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Welcome to Yekaterinburg

  • Area: 495 km2 (191 sq mi)
  • Airport: Koltsovo Airport (SVX)
  • Federal subject: Sverdlovsk Oblast
  • Founded: November 18, 1723
  • Population: 1 444 439 (2016)
  • Stadium: Central Stadium
  • Time Zone: YEKT (UTC+05:00)


Founded in November 18, 1723, Yekaterinburg (romanized Ekaterinburg) is the administrative center of the center of Sverdlovsk Oblast and the fourth largest city in Russia. It is located on the Iset River east of the Ural Mountains, in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the border of Europe and Asia.

The city is also the fourth most populous city in Russia after Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk. It was briefly renamed ‘Sverdlovsk’ during the Soviet Era after the Communist party leader Yakov Sverdlov but changed back to Yekaterinburg after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

While Saint Petersburg is Russia’s window to Europe, Yekaterinburg is Russia’s Window to Asia. The city is one of the country’s most important economic centers and the main administrative, cultural, scientific and educational center of the Urals. Hence, goes by the name - “Capital of the Urals”.

Chrisitinaity is the predominant religion in the city, of which most are followers of the Russian Orthodox Church. Other religions practiced include Islam, Old Believers, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Judaism.

Yekaterinburg is one of the 11 host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and matches will be played at the upgraded Central Stadium, which will be called Ekaterinburg Arena during the World Cup. 

Information & Facts


  • Visit the historic Ipatiev House, scene of the execution of the former Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, his family and members of his household.  The site now houses the Church on Blood (Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land).
  • Take in the sights of the QWERTY Monument, an outdoor sculpture featuring the QWERTY keyboard.
  • Get stunning panoramic views of the city from the Antei Tower lookout.


Yekaterinburg is located in a zone of moderate continental climate with harsh weather variability, well-defined seasons. The average temperature in January is -12, 6 degrees Celsius, in July - +19 degrees C. - RussiaTrek

Eating Out

Yekaterinburg has an impressive list of cafes and restaurants, where visitors can relax in a big company or have a family dinner. Most of the city’s popular eating and drinking places are closer to the city centre. Izbushka, Case Restuarant, Savoy restaurant and DeVille are some of the popular eating and drinking spots to visit.

Getting Around

In Yekaterinburg, Public transport is generally reliable and covers large areas within the city. The best means to get around is by metro, bus, trolleybus, tram, minibus or car hire. 


Russian is the only recognised official language at the national level.


Like the rest of Russia, Yekaterinburg’s official currency is the Ruble or Rouble (RUB).

Notes come in denominations of 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, and 10 Rubles, and there are 10, 5, 2 and 1 Ruble coins. One Ruble equals 100 kopeks which come in 50 and 10 kopek coins. 

Night Life

Yekaterinburg‘s night life is scattered throughout the city. When night falls, tourist and locals visit hot spots such as the Amy Wine House, Press House Loft Bar and Gallery, Spletni, In Touch, Ben Hall, Coyote Ugly, Chili Club and Tele Club.


When in Yekaterinburg, Izbushka, Case Restuarant, Savoy restaurant and DeVille are some of the popular resturants to visit.


Yekaterinburg has some of the best shoping centres and markets but prices here are much lower than in Moscow. Greenwich shopping centre, Evropa shopping centre, Uspensky shopping centre, Alatyr shopping complex and MEGA are some of the centres to explore. 


Yekaterinburg uses the Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT), which is five hours ahead of the UTC (UTC+5), and two hours ahead of Moscow Time (MSK).

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