The Ural Mountains is an ancient and mysterious land. Far beyond the borders of Russia, they are famous for their untold wealth and beauty, their creations of local masters, picturesque rivers, rich hunting grounds and ski slopes. The power of Russia grew at the Demidov factories, at gold and semiprecious mines, in stone-cutting workshops.
The city of Yekaterinburg was founded by the Decree of Peter the Great in 1723 and named after the patroness of the mountain crafts of St. Catherine the Great Martyr. The city is located on the border of Europe and Asia, on the eastern slope of the middle part of the Ural Mountains along the banks of the Iset River. A sightseeing tour of Yekaterinburg with a visit to the Ganin pit is familiar to many, even foreign tourists.
Holidays in the Urals are interesting and informative, attracting more and more tourists from around the world. The rich and turbulent history of the region is described in the books of P. P. Bazhov, D. N. Mamin-Sibiryak, etc. Since the 18th century, the strength and power of the Russian state has been forged in the Urals.
The study of the amazing land for many has become not only informative, but also very interesting. Bazhov places, Be it Deer Streams nature park, mysterious Arkaim or, the famous Kungur cave - all these excursions organized by the Sputnik travel agency are very popular among Russians and foreign guests.
Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 and was named in honor of Empress Catherine I. During the reign of Catherine II, the main road of the Russian Empire, the Siberian Highway, and later the Trans-Siberian railway, were laid through the young city. Yekaterinburg has become the key city to the vast and rich Siberia, the “window to Asia,” just as Petersburg was the Russian “window to Europe." To this day, Yekaterinburg remains one of the largest transport hubs in Russia. Yekaterinburg is a large industrial center. 2/3 of the industrial potential of the Sverdlovsk region, the “locomotive" of Russian industry, are concentrated in Yekaterinburg.
Yekaterinburg is a large Russian center of science and education. The presidium of the Ural branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences is based in the city, about 40 research institutes, 30 universities, including 21 state universities, function here. Yekaterinburg is considered the leading cultural center of the region. The city has more than 60 museums, 24 theaters, exhibition halls, galleries, and a philharmonic society daily. The look of Yekaterinburg is unique and original, where many monuments of architecture of various styles and eras have been preserved. The unique geographical position of the city on the border of Europe and Asia attracts the attention of guests and tourists.