Parks of Yekaterinburg are the best places for recreation. Citizens and guests of the city have access not only to parks of culture and recreation, but also to numerous gardens, walking alleys, cozy public gardens and magnificent forest-park zones, visiting of which is guaranteed to give a lot of positive emotions from a pleasant pastime and contemplation of the amazing nature of the Urals. It remains only to choose a park and go to see it with your own eyes!

Few people know, but it turns out that the area of ​​the so-called green fund of Yekaterinburg, which includes all forest parks, squares and other green areas, is slightly less than half of the total area of ​​the city. The green fund, therefore, occupies a little more than 24,000 hectares, it is 240 square km, and the entire area of ​​Yekaterinburg is about 500 square meters km. In no other city of Russia there is anything even close like this. You can walk under the canopy of trees in Yekaterinburg in almost any area and at any time.

  1. The dam in Yekaterinburg

The factory dam in Yekaterinburg was built of Ural larch - a tree that does not rot in the water, but becomes stone and only gets stronger. This is one of the oldest facilities of its kind in Russia.

It is here that the most interesting things happen in Yekaterinburg. Students come here, lovers meet, and newlyweds come from the registry office. They are being watched by de Genin and Tatishchev, the founders of the city, who ordered to build a dam on the Iset River in 1723. Actually, the construction of Ekaterinburg began with this.

Address: Lenin Avenue

  1. Weiner Street in Yekaterinburg

Weiner Street was a real main sign of Yekaterinburg. It should be noted that this function has been preserved in our days. After all, it is not for nothing that they call it the “Ural Arbat”, by analogy with the famous pedestrian alley in Moscow.

The first mention of the oldest street in Yekaterinburg belongs to the 40th years of 18th century. According to historical data, at the beginning of the nineteenth century it was called Uspenskaya, after the Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Uspenskaya became the main shopping street of the city, which means it was the largest and most prosperous. There were numerous shops and shops - Yekaterinburg has always been a major merchant center. Today there are a lot of shops on Weiner Street, where, like in the old days, citizens and visitors of Yekaterinburg love to walk in. This is one of the most favorite places for walks and meetings, fun get-togethers and shopping.

  1. Shartashsky stone tents in Yekaterinburg

Shartashskie stone tents are unique natural monument, which is 2 km from the very center of Yekaterinburg. The funny name hides the huge rock formations that have arisen many years ago. Where does such a strange name come from outcrop stones? It turns out that it comes from the rare mattress-shaped forms of rocks, which they acquired due to the weathering of granite rocks. They are called Shartashskie because of the proximity to the lake Shartash, located just a kilometer away.

The Shartash rocks are very ancient; they belong to the granite massif of the same name, which is more than 300 million years old. Today the stone Shartash tents are a favorite resting place of city residents. Here you can walk, enjoy the beautiful air, ride a bike or just contemplate a fascinating landscape that has survived from prehistoric times - giant plates of rocks, pines and ferns.

Address: st. Vysotsky

  1. Butterfly Park in Yekaterinburg

In the very center of Yekaterinburg there is a fabulous place where harmony and beauty reign. This is a paradise of exotic nature, filled with the melodious sound of water, painted with colorful paints of tropical plants, fragrant with delicate aromas. Outlandish tropical butterflies fly freely among exotic plants, decorative fountains, and forged shops. Tiny and huge, monophonic and patterned, nondescript gray and multi-colored - just what butterflies are not here!

Along with the lepidoptera in the tropical hall, small fowl birds, menacing snakes, imperial scorpions, iguanas, lizards, friendly hedgehogs, rodents, and even flying Egyptian dogs, shaggy bird spiders and creaky Madagascar cockroaches inhabit. In a large aquarium, koi and goldfish keep their regular life.

The holy of holies of the exhibition is a unique insect, this is a special room in which butterflies are kept. If you are lucky, you can see the whole short, but very interesting way of life of these beautiful creatures. Only a few hours pass from the moment when the former caterpillar leaves the cocoon before the first flight of the transformed winged beauty.

Address: Ave. Lenin, 49

  1. Viewing point of the Vysotsky skyscraper in Yekaterinburg

The viewing point, which offers a beautiful view of Yekaterinburg, is located in one of the tallest buildings in Russia - the Vysotsky skyscraper. It is located on the 52nd floor, which is approximately at an altitude of 186 m. According to the data provided by the administration of the skyscraper, visibility opens to as much as 25 km!

From the viewing point of Vysotsky it is easy to see both the ancient temples of Yekaterinburg and the merchant districts, to see the Iset embankment, and in the beautiful day even the outskirts of the city are clearly visible. In the evening, at sunset, the views are special - millions of lights are lit throughout the city, immersing guests in the usual urban romance of a large metropolis.

The Vysotsky skyscraper was built in 2011 and for a long time was considered the highest in Yekaterinburg until it was pushed by another giant, the Iset skyscraper built 4 years later. And still "Vysotsky" is considered one of the highest northern skyscrapers.

Address: st. Malysheva, 51

  1. Kharitonovsky Garden in Yekaterinburg

The large-scale urban manor ensemble of the Rastorguev-Kharitonovs is considered to be the business card of Yekaterinburg. It includes luxury houses with outbuildings, and a magnificent church in the name of the Ascension of the Lord, adjacent to the complex, and the embankment. But, despite its magnificence, the city manor would not have been so beautiful without the English garden, which had been laid out here in 1826. Since then, the Kharitonovsky garden has changed somewhat, but much has been preserved approximately as it was almost 200 years ago.

The park was founded in 1826 at the request of the owners of the famous Kharitonov’s merchant estate. Interestingly, it was formed in the English style, which suggests similarity with the natural forestland - no regular breakdown, no clear lines and strict forms; everything is as wild as possible, simple and very comfortable in its own way.

For similarity with analogous in style gardens of England, an artificial lake was created here with an island in the center, on which a gazebo in the shape of a rotunda towers. It should be noted that this wonderful gazebo is a relative remake. It appeared here only in the 30s of 20th century, during a large-scale reconstruction, held in the estate. According to the builders, from the center of the rotunda was to beat the fountain. For some time this was the case, but today, alas, the system does not work.

  1. Central Park of Culture and Leisure named after V.V. Mayakovsky in Yekaterinburg

Central Park of Culture and Leisure named after Mayakovsky is a popular place for family recreation of citizens. The park area is 123 hectares, 70 of them are in the forest. Since the 80s of the 20th century, there has been a tradition to hold mass urban and folk festivals in the Central Park of Culture. In the park you can take the amusement ride, listen to the "singing fountain" or just walk along the alleys.

In the summer of 1934, on the site of the former merchants' dachas, in the bend of Iset, where in the former Meshchanskaya grove folk festivals were traditionally held in the XIX century, the Central Park of Culture and Leisure opened in Sverdlovsk. In the same year, in connection with the 40th anniversary of the poet, the park received the name of V.V. Mayakovsky. (Architects L.V. Shishov, P.I. Lontropov and others). It is located in a pine forest on the outskirts of the city.

Address: st. Clara Zetkin, 11

  1. Dendrological park on the March 8 street in Yekaterinburg

Dendrological Park-Exhibition was founded in 1946 on the banks of the Iset River. The park is divided into thematic areas, where you can find not only rare collections of decorative flowers and trees, nurseries for breeding natural flora and greenhouses, but also the current Alexander Nevsky Chapel, a wrought-iron bench for lovers, a huge fountain in the central part of the arboretum and small ponds with ducks in the garden.

Arboretum is an ideal place for walking at any time of the year. In the spring, you can arrange photo shoots or picnics under pink apple trees and fragrant lilacs, relax on a bench with a favorite book in summer and calmly admire blooming peonies, dog roses and roses, in the fall - asters and dahlias, golden foliage, well, and in winter be inspired by lush spruces basking in thoughts of a tropical winter garden nearby.

The park annually holds special expositions of ornamental gardening and landscape architecture, promoting green building in the city, as well as exhibitions and sales of the best varieties of flowers, seeds and seedlings.

Address: st. March 8, 37a

  1. Green Grove in Yekaterinburg

The Novo-Tikhvin Women's Monastery, founded in 1796, an orphanage and a museum, is located on the territory of the Green Grove Park. In Soviet times, the station for young naturalists was located there.

This is one of the oldest parks in Yekaterinburg. On the alleys of the park there are a lot of benches, gazebos, several playgrounds. It is also a good place for sports, as there is a football field in the park, a lot of physical exercise equipment and a “healthy torpah” for running runs in the park.

Address: Leninsky district

  1.  Park "Tagansky" (former Victory Park) in Yekaterinburg

Park of the family vacation "Tagansky" (in the past Sagaidak Park, Victory Park) is a small park in the center of a residential area Sorting of Yekaterinburg railway district. It is a large park for recreation of people in the area of ​​Tavatuyskaya street. The park has a lot of amusement rides; there is a ferris wheel, sports fields, a mini "Zoo" with a squirrel and birds, as well as a platform for recreation and entertainment for children.

According to the results of 2009, it became a laureate of the competition “My city is my home” for active participation in the nomination “The best territory of the organization”. In the park there is a monument to the heroine of the fairy tales Bazhov - Mistress of Copper Mountain.

Address: Taganskaya St., 40-42

  1.  Pavlik Morozov Park in Yekaterinburg

Recently survived the reconstruction of the park named after Pavlik Morozov is situated in ten minute walk from Geologicheskaya metro station. Alterations went to his advantage - there appeared a workout area, a skatedrome, a gazebo, new children's and sports grounds, benches, lanes, and lanterns.

It is hard to say who dominates here - athletes, parents with children, students (one of the buildings and the Ural Federal University dormitory is located nearby) or dog breeders with their pets - in the park there is a place for a dog playground. The main thing is that no one bothers anyone, even graffiti artists who have long chosen a solid wall of a garage complex in the northern part of the park.

Address: Pavlika Morozova st.

  1.  Botanical Garden in Yekaterinburg

The first steps to create the Botanical Garden were taken in 1936 by amateur gardeners and local historians of Sverdlovsk. Basically, the Botanical Garden developed in the 60-80s thanks to the contribution of a team of botanists, flower growers, dendrologists, and simple enthusiasts who participated in its organization and creation of a unique collection. The Botanical Garden was founded in 1936 in another place, and then it was transported to Yuzhnaya Street, where it is still located.

In the Botanical Garden of Yekaterinburg live representatives of all continents, except perhaps Antarctica - more than ten thousand different species and varieties of plants. The garden covers an area of ​​about 50 hectares.

The garden consists of expositions in which live plants of different genus and species and different territories are represented. In the greenhouses there are eternal tropics: magnolias, a pool with nymphaea and water lilies. On the territory there is a leafy alley and a collection of willows.

During the existence of the botanical garden, plant collections have grown rapidly in the garden and in several greenhouses. The garden operates year-round and is charming year-round: for example, in early spring you can feed squirrels in the Old Garden Park. Amazing plants grow in the greenhouse at any time of the year, and bananas bloom in the largest palm tree in the Urals, coffee trees, figs and papaya bear fruit. Here you can get acquainted with the wonderful collections of palm trees, ferns, begonias, ficuses, bromeliads and aroid plants, see the largest collection of cacti and succulents in the Urals, enjoy the winter flowering of azaleas and camellias, and watch the incredible flowering of hibiscus and hippeastrum with their magnificent flowering anticipate

Address: st. March 8, 202A

  1.  Osnovinsky Park in Yekaterinburg

Osnovinsky Park is one of the oldest in the Ural capital. It was formed in 1920, and it was named after the Osnovinka River, the Melkovka tributary, which flows into Iset in the north-eastern part of the city pond. With the development and construction of urban areas in the middle of the XX century, small rivers were removed under the ground, they were hidden in pipes. In particular, the collector of the Osnovinka River was built in the 1960s. Now it flows under the Pioneer village.

Osnovinsky Park is one of the largest in Yekaterinburg; its area is about 15 hectares. In the hungry war years, potatoes were grown in the park. Fields were removed only in the early sixties of the last century. With the growing population of the Pionersky settlement, it was decided to plant trees on its territory.

Once again as a recreation area for citizens, the Osnoninsky Park was formed by 1970. Beautiful nature, a mountainous area (a large hill stands in the middle of the park, there are two ledges along the edges), numerous trees, bushes create a peaceful mood for guests of the green zone.

Address: Uralskaya st., 3

  1.  50th Anniversary of Soviet Power Park in Yekaterinburg

The monument of landscape architecture - the park named after the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Power - was laid on the highest point of the city - Observatory Hill. In the XIX century, at the foot of the mountain, there was a pine massif, and the top itself was bare. In 1831, a magnetic and metrological observatory was built on top of a mountain, and a small garden was laid out next to it.

In the beginning of the 20th century, due to the expansion of the city, the district was redeveloped. Most of the forest was cut down, and in the 1960s, the eastern side of the roller coaster was cleared and planted with trees and shrubs on the vacant site. So a park appeared which received the name of the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Power.

Currently, its area is more than three hectares. Experts consider the tree stands of the park to be unique. In addition to tree and shrub species common in the Urals, such as American maple, Pennsylvania ash, Siberian larch and apple, small-leaved linden, yellow acacia, lilac, rowan, birch, rare species grow here: black oak, Maksimovich hawthorn, Ginnnal maple, currant golden, Manchurian nut. The total species number of trees and shrubs in the park includes more than 30 species.

Address: Narodnoy Voli, 171

  1.  Dendrological park-exhibition on Pervomayskaya street in Yekaterinburg

The first dendrological park in the city was opened in 1934. The Ural Experimental Station of Green Construction at the Academy of Public Utilities was based here - plants brought from other regions were planted in the park. For 30 years, it has been possible to adapt more than 300 species of trees, shrubs and flowers from around the world to the harsh Ural climate. In the 1960s, the rose garden was opened here, which still works today. At the same time the park was opened to residents.

Today in the dendrological park there are playgrounds, a stone slide, and two small ponds with ducks. Citizens often choose this beautiful place for photo shoots and wedding ceremonies. In the spring you can buy seedlings in the park.

Address: Pervomayskaya Street

  1.  Uktussky forest park in Yekaterinburg

It is a green area of ​​424 hectares. There grows a mixed forest with a predominance of coniferous trees. In summer, the forest park attracts with silence, coolness and fresh air, you can ride along bike paths or roller skates there, have a picnic in the gazebos. But this place is especially popular with the townspeople in the winter, as the ski resort operates on the territory. Fans of active lifestyle do skiing, sledding and snowboarding on well-equipped tracks.

The forest park got its name due to the Uktus Mountain, on the slopes of which ski and snowboard slopes are equipped. The infrastructure of the park includes a cafe and a hotel for guests of the city. In the summer, Uktussky Forest Park is not a populous place.

Address: st. Scherbakova, 147

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