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Let the adventures begin in Perm

Let the adventures begin in Perm

Introducing the gateway to the Ural Mountains

This thriving metropolis is considered to be the most eastern city in Europe due to its location. Perm is a city famous for its many interesting art galleries, museums, and architecture, telling the story of the region’s culture and rich history. Perm proudly boasts numerous theatres, making it one of the most cultural cities in Russia, as well as an impressive military museum dedicated to the region’s military accomplishments.

If you love history then you will be happy to know that Perm is brimming with many tales. The list of activities are endless, and for that reason alone, Perm demands at least a few days of your undivided attention. If you’re planning to visit Russia, specifically the Urals, Perm should be at the top of your list and here are reasons why.

What is there to do in Perm?

The Young Spectator Theatre

In such a vivacious and culturally diverse city, my time would be spent seeking to get to know all about what makes it so exceptionally unique. In this instance, a city tour seems a rather suitable option. I would begin with spending a few hours exploring the military complex in the Old Motolivilikha district, and then retrace the final steps of the Tsars before their tragic execution in Yekaterinburg.

Being the culture curious individual that I am, my mission to get to know this spirited metropolises continues at the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tchaikovsky, one of the most renowned theatres in Russia. To get a feel of the culture, there is no better place to visit than the two main streets, Lenin Street and Komsmolsky Prospeck to see what the local life has to offer me.

The Kama River, the fifth longest river in Europe

If you’ve read any of the previous instalments in ‘Let the adventures begin’, you may have already caught on to my obsession for rivers, so I think it goes without saying that my trip wouldn’t be complete without strolling the scenic embankment of the River Kama. If possible, and depending on the time of year, I would hop aboard a boat and take a cruise along one of the world’s longest rivers, taking in more of Perm’s magnificent sites.

Perm 36, the Gulag Camp:

Between the periods of 1946 to 1988, Perm was the home to a long servicing gulag camp for criminals and political prisoners. The museum of Political Repression is one of the region’s main attractions, and one that all self-professed history enthusiast should seek to discover.

The gulag camp turned museum is the last remaining depiction of a gulag camp in Russia, making this an exciting adventure for those who seek to retrace such a dark period in soviet history. After exploring the prison yard, I would venture inside the wooden barracks, the cells in which prisoners were imprisoned to experience the spine-chilling history concealed behind the barbed wires.

The Kungur Ice Cave:

Kungur Ice Cave- grotto

Due to its location, one of the few ways to experience the Kungur cave is with a knowledgably tour guide. The thought of venturing into the unknown is what inspires me to want to visit the Kungur Ice Cave, as well as the idea of exploring its boundless caverns, unearthing the mysteries hidden within this treasure chest, and to see the cave’s strange ice formation.

For a day packed with heart-stopping escapades, I would be tempted to combine this tour with a visit to the Perm 36 museum to get a taste of Perm’s top two attractions in one go.

The Belaya Gora, Belogorsky Monastery:

The Belaya Gora (Belogorsky) Monastery, south of Perm

Deciding what to do is the most difficult part of being in such a versatile city. With that said, one should not visit Perm without visiting the Belya Gora Monastery, south of Perm. The Monastery was destroyed in 1917 in the Russian Revolution, after which it became a shelter for injured soldiers during the Second World War. The majestic cathedral sits beautifully on top of a white mountain, overlooking the magnificent and vast Ural Mountains.

Until next time, ‘do svidaniya’ (Goodbye)!

Before you say “do svidaniya to Perm”, I recommend a trip to the Khokhkova Open Air Museum to discover relics and remnants once belonging to the indigenous inhabitants of the region. Inside the museum, you can dress in traditional shaman costumes and explore the traditions yurts to get a glimpse of life how it was lived many centuries ago.

Khokhlovka Open Air Museum

Now that you are officially introduced to Russia's most eastern European city, the only thing left for you to do is to browse through our excursions catalogue, or choose from one of the listed destinations.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to expand our collection and will be adding Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk to our destinations list, so be sure to keep checking our website for updates.

If you are unsure of what you can do to enhance your experience in Russia, China or Mongolia, you might get a few ideas if you read the first three instalment in ‘Let the adventures begin’, which covers Novosibirsk, Kazan and Ulan-Ude.

Have you been to Perm? If you have, what were the main highlights of your trip?
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