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Yekaterinburg City
Sep 08, 2012

Yekaterinburg of Sverdlovsk Oblast is one of the largest cities in Russia and can be found on the close to the central region of the country.  It is within close proximity to other cities such as Tyumen, Kurgan, Chelyabinsk and Perm.  The most known fact of the city, particularly to the rest of the world is that the execution of Tsar Nicholas the II happened at this very place.  Locally however, it plays an integral part of Russia; culturally and industrially.  At first glance, it is already obvious that the city has many factories and key establishments.  Yekaterinburg's name was derived from Yekaterina, who was Tsar Peter the Great's wife.  Although the city was founded by two individuals: Vasily Tatischev and Georg Wilhelm de Gennin in the 1720s.

The city is home to a good number of educational institutions such as the Ural State University of Forestry, Ural State Academy of Medicine, Military Institute of Artillery, Ural State Pedagogical University, Ural State Conservatory, etc.  Yekaterinburg is especially known for its theaters.  This includes the Kolyada Theater, Yekaterinburg Theater for Young Spectators, Yekaterinburg Academic Ballet and Opera Company, Yekaterinburg Academic Dramatic Theater, Sverlovsk Academic Theater of Musical Comedy, and so on.

It has a population of approximately 1.4 million inhabitants.  Celebrities born in Yekaterinburg include Krill Starkov, Vladimir Malakhov, Georgi Misharin, Alexei Volkov, NikolaiKhabibulin, Pavel Datsyuk, etc.  Famous citizens include Boris Yeltsin, Chiang Fang-liang, Eduard Rossel, and Irina Antonenko.  Football, men and women's basketball, and ice hockey are popular sports played in the region.  That said, they have contributed a good number of Olympians.  For example: Alexei Yashin, Aliya Garayeva, Anna Biryukova, Ekaterina Smolentseva, Galina Likhachova, Igor Lukanin, Pavel Datsyuk, Stanislav Morozov, etc.

There are a variety of attractions for all tourists to visit.  They include the QWERTY Monument, Circus, Opera and Ballet Theaters, Ledovyj Gorodok, Church on the Blood, Shirokorechenskoye Kladbishche Cemetery, and Limpopo.  Visitors should also take a walk through Sverdlova Street, Belinskogo Street, the Aquamarine complex and Sverdlova Street.  Restaurants and cafes offer a wide variety of cuisines and meal types ranging from very cheap to extremely costly.  Those with smaller pockets might like to try Pizza Mia or Uralskiye Pelmeny.  Those with more to spend should taste the dishes from places such as Paparazzi, CCCP, Caffe Del Mare, Dacha and Ill Patio.  Visitors with a large budget for wining and dining might want to try the quality foods on offer at Triakurov, Noble House and La Cucina.

Tourists that prefer the bar scene and nightlife of Yekaterinburg are recommended to pay a visit to clubs such as the Hills 18/36, Alibi, Gold Club and Havana Club.  As well as bars, e.g. Doctor Scotch, Rosy Jane, Old Dublin Irish Pub, Tinkoff Brewery and Jame's Pub.  Yekaterinburg Hostel, Hotel Onegin, Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg, Europe Asia Yekaterinburg Hostel, Host Families Association, and Hotel Onegin are great accommodations for visitors to book themselves at.

Vacationers that are not sure how to go around on their own might be interested in booking sightseeing tours.  Tours such as the Encounter of Europe and Asia, Mysteries of the Last Romanov, Panoramic Excursion, Glimpses of the Past - Historical Retrospective of Ekaterinburg, Verkhoturye - Religious Center of the Urals and Siberia, and many more.