Governor.

    There is an urban legend about the former owner of the house, Sevastyanov, a flamboyant rich man. They say that he wanted to cover the dome of his house with gilding and repeatedly entered pleas to do so. But his whim was denied, since only the domes of churches could be covered with gold. As a punishment for his insolence, he was forced to walk in iron shoes to the St. Catherine's church nearby.
    Ural Instrument-Making Plant
    17 Gorky street
    Having made a couple of photos of this beautiful house, we set off further – to the building with the words on the roof saying "Who are we? Where are we from? Where are we going?".

    Do you wonder how this philosophical slogan-question appeared here? Here's how: to your right there is a building of the former secret institution – the Ural Instrument-Making Plant. Now the production has been taken outside the city, so the building is empty. In 2015, a large exhibition was held here – the V Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art. The Biennial is held in Ekaterinburg every two years, and we definitely recommend attending this event. And the sign is an art object of the world-famous Ural street artist Timofey Radya.

    Now the building is being prepared for demolishing, and either a block of apartments will be built in its place, or the St. Catherine's Cathedral, which used to be in the Square of Labor behind the monument to the founding fathers of the city, will be restored.
    The Courtyard of Culture and Labor and the Ural Souvenir Shop
    1A Pervomaiskaya street
    Let's go a little further along the embankment and turn left. In the building of the former gold melting laboratory, an original Ural souvenir shop with the brief name Ural Souvenir is located. Be sure to stop by and buy something to remember, the souvenirs there are really cool. The Guest card will allow you to get a nice discount.

    10% discount

    Now let's look around the yard of the gold melting laboratory. There is an impromptu Ural creative centre, consisting of many different workshops. A lot of craftsmen all came together and decided to decorate the laboratory's yard and hold events there. On a summer Friday night, there is music and dancing here, and the rest of the time you can admire the art objects built by the Ural masters.
    Stolle and the Literary Quarter
    7a Gorky street
    Go out of the yard and return to the embankment. If you go a bit further along, you can have some very nice and tasty pies in Stolle. It is a very popular pie cafe in Ekaterinburg, so you can be sure – it's got delicious food! And with the Guest card it is also cheap — as always you have a discount!

    7% discount

    After having a snack at Stolle, turn right around the corner of the building, and then right again. Thus you will get to the Literary quarter. This is a small square where you can find quite a few interesting museums: Literary Life of the Urals of the 20th Century Museum, the United Museum of Ural Writers, Museum of Dolls and Children's Books, as well as the Literature and Memorial Museum-House of Reshetnikov. You can spend several hours looking through the exhibits, and with the Guest Card you will also have discounts on tickets to each museum.

    Free
    Kosmos and Church on the Blood
    2 Dzerzhinsky street
    10 Tsarskaya street
    After visiting the Literary Quarter, let's go back to the embankment. You have probably already noticed the church to your right. This is the famous Church on the Blood, one of the symbols of the city. The church was built on the place where the royal family had been killed. If you are interested in religion and the history of the royal family, you can go there and have a good look at the complex. There is a museum next to the Church.

    Further along the embankment there is the Kosmos cinema and concert theatre – a large venue built in the style of Soviet modernism (however, due to the reconstruction, this is not so clear). In the 90s there was a casino and the Globus business centre in this building. It's where the Ural criminal gangs gathered. It is good that all of this is now in the distant past.
    Dynamo
    12 Vasily Eremin str
    Move further along the water and get to the spit of the city pond and the park near the Dynamo sports complex. It's a constructivist building which reminds you of a ship. Walking around it, you will see some details that are peculiar for ships. The Velostart bike rental is located in this building, so you can continue your journey on the bike.
    The Makarov Bridge
    Let's go further along the river to the Makarov bridge. On your way you can enjoy the views of Ekaterinburg City on the other side of the river.

    On the Makarov Bridge you can enjoy the panoramic views of Ekaterinburg, the beauty of the city pond and take a few cool photos.
    Yeltsin Centre
    3 Boris Yeltsin street
    When you are on the other side, you should go straight along the embankment to the famous Yeltsin Centre. Many people call it a place of attraction No. 1 in Ekaterinburg. The Museum of the First President of Russia is located in the Yeltsin Centre, and you can easily spend several hours there — the exposition is huge and highly impressive. In the Yeltsin centre you can also find such places as El souvenir shop, Piotrovsky bookstore, Barboris restaurant and 1991 cafe

    VISITING THE MUSEUM IS FREE
    DISCOUNTS IN RESTAURANTS AND SHOPS

    Drama Theatre and March Centre of Photography
    2, October square
    1, 8 Marta str.
    After the Yeltsin Centre, take a walk around the square near the Drama Theater and go to March Centre of Photography. This is a private exhibition photo centre, and now and then there are fascinating expositions. If you still have some energy, go there for a tour.

    VISITING THE MUSEUM IS FREE

    On the other side of the street there is the Second House of Councils (another name: the Chekist's House) — 12-storey skyscraper in the constructivist style, built in the 30s. This is the first skyscraper in Russia outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is here that the first elevators in the city appeared. Later, Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin lived in the lower part of this building – on the second floor, in the part with the corner entrance.
    Gastroli and Soika
    4, 8 Marta str.
    6, 8 Marta str.
    Let's cross the road to the House of the Soviets and go a little further. You will find yourself near the unique Gastroli restaurant, and next door there is Soika restaurant, which will be appealing to lovers of Asian cuisine. This is a great place to finish this route, relax and have a bite to eat. You can get a discount in Gastroli with the Guest Card.

    10% discount

    If it's getting dark, but you still have some energy, go downstairs: there is the "secret" bar Shalom Shanghai where you can dance after a nice dinner.
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